Gigabyte Debuts with Socket AM1 Motherboards

Gigabyte is the first among AMD’s partners to introduce proprietary motherboards for an upcoming Socket AM1 platform. Initially the AM1 series will comprise only two models: the GA-AM1M-S2P and the GA-AM1M-S2H. Both feature micro-ATX form-factor and are supposed to house AMD Athlon/Sempron APUs. They employ two DIMM slots for the integration of up to 32 GB DDR3 memory with 1600 MHz frequency. The release is scheduled for March when the platform is officially introduced.



Gigabyte motherboards have got two SATA III 6 Gb/sec ports for the expansion of storage, one PCIe 2.0 x16, one PCIe x1 and one PCI connector for the connection of add-ons. Network functional consists of gigabit controller from Realtek, whereas audio functional is laid upon 7.1-channel HAD Realtek ALC 887 codec.


The differentiation between the two models lies in the set of internal/external interfaces. Hence, the GA-AM1M-S2P comes with two PS/2 ports, one D-Sub port, four USB ports (3.0 + 2.0), one RJ-45, …

SilverStone Debuts with a Tiny PC Case PT13

SilverStone announces the release of a new PC case from Petit series that is intended for Thin mini-ITX platforms only. Entitled PT13, the new-comer is differentiated by truly tiny dimensions of 186x182x42 mm. Its framework consists of a steel chassis and an aluminum flip-up cover.



The possibility to utilize the case as in horizontal so in vertical positions is thought to be the major peculiarity of PT13. Additionally, the case might be fixed to the rear facet of the monitor, due to the availability of a dedicated VESA bracket. The company estimated the price for the model at $59.


SilverStone PT13 supports the installation of a single HDD or SSD of 2.5-inch form-factor. In regards to the supported motherboards, their list involves models from Intel (DH61AGL, DQ77KB), ASRock (H61TM-ITX, Z77TM-ITX, B75TM-ITX, H77TM-ITX), and Gigabyte (GA-H61TN, GA-H77TN). The maximal height of the supported CPU coolers might not exceed the margin of 19 mm. Unfortunately, expansion slots are …

Scythe SCIOR-1000: a Comprehensive CPU Cooler with Top-Flow Design

Scythe is going to start the sales of its newest CPU cooler, entitled SCIOR-1000. It is honored for a comprehensive nature, since it might work with all contemporary CPUs, except for Intel Socket LGA2011 models. The other remarkable thing ascribed to the product is the employment of Top-Flow design.



Therein, the fan is localized over the heatsink, directing the airflow towards the whole framework, including the nickel-plated base. This way, it promotes for a better cooling effect.


Scythe SCIOR-1000 embraces also three 6 mm heat-pipes, along with a 100 mm fan. The latter supports PWM technology, so is able to reach the speed of 1800 RPM. The maximal noise level achieves 26.7 dB. Release date is scheduled for the final days of 2013. Some other specifications about the cooler are described below:

— framework dimensions: 136x117x107 mm, weight – 400 g.;

— supported platforms: Intel – LGA1366/115x/775 and AMD – FM1/FM2/AM2/AM2+/AM3/AM3+;

— heat-pipes: …
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