ASRock Unveils Z170M OC Formula Mainboard

ASRock came into the market with a new small-sized overclocking-oriented mainboard. Entitled Z170M OC Formula, the model is designed in micro-ATX form-factor on the basis of Intel Z170 chipset. The latter is ready to cooperate with Intel Skylake CPUs for Socket LGA1151. The PCB offers a pair of DIMM slots for DDR4-4500 MHz RAM (up to 32 GB capacity).

ASRock Z170M OC Formula accommodates three PCIe 3.0 x16 expansion slots, enabling the creation of various graphics configurations (including Nvidia SLI & AMD CrossFireX). Storage subsystem is introduced by a pair of SATA Express ports (10 Gb/sec) as well as four SATA ports (6 Gb/sec) and one Ultra M.2 slot (32 Gb/sec).

This motherboard boasts a high-quality audio subsystem; it is based on Realtek ALC1150 controller, generating 7.1-channel sounding (Purity Sound 3). The 10-layer PCB comes with an integrated 14-phase power subsystem with dual-stack MOSFETs, premium choke coils, and solid-state capacitors Nichicon 12K Platinum. …

HP Employs Processors AMD Athlon II X2 221 and Sempron X2 198

The release of hybrid AMD processors of A series was announced about a year ago, however, their actual appearance in the market was delayed for a few months. It is a well-known fact that a part of those processors for Socket FM1 platform has got idle graphics block; this part of processors has been codenamed Athlon and Sempron. The two processor models from this series Athlon II X2 221 and Sempron X2 198 can be currently found in PCs manufactured by HP company.

Both processors have been observed in the list of specifications of desktop PCs delivered by HP: Athlon II X2 221 is employed in HP Pavillon p6-1169cx and p6-1226cn models, while Sempron X2 198 is employed in HP Pavillion p6-1152cx, 1230cx, 1231cx, and 1159cx models. The major peculiarity of such technological solution is that HP PCs with those processors are delivered only to the Chinese market.

Two-core Athlon II X2 221 operates at 2.8 GHz frequency, and accommodates 1 MB cache memory of the second level. It is …

It’s Already Here! Nvidia GeForce GTX 780 Officially Launched

Several months of prolonged rumors have ended in the final release of the much-wanted graphics card from Nvidia — GeForce GTX 780, designed for desktop devices. This is the second solution from this manufacturer for mainstream market, developed in accordance with 28 nm technological process (after Titan series), and the first representative of Nvidia GeForce 700 series. The product is based on Nvidia GK110 graphics core that features 2304 current processors, 192 TMUs and 48 ROPs.

With the attempt to enhance the card’s productivity and make it rival with Titan solutions, Nvidia has dynamically increased GPU clock frequencies from 837 MHz to 863 MHz (nominal) and from 876 MHz to 900 MHz (overclocked). This adapter employs PCI Express 3.0 internal interface. Power supply is realized by means of two power connectors: one 6-contact connector and one 8-contact connector.

In regards to video memory, the manufacturer incorporates highly-efficient GDDR5 modules with 384-bit …
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