Intel to Release CPU Avoton in Late 2013

Intel is known to develop CPU solutions for different types of systems, including home-based compact platforms, as well as corporate server systems. Not so long ago the company announced the decision to introduce its new solution for micro-servers, codenamed Bordenville, which is based on Centerton CPU. A new platform is going to provide good performance characteristics in combination with multifarious facilities. Still, Intel decided to move on and improve the platform for this segment by a more efficient product. Under the preliminary data, the company is going to develop another platform, codenamed Edisonville, based on Avoton processor.



According to the forecasts, Intel Avoton will be able to demonstrate a better performance per watt, as compared with Centerton or Haswell CPUs. Avoton will be notable for the integration of USB, SATA and GbE facilities; thus, the platform will accommodate a couple of SATA III ports, two SATA II ports, four USB 2.0, and four gigabit Ethernet …

ASRock Launches Z170M-PIO2 Mainboard with Unusual Layout

ASRock has stricken the general public by the development of a motherboard with an extraordinary layout. As a rule, mainboards targeting all-in-one solutions are void of expansion slots for graphics cards, due to lack of space. However, ASRock has designed a space-efficient model with an integrated PCI Express 3.0 x16 slot. Yet, it’s localized parallel to the PCB as against standard items with perpendicular slot orientation.



ASRock Z170M-PIO2 is based on Intel Z170 chipset for Socket LGA1511 platforms. It supports Intel Celeron/Pentium/Core i3/Core i5/Core i7 CPUs. The PCB features a pair of DIMM slots for the installation of DDR4 memory modules with the maximum clock frequency of 3466 MHz (up to 32 GB of capacity). Storage subsystem is introduced by 4 SATA 6 Gb/sec ports as well as a single Ultra M.2 x4 slot.


As far as expansion is concerned, the model accommodates a single PCIe 3.0 x 16 slot and one M.2 2230 slot, occupied by Wi-Fi/Bluetooth adapter. The 7.1-channel …

Official Release of Gigabyte Sumo Platinum Power Supply Units

Gigabyte, in cooperation with CWT contractors, is going to debut with a new line of products: Sumo Platinum PSUs. The line will consists of three models of 450 W, 650 W and 1000 W power. All of them will boast a bright design (the combination of black and red hues), the employment of APUs from AMD, and high efficiency level, verified by 80Plus Platinum certificate. In addition, their layout will embrace high-quality Japanese capacitors, Active PFC and a reliable security system.



Sumo Platinum units correspond to ATX12V v2.31 and EPS12V v2.92 requirements. They are equipped with six sockets for the connection of PCI Express Power (6+2)-pin connectors and with dedicated nodes that prevent PSU damage due to short circuit, overvoltage or current intensity. Models of 450 W and 650 W power are furnished with efficient fans of 120 mm dimensional type, based on hydraulic dynamic bearing.


One of the most attractive peculiarities ascribed to new units from Gigabyte is low power …
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