Motherboard Gigabyte Z77MX-D3H TH Review

Each new year brings new ideas for the developers of PC hardware. Since motherboards are indisputably the main component in the PC integration, their design and facilities are given the most attention. Hence, each manufacturer tries to implement some unprecedented technologies to attract potential audience by an improved performance and possibilities. Intel Thunderbolt technology is a hit of 2012; that is why, motherboard designers turned their looks into this direction. Gigabyte was among the first companies to integrate Thunderbolt interface into its products: model Z77MX-D3H TH is a bright evidence of it.



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Motherboard Gigabyte Z77MX-D3H TH resembles the modification of its predecessor Z77MX-D3H, except for the availability of Thunderbolt interface and design of PCB. The renunciation of the third PCIe x16 slot allowed the manufacturer to free four lines of PCIe bus and employ Thunderbolt technology for their activation. As a result, a new product has got a …

Meeting New GTX 970 DirectCU Mini OC Video Card from Asus

Tailored for mini-ITX motherboards, Asus has designed a new graphics card based on GeForce GTX 970 adapter. The GeForce GTX 970 DirectCU Mini OC features 170x122x40 mm dimensions only, targeting small-sized chassis for mini-ITX platforms. The heart of the card is Nvidia’s GM204-200-A1 GPU with 13 SMM blocks, 1664 CUDA cores, 104 TMUs, and 64 ROPs. It runs at the nominal 1088 MHz frequency but might be overclocked to 1228 MHz index.



Asus GeForce GTX 970 DirectCU Mini OC employs a shortcut PCB that accommodates a two-slot cooler with a vapor chamber, a backplate, and a high-efficiency CoolTech Fan. The latter is distinguished by a unique design that dramatically enhances airflow. The incorporated hardware base features Super Alloy Power design. It implies the inclusion of prime-quality chokes, capacitors, and power transistors. Their combination provides for some incredible efficiency and a prolonged lifespan.


The integrated GPU is accompanied with 4GB of GDDR5 memory; it …

The Release of AMD FX 8320 and FX 8300 Is Round the Corner

AMD is working intensely at the development of 8-core processors, the release of which is prognosticated for the 4th quarter of 2012. According to the preliminary data, AMD will release two models at once: FX 8320 and FX 8300. Such information could not but rejoice all customers using AMD FX processors on Bulldozer architecture, since the new CPUs are promised to be more efficient. The new processors will go with Vishera codename and will be built on the improved Piledriver architecture.



Similar to the flagship model AMD FX-8350, the two models will be designed on the basis of 32 nm micro architecture. They will support DDR3 memory with the frequency of 1866 MHz and will have 8Mb of L3 cache-memory. The two models will also support Socket AM3+ slot. Therefore, the major advantage of the new processor is that they will offer almost 20% more efficiency as compared to the current chips of FX series.


Nevertheless, the two CPUs, FX 8320 and FX 8300, will have certain …
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