Motherboard ASRock Z77 Extreme9 Review

Motherboards intended for gaming systems are developed and supplied by several reputable companies. ASRock belongs to their army and frequently releases motherboards with outstanding parameters. Its latest creation ASRock Z77 Extreme9 model is designed specifically for LGA 1155 socket and Intel Z77 processor. It is able to provide the users with appropriate efficiency and multiple opportunities to create a really high-performance gaming system.


Design of motherboard ASRock Z77 Extreme9 is not peculiar for the implementation of bright colors or excessive ornamental elements. Only gold yellow capacitors and decorative stripes on radiators add some glamor to the board. One of the stripes is lighted up by white LED; this option is provided by LED Heatsink Design facility. The motherboard is developed in ATX form-factor. Power supply is realized by means of Digi Power digital system that works by 8+4 scheme. All hot converter components are covered by a solid …

Lian Li Launches New Full-Tower Chassis PC-A79

Lian Li has recently launched a new PC chassis, entitled PC-A79. The chassis is designed in full-tower format, featuring 230x618x596 mm dimensions. As a result, it supports a full range of motherboard standards, including micro-ATX, ATX, E-ATX, XL-ATX, and HPTX. According to Lian Li, the product is distinguished primarily by a well-considered cooling system and the availability of a removable motherboard tray. All potential customers are free to choose between a black variation (PC-A79B) and a silver variation (PC-A79A).

The case of PC-A79 chassis is made of brushed aluminum. Its spaciousness can’t but be distinct from similar products offered by competitors. Hence, it is able to accommodate nine drives of 3.5-inch standard and eight drives of 2.5-inch standard; all of them might be adjusted without any tools. The availability of eleven expansion slots provides for the installation of several lengthy graphics cards (up to 350 mm). The maximal height of supported CPU coolers …

Graphics Card HIS 7850 IceQ X Turbo X Review

The number of graphics solutions designed by HIS cannot be figured from a cursory calculation only. Indeed, the company's product line counts dozens of cards destined at various audiences, with various needs and budgets. Take HIS HD 7850 series alone: it consists of ten models (three with 1GB memory and seven with 2GB memory). The latest HIS 7850 IceQ X Turbo X belongs to '2GB echelon' and is distinguished by the heightened GPU and memory frequency. Upon the whole, this graphics adapter features outstanding cooling and overclocking facilities.

Design and PCB

Graphics adapter HIS 7850 IceQ X Turbo X is a standard representative of the second HD 7850 revision. It is housed on a short printed circuit board and is equipped with only a single power socket, two heatpipes and a large fan. HIS developers advanced the heatpipes outside the board to elongate its contours; nevertheless, this card can't be considered voluminous, since its width hasn't been touched at all. The top part …
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