ASRock FM2A88M-HD+ to Support the Latest AMD Kaveri APUs

ASRock has recently announced a new series of motherboards that are based on the prime-class AMD A88X chipset, targeting Socket FM2(+) CPUs of Trinity and Richland generation. Moreover, they are supposed to support the new-gen AMD Kaveri APUs with Steamroller microarchitecture. One of the most outstanding models within the series is FM2A88M-HD+ motherboard, which features a large amount of slots and sockets. At the same time, it remains a cost-efficient solution.

ASRock FM2A88M-HD+ is designed in a micro-ATX form-factor, featuring 234x183 mm dimensions. The company claims that this model is able to accommodate DDR3 RAM with 2133 MHz frequency, housed in two DIMM slots. Therein, the maximal memory capacity might achieve 32 GB. Hardware base consists of prime-quality solid-state capacitors and durable chokes. Three expansion slots are introduced by one PCI, one PCIe 2.0 x1, and one high-speed PCIe 3.0 x16; the latter demonstrates up to 15.75 Mb/sec bandwidth.

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Thermaltake Toughpower Grand: PSUs for Multi-GPU Systems

Taking into account increasing needs of gamers and enthusiasts in a reliable power supply for gaming and multi-GPU systems, Thermaltake decided to replenish its Toughpower Grand series of PSUs with two new models. The 1050 W and 1200 W units feature a totally modular design and boast 80Plus Gold certificate, demonstrating up to 93% efficiency on workload. In order to vindicate durability, the company delivers the couple with a 7-year’s limited warranty.

Thermaltake Toughpower Grand devices accommodate high-quality hardware base, including 100% Japanese solid-state capacitors with a vast range of operational temperatures (up to 105 degrees). Both models come with a single +12V bus and handy ribbon cables. The 3 OZ Copper PCB implies the implementation of triple copper layer in the base of the PCB; this reduces heating and simultaneously enhances performance.

Both units are known to support C6 and C7 power-saving modes for Intel Haswell processors. In addition, they are …

A New Series of Haswell-Based Gigabyte Brix Mini-PCs

The appearance of Brix mini-PCs last spring was Gigabyte’s debut in this market segment. The first products were elaborated specifically for Intel Ivy Bridge processors. However, the company decided to update the line of ultra-compact PCs with four new models. Entitled GB-BXCE-2955, GB-BXi7-4500, GB-BXi5-4200, and GB-BXi3-4010, the products are characterized by the support of power-efficient Intel Haswell CPUs.

The most efficient model is Gigabyte GB-BXi7-4500 with the integrated Intel Core i7-4500U processor (1.8/3.0 GHz), whereas the least efficient turns to be Gigabyte GB-BXCE-2955, based on Intel Celeron 2955U (1.4 GHz). At the same time, Gigabyte GB-BXi5-4200 is equipped with Intel Core i5-4200U CPU (1.6/2.6 GHz) and Gigabyte GB-BXi3-4010 comes with Intel Corei3-4010U solution (1.7 GHz).

Except for diverse CPUs, all four Brix mini-PCs feature practically analogous specifications:

— dimensions: 114.4x107.6x29.9 mm;

— memory: two DIMM slots, support for 16 …
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