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 official announcement of the motherboard Biostar Hi-Fi Z77X

Company Biostar, taking the example of the motherboard market leaders, manufactures the product for the audiophile — Biostar Hi-Fi Z77X. In the latest model are involved: the processor socket LGA1155, the flagship chipset for the platform (Intel Z77), three full-height PCI Express x16 and 13-channel subsystem of CPU power. The developer promises high quality audio through 7.1-channel HD Blue-ray audio codec ALC898, Technology THX TruStudio Pro, Hi-Fi Ground (multi-layer PCB with protectors properties), and Puro Tone (signal / noise ratio — 110 dB), as well as resistors, Hi-Fi Resistor with tin oxide capacitors and Hi-Fi Cap.



Four slots for memory with dual access are designed for installation of modules DDR3-1066/.../2600 totaling 32 GB. In addition, the construction of SLI and CrossFire configurations using the formula «x8 + x8» is possible. The lower slot PCI-E 2.0 x16 x4 is good to use for high-speed SSD-drives, and «external» controllers. PCB has six ports Serial ATA …

CPU Cooling System Scythe Katana 4 Review

Cooling systems supplied by Japanese manufacturer Scythe are distinguished by the tilted radiators. The latest CPU Katana 4 cooler is not an exception: it is notable for the unusual shape of the radiator. This product is going to compete for mass audience in middle-end market segment, since its price is estimated not for inveterate gamers or overclockers but for users with common cooling needs. Scythe Katana 4 will be a perfect match for average PC systems intended at efficient central processor airflow.



Basic Specifications


The first, and most striking, distinguishing feature of Scythe Katana 4 is its compatibility with a large number of Intel/AMD processor sockets. Even the systems with outdated sockets can hope placing this cooler model. The list of supported sockets include: Intel LGA 775, 2011, 1366, 1155, 1156, and AMD FM1, AM2/AM2+, AM3/AM3+, 940, 939 and 754. Other specifications of the model are listed below:

— dimensions: 100x102.5x143 mm, weight – 480 g;
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