Mini-PC Sapphire Edge HD3 Review

Mini-PCs are gaining popularity among people who do not want to relinquish their demands towards the performance and aesthetic appearance. Full-Tower casings will suits probably gamers and enthusiasts, laptops – to people always on move, and mini-PCs — to individuals who appreciate efficiency and ergonomics. Sapphire gladdened its customers with Edge HD2 model last year, and this season the company offers an advanced solution in the form of mini-PC Edge HD3. Indeed, this model can substitute the full-tower PC and provide for better usability.


First of all, it should be mentioned that Sapphire Edge HD3 design befits to its predecessor, HD2. The new model has got rubbered plastic enclosure, smooth shape and black color. The basic attraction for potential clientele is the mini-PC dimensions: the product does not exceed the standard paper format and will be practically invisible on the desk. Still, there is a distinction between the two models. Edge HD3 is notable …

Greeting an Affordable Z170A-X1/3.1 Mainboard from ASRock

ASRock is known for developing high-quality hardware components for a relatively affordable price. Thence, its latest Z170A-X1/3.1 ATX mainboard is not an exception, since its price tag does not go beyond $100. In order to cheapen the prime cost, the manufacturer backed away SATA Express & M.2 connectors, limiting the PCB by six SATA III 6 Gb/sec ports.

To add, instead of a modern 8-channel audio controller it incorporated a well-known Realtek ALC892 item. The other boons of modernity remained unchanged. Thus, ASRock took Intel Z170 top chipset as the basis for the motherboard. The chipset is targeting the latest Intel Skylake CPUs for Socket LGA1151. The PCB accommodates 4 DIMM slots for dual-channel DDR4-3466 MHz RAM (up to 64 GB max. capacity).

Graphics facilities are ensured thanks to a pair of PCI Express 3.0 x16 slots, although there are three more PCI Express 3.0 x1 slots for the connection of other items. Network options are entrusted to gigabit Intel I219V LAN …

HIS submitted a non-reference card Radeon HD 7970 X

Hightech Information System Company has completed the development of its secret weapon — the video card HIS 7970 X. The relatively modest-looking product, according to producer’s statement, is equipped with a (18 +1 +1)-channel power supply system, high-performance cooler IceQ X2 and non-standard set of ports — four Mini DisplayPort, single DVI and HDMI. The technology AMD Eyefinity 6 is supported — simultaneous work with six monitors. Clock frequency speeds up model 1000/6000 MHz for core and memory respectively. Hong Kong vendor assigns a novelty to a class of graphics cards Radeon HD 7970 GHz Edition.

The cooler is composed by a copper base, three 6-mm and two 8-mm heat pipes, ribs (cooler chips on the VRM and RAM), an aluminum radiator. A pair of 90-mm fan cool the core of Tahiti XT (2048 shaders, 384-bit memory bus) which combines with 3072 MB of memory GDDR5. Additional power is provided by two 8-pin connectors PCI-E Power, in addition memory individually powered …
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