Qualcomm Unveils Snapdragon 425, 435 & 625 Mobile CPUs

Qualcomm has added three new mobile processors to its Snapdragon lineup. The Snapdragon 425, 436 and 625 boast improved functional, higher level of performance as well as longer-time of off-line operation for tablets & smartphones. The triplet entails 4/8 ARM Cortex-A53 CPU cores which run at 1.4 GHz (425, 435)/ 2.0 GHz (625 model) frequency.



The least efficient CPU is Qualcomm Snapdragon 425. It’s equipped with Qualcomm Adreno 308 graphics core and shows compatibility with eMMC 5.2 drive, LPDDR-667 MHz RAM, 16-megapixel cameras of 1280x720 resolution. Qualcomm Snapdragon 435 accommodates a more efficient Adreno 505 graphics core. It is able to cooperate with LPDDR3-800 MHz memory, internal eMMC 5.1 drives as well as external SD 3.0 memory cards.


In its turn, Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 is thought to be the most powerful CPU in the series. It is based according to 14-nm technological process and Adreno 506 GPU. This model can work with LPDDR3-933 MHz RAM and 24-megapixel …

ASRock Introduces Affordable H110M-DS/Hyper Mainboard

ASRock enters the market with another budget-oriented micro-ATX mainboard – the H110M-DS/Hyper (the recommended price makes up $60). The greenhorn is designed on Intel H110 chipset as well as ASRock Hyper BCLK Engine. The latter realizes the overclocking of Intel Skylake CPUs (for Socket LGA1151) by means of BCLK alteration; therewith, all other key nodes operate off-the-shelf.



ASRock H100M-DS/Hyper employs 4+1-phase power subsystem. The PCB accommodates 2x DIMM slots for DDR4-2133 MHz RAM with the maximal volume of 32 GB. Storage subsystem is represented by four SATA III ports, whereas expansion facilities include one PCIe 3.0 x16 and one PCIe 2.0 x1 ports.


Audio subsystem is governed by Realtek ALC887 controller and three 3.5-mm sockets. In its turn, network facilities are backed by Realtek RTL8111GR controller. Connectivity options embrace one RJ-45 port, one DVI video port, two PS/2 ports, and four USB ports for peripherals (both v 2.0 and v 3.0).

Overclocked Asus Strix R9 380 OC Graphics Card Review

AMD has recently updated its lineup of graphics cards, offering solutions for any taste and budget. Its Radeon R9 380 adapter is an appropriate balance of quality and price. Hence, there is small wonder that all company’s partners rushed into introducing their own versions of the card. The Strix R9 380 OC from Asus is undoubtedly one of the most outstanding interpretations. Let’s see what privileges it boasts.



General Specs


Asus Strix R9 380 OC is based on Antigua Pro GPU (28 nm) that entails 1792 CUDA cores, 32 ROPs and 11 TMUs. In contrast to the etalon model running at 970 MHz frequency, this card features 990 MHz nominal clock frequency. The codename – Strix-R9380-DC2OC-2GD5-Gaming implies that this item comes equipped with 2 GB of GDDR5 memory, operating at 5500 MHz efficient frequency. However, it is assumed that Asus will introduce the version with 4 GB memory to satisfy the needs of a wider audience.


PCB Layout


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