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 …

Overclocked Asus Strix R9 380 OC Graphics Card Review

AMD has recently updated its lineup of graphics cards, offering solutions for any taste and budget. Its Radeon R9 380 adapter is an appropriate balance of quality and price. Hence, there is small wonder that all company’s partners rushed into introducing their own versions of the card. The Strix R9 380 OC from Asus is undoubtedly one of the most outstanding interpretations. Let’s see what privileges it boasts.

General Specs

Asus Strix R9 380 OC is based on Antigua Pro GPU (28 nm) that entails 1792 CUDA cores, 32 ROPs and 11 TMUs. In contrast to the etalon model running at 970 MHz frequency, this card features 990 MHz nominal clock frequency. The codename – Strix-R9380-DC2OC-2GD5-Gaming implies that this item comes equipped with 2 GB of GDDR5 memory, operating at 5500 MHz efficient frequency. However, it is assumed that Asus will introduce the version with 4 GB memory to satisfy the needs of a wider audience.

PCB Layout

All hardware base components are …

Nvidia Intros Tesla K20X Graphics Accelerator

Nvidia introduces a new graphics accelerator Tesla K20X intended specifically for supercomputers. Tesla K20X, a flagship model of Tesla K20 series, is based on Nvidia Kepler architecture and is able to secure the highest performance supported by a single CPU. According to the preliminary testing, it ensures ten times faster operation of applications in combination with top-class processors. Moreover, this accelerator is currently supposed to be the most efficient one in the market, providing for utmost speeds and utmost performance ever seen.

Graphics accelerator Tesla K20X is notable by three times lower power consumption if compared with all previous generations of Nvidia products. Besides, it increases the performance discrepancy between GPU and CPU. A bunch of outstanding characteristics ensures 3.95 teraflops in calculations with a single precision and 1.31 teraflops in calculations with a dual precision.

In addition, a new series involves Tesla K20 accelerator that …
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