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, …

The third generation of chips Thunderbolt will be released in the second quarter of the next year

Data interface Thunderbolt from Intel company entered the market in February 2011 in the Apple MacBook Pro laptop. By combining in the one interface PCI Express and DisplayPort, it now offers data rates up to 10 Gbit / s. On the more common personal computers the interface began to be applied recently, as part of the laptop and PC top price category.



Intel plans to introduce a new controller interface Redwood Ridge Thunderbolt for use in personal computers in the second quarter of next year. It is likely that the new controllers will form the platform of the Shark Bay for next generation processors under the name of Haswell.


Controllers Redwood Ridge will support completely the same data rate 10 Gb / s, interface DisplayPort v1.1 and function DisplayPort v1.2 Redriver. At present, even the cheapest chips Thunderbolt, 2-channel Cactus Ridge, cost motherboard manufacturers at about $ 20, and many consumers expect that emergence of new generations of controllers will reduce …

Acer Debuts with Predator XB241YU Monitor

Acer comes out with another gaming monitor which replenishes the framework of Acer predator lineup. The XB241YU boasts a balance of functional & price (about $499). Featuring 541x530x259 mm dimensions, the 23.8-inch display offers QHD display resolution (2560x1440) and 1 ms response time. The heart of the model is TN panel with 16:9 aspect ratio.



Acer XB241YU offers 250 cd/m2 brightness as well as 144 Hz of nominal refresh rate. If there is a need, it’s possible to enable an overclocking mode to achieve 165 Hz of refresh rate. The support for Nvidia G-Sync technology is called to eliminate any image artifacts.


To continue, the monitor brags about 100% coverage in Adobe RGB environment. It is able to display up to 16.7 million of colors, providing for the best rendering. Flicker-Free technology is sure to relieve eye strain during prolonged gaming sessions. The integrated stand allows for the adjustment of height (up to 150 mm), swivel, pivot, and angle of slope.


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