Liquid-Cooling System Zalman LQ315 Review

A few months after the last release of water-cooling systems, Zalman introduces a new series of products with a title attribute LQ3xx. The series consists of three models, LQ320, LQ315 and LQ310, which differentiate themselves primarily by dimensions. The senior cooler (LQ320) features 32 mm water block and 52 mm heatsink, the medium LQ315 cooler features 38 mm heatsink and analogous in dimensions water block; the junior cooler (LQ310) is the tiniest one and features 28 mm heatsink and water block. Zalman LQ315 greatly resembles its predecessor, CNPS20LQ, in design, however, is ready to offer some improved options, if compared with the previous cooler generations.

Design and Framework

Like any other water-cooling system, Zalman LQ315 consists of a water block combined with a pump and joined with a heatsink by means of flexible tubes. The water block is notable by the availability of 'Z' logo on its surface that is lighted blue during operation. Its round base, made of …

Asus Intros GTX 950 Mini Videocard for Gaming Purposes

Asus has replenished its portfolio of graphics cards with a mini-item, GeForce GTX 950 Mini, targeting Mini-ITX systems. It features 172x112 mm dimensions to fit any PC chassis. Despite small size, the model is ready to cope with all modern Full HD gaming applications. As distinct from full-blown adapters, this item doesn’t require an additional 6-pin PCIe connector, since its power consumption level is reduced to 75 W.

Asus GeForce GTX 950 Mini takes Nvidia GM206-250 GPU as the core. It entails 768 CUDA cores, 32 ROPs and 48 TMUs. As distinct from the etalon model, the new-comer boasts overclocked frequency index: 1051 MHz (base) & ‘OC’ mode 1228 MHz (dynamic).

The integrated GPU is mated with 2 GB of GDDR5 memory (128-bit interface). It operates at 1652 MHz/6608 MHz frequency. Memory allows for 105.73 Gb/sec bandwidth. The videocard comes equipped with three different video ports: HDMI 2.0, DisplayPort and DVI-I.

Besides, the card features the following …

Meet Small-Sized QC5000M Mainboard from ASRock

ASRock enters the mainboard market with a new micro-ATX solution, entitled QC5000M. The greenhorn takes Kabini platform as the basis, featuring AMD A4-5000 hybrid processor (28 nm) with 4 Jaguar cores and 1.5 GHz clock frequency. The APU is accompanied by two slots for one-channel DDR3-1600 MHz RAM (up to 32 GB) and an integrated AMD Radeon HD 8330 graphics (500 MHz clock frequency, compatibility with DirectX 11.1 standard).

The implemented APU boasts 15 W TDP only, requiring a small-sized heatsink for efficient cooling. The model takes power via 24-pin ATX connector and is based on AMD A68 chipset. It is equipped with a single PCI Express 2.0 x16 slot, a pair of PCI Express 2.0 x1 slots, and the same amount of SATA III 6 Gb/sec ports.

Network and audio facilities are represented by Realtek RTL8111GR Gigabit Ethernet controller and 7.1-channel Realtek ALC887 codec respectively. Additionally, the PCB is furnished with ELNA sound capacitors. The rear side of the motherboard …
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