Galax Unleashes GeForce GTX 970 and 980 HOF Graphics Cards

Galax, the company created due to a merger of Galaxy and KFA2, entered the market with a couple of new graphics solutions: the GeForce GTX 970 HOF and the GeForce GTX980 HOF cards. Both greenhorns are intended for enthusiasts longing for the best overclocking potential. Thus, they offer dual BIOS support for safe modification of key parameters and a pair of advanced utilities: Hyper Boost and Voltage Tool.



Galax GeForce GTX 970 HOF and 980 HOF models are powered by Nvidia GM204 GPU (Maxwell generation) with a striking factory overclocking index. Therewith, GTX 970 HOF runs at 1216 MHz (nominal) and 1380 MHz (dynamic) frequencies instead of etalon 1051 MHz/1178 MHz ones. In its turn, GTX 980 HOF operates at 1304 MHz (nominal) and 1418 MHz (dynamic) frequencies instead of reference 1126 MHz/1216 MHz ones. Moreover, the manufacturer swears that this couple is able to overclock up to 1.5 GHz frequency on air cooling and up to 2.1 GHz frequency on liquid cooling.


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Acer Debuts with Predator XB241YU Monitor

Acer comes out with another gaming monitor which replenishes the framework of Acer predator lineup. The XB241YU boasts a balance of functional & price (about $499). Featuring 541x530x259 mm dimensions, the 23.8-inch display offers QHD display resolution (2560x1440) and 1 ms response time. The heart of the model is TN panel with 16:9 aspect ratio.



Acer XB241YU offers 250 cd/m2 brightness as well as 144 Hz of nominal refresh rate. If there is a need, it’s possible to enable an overclocking mode to achieve 165 Hz of refresh rate. The support for Nvidia G-Sync technology is called to eliminate any image artifacts.


To continue, the monitor brags about 100% coverage in Adobe RGB environment. It is able to display up to 16.7 million of colors, providing for the best rendering. Flicker-Free technology is sure to relieve eye strain during prolonged gaming sessions. The integrated stand allows for the adjustment of height (up to 150 mm), swivel, pivot, and angle of slope.


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ASRock Unveils Z170M OC Formula Mainboard

ASRock came into the market with a new small-sized overclocking-oriented mainboard. Entitled Z170M OC Formula, the model is designed in micro-ATX form-factor on the basis of Intel Z170 chipset. The latter is ready to cooperate with Intel Skylake CPUs for Socket LGA1151. The PCB offers a pair of DIMM slots for DDR4-4500 MHz RAM (up to 32 GB capacity).



ASRock Z170M OC Formula accommodates three PCIe 3.0 x16 expansion slots, enabling the creation of various graphics configurations (including Nvidia SLI & AMD CrossFireX). Storage subsystem is introduced by a pair of SATA Express ports (10 Gb/sec) as well as four SATA ports (6 Gb/sec) and one Ultra M.2 slot (32 Gb/sec).


This motherboard boasts a high-quality audio subsystem; it is based on Realtek ALC1150 controller, generating 7.1-channel sounding (Purity Sound 3). The 10-layer PCB comes with an integrated 14-phase power subsystem with dual-stack MOSFETs, premium choke coils, and solid-state capacitors Nichicon 12K Platinum. …
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