Gigabyte to Release GA-Z170X-SOC Force Mainboard for Overclockers

Gigabyte has expanded its line of overclocking solutions by a new motherboard, codenamed GA-Z170X-SOC Force. The greenhorn is based on Intel Z170 chipset, supporting Skylake-S CPUs for LGA 1151 socket (14-nm technological process). The PCB is distinguished by the inclusion of fiery-orange components and a sophisticated allocation of hardware.



Gigabyte GA-Z170X-SOC Force features 22-phase VRM system and three power connectors: ATX12V, EPS12V & OC PEG. The PCB incorporates such high-quality component as DrMOS PowIRstage from International Rectifier. All power elements might be paired with hybrid cooling; for this purpose, the customer has to acquire G1/4 fittings.


The motherboard accommodates 4 slots for DDR4-3300 MHz RAM with the maximal capacity of 64 GB. Storage subsystem might be organized thanks to 9 SATA III ports, 3 SATA Express ports (10 Gb/sec bandwidth index), 3 M.2 Socket 3 ports (32 Gb/sec bandwidth index), and a pair of USB 3.1 Type-A/Type-C ports. Graphical …

New Graphics Card from Elsa with S.A.C. System

Elsa is currently preparing to launch an ingenious graphics card on the basis of Nvidia GeForce GTX 650 Ti adapter. Codenamed Elsa GeForce GTX 650 Ti S.A.C., is considered to be the 'quietest' card available in the market due to the implementation of Silent Air Cooling technology that keeps the noise level at the maximum of 25 dB. Under the manufacturer's ideas, its new creation will perfectly suit those people who long for low-noise desktop system operation.



Elsa GeForce GTX 650 Ti S.A.C. is developed on two-slot printed circuit board of 145 mm in length, specifically for PCI-e 3.0 x16 bus. This graphics solution houses GK106 chip with 768 CUDA cores and Kepler architecture; it's designed under 28 nm technological process. The nominal GPU frequency is estimated at 928 MHz. The maximal index of power consumption approximates 110W.


The integration of the graphics card involves 1024 MB memory of GDDR5 type which goes with 128-bit interface. The nominal memory clock frequency …

Thermalright Readies Le Grand Macho Passive Cooler

Thermalright decided to gladden all devotees of ultra-quiet PC systems by designing an efficient passive cooler – Le Grand Macho. This is a conventional tower cooler, supporting new and outdated CPUs of up to 95 W TDP. Hence, the greenhorn is compatible with Intel LGA 775/115x/1366/2011/2011-3 as well as AMD FM2/FM2+/FM1/AM2/AM2+/AM3/AM3+ platforms.



Initially, Thermalright Le Grand Macho is void of any fan; nonetheless, its framework presupposes the installation of one or two high-efficiency fans (120/140 mm), which are able to cope with 300-watt CPUs.


The cooler consists of a nickel-plated base, seven heatpipes and a voluminous aluminum heatsink with 35 fins. The latter come with perforations which counteract air between the plates with low air resistance. The base features a convex-shaped contact surface (that optimizes cooling efficiency) and is perfectly polished. Seven 6-mm heatpipes are solidly integrated into the base, ensuring ideal heat dissipation.


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