MSI is preparing new model - Radeon HD 7970 with a water-block

The well-known in IT-maker Company MSI announced about appearance of new videoadapter based on GPU Tahiti XT chipset. Its diversity from the other Radeon HD 7970 can be seen with the naked eye, instead of an air cooler practically the entire surface of the PCB is covered with waterblock brand EK. It differs markedly from the original version, since it is designed specifically for the MSI R7970 Lightning model. Relation of adapter to the Lightning series is easily determined by the inscription at the interface connector PCI-E 3.0 x16, as well as non-standard set of video outputs (2x DVI, 4x Mini DisplayPort) and configuration of additional power connectors (2x PCI-E Power 8-pin).



Obviously, the accelerator is positioned as the Radeon HD 7970 GHz Edition and has a nominal frequency of at least 1050 MHz. Will MSI risk, like Sapphire did, and provide the card with 6 GB of memory? Probably not. The «advanced» composition of the printed circuit board and water block of full coverage …

Motherboard Gigabyte GA-F2A85X-UP4 Review

The second generation of AMD A-Series hybrid processors, announced earlier in October, are already integrated in a number of graphics solutions. The newly appeared products are compatible with Socket FM2 only and cannot be applied for Socket FM1 infrastructure. This implies that a number of motherboards lose their upgrade facilities and can't be updated with a new advanced solution. Still, the market is currently ready to present a few boards destined to operate with the updated AMD A-Series. Gigabyte is one of the pioneers in this respect, introducing its motherboard GA-F2A85X-UP4, developed specifically for Socket FM2.



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Gigabyte GA-F2A85X-UP4 is designed in ATX form-factor with 305x244 mm PCB dimensions. AMD A85X chipset is a heart of the motherboard; it secures the compatibility with A-Series (second gen.) APU and Athlon CPUs in the implementation of Socket FM2. The overall TDP level claimed for the model is not more than 100W. The PCB allots four DIMM slots …

Lian Li to Release a New PC-Q35 Case with a Door Lock

Lian Li, a Taiwanese vendor of unique PC cases, is about to release a new mini-ITX case in the Western European market. Entitled PC-Q35, the model features 514x261x356 mm dimensions and weighs 4.3 kg. It is peculiar by a classical brand Lian Li’s design with minimum decorations and great functional. Nonetheless, its main peculiarity is the implementation of a lock on the frontal door. The new-comer is already available for pre-order for a price of 129 EUR.



Lian Li PC-Q35 will come in two color solutions, black and silver. The chassis takes benefit of anti-dust filters and metallic feet with rubber soles; the latter are called to efficiently damp the vibrations. Internal layout supports for the installation of mini-ITX and mini-DTX motherboards, a pair of PCI Express expansion cards of up to 300 mm in length, ATX-compatible power supply unit up to 200 mm in length, and CPU air cooling system of up to 95 mm in height.


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