Overview of the Chieftec FI-03B Case

Ever since with the light touch of the VIA Technologies the Mini-ITX motherboard standard has entered the consumer market, ample opportunities have opened up for fans of compact computer systems. However, the main problems of the still new form factor were quickly identified then. The most painful among them were issues of components compatibility (which were all produced for a more common ATX format), the problem of their cooling and, of course, the complete absence of sane small cases capable of taking such systems in.


In solving problems with the chassis, the industry initially chose two parallel paths. On the one hand, tiny boxes supplied with an external power supply were put into production. The maximum that they were able to accept was the processors from VIA and Intel with TDP not more than 20 watts. On the other hand, cases where it would be possible to assemble a good game system based on the Mini-ITX motherboard were created. But in size, they often reached the …

Gigabyte to Release a New Mini-ITX GA-J1800N-D2H Motherboard

Gigabyte is going to release its latest elaboration – mini-ITX motherboard, codenamed GA-J1800N-D2H. The model is peculiar by the availability of an integrated two-core Intel Celeron J1800 CPU that runs at 2.4/2.5 GHz. In its turn, this processor boasts only 10 TDP level, so it might be efficiently cooled by a single aluminum heatsink, without fans. Upon the whole, the board is targeting entry-level desktop systems and comes to the market at the price tag of $60.



Gigabyte GA-J1800N-D2H accommodates two SO-DIMM slots, ready to house DDR3-1333 MHz memory modules with the maximal capacity of 8 GB. The connection of optical drives and other storage solutions is realized via two SATA II 3 Gb/sec ports. Expansion facilities are not so versatile but quite appropriate for a small-sized board: one PCI Express 2.0 x1 slot and one mini-PCI Express slot; the latter is intended for the connection of Wi-Fi module.


To continue, audio subsystem traditionally operates by means of Realtek …

Sapphire Continues Its Victorious Onset on Graphics Card Market

News about fresh releases from Sapphire gladdens all potential customers and IT specialists with enviable frequency. The most recent news touches upon the upcoming release of a fresh graphics card codenamed HD 7870 XT with Boost. This model is based on AMD Radeon HD 7870 adapter and employs Tahiti chip with 1280 current processors and 80 texture blocks. The chip is designed on Graphics Core Next architecture that secures its improved facilities. The model employs PCI Express 3.0 x16 interface.



The integrated GPU works at nominal 925MHz frequency, but on activation of PowerTune Boost option this index rises to 975MHz. Memory, that is represented by 2GB of GDDR5 memory standard, demonstrates 6000MHz frequency. It provides for 192-bit rail access. An inventory of video interfaces involves a couple of mini-DisplayPort outputs, a single Dual Link DVI-I and a single HDMI port. Moreover, this graphics card supports AMD Eyefinity technology that allows the connection of several …
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