Gigabyte Debuts with Socket AM1 Motherboards

Gigabyte is the first among AMD’s partners to introduce proprietary motherboards for an upcoming Socket AM1 platform. Initially the AM1 series will comprise only two models: the GA-AM1M-S2P and the GA-AM1M-S2H. Both feature micro-ATX form-factor and are supposed to house AMD Athlon/Sempron APUs. They employ two DIMM slots for the integration of up to 32 GB DDR3 memory with 1600 MHz frequency. The release is scheduled for March when the platform is officially introduced.

Gigabyte motherboards have got two SATA III 6 Gb/sec ports for the expansion of storage, one PCIe 2.0 x16, one PCIe x1 and one PCI connector for the connection of add-ons. Network functional consists of gigabit controller from Realtek, whereas audio functional is laid upon 7.1-channel HAD Realtek ALC 887 codec.

The differentiation between the two models lies in the set of internal/external interfaces. Hence, the GA-AM1M-S2P comes with two PS/2 ports, one D-Sub port, four USB ports (3.0 + 2.0), one RJ-45, …

Meet Strike-X Air and Vx Advance Series from Aerocool

Devotees of a futuristic design and uncommon framework cannot but revel in the launch of new chassis Strike-X Air from Aerocool developers. The long-awaited product is already in the market, as well as new Vx Advance series. Chassis Strike-X Air is distinguished by the ultra-original design and open-end framework type. According to the words of Aerocool representatives, the major emphasis has been made on the handiness of usage so that each person could have a direct access to any component of the chassis.

The chassis of Strike-X Air is made of steel and supports motherboards of Micro ATX, E-ATX and ATX dimension type, and graphics cards of 330 mm. length. Expansion cards and interface panels are installed due to the ten slots in the rear part of the device. The chassis is equipped with three external modules of 5.25 and 3.5 inches type. The clipboard is intended for a single USB 3.0 socket, three USB 2.0 sockets, and a couple of 3.5 mm. sockets for headsets with a microphone. … …

Transcend Teases MTS Series of M.2 Drives

In the light of a violent proliferation of M.2 standard in mobile and desktop PCs, a number of manufacturers shifted their production into this segment. Transcend is one of the first companies to introduce its own M.2 rendition, teasing new MTS lineup that involves three different series: MTS400, MTS600, and MTS800. They feature M.2 2242, M.2 2260 and M.2 2280 form-factors correspondingly, that is to say they have different PCB length: 42, 60 and 80 mm respectively.

All three M.2 drives series are designed on MLC NAND flash memory chips. They accommodate DDR3 cache with SATA III 6 Gb/sec interface. The first, MTS400 series, embraces four models of 32 GB, 64 GB, 128 GB, and 256 GB capacity, whereas MTS 600 and MTS800 count five models: plus 512 GB model in addition to the junior four.

As for speed characteristics, Transcend MTS400 is able to demonstrate up to 560 MB/sec Read speed on sequential operations and up to 160 MB/sec Write speed on analogous conditions. Its …
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