Motherboard Asus M5A99FX PRO R2.0 Review

Motherboards based on Intel Z77 chip have been lately given much attention, to the detriment of products featuring AMD solutions. In fact, motherboards with AMD chips are in abundance in the market, providing a competitive conditions for the manufacturers and plentiful offers for potential consumers. Asus developed a lot of boards with Intel Z77 chip, but it also boasts the products, like Asus M5A99FX PRO R2.0, based on AMD 990FX chip for AM3+ socket. This model is an apt sample of performance, resources and design.



Integration


Asus M5A99FX PRO R2.0 is developed in ATX form-factor and features 305x244 mm dimensions. The motherboard accommodates five sockets for the connection of fans and large heatsinks which manage heat quite efficiently; heatsinks located on the northbridge and CPU power converter are joined by a heat pipe. There is one peculiar feature pertained to the implemented heatsinks: each of them is notable by an individual fixture type. The reverse side of the …

Oval CPU Cooler Xigmatek Colosseum SM128164 Review

Rivalry in the CPU cooling market is rather tough nowadays. Each and every manufacturer tries to exceed its competitors by elaborating high-performance and durable coolers. Some companies pay attention primarily to efficiency, while the others try to draw potential audience by an unusual design. Xigmatek, a renowned manufacturer in this segment, has been introducing qualitative and original solutions for many years. Its Colosseum SM128164 is a vindication of the assumptions that unusual in design coolers can be efficient. Let’s have a look at it.



Design and Framework


The Xigmatek Colosseum SM128164 at the first sight looks as an ordinary cooler of a rectangular form with the height of 157 mm. It consists of a heatsink block, a fan, a mirror-like base, and five heat pipes. The central pipe is larger than the other four: its diameter equals to 8 mm, whereas the side pipes feature 6 mm diameter. Nonetheless, if turning the cooler sideways, it becomes vivid that the item is a …

G.Skill Showcases New RAM Memory Modules TridentX DDR3

Long-awaited Computex 2013 has brought to light the whole galaxy of innovative hardware ideas. RAM market has also replenished with new entries, partially due to G.Skill International. Its new RAM modules, codenamed TridentX DDR3, are an embodiment of utmost performance, reliability and compatibility. The new-comers have been developed to support the latest Intel’s Haswell-based CPUs i3/i5/i7, integrated into Intel Z87 Express chipset.



TridentX DDR3 are introduced by sets of two and four 240-contact DIMM modules, the total capacity of which achieves 8 GB, 16 GB and 32 GB. All of them are equipped with original in design heatspreaders. They are also known to support Intel XMP overclocking profiles and to operate at 1.65 V power voltage.


Detailed Specifications


TridentX DDR3-3000 modules will be available in 4x8 GB kits (32 GB). Their effective frequency showings make up 3000 MHz with 12-14-14-35 latencies.


TridentX DDR3-2933 modules will be available in 2x4 …
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