Athlon II X2 221 and 198 Sempron X2 (FM1) appeared in the systems HP

It is well known that part of hybrid processors AMD for platform Socket FM1 have a non-working graphics power, so for their release the market brands Athlon and Sempron are used. Last fall, it was reported about the upcoming appearance in the sale of dual-core chip Athlon II X2 221 and 198 Sempron X2, but information about its actual release appeared only now. This hitch is not surprising, given the fact that these processors are still used only on computers in the collection of HP brand for the Chinese market.

Sempron X2 198 (2.5GHz) was seen in the budget desktop HP Pavilion p6-1152cx, p6-1159cx, p6-1230cx and p6-1231cx. This CPU includes two core architectures AMD K10.5, 2x512 KB cache of second level and dual-channel DDR3-1600. The TDP level is 65W.

Athlon II X2 221 clock frequency is 2.8 GHz. Other characteristics of processor are the same as in the lower Sempron X2 198. Both models support 64-bit code, virtualization, AMD-V and instructions even SSE4a. Athlon II X2 …

The First Take on Versa N23 Chassis from Thermaltake

Thermaltake PC cases have never been a frustration. The Versa N23 is not an exception. It is a combination of functionality balanced with modern styling and a bit of company’s passion. The middle-tower chassis draws attention by the front panel with light-blue insertions against black panel. The other attraction is the right-side panel with an integrated acrylic window.

Thermaltake Versa N23 is intended to accommodate mini-ITX, micro-ATX and ATX motherboards with the maximum of 7 expansion slots. The availability of ODD bays enables the installation of two 5.25-inch drives. The layout also welcomes five 3.5-/2.5-inch drives which might be mounted without any tools.

Internal space is enough for 160-mm high CPU coolers, PS/2 ATX power supply units and 250-mm long graphics cards. If retrieving unnecessary drive bays from the bottom section, there is a chance to install 360-mm long videocards.

To continue, air cooling configuration offers 5 seats for 120 mm fans (2x …

Meet Two Modifications of Lian Li PC-V359 Chassis

Lian Li Industrial Co., a well-known Taiwanese designer of state-of-the-art PC cases, is glad to announce the release of two new versions of PC-V359 chassis. The first differentiation between the modifications lies in the color scheme: one model uses black-and-red scheme ($199), whereas the other one – pure golden scheme ($219).

Both chassis are made of aluminum alloy. Their frontal panel boasts the availability of a small window, while the top panel is entirely transparent. The latter is fixed by means of four screws, unscrewing of which enables the removal of frontal and side panels. This done, the user receives free access towards internal layout.

Lian Li PC-V359 cases are compatible with micro-ATX motherboards. They are ready to accommodate four PCI expansion cards, a thin ODD, six 3.5-inch and two 2.5-inch drives. The drives are fixed thanks to thumbscrews, replenished with rubber pads. If there is a need, it’s possible to remove HDD bays at all. Besides, the …
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