Motherboard Gigabyte G1.Sniper 3 Review

The development of motherboard segment was always characterized by experiments and competition. In earlier times manufacturers tried to differentiate their products by color and delivery set configurations. Nowadays the conjuncture seems to be quite similar, although contemporary technological approaches presuppose the development of motherboards from scratch, while the remnants from the past used ready-made base. Motherboard Gigabyte G1.Sniper 3 belongs to the generation of exclusive products with solid and high-end components, as well as original design.

Design and Framework

Gigabyte G1.Sniper 3 design is differentiated by the predominance of dark colors, but due to the bright-green radiator embedding, PEG-slots and memory slots coloring, the motherboard looks brisk. Enlarged dimensions are considered to be the major distinction of this motherboard from other products. This model is developed in XL-ATX form-factor that can be compatible only with full-tower casings. The …

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 Even the systems with outdated sockets can hope placing this cooler model.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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PSU Evga 500B: a Perfect ‘Price-Quality’ Combination

Evga, a merited designer of a large spectrum of PC components, is about to release a new power supply unit, entitled 500B (codename: 100-B1-0500-KR). As seen from the title, this model features 500W power and is oriented at saving users, rather than enthusiasts. The unit is already marked by 80Plus Bronze certificate, due to 80% efficiency level on ordinary loading. Upon the whole, 500B is thought to be a perfect ‘price-quality’ combination, ready to comply with all basic users’ requirements.

Evga 500B employs a single +12V rail that ensures a stable power supply to the connected components and guarantees compatibility with new equipment. The unit is estimated for 40A current at +12V rail. Stability of operation might be secured also by means of an onboard protection system; it saves the system from power disruptions, overloading, low input voltage, high voltage, and from short circuit.

To continue, quiet and reliable PSU operation is a merit of a low-noise fan. It …
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