ECS Implements Advanced Technologies in Z77H2-A5X Deluxe

ECS is going to release a new motherboard Z77H2-A5X Deluxe developed under the latest technologies with the highest quality standards. The model belongs to ECS Black Series and is predestined specifically for experienced users, overclockers, and just demanding customers. The board is designed in ATX form-factor and employs high-quality semiconductor capacitors, load-proof fins and heat pipes, as well as triple goldish coverage. It is compatible with Intel Ivy/Sandy Bridge processors and LGA1155 socket.

The motherboard inventory embraces 32GB of two-channel DDR3 memory (4 DIMM), the nominal clock frequency of which equals to 1866 MHz; this index might be increased to 2133 MHz on overclocking activity. The board accommodates two PCI Express Gen2 x16 slots (for CrossFireX support and graphics card upgrade), two PCI Express Gen2 x1 and the same number of PCI slots for the connection of other cards. Besides, Z77H2-A5X Deluxe is notable for a good potential in mutual operation with …

Haswell processors for laptops will consume up to 57 W, desktop - up to 100

Intel provides with three graphics levels: GT1, GT2 and GT3. Desktop processors won’t receive graphics performance higher than GT2, but mobile processors will be able to boast of with GT3 class. Support of PCI Express 3.0 for Haswell processors will be quite usual characteristics, but at the memory controller little progress is seen — yet provides dual-channel DDR3-1600.

By energy consumption Haswell desktop versions will be divided into models with values of 35, 45, 65 and 95 watts of TDP level. For mobile processors the values are ​​37, 47 and 57 W. Finally, ultra book processors with built-in system logic will be filled by TDP level not more than 15 watts. It is assumed that this will enable them, among other things, be in standby mode up to 10 days without charge.

The desire of Intel to compete with AMD in terms of performance integrated in graphics processor, will add some work to companies producing cooling systems for laptops. The developers report about …

AMD Launches a New Driver Package Catalyst 13.8 Beta2

AMD has launched a second version of driver package Catalyst 13.8 that is called to dramatically enhance the efficiency in some games. The soft is compatible with Windows 8/7/Vista OS (32-/64-bit), supporting AMD Radeon (5000/6000/7700/7800/7900 series) and AMD Mobility Radeon (5000M/6000M/7000M/8000M series) GPUs.

Users can expect the following improvements:

— the resolution of problems with the image quality in ‘Van Helsing’ on anti-aliasing activation via Catalyst Control Center;

— the minimization of frame pacing delays in ‘Sniper Elite’, ‘Watch Dogs’, ‘World of Warcraft’, and ‘Tomb Raider’;

— the elimination of game image distortion in ‘Doom 3 BFG Edition’;

— the increase in efficiency in ‘Minimum’ (in CrossFireX), ‘Castlevania Lords of Shadow’ (in CrossFireX), and ‘RIPD’;

— the 9% increase in fps efficiency in ‘Splinter Cell Blacklist’ (Ultra settings);

— the 25% increase in efficiency in ‘Saints Row …
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