New High-End Motherboards for AMD CPUs from ECS

ECS is going to release a new high-performance motherboard of Black Series line that supports AMD CPUs. Codenamed A970M-A Deluxe, it is compatible with AM3/AM3+ APU and is characterized by the integration of the latest technological facilities which provide for efficiency, reliability, and ease of use. The model is developed on the basis of AMD 970 chipset; this is supposed to ensure the maximal performance generated by the newest processors, and at the same time, the compatibility with the previous developments. Moreover, A970M-A Deluxe completely supports Windows 8 platform and a range of refined technologies, including EZ BIOS, UEFI BIOS, ECS MIB X, 8-channel audio HD and Anti-Dust Shield Technology.

Motherboard ECS A970M-A Deluxe is developed in ATX form-factor. It accommodates 32GB of two-channel DDR3 memory housed on four DIMM slots. The nominal memory frequency equals to 1866 MHz, but this index might achieve the margin of 2133 MHz on overclocking. The board is equipped …

Gigabyte GA-Z77MX-D3H: plus two ports Thunderbolt, plus 40 euros

Gigabyte has released the first motherboard form factor microATX, equipped with two ports Thunderbolt — GA-Z77MX-D3H TH. Taking into account the availability of the precursor (Z77MX-D3H), it’s interesting to compare the design and price of these models. First, about the cost of the product. The novelty is estimated at € 150, and its «little sister» — at € 108,50. If to subtract 10 euros from each of two amounts, there will be the minimum for which the cards will be available soon.

Gigabyte GA-Z77MX-D3H TH

What causes the difference in more than 40 euros? In general, the presence of two ports Intel Thunderbolt 10 Gb / s, which are implemented by the controller Intel DSL3510L. A high-speed connection can simultaneously serve several drives and a monitor. Minor changes were made to the design of the CPU power supply subsystem, which, nevertheless, remained a 6-channel. One of the long PCI Express slots was replaced by the second PCI-E 2.0 x1.

By and large, …

CPU Cooling System Ice Hammer IH-4700 Review

Coolers designed by Ice Hammer have been always noticeable for an appropriate correlation of performance and price. Its cooling system IH-4700 is not an exclusion, since it provides both — perfect cooling effect and attractive final cost. Model IH-4700 is a recipient of the fourth product series which differentiates by an improved framework and more efficient operation. It supports a range of Intel and AMD processors, and features PWM fan controller.

Delivery Set

Cooler Ice Hammer IH-4700 is supplied in a cardbox of medium size. Traditionally, the box contains some technical details about the product and a set of accessories necessary for the installation. The cooler itself is packed in a separate box which involves a subsection for accompanying elements. User's manual contains guidance on the cooler's installation into Intel and AMD platforms. The list of accessories embraces a backplate, a clamping plate, a fixing plate, a set of fixing screws, a thermal compound, and …
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