Gigabyte Showcases GA-Z170X Gaming 3 Mainboard

Gigabyte expands its line of gaming products with a new ATX motherboard, entitled GA-Z170X Gaming 3. The key peculiarity ascribed to the model is the support for the latest Intel Skylake-S CPU (14 nm) with LGA 1151 socket. The new-comer takes Intel Z170 chipset as the basis and draws power via 24-pin ATX as well as 8-pin EPS power sockets. Besides, the board belongs to the mainstream customer segment, so its price won’t go higher than $188.



Gigabyte GA-Z170X Gaming 3 is furnished with 7-phase VRM, four slots for DDR4-3400 MHz RAM (two-channel) of up to 64 GB capacity, a pair of PCIe 3.0 x16 slots for the installation of graphics cards (support for CrossFireX and SLI configurations), a single PCIe 3.0 x4 slot, and three PCIe 3.0 x1 slots.


Storage subsystem might be organized due to six SATA III ports (bandwidth – 6 Gb/sec), three SATA Express ports (bandwidth – up to 16 Gb/sec), and a couple of M.2 slots with bandwidth index up to 32 Gb/sec.


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G.Skill Showcases New RAM Memory Modules TridentX DDR3

Long-awaited Computex 2013 has brought to light the whole galaxy of innovative hardware ideas. RAM market has also replenished with new entries, partially due to G.Skill International. Its new RAM modules, codenamed TridentX DDR3, are an embodiment of utmost performance, reliability and compatibility. The new-comers have been developed to support the latest Intel’s Haswell-based CPUs i3/i5/i7, integrated into Intel Z87 Express chipset.



TridentX DDR3 are introduced by sets of two and four 240-contact DIMM modules, the total capacity of which achieves 8 GB, 16 GB and 32 GB. All of them are equipped with original in design heatspreaders. They are also known to support Intel XMP overclocking profiles and to operate at 1.65 V power voltage.


Detailed Specifications


TridentX DDR3-3000 modules will be available in 4x8 GB kits (32 GB). Their effective frequency showings make up 3000 MHz with 12-14-14-35 latencies.


TridentX DDR3-2933 modules will be available in 2x4 …

Motherboard Asus P8Z77M-Pro Review

Functional possibilities of motherboards are not 100% dependent on their dimensions, as it was considered in earlier times. Quite the contrary, nowadays it's feasible to complement a high-performance system of compact dimensions. In this light, the majority of motherboard designers replenish their lineup of products with models of mATX format to propose efficiency and ergonomics simultaneously. Asus can boast a number of motherboard of various form-factors, and mATX is not an exclusion. Its latest model P8Z77M-Pro is capable to support all up-dated technologies, including multi-graphics (3-Way CrossFire, SLI, and Lucid Virtu MVP).



General Peculiarities


Asus P8Z77M-Pro is developed in mATX form factor. The predominant color gamut includes brown, blue and black tints. Capacitor fins have got composite gamut of silver-blue tints. The power is enabled via the main 24-contact ATX socket, and an additional 8-contact one. Such combination is basically applied in full-size …
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