Motherboard ASRock Z87 Extreme6 (LGA1150 Platform) Review

Intel Z87 platform is masterfully penetrating into all global markets. ASRock is the company that has already managed to introduce a set of products based on this platform, including Z87 Extreme6 model. The very board is supposed to be an advanced solution for enthusiasts, containing all necessary for specific usage attributes: POST-indicator, a powerful VRM system with a massive heatsink, and a lot of other facilities mentioned below.



Design and Layout


ASRock Z87 Extreme6 is designed in ATX form-factor with 305x244 mm dimensions. Its top side accommodates a large number of components, while the reverse side revels in three driver-doublers (ISL6611A) of CPU power rails only. Intel Z87 chipset is cooled down by a voluminous heatsink. A couple of additional ASM1061 controllers are soldered right to the system logics; they allow for the usage of up to ten devices with SATA 6 Gb/sec connectivity interface. The board comes with an integrated Intel HD Graphics 4600 graphics core. …

EK to Start Selling FC7970 Matrix Waterblock in Early March

EK Water Blocks is about to put on sale its VGA waterblock, designed specifically for Asus ROG Matrix HD 7970 graphics card. Codenamed EK-FC7970 Matrix, the product will become available in retail sale already on 8 March and will cost approximately €110. Such price is justified by the utmost heat management facilities that ensure 100% percent reliability.



EK-FC7970 Matrix belongs to the echelon of waterblocks with full coverage. Its base is made of nickel-plated copper, its rear backplate – of anodized aluminum, and its lid – of acetal. The model shows compatibility with all standard fittings of G1/4 dimensional type.


It should be mentioned that EK Water Blocks furnished its new creation with all necessary fastenings, a backplate, and a mounting plate; the latter takes only two slots, unlike a nominal Asus ROG Matrix HD 7970 plate which takes three slots. Such switch of plates will be useful on simultaneous installation of several expansion cards.


This …

Graphics Card MSI GTX 770 Gaming Review

MSI Gaming product line has already managed to win the hearts of inveterate gamers, overclockers and enthusiasts, due to remarkable performance and a perfect overclocking potential. Gaming series includes a set of high-end motherboards, as well as graphics solutions. The first ones come with automatic overclocking facilities and network controllers that improve the quality of connection while gaming; the second ones, with MSI GTX 770 Gaming in particular, bring gaming experience to a new, higher level. However, let’s come closer to the deal and give a detailed review of GTX 770 Gaming model.



Framework and Hardware Base


Graphics adapter MSI GTX 770 Gaming is based on an original PCB with an enforced power supply system. The heart of the item is GK104 chip that features 1536 stream processors, 32 ROPs and 128 TMUs. A black aluminum plank covers almost the whole PCB surface; it is fixed by eight screws at the back and two screws at one of the side panels. This plank contains …
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