Gigabyte Unveils GA-E2100N Motherboard with SoC

Gigabyte has replenished its line of mini-ITX motherboards with a new remarkable model: the GA-E2100N. The product is targeting the segment of small-sized desktops or home media systems. It is based on AMD Kabini platform for Socket AM1 and equipped with AMD E1-2100 SoC with passive cooling solution. Featuring 170x170 mm, the board offers the whole range of facilities any modern full-sized model avails.

The integrated into Gigabyte GA-E2100N chip comes with an in-built Radeon HD 8210 graphics core with the support for DirectX 11.1 standard and with 1 MB of L2 cache. The chip operates at 1 GHz frequency, consuming not more than 9 W power. SoC is accompanied by two slots for the installation of up to 32 GB DDR3 memory modules with the maximal frequency of 1333 MHz.

The PCB is designed according to Gigabyte Ultra Durable 4 Plus template. It presumes the employment of high-quality components serving to protect the system from humidity, electrostatic discharge, voltage …

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

All hardware base components are …

Transcend Launches New mSATA and Half-Slim SATA SSD Solutions

Transcend, a renowned manufacturer of diverse data storage solutions, launches three new SSD models targeting industrial sector. Codenamed MSA740 and MSA630, the two models are developed in mSATA form-factor, while their companion, entitled HSD630, has got half-slim SATA format. In retail sale all three SSD lines are available in several capacity variations. Hence, MSA740 with SATA III 6Gb/sec interface goes with 32 GB, 64 GB and 128 GB capacities; at the same time, MSA630 and HSD630, featuring SATA II 3Gb/sec interface, go with 32 GB and 64 GB capacities only. All three SSD lines are characterized by a proven durability, stability of operation, and low power consumption, combined with an utmost efficiency.

SSD Transcend MSA740 features 29.85x50.8x4 mm dimensions and is equipped with a powerful controller that promotes for the highest speed showings. The maximal sequential Read/Write speed equals to 520/270 MB/sec correspondingly, while the maximal random Read speed (4KB blocks) …
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