Motherboard Biostar Hi-Fi Z77X Review

Biostar is the company known for the continual advancement of its brand products. Not an exclusion is its motherboard sector which is represented by dozens of high-end items. Recent days have been marked by the Biostar's announcement about the start of sales of its new motherboard, codenamed Hi-Fi Z77X, that belongs to PURO Hi-Fi lineup. The new motherboard is a conglomeration of unique facilities developed specifically to satisfy the needs of inveterate audio fans.

Specifications and Supported Technologies

Biostar Hi-Fi Z77X is developed in ATX form-factor with the involvement of high-end electrolyte capacitors. This model is compatible with LGA1155 processors Intel Core i7, i5 and i3, including the latest 22 nm Ivy Bridge chips of the third generation and 32 nm Sandy Bridge chips of the preceding generation. This motherboard is equipped with four DIMM DDR3 slots and is able to support up to 32 GB of two-channel DDR3-1600, 1333, and 1066 MHz RAM. It also supports DirectX …

Intel is preparing a quad-core Core i7-3740QM, 3840QM and 3940XM

In late September — early October, Intel plans to update the lineup of Core i7 processors on the cores generation Ivy Bridge (22 nm). It is expected that within a few months users will witness the announcement of the CPU for laptops Core i7-3740QM, 3840QM and 3940XM, which will replace released in April 3720QM, 3820QM and 3920XM, respectively.

According to the information from web resources, the trio will receive an increase of 100 MHz from the predecessors, retaining the previous TDP and probably the recommended price. A common feature of the new processors is four x86-cores that handle data in 8 threads (Hyper-Threading).

Core i7-3940XM operates at a nominal frequency of 3 GHz, equipped with 8 MB cache of the third level, two-channel controllers DDR3-1333/1600, graphics subsystem Intel HD 4000. There is support for dynamic overclocking Turbo Boost, Virtualization VT-x and VT-d, new commands AES and instructions AVX. TDP 3940XM is 55 watts.

Core i7-3840QM has almost …

KFA2 Introduces Shortcut GTX 960 OC 2 GB Video Card

KFA2 comes out to the European market with a shortcut version of Nvidia’s GeForce GTX 960 adapter. The GTX 960 OC 2GB features 193x124.3x41.5 mm dimensions, compatible with small-sized PC cases (mini-ITX form-factor). Despite an unusual design, the model offers five video outputs: three DisplayPort, one DVI-I and one HDMI 2.0. The new-comer will be available from retailers at 199 EUR price tag.

KFA2 GTX 960 OC 2GB is based on GM206 GPU with 1280 stream processors, 10 SMM, and 64 ROPs. It operates at heightened clock frequencies – 1165 MHz (nominal) and 1228 MHz (dynamic). The core is supported by 2 GB of GDDR5 memory (128-bit bus) that runs at the reference 7010 MHz clock frequency. Power supply is organized by means of a 6-pin connector.

As for cooling system, it is represented by three copper heatpipes and a pair of low-noise fans. It should be noted that in standby mode the cooler totally switches off the fans in order to minimize the noise level.
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