Motherboard ASUS 970 Pro Gaming/Aura Overview

Let’s start with the general technical characteristics:


Processors: AMD Sempron, Athlon, Phenom II, FX, Socket AM3 and Socket AM3 +

Core logic chipset: AMD 970 + AMD SB950

RAM: 4 x DDR3 for DIMM socket

Supported memory: up to 64 GB (unbuffered, non-ECC); dual-mode support, AMD A.M.P. and Intel X.M.P; support for DDR3 1066/1333/1600/1866/2133/2400 (OC) + MHz

Audio: Realtek ALC1150 (up to 8 channels)

Network: 1xIntel I211AT (10/100/1000 Mbit)

Expansion slots: 1 PCI Express x16 2.0 slot (PCIE2), physically as x16

1 x PCI Express x16 2.0 (PCIE4) slot, physically as x8

2 PCI Express x1 2.0 slots (PCIE1 and PCIE3)

2 x PCI slots

Graphics tandems support: AMD CrossFire; NVidia SLI

Disk subsystem: AMD SB950; — 6 SATA2 3Gb/s ports, support for ACHI, NCQ, RAID 0, RAID 1, RAID 0 + 1.

USB: AMD SB950:

— 8 ports USB 2.0/1.1 (2 connectors on the board for connecting 4 ports, 4 ports on the back of the board)

ASMedia ASM1042A:

— 2 USB …

The Latest Nvidia Volta Graphics Processors Are Expected to be Designed in Accordance with 12 nm Technology-specific Rules

Allegedly, in 2017 NVIDIA is going to release a new generation of Volta graphics processors, designed in conformity with 12 nm technology-specific rules. According to these rumours, Volta will take Pascal’s place in supercomputing, artificial intelligence and machine learning systems. It is expected, that modern chips will be manufactured at TSMC factories.



Moreover, in addition to supercomputing solutions, the chip manufacturer plans to launch a series of video cards, based on Pascal Refresh graphics engines. One of the first samples may be GeForce GTX 2080 Ti with a GP102 chip, utilized in the current GeForce GTX Titan X flagship.


The present-day GeForce GTX 1080 and GTX 1070 successors will obtain the GDDR5X memory support and higher operating frequency providing increase in productivity. Simultaneously, the number of CUDAs won’t change.


The mid-graphics segment will be represented by upgraded GeForce GTX 2060 Ti, GTX 2060, as well as GTX 2050 models, which …

EK-FC1080 GTX Ti Strix Water Blocks are Built for Asus ROG Strix GeForce GTX 1080 Ti 3D Cards

EK Water Blocks has announced a full-cover water block for Asus ROG Strix GeForce GTX 1080 Ti cards, called EK-FC1080 GTX Ti Strix.



The EKWB specialty effectively draws heat from the GPU, memory chips and voltage controller. It is designed according to the scheme with cooling liquid streamflow separation. Due to low hydrodynamic resistance this product is compatible with weak pumps.


The water block base is produced out of copper and nickel-plated, and the lid is made out of acrylic plastic or POM Acetal material (depending on the version). The transparent lid has two openings for 3 mm LEDs. The manufacturer also marks the presence of the décor overlay with a 3D card name, which covers ports for tubes connection. As an option customers can get a plate to be fixed on the back side of the PCB. EK-FC1080 GTX Ti Strix Backplate – Black (the back one) costs 20 EUR, and EK-FC1080 GTX Ti Strix Backplate – Nickel (nickelized) costs 38 EUR.


The approximate price of EK …
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