Intel Thunderbolt Ready Facilitates in Upgrading Your Desktop PC

Last week Intel announced a new instrumentality for upgrading desktop PC, called Thunderbolt Ready. This tool will help in incorporating Thunderbolt interface into the motherboards which initially do not have the support for it. However, only the motherboards with ‘Thunderbolt Ready’ marking and an inbuilt General-purpose I/O (GPIO) socket might fall under the upgrade. In addition to this feature, the user will have to acquire a dedicated card to enable the interface.



This card is installed into an appropriate PCI Express slot and is then connected to GPIO, as well as DisplayPort socket of the integrated/discrete GPU controller, due to the cables that go in batch. After this, the customer needs to upload dedicated software in order to activate the Thunderbolt. According to Intel, there are currently more than 100 alike products with Thunderbolt support; the majority of them are certified for the usage with PCs on Windows or Mac OS X platforms.


To continue, Asus is one …

Asus Replenishes X99 Motherboard Lineup with 4 New Items

Asus adds to its renowned lineup of X99 motherboards a set of new solutions. All the greenhorns are based on Intel X99 chipset targeting socket LGA2011-v3 platforms. Thus, they support the installation of Haswell-E & Broadwell-E CPUs (Intel Core i7). The boards brag about the incorporation of multiple innovations and technologies. The latter include:

— OC Socket ensures more efficient CPU & memory overclocking;

— Asus Aura offers RGB backlight and allows for the connection of additional LED stripes;

— 5-way Optimization helps in fine tuning of system components;

— Asus SafeSlot provides for an enforced framework of PCIe slots.



Motherboard Asus X99-Deluxe II features the following specifications:

— memory subsystem: 8 DIMM slots for DDR4 memory with 3333 MHz frequency, up to 128 GB;

— storage subsystem: 2 M.2 slots, 2 U.2 slots, 1 SATA Express, 8 SATA 6 Gb/sec;

— audio subsystem: Crystal Sound 3;

— network: LAN – Intel I218-V, Intel …

Sapphire Outs iCafe Gaming OC Graphics Card

Sapphire, the largest global retailer of graphics cards with AMD GPUs, comes out to the market with its own rendition of Radeon R7 260X adapter – the Radeon R7 260X iCafe Gaming OC. The new-comer features 215x105x35 mm dimensions and a purely black design. Its key differentiation is the integration of a two-slot aluminum cooler without heatpipes and a low-noise PWM fan. The nominal retail price makes up 124 EUR.



Sapphire Radeon R7 260X iCafe Gaming OC is based on AMD Bonaire XTX GPU (GCN 1.1) with 896 stream processors, 16 ROPs and 56 TMUs, running at 1050 MHz frequency. Its major ally – 2 GB GDDR5 memory with 128-bit interface – operates at 6000 MHz frequency. Power supply subsystem boasts 5+3-phase configuration, while connection to the PSU is realized by means of a single 6-pin socket.


To continue, I/O panel accommodates three video ports: DL DVI-I, HDMI, and DisplayPort 1.2. The list of supported standards and technologies includes DirectX 11.2, OpenGL 4.3, …
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