Motherboard ECS Z77H2-A4 Review

Chipset Intel Z77 can’t be called a novel product in the market, since it has already transformed into a customary platform for personal computers. The versatility of motherboards employing this chipset is countless, in fact, and each and every consumer is able to find the one to his specific needs. ECS boasts its own inventory of boards based on Intel Z77; Z77H2-A4 is an intermediate item between hi-end and entry-level models, due to its alluring price and improved functional facilities. This board attracts primarily thrifty customers who would like to get all modern commodities for a sensible price.

Design and Layout

Budgetary orientation of ECS Z77H2-A4 motherboard is manifested, first of all, through a diminished PCB dimensions. Nonetheless, the model accommodates a couple of PCI Express Graphics slots with the allotted twenty rails of PCI-e bus. There is no symmetric rail distribution between the slots, so the second PEG slot receives only four rails. The board’s …

Review of Network Drive IconBIT I-Stor IS308

Production of a new model is positioned as a replacement for modern routers with features of sharing USB-carriers. IS308 — the budget class — single-disk storage is a good device for visiting friends for movies, or for backup. In general, it is used for tasks which are not mission-critical of data loss. The speed and functionality are secondary, the main thing — the price and design. At a price of 90 $, IconBIT IS308 offers the buyer an autonomous Torrent-downloader, a network drive, support for protocols Samba and FTP, gigabit network interface and USB 3.0 port.

The device has stylish black aluminium hull and comes with a stand for vertical installation. IconBIT iS308 looks more like a normal external hard drive rather than the NAS. And if for someone Synology design seems too plastic, and QNAP — too angular, the iconBIT iS308 looks modern, simple and stylish.

The next thing that catches an eye — is the lack of a fan. Finally, there is a NAS with passive cooling. …

Processors Intel Haswell to Rival Accelerator NVIDIA Tesla

Intel Corporation has the intentions to introduce DDR4 memory into their server processors of Haswell series. The launch of such technological approach is planned for the 2014, however the developments in this sphere have already started. Intel’s server solutions will become a part of Grantley platform and the samples of their new series will allegedly be announced next autumn. The preview of new processors makes it clear that some of the chips will be distinguished by the increased heat generation performance which will reach 160 W.

Hence, 16-core processors Haswell-EP will rival parallel computing accelerator NVIDIA Tesla but not AMD server solutions. Intel is going to provide various working frequency options and options with different number of active cores. At the same time, TDP will fluctuate within ranges of 160, 145, 135, and 120 W. In its turn, accelerator NVIDIA Tesla, which is based on GK110 processor, consumes approximately 300 W.

In accordance with the …
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