MSI Z97 Overclocking Motherboards are Ready for High Scores

MSI has replenished the lines of companies with a few series of motherboards based on a fresh Intel Z97 chipset. MSI Z97 Overclocking series is a peculiar one, ready to marvel by high scores. It is introduced by three hi-end models: MSI Z97 MPower, MSI Z97 XPower AC and MSI Z97 MPower MAX AC. In keeping with the idea, the triple offers high functionality, combined with an unprecedented stability and a striking design.

Being the basis for an overclocking system, these motherboards ensure a long-lasting durability in extreme loading conditions, primarily due to the premium hardware base. Hence, the models are equipped with Military Class 4 components with Guard-Pro core, which provides for the highest protection against high temperatures, humidity, electromagnetic distortions, and electrostatic discharge. Besides, Guard-Pro features MSI ECO Power technology that disables power on idle controllers for a more power-efficient operation.

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ASRock Surfaces J3355B-ITX Mainboard

ASRock enters the market with a mainboard, targeting new Intel Apollo Lake CPUs (14 nm, Intel Goldmont micro-architecture). The J3355B-ITX model is thought to be integrated within laptops or entry-level all-in-one solutions. As seen from the codename, the board is developed in mini-ITX form-factor. It comes equipped with Intel Celeron J3355 processor, operating at 2.0-2.5 GHz frequency. The CPU features 10 W TDP; hence, cooling is backed by a noiseless passive cooler.

ASRock J3355B-ITX accommodates a pair of SO-DIMM slots for DDR3/DDRL3 modules with 1866 MHz frequency (up to 16 GB). The board comes with an integrated Intel HD Graphics 500 GPU that runs at 700 MHz. The connection of drives is realized via two SATA III ports. The incorporated PCIe 2.0 x16 slot is optimal for expansion cards, rather than a VGA card.

To continue, audio subsystem is based on 7.1-channel Realtek ALC887 controller, whereas network facilities are ensured with the help of Realtek RTL8111GR …

Overclocked Asus Strix R9 380 OC Graphics Card Review

AMD has recently updated its lineup of graphics cards, offering solutions for any taste and budget. Its Radeon R9 380 adapter is an appropriate balance of quality and price. Hence, there is small wonder that all company’s partners rushed into introducing their own versions of the card. The Strix R9 380 OC from Asus is undoubtedly one of the most outstanding interpretations. Let’s see what privileges it boasts.

General Specs

Asus Strix R9 380 OC is based on Antigua Pro GPU (28 nm) that entails 1792 CUDA cores, 32 ROPs and 11 TMUs. In contrast to the etalon model running at 970 MHz frequency, this card features 990 MHz nominal clock frequency. The codename – Strix-R9380-DC2OC-2GD5-Gaming implies that this item comes equipped with 2 GB of GDDR5 memory, operating at 5500 MHz efficient frequency. However, it is assumed that Asus will introduce the version with 4 GB memory to satisfy the needs of a wider audience.

PCB Layout

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