Meet New Gigabyte G1 Gaming Motherboards on Intel 9th Series Chipsets

Gigabyte has officially introduced a new line of motherboards based on the innovative Intel Z97/H97 chipsets. The G1 Gaming series features a traditional black-and-red PCB design and is supposed to cooperate with Intel Core CPUs (4th and 5th generation). Far and by, the series counts thirteen models of varied formats (ATX, micro-ATX, mini-ITX), with varied functional. Such a variety will help gamers of different levels to select an optimal model so far as the price and facilities are concerned.

Indeed, each motherboard boasts a singular set of facilities, although there are some common to all 13 models specifications:

— support for Multi-GPU technologies, i.e. Nvidia SLI and AMD CrossFireX;

— availability of SATA Express connector with 10 Gb/sec bandwidth;

— integration of high-speed M.2 port with up to 10 Gb/sec bandwidth;

— availability of two external ports for a stable output voltage: Gigabyte USB DAC-UP;

— implementation of high-efficiency network …

CPU Cooler Phanteks PH-TC12PE Review

Phanteks is the company that established reputation for developing and supplying high-end thermal solutions which can be applied in diverse areas. Recently the company has made a shift to the IT market by producing high-quality PC cooling systems and at once entered into competition with the renowned cooling systems manufacturers, like Thermalright, Noctua and others. Phanteks PH-TC12PE cooler belongs to the echelon of high-end air cooling solutions and proposes a number of benefits for the advanced PC users.

Design and Integration

Cooler Phanteks PH-TC12PE is a two-sectional thermal solution that goes in 160x140x132 mm dimensions (without fans). Edges of pipes are cut and covered by a plate. The top surface of the ribs is glossy, while the bottom surface is dull. The implemented approach to the design of fans' framework and their fixture, that allows the user to fix the fans at different height, makes the installation of this cooler even in midi-tower chassis possible. …

Motherboard ASRock Z87 Extreme6 (LGA1150 Platform) Review

Intel Z87 platform is masterfully penetrating into all global markets. ASRock is the company that has already managed to introduce a set of products based on this platform, including Z87 Extreme6 model. The very board is supposed to be an advanced solution for enthusiasts, containing all necessary for specific usage attributes: POST-indicator, a powerful VRM system with a massive heatsink, and a lot of other facilities mentioned below.

Design and Layout

ASRock Z87 Extreme6 is designed in ATX form-factor with 305x244 mm dimensions. Its top side accommodates a large number of components, while the reverse side revels in three driver-doublers (ISL6611A) of CPU power rails only. Intel Z87 chipset is cooled down by a voluminous heatsink. A couple of additional ASM1061 controllers are soldered right to the system logics; they allow for the usage of up to ten devices with SATA 6 Gb/sec connectivity interface. The board comes with an integrated Intel HD Graphics 4600 graphics core. …
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