Gigabyte Debuts with Socket AM1 Motherboards

Gigabyte is the first among AMD’s partners to introduce proprietary motherboards for an upcoming Socket AM1 platform. Initially the AM1 series will comprise only two models: the GA-AM1M-S2P and the GA-AM1M-S2H. Both feature micro-ATX form-factor and are supposed to house AMD Athlon/Sempron APUs. They employ two DIMM slots for the integration of up to 32 GB DDR3 memory with 1600 MHz frequency. The release is scheduled for March when the platform is officially introduced.

Gigabyte motherboards have got two SATA III 6 Gb/sec ports for the expansion of storage, one PCIe 2.0 x16, one PCIe x1 and one PCI connector for the connection of add-ons. Network functional consists of gigabit controller from Realtek, whereas audio functional is laid upon 7.1-channel HAD Realtek ALC 887 codec.

The differentiation between the two models lies in the set of internal/external interfaces. Hence, the GA-AM1M-S2P comes with two PS/2 ports, one D-Sub port, four USB ports (3.0 + 2.0), one RJ-45, …

Thermaltake Adds 3 New PSUs to Toughpower DPS G Platinum Series

Gamers as well as enthusiasts now have an ideal solution for their PC-builds – a triplet of power supply units from Thermaltake with the best durability and facilities. The company has replenished Toughpower DPS G Platinum series with 850 W, 1050 W and 1200 W PSUs. All of them boast 80Plus Platinum certificate that ensures their efficiency at 94% level. The new-comers are backed by a 7-year’s limited warranty from the manufacturer.

Featuring 180x150x86 mm dimensions, Thermaltake Toughpower DPS G Platinum modules employ 100% Japanese capacitors with an extended range of operational temperatures (up to 105 C). The heart of the system is STMicroelectronics controller. It gives access to an advanced monitoring system that enables the display of system data either on the PC or a cloud server. Therewith, this info might be requested from any electronic device, including tablets & smartphones.

The models are known to support power-efficient modes for Intel Skylake platform. …

Sapphire Vid-2X Display Expander Review

Display expanders cannot be found in abundance on PC hardware market. In fact, not every user knows what the main purpose of those devices is. In the most general meaning, display expanders are splitters that allow the connection of two monitors towards a single output on a graphics card. However, their destination is not limited by this function only, since it might serve some other means as well. Sapphire introduces its own similar solution in the form of Vid-2X Display Expander model. The manufacturer assures that this splitter differs from traditional couplers in terms of functional and reliability.


Splitter Sapphire Vid-2X Display Expander is housed in a black plastic casing with gray side plates. The casing's cover is divided in two parts; the spacing between them serves ventilation and heat management means. The base accommodates rubber stands which provide for the framework steadiness. It should be mentioned that Sapphire delivers two models simultaneously …
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