HP Employs Processors AMD Athlon II X2 221 and Sempron X2 198

The release of hybrid AMD processors of A series was announced about a year ago, however, their actual appearance in the market was delayed for a few months. It is a well-known fact that a part of those processors for Socket FM1 platform has got idle graphics block; this part of processors has been codenamed Athlon and Sempron. The two processor models from this series Athlon II X2 221 and Sempron X2 198 can be currently found in PCs manufactured by HP company.

Both processors have been observed in the list of specifications of desktop PCs delivered by HP: Athlon II X2 221 is employed in HP Pavillon p6-1169cx and p6-1226cn models, while Sempron X2 198 is employed in HP Pavillion p6-1152cx, 1230cx, 1231cx, and 1159cx models. The major peculiarity of such technological solution is that HP PCs with those processors are delivered only to the Chinese market.

Two-core Athlon II X2 221 operates at 2.8 GHz frequency, and accommodates 1 MB cache memory of the second level. It is …

Greeting GT51CA Gaming Desktop from Asus

Asus has just unveiled another representative of ROG lineup – a powerful gaming desktop, entitled GT51CA. The greenhorn boasts an aggressive steel design, replenished by a 4-zone LED backlight. The latter allows choosing among 8 million colors as well as several lighting modes. ‘OC’ mode automatically activates the backlight on overclocking process (by pushing Turbo Gear button). The case features 587x584x262 mm dimensions to fit any environment.

Asus ROG GT51CA comes with one of two available Intel Core CPUs: i5-6600K, running at 3.5/3.9 GHz frequency (4.3 GHz in OC mode), or i7-6700K, yielding 4.0/4.2 GHz frequency (4.6 GHz in OC mode). Both variations are targeting Intel Z170 platform. The CPU is supplemented by DDR4-2133 MHz RAM (16-64 GB capacity). During overclocking its clock frequency might be increased up to 2400-2800 MHz index.

This desktop allows for the integration of one out of 5 permissible graphics cards of Nvidia GeForce series: GTX 970 (GDDR5, 4 GB), …

Well-Knit Gigabyte GA-B85N Phoenix Motherboard Review

While mini-ITX motherboards keep on arousing customers’ mistrust, manufacturers move heaven and earth to eliminate any doubts. Take GA-B85N Phoenix model from Gigabyte alone. It is absolutely ready to satisfy all basic needs a modern high-performance PC requires. In addition, it is not as pricey as its full-format competitors. Hence, what a demanding customer will get for about $100?


Gigabyte GA-B85N Phoenix boasts the following technical data sheet:

— chipset: Intel B85, socket – LGA 1150, supported CPUs – Pentium, Celeron, Xeon, Core (Haswell gen.);

— memory: 2x DIMM slots, DDR3 SDRAM, volume – 16 GB, max. frequency – 1600 MHz;

— expansion: 1x PCIe 3.0 x16, 1x mini-PCIe 2.0 x1;

— storage: 3x SATA III 6 Gb/sec, 1x SATA II 3 Gb/sec, 1x mSATA 6 Gb/sec, all governed by the chipset;

— graphics: Intel HD Graphics onboard, two video outputs (HDMI 1,4a, DVI-I);

— fan connectors: 2x 4-pin;

— audio: Realtek ALC898, 7.1 …
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