Sapphire Vid-2X Display Expander Review

Display expanders cannot be found in abundance on PC hardware market. In fact, not every user knows what the main purpose of those devices is. In the most general meaning, display expanders are splitters that allow the connection of two monitors towards a single output on a graphics card. However, their destination is not limited by this function only, since it might serve some other means as well. Sapphire introduces its own similar solution in the form of Vid-2X Display Expander model. The manufacturer assures that this splitter differs from traditional couplers in terms of functional and reliability.


Splitter Sapphire Vid-2X Display Expander is housed in a black plastic casing with gray side plates. The casing's cover is divided in two parts; the spacing between them serves ventilation and heat management means. The base accommodates rubber stands which provide for the framework steadiness. It should be mentioned that Sapphire delivers two models simultaneously …

Graphics Card MSI R7970 Lightning Review

The world-known manufacturer of computer hardware, MSI company, has recently introduced a new graphics card MSI R7970 Lightning with striking design and huge potential. This news couldn’t but rejoice those customers who set rather tough demands towards the performance of their computer hardware. MSI R7970 Lightning can be truly ascribed to the top models line since its deployment and performance records are beyond any doubts.

Delivery Set

It should be mentioned that R7970 Lightning delivery set is void of multiple components which could puzzle the customers. Instead, the initial package contains only standard components necessary for installation and utilization. One can find there a detailed user manual, a disk with drivers, adaptor with mini-DisplayPort to be used with full-format socket, DVI to HDMI adaptor, power adaptors, and bridge for adaptors connection into CrossFireX configuration.

Design and Deployment

Dimensions of this graphics card speak for …

Haswell processors for laptops will consume up to 57 W, desktop - up to 100

Intel provides with three graphics levels: GT1, GT2 and GT3. Desktop processors won’t receive graphics performance higher than GT2, but mobile processors will be able to boast of with GT3 class. Support of PCI Express 3.0 for Haswell processors will be quite usual characteristics, but at the memory controller little progress is seen — yet provides dual-channel DDR3-1600.

By energy consumption Haswell desktop versions will be divided into models with values of 35, 45, 65 and 95 watts of TDP level. For mobile processors the values are ​​37, 47 and 57 W. Finally, ultra book processors with built-in system logic will be filled by TDP level not more than 15 watts. It is assumed that this will enable them, among other things, be in standby mode up to 10 days without charge.

The desire of Intel to compete with AMD in terms of performance integrated in graphics processor, will add some work to companies producing cooling systems for laptops. The developers report about …
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