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 …

Seasonic Teases a New Snow Silent 1050 W Power Supply

This season a new ‘white-color’ fashion trend has gripped many PC hardware manufacturers. Seasonic joined the tendency by introducing a new high-end power supply unit, codenamed Snow Silent 1050 W. It is intended enthusiasts and demanding gamers which aim to build a multi-GPU platform. The new-comer is already available at the European market at the price tag of 262.50 EUR.

Seasonic Snow Silent 1050 W boasts 80 Plus Platinum certificate, since it demonstrates 89%-94% efficiency in the majority of operational modes. This PSU is equipped with a single +12V bus, able to provide 87 A at 1044 W power. Such outstanding showings imply the employment of a high-quality hardware base and an advanced circuitry. In order to ensure maximum power and maximum stability, the model supports all modern protection utilities: OVP, OPP, UVP, OCP, OTP, and SCP.

The PSU features an absolutely modular design. Connection of graphics cards might be realized thanks to eight 6+2-pin connectors; …

Cooler Master V4 GTS Review: CPU Cooler with a Horizontal Vapor Chamber

The emergence of high-efficient processors incited the necessity to provide high-efficient cooling. It’s not a secret that utmost system performance directly depends upon CPU conditions. The more intense the loading is, the more appropriate thermal environment should be. Here everything is interrelated. Cooler Master, being one of the foremost global manufacturers of cooling solutions, always tries to comply with the rising demands to CPU thermal conditions. Thus, the launch of another cooler intended for extreme heat dissipation was quite an expected event. Codenamed V4 GTS, the product differentiates itself by the availability of a horizontal vapor chamber that enhances the cooling effect.

Design and Integration

Cooler Master V4 GTS features an unusual design, resembling a truck’s engine. Its surface is totally covered by a plastic shield, except for bare heatsink ribs at both sides. The overall framework has got symmetric elaboration with a well-considered …
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