Gigabyte Showcases New GB-BSi7 Mini-PCs

Gigabyte keeps on refilling its inventory of Intel Skylake-based solutions with a couple of new mini-PCs: Brix GB-BSi7T-6500 & Brix GB-BSi7HT-6500. The greenhorns are designed on a two-core Intel Core i7-6500U CPU that operates at 2.5/3.1 GHz frequency. The processor is accompanied by Intel HD graphics as well as DDR4-2133 MHz RAM (maximum capacity – 32 GB).



The fundamental difference between the two models lies in the storage layout. The GB-BSi7T-6500 features only M.2 slot for the installation of compatible drives, whereas the GB-BSi7HT-6500 adds one SATA 6 Gb/sec interface for 2.5-inch drive. All other specifications are analogous for the mini-PCs.


Therefore, the new-comers feature a single PCI Express M.2 expansion slot (occupied by Wi-Fi + Bluetooth module), Realtek ALC255 audio controller, Intel I219V gigabit network controller, Intel Dual-Band wireless-AC 3165, and an integrated 90-watt power supply unit. Internal layout allows for the installation of a tiny …

‘Extreme’ Facilities Offered by Zalman ZM1250 Platinum PSU

Zalman seems to be relentless in its attempts to daze all potential customers, as well as rivals. In this respect, there is no doubt that the company manages to regularly indulge consumers with ever newer, ever better power supply units. One of such dazzling products is Zalman ZM1250 Platinum PSU which is thought to belong to the high-end segment. As seen from the codename, the unit’s total power equals to 1250 W, providing for practically unlimited opportunities for extreme overclockers and enthusiasts. Due to ‘extreme’ facilities, this model easily attained 80+Platinum standard, demonstrating up to 93% efficiency.



ZM1250 Platinum is a modular power supply with all detachable cables, except for 24-contact and 8-contact ones. Upon the whole, the unit supports five cables for ODD/HDD devices and six 6+2-contact cables PCI Express.


To continue, ZM1250 Platinum is a dual-rail PSU: one 12V rail (45A) plus one more 12V rail (65A). Their combination suggests the …

Thermalright Shows up a Hard-Hitting Archon IB-E X2 Cooler

Thermalright is about to release a new ‘tower’ CPU cooler, codenamed Archon IB-E X2. Featuring 155x106x170 mm dimensions, the model supports Intel LGA 2011/115x and AMD FM1/AM2+/AM3+/FM2+ platforms. The launch date is on hold, though the recommended price might rise up 65 EUR.



Thermalright Archon IB-E X2 consists of a voluminous aluminum heatsink with 43 thin pins, which are pierced by eight U-shape nickel-plated heatpipes, and a polished copper base also with a nickel-plated coverage.


The framework is replenished by two 140 mm fans Thermalright TY-141; they are thought to support PWM technology that promotes for speed variation from 900 RPM to 1300 RPM. The fan blades produce up to 74 CFM airflow, consuming not more than 2.4 W power. Average noise level fluctuates within the measures of 17-21 dB.


Moreover, the vendor equips the cooler with a brand thermal compound — Thermalright Chill Factor III. The latter transcends common Chill Factor item in terms of heat …
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