Asus A88X-Pro Motherboard Review: Ahead of Its Time

The elaboration of completely new APUs, codenamed Kaveri, compelled AMD work up one more suitable CPU socket – FM2+. Once after its launch, the leading manufacturers of motherboards have reacted on-the-fly, releasing proprietary models for a new platform. Asus, as usual, was among the first to introduce fresh solutions. Motherboard A88X-Pro is remarkable by the support of upcoming APUs, though it will be still possible to incorporate hybrid processors of the current generation for Socket FM2. For sure, this is not a mere advantage of the board. Let’s have a look at some other specs.

Key Peculiarities

Asus A88X-Pro is developed on AMD A88X chipset and houses an onboard Radeon HD 7000/8000 series graphics. The PCB allots 4 DIMM slots for DDR3 SDRAM modules. An overall capacity of modules set might achieve 64 GB, whereas an ultimate supported clock frequency makes up 2400 MHz. Expansion section is not as bright as a demanding customer would desire; nonetheless, it …

Thermaltake to Release a New Urban Chassis: Urban R31

Thermaltake Technology has just annunciated the release of yet another representative of Urban series: Urban R31. The chassis features mid-tower form-factor with 511x206x490 mm dimensions. It might boast a minimalist design concept with totally black coating, steel case, and aluminum frontal facet. The company offers the model in two framework variations: with an onboard side window and with a blind side facet. Unfortunately, there is no news so far concerning the pricing and an exact release date.

Thermaltake Urban R31 is ready to accommodate ATX or micro-ATX motherboards. Its internal layout comprises three 5.25-inch drive bays, six 3.5-inch drive bays, and one 2.5-inch drive bay. In addition, the chassis comes with a built-in dock-station on the top facet, ready to house one more 3.5/2.5-inch drive. Closer to the rear facet one can find seven PCI expansion slots.

To continue, spacing within the case allows for the integration of rather lengthy graphics cards (up to 410 …

Cooltek Rolls Out Thermolab CPU Coolers

Enlisting up support of a well-known German manufacturer PC Cooling GmbH (Cooltek brand), Thermolab brought on the European market a pair of small-sized CPU coolers. Codenamed LP53 and ITX30, the products are differentiated by the depth of the copper plates and the dimensions of the pre-installed fan. Both new-comers are predestined for mini-ITX and micro-ATX platforms with Intel LGA1156/1155/1150 socket and 100 W TDP processors.

The Thermolab LP53 features 100x94x53 mm dimensions and weighs 410 g (including fan). It consists of a copper base, two 6 mm heatpipes, and 7-blade PWM fan of 92 mm dimensional type. The latter is able to rotate within the speed range of 1000 RPM to 2100 RPM, producing up to 27 dB noise. The cooler’s price does not transcend 37 EUR.

In its turn, the Thermolab ITX30 features 100x94x30 mm dimensions and weighs 300 g. It accommodates a copper base, a heatsink, two 6 mm heatpipes, and a single 80 mm PWM fan. It supports a wider speed range – from …
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