Gigabyte Unveils GA-E2100N Motherboard with SoC

Gigabyte has replenished its line of mini-ITX motherboards with a new remarkable model: the GA-E2100N. The product is targeting the segment of small-sized desktops or home media systems. It is based on AMD Kabini platform for Socket AM1 and equipped with AMD E1-2100 SoC with passive cooling solution. Featuring 170x170 mm, the board offers the whole range of facilities any modern full-sized model avails.



The integrated into Gigabyte GA-E2100N chip comes with an in-built Radeon HD 8210 graphics core with the support for DirectX 11.1 standard and with 1 MB of L2 cache. The chip operates at 1 GHz frequency, consuming not more than 9 W power. SoC is accompanied by two slots for the installation of up to 32 GB DDR3 memory modules with the maximal frequency of 1333 MHz.


The PCB is designed according to Gigabyte Ultra Durable 4 Plus template. It presumes the employment of high-quality components serving to protect the system from humidity, electrostatic discharge, voltage …

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.



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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 …

Meeting New Cooling System Brocken 2 from Alpenfoehn

Only a couple of weeks are left till the official release of a new cooling system Brocken 2 designed by Alpenfoehn. This is a long-awaited launch, since the fist version of the system, entitled Brocken, was honored to gladden the audience long time ago. Hereby, Brocken 2 has got a wee bit modified framework, if compared with the predecessor. Its dimensions together with a fan equal to 146x100x165 mm.



The base is shaped by means of five 6 mm copper heat pipes, tightly pressed together. Aluminum plates of the heatsink seem to be ‘cut’ in the center, unlike the one-piece construction of plates implemented in Brocken.


Active cooling power is ensured by a nine-blade fan of 140 mm standard size, known as WingBoost 2. The fan supports PWM technology that allows altering its rotational speed within the boundaries of 400-1100 RPM. Its activity stimulates the airflow index of 109 CFM, while the noise level barely achieves 19.6 dB (A). WingBoost 2 features small distance between …
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