ASRock Introduces Its Upgraded DeskMini PCs

The ASRock Co. has brought to the CES 2017 event its upgraded RX and GTX lines DeskMini PCs.



Details are obscure; however, general info is available. It is known, for example, that the dimensions of these devices are 210 х 137.5 х 81.9 mm. The motherboards utilized are of Mini-STX form factor, and the supposed CPUs are of the Kaby Lake generation.


The highest RAM capacity of these models equals to 32 GB; and there’s a possibility to embed drives due to the 2 SATA connectors and 3 M.2 slots. Such ports as USB 3.0 (x3), USB 2.0 (x2), HDMI (x2), DisplayPort, Mini DisplayPort, Thunderbolt 3 and Gigabit Ethernet deliver extra convenience.


These novelties can be equipped with either GeForce GTX 1060 or Radeon RX 460, RX 470, RX 480 (MXM) graphics cards. At the same time, the TDP rate should not exceed 120 W.


Therefore, we can assume that ASRock will produce fully gaming and rather effective VR compatible compact PCs.

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, …

A Pair of New Graphics Cards Radeon HD 7950 Boost Edition from MSI

MSI has replenished its series of Radeon HD 7950 graphics cards with a pair of new Boost Edition models. Codenamed R7950-3GD5 BE and R7950-3GD5/OC BE, both adapters feature practically identical to the first two releases (of the very series) design. Nonetheless, the novels are known to support AMD ZeroCore with Boost technology that provides for an automatic GPU clock frequency boost on conditions of an increased computing loading. Dynamic clock frequency indices of both models are not so dramatic, since they exceed the nominal showings at 10 MHz only; still, the support of a brand MSI Afterburner utility enables a raise of frequencies to the required level.



The two representatives of MSI Radeon HD 7950 Boost Edition series employ GDDR5 memory with an overall capacity of 3 GB and 384-bit interface. Its nominal clock frequency equals to 1250 MHz, while its efficient frequency achieves 5000 MHz. Memory modules, as well other critical components, are cooled down by a two-slot …
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