The official announcement of the motherboard Biostar Hi-Fi Z77X

Company Biostar, taking the example of the motherboard market leaders, manufactures the product for the audiophile — Biostar Hi-Fi Z77X. In the latest model are involved: the processor socket LGA1155, the flagship chipset for the platform (Intel Z77), three full-height PCI Express x16 and 13-channel subsystem of CPU power. The developer promises high quality audio through 7.1-channel HD Blue-ray audio codec ALC898, Technology THX TruStudio Pro, Hi-Fi Ground (multi-layer PCB with protectors properties), and Puro Tone (signal / noise ratio — 110 dB), as well as resistors, Hi-Fi Resistor with tin oxide capacitors and Hi-Fi Cap.



Four slots for memory with dual access are designed for installation of modules DDR3-1066/.../2600 totaling 32 GB. In addition, the construction of SLI and CrossFire configurations using the formula «x8 + x8» is possible. The lower slot PCI-E 2.0 x16 x4 is good to use for high-speed SSD-drives, and «external» controllers. PCB has six ports Serial ATA …

HDD Western Digital VelociRaptor WD1000DHTZ Review

Western Digital started the winning of HDD market almost ten years ago. Since that time the company has managed to dramatically improve its manufacturing process and achieve the desirable heights. Its latest HDD solution, codenamed VelociRaptor WD1000DHTZ, deserves special attention thanks to its performance showings and low operational temperatures.



General Peculiarities


Flagship HDD VelociRaptor WD1000DHTZ goes in 1TB volume capacity and is destined for the employment primarily in workstations. It combines high performance along with reliability to become an efficient solution for professional office needs, compact servers, high-end workstations, rendering processes, and for the management of graphics content of high resolution. Upon the whole, this model stands somewhere between the entry level SSDs and winchesters of 3.5 inch form-factor.


Additionally, Western Digital delivers modifications of VelociRaptor which go in more modest capacities (250 GB and 500 GB). …

Overclocked Asus Strix R9 380 OC Graphics Card Review

AMD has recently updated its lineup of graphics cards, offering solutions for any taste and budget. Its Radeon R9 380 adapter is an appropriate balance of quality and price. Hence, there is small wonder that all company’s partners rushed into introducing their own versions of the card. The Strix R9 380 OC from Asus is undoubtedly one of the most outstanding interpretations. Let’s see what privileges it boasts.



General Specs


Asus Strix R9 380 OC is based on Antigua Pro GPU (28 nm) that entails 1792 CUDA cores, 32 ROPs and 11 TMUs. In contrast to the etalon model running at 970 MHz frequency, this card features 990 MHz nominal clock frequency. The codename – Strix-R9380-DC2OC-2GD5-Gaming implies that this item comes equipped with 2 GB of GDDR5 memory, operating at 5500 MHz efficient frequency. However, it is assumed that Asus will introduce the version with 4 GB memory to satisfy the needs of a wider audience.


PCB Layout


All hardware base components are …
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