Low-Profile Cooler Noctua NH-L12 Review

Noctua, an Austrian developer and supplier of high-end cooling systems, is well-known for the design of versatile products which are able to satisfy the needs of any consumer, starting from average home users and finishing with devotees of overclocking. The recent Noctua creation is the low-profile CPU cooler destined to be employed in HTPC systems and other compact chassis. This cooler is characterized by the horizontal localization of radiator that allows its installation into a quite narrow casing. At the same time, the model is efficient enough to manage high-performance advanced processors.

Design and Framework

Noctua NH-L12 is notable for the classic design and framework. It features 150x128x93 mm dimensions (with two fans) which barely speak of low-profile form factor. NH-L12 is compatible with different CPU sockets, including Socket AM2, AM2+, AM3, AM3+, LGA 2011/1366/1156/1156/775. This cooler consists of horizontal radiator, four copper heat pipes which pierce …

Sapphire Continues Its Victorious Onset on Graphics Card Market

News about fresh releases from Sapphire gladdens all potential customers and IT specialists with enviable frequency. The most recent news touches upon the upcoming release of a fresh graphics card codenamed HD 7870 XT with Boost. This model is based on AMD Radeon HD 7870 adapter and employs Tahiti chip with 1280 current processors and 80 texture blocks. The chip is designed on Graphics Core Next architecture that secures its improved facilities. The model employs PCI Express 3.0 x16 interface.

The integrated GPU works at nominal 925MHz frequency, but on activation of PowerTune Boost option this index rises to 975MHz. Memory, that is represented by 2GB of GDDR5 memory standard, demonstrates 6000MHz frequency. It provides for 192-bit rail access. An inventory of video interfaces involves a couple of mini-DisplayPort outputs, a single Dual Link DVI-I and a single HDMI port. Moreover, this graphics card supports AMD Eyefinity technology that allows the connection of several …

One-Shot MSI Z170A Tomahawk Mainboard Review

Arsenal Gaming is a specific lineup of motherboards in MSI’s portfolio. It embraces 7 different models, joined under military-style codenames. The units are targeting primarily gaming community, although the Z170A Tomahawk is a universal solution at an affordable price. As distinct from the comrades, it features a set of controllers & sockets which are considered to be remnants of the past. Let’s find out what kind of advantages this board offers.

CPU & Memory

Motherboard MSI Z170A Tomahawk is developed on Intel Z170 Express chipset. It supports LGA1151-compatible CPUs of the 6th generation (Skylake): Intel Celeron/Pentium/Core i3/Core i5/Core i7. The hardware rests on a 4-layer dark PCB (304x224 mm, ATX) with red PCI-e and RAM slots. The rear panel is differentiated by the availability of a backplate for the CPU socket. The integrated ISL95856 controller is accountable for the providing power to the CPU (3+5 VRM).

The board comes with four DIMM slots for the …
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