Motherboard Asus Maximus V Formula/ThunderFX Review

Latest Asus development, motherboard Asus Maximus V Formula, is notable for a rather high price. This is explained primarily by the implementation of high-end overclocking options and support of advanced brand technologies. Moreover, one might find this model at even higher price due to the availability of ThunderFX sound board in the nominal delivery set. Despite the pricing policy, this model is a desirable acquirement, since it provides unmatched performance and limitless facilities for overclockers.



Specifications


Asus Maximus V Formula/ThunderFX is developed in XL-ATX form factor. The model is based on Intel Z77 chipset specifically for Socket LGA 1155 CPU slot. CPU supports Intel Turbo Boost 2.0 and Asus TurboV EVO technologies which give access to overclocking facilities. Dedicated facilities allow the customer to alter Bclk frequencies from 80 MHz to 300 MHz (with 0.1 MHz shot) and to change voltage index in CPU, memory chips, PLL, CSA.


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Graphics Card Asus Radeon HD7790-DC2OC-1GD5 Review

The state of business in graphics market is becoming more intense, due to a prompt increase of new items and a violent rivalry between the two major players: AMD and Nvidia. Each of them regularly gladdens customers with new adapters, as well as with new technologies, which make video and gaming experience a pleasure. In their turn, graphics cards manufacturers try not to lag behind in implementing these technologies into their own products. Asus, is one of such manufacturers. Its card HD7790-DC2OC-1GD5 is a bright evidence of a skilful incorporation of all novelties offered by an improved GCN architecture.



Layout


Graphics card Asus Radeon HD7790-DC2OC-1GD5 is delivered in a small-sized cardbox stuffed additionally with CrossFire bridge and DVI/D-Sub adapter. The length of PCB equals to 17 cm, while the overall length of the adapter achieves 22 cm. Power supply socket snap is turned upwards in order to prevent the hanging heatsink from interfering with power cord …

SilverStone Heligon HE01 - a new super-cooler

The Taiwanese company introduced a bulky cooler SilverStone Heligon HE01, which is designed to cool down more or less all types of modern CPUs — from Intel LGA775 up to LGA2011 and from AMD AM2 to AMD AM3 + / FM2.



The construction does not weigh less than 1.1 kg, since in addition to two-part radiator (926 g) it is equipped with fan of 140x140x38 mm size. Linear dimensions of Heligon HE01 are 140 mm in width, 119 mm in length and 160 mm in height. Staples that hold the fan, take a few millimetres of space.


The thickness of a pair of «towers», joined by six nickel-plated copper heat pipes with a diameter of 6 mm, is uneven. The intense air flow passes successively through a thin array of aluminium fins, and then through the fan, afterwards through a larger section of the radiator. Copper base with nickel cover is protected with a film from scratches.


The manufacturer claims that Heligon HE01 will cope with the withdrawal of 300 watts of heating power.


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