Gigabyte GA-Z77MX-D3H: plus two ports Thunderbolt, plus 40 euros

Gigabyte has released the first motherboard form factor microATX, equipped with two ports Thunderbolt — GA-Z77MX-D3H TH. Taking into account the availability of the precursor (Z77MX-D3H), it’s interesting to compare the design and price of these models. First, about the cost of the product. The novelty is estimated at € 150, and its «little sister» — at € 108,50. If to subtract 10 euros from each of two amounts, there will be the minimum for which the cards will be available soon.

Gigabyte GA-Z77MX-D3H TH

What causes the difference in more than 40 euros? In general, the presence of two ports Intel Thunderbolt 10 Gb / s, which are implemented by the controller Intel DSL3510L. A high-speed connection can simultaneously serve several drives and a monitor. Minor changes were made to the design of the CPU power supply subsystem, which, nevertheless, remained a 6-channel. One of the long PCI Express slots was replaced by the second PCI-E 2.0 x1.

By and large, …

Motherboard Asus Maximus V Formula/ThunderFX Review

Latest Asus development, motherboard Asus Maximus V Formula, is notable for a rather high price. This is explained primarily by the implementation of high-end overclocking options and support of advanced brand technologies. Moreover, one might find this model at even higher price due to the availability of ThunderFX sound board in the nominal delivery set. Despite the pricing policy, this model is a desirable acquirement, since it provides unmatched performance and limitless facilities for overclockers.


Asus Maximus V Formula/ThunderFX is developed in XL-ATX form factor. The model is based on Intel Z77 chipset specifically for Socket LGA 1155 CPU slot. CPU supports Intel Turbo Boost 2.0 and Asus TurboV EVO technologies which give access to overclocking facilities. Dedicated facilities allow the customer to alter Bclk frequencies from 80 MHz to 300 MHz (with 0.1 MHz shot) and to change voltage index in CPU, memory chips, PLL, CSA.

This motherboard …

Zalman Intros CNPS8X Optima CPU Cooler

Zalman is considered to be a key player in PC hardware field mainly due to a perfect combination of quality, functionality and price tags. CPU coolers are not an exception, since they ensure efficient and low-noise cooling of hard-hitting processors. The company’s latest CNPS8X Optima cooler is all about innovation that turns it around. Improved framework makes the model compatible with practically all platforms from Intel and AMD, save for Intel Socket LGA 2011/2011-v3/1366.

Zalman CNPS8x Optima employs a large heatsink, three copper heatpipes, and a single 92 mm fan. The latter is based on long-life bearing and features 4-contact connector. It is able to rotate at about 1200 RPM, producing not more than 30 dB noise.

The list of innovative technologies integrated into the cooler includes:

— Direct Touch Heatpipe (DTH) technology wherein all three heatpipes are in direct touch with a heatspreader. This accelerates heat dissipation process, enhancing overall …
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