Gigabyte GA-Z77MX-D3H: plus two ports Thunderbolt, plus 40 euros

Gigabyte has released the first motherboard form factor microATX, equipped with two ports Thunderbolt — GA-Z77MX-D3H TH. Taking into account the availability of the precursor (Z77MX-D3H), it’s interesting to compare the design and price of these models. First, about the cost of the product. The novelty is estimated at € 150, and its «little sister» — at € 108,50. If to subtract 10 euros from each of two amounts, there will be the minimum for which the cards will be available soon.

Gigabyte GA-Z77MX-D3H TH

What causes the difference in more than 40 euros? In general, the presence of two ports Intel Thunderbolt 10 Gb / s, which are implemented by the controller Intel DSL3510L. A high-speed connection can simultaneously serve several drives and a monitor. Minor changes were made to the design of the CPU power supply subsystem, which, nevertheless, remained a 6-channel. One of the long PCI Express slots was replaced by the second PCI-E 2.0 x1.

By and large, …

SilverStone Teases Sound-Dampening Kublai KL07 Chassis

SilverStone has found a way to reduce the noise level, produced by the multi-fan PC cases. Its new Kublai KL07 chassis is a true acknowledgement of the fact that cooling can be silent. The model’s side panels are made of steel, coated in special foam with wave-shape ornaments; this foam promotes for sound-dampening characteristics.

SilverStone Kublai KL07 supports the installation of micro-ATX/ATX motherboards with the maximum of 7 expansion slots. The chassis features 6 seats for the mounting of drives; three of them might be taken by 3.5-inch items. Unfortunately, there is no space for the integration of 5.25-inch drives.

Internal layout provides for the mounting of quite long video cards (up to 389 mm), standard ATX PS/2 power supply units (140-200 mm in length) and quite high CPU coolers (up to 163 mm); if there is need, it’s possible to include a 172 mm high cooler. Cooling system embraces three pre-installed 140-mm fans; still, there are three more seats for the …

ECS to Implement AMD Memory Profile Support into Its Motherboards

AMD has won a reputation not only for designing and supplying high-end processors but also for introducing its brand memory expansion, codenamed AMD Memory Profile. This development is called to store and share memory settings profiles and to facilitate the search for the most rational settings. Thus, ECS company is going to implement AMP support for DDR3 memory into its future and current lineup of motherboards. According to the available data, AMP technology will be applied to the upcoming motherboards with AMD processors, and to the current products by means of UEFI firmware update. This is the first 'revival' of the technology since its reconsideration and upgrade.

The integrated technology is destined to setup new frequency, voltage and timings showings which will facilitate in keeping DDR3 memory modules stable. As a rule, random-access memory with high frequencies of more than 2GHz require manual system overclocking. AMP will prevent the emergence of errors while setting …
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