A New Series of Haswell-Based Gigabyte Brix Mini-PCs

The appearance of Brix mini-PCs last spring was Gigabyte’s debut in this market segment. The first products were elaborated specifically for Intel Ivy Bridge processors. However, the company decided to update the line of ultra-compact PCs with four new models. Entitled GB-BXCE-2955, GB-BXi7-4500, GB-BXi5-4200, and GB-BXi3-4010, the products are characterized by the support of power-efficient Intel Haswell CPUs.



The most efficient model is Gigabyte GB-BXi7-4500 with the integrated Intel Core i7-4500U processor (1.8/3.0 GHz), whereas the least efficient turns to be Gigabyte GB-BXCE-2955, based on Intel Celeron 2955U (1.4 GHz). At the same time, Gigabyte GB-BXi5-4200 is equipped with Intel Core i5-4200U CPU (1.6/2.6 GHz) and Gigabyte GB-BXi3-4010 comes with Intel Corei3-4010U solution (1.7 GHz).


Except for diverse CPUs, all four Brix mini-PCs feature practically analogous specifications:

— dimensions: 114.4x107.6x29.9 mm;

— memory: two DIMM slots, support for 16 …

The Intel Company Is Going to Give a Roland for an Oliver to AMD Ryzen

A short while ago the French Canard PC Hardware magazine has reported, that Intel is going to give fitting reply to AMD Ryzen pilot projects and plans to release two new Kaby Lake-S CPUs.



The first processor is expected to be launched under the Intel Core i7-7740K codename. It will get four compute cores with Hyper-Threading support, 8 MB of tertiary memory cache, unlocked multiplier and the 100 W basic TDP rate. Operating frequencies will lie in the range of 4.3–4.6 GHz in the Turbo Boost mode.


The second specialty is Core i5-7640K with four cores and 4–4.4 frequency of operation. It also features 6 MB of L3 cache, 100 W TDP and the support of Hyper-Threading technology, though we can’t be sure as for the last-named specification. One should admit, that heretofore only the Intel Core i7 line offered multithreading in its 4-core desktop processors.

Greeting Versa H23 and H23 Window Cases from Thermaltake

Budget-oriented series of PC cases from Thermaltake has been replenished with two new models: Versa H23 and Versa H23 Window. The mere difference between the two enclosures is the availability of a side-faceted acrylic window in ‘Window’ version. Still, both mid-towers feature 429x209x491 mm dimensions and come with a totally black coating. Their internal spacing is sufficient to include standard ATX, as well as contracted micro-ATX motherboards.



Thermaltake Versa H23 and H23 Window boast two 5.25-inch, six 2.5-inch and three 3.5-inch trays for the installation of various drives. All of them might be mounted without any special tools, due to a polished clipping system. The cases offer seven PCI slots to expand the system’s functional.


Additionally, the models support the installation of CPU coolers of up to 156 mm in height, graphics cards of up to 315 mm in length, and a standard PS/2 power supply unit. The I/O panel is located in the top-front panel. It embraces …
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