ECS Develops Haswell-Compatible Motherboard Z87H3-A2X Extreme

At the cusp of an official release of Intel’s fourth generation processors each hardware designer tries to elaborate new Haswell-compatible components. Motherboard manufacturers are probably the ones to introduce the lion’s share of such products. ECS is not an exception. According to the data provided by a reputable source, ECS is soon going to release its newest prime-class board codenamed Z87H3-A2X Extreme. The first meeting with the new-comer is planned within the boundaries of Computex 2013 exhibition taking place in June.



As seen from the codename, ECS Z87H3-A2X Extreme is based on Intel Z87 Express chipset covered by a black-and-red heatsink. The model employs full-sized printed circuit board, Socket LGA1150, and 12-phase VRM for CPU power supply with gold-plate solid-state capacitors. Power subsystem elements are cooled down by a voluminous CoolTech V heatsink. This heatsink is connected with a chipset one by means of a nickel-plated copper heat pipe.


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Transcend SSD220S: Affordable TLC-Based Solid-State Drive

Transcend expands its lineup of SSDs with a new model – the SSD220S. It is based on 15-nm TLC memory chip available in 240 GB & 480 GB capacities. The model employs SATA 6 Gb/sec interface as well as DDR3 cache-memory. The drive is housed in a small-sized aluminum case (100x69.85x6.8 mm dimensions).



Transcend SSD220S boasts satisfactory Read/Write speed showings: sequential Read/Write data transfer activity – 550/450 Mb/sec, random – Read/Write data transfer activity (4K) – 80.000 IOPS. At the same time, Read/Write incompressible data transfer speed does not go beyond 330 Mb/sec. Moreover, these SSDs support all modern technologies, including Advanced Garbage Collection, SMART, TRIM, NCQ, and DevSleep.


To add, it’s always possible to upload SSD Scope software pack to further improve the performance. The drive is ready to operate in a wide range of temperatures (0-+70 degrees). The 240-gigabyte model costs 69 EUR, whereas its senior companion (480-gigabyte item) …

Review of the ASUS ROG Strix GeForce GTX 1050 Ti Video Card

Let’s have a quick glare at one of the latest novelties in the market of graphics solutions – another representative of ASUS, to be exact, ASUS ROG Strix GeForce GTX 1050 Ti.


Equipment and Design

The card comes in a small box. The package has got extra case pads, VELCRO ties for wires, as well as the code for World of Warships 15 days’ premium mode. A good set for a this class representative.


ASUS ROG Strix GeForce resembles older video cards in this series: the same solid cooling with a large heat sink and a pair of fans, strict design. Given the low TDP, everything looks quite serious. The total length of the video card is 24 cm. The cooler takes up two slots.


The reverse side is protected by a metal plate. In the corner there is an additional power slot having six pins. The regular version of GeForce GTX 1050 Ti needs no extra power. The side panel of the cooler has a small illuminated logo.


The backlight is customizable through the ASUS Aura app. …
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