Motherboard MSI FM2-A85XA-G65A Review

Military-class motherboards elaborated by MSI have been always distinguished by the implementation of all high-end components within supply circuits, by extended overclocking facilities, and by corresponding exterior design. FM2-A85XA-G65A model corroborates such outstanding descriptions, being a worthy representative of products branded as ‘Military’. Moreover, the integration of high-quality and solid hardware elements enhances its overclocking potential that can’t but gladden PC enthusiasts.

Design and Layout

MSI FM2-A85XA-G65A is developed in ATX form-factor. It is notable by a fanciful, spacious layout, taking into account the full-fledged options integrated within a single chipset. Thus, there is no need in additional controllers. The distance between two graphics slots has been doubled to organize even the most powerful CrossFire configurations. The integrated heatsinks feature 31 mm height; one of them is located only 5 mm far from CPU socket. This implies …

ViewSonic TD2420: Monitor with Optical Touch Technology

ViewSonic, one of the leaders in the development of image display devices, has recently introduced a new 23.6-inch sensor monitor, codenamed TD2420. The model features 555.9x421.9x174.8 mm dimensions and supports two-point Optical Touch technology that recognizes up to two simultaneous touches, due to the integrated optical sensor. In addition, this display boasts anti-glare coverage and scratch-resistant surface (7H). Upon the whole, the product is designed to be used in medical or educational areas, as well as in home-based multimedia systems.

TD2420 accommodates TN panel and is equipped with LED backlight. It supports Full HD resolution (1920x1080) and is characterized by 5 ms response time (in Gray-to-Gray environment). The incorporation of an improved panel type resulted in the following image specifications: viewing angles make up 170/160 degrees (H/V), the maximal brightness achieves the index of 210 cd/m2, static contrast equals to 1000:1, and dynamic contrast equals to …

ARM Readies Cortex-A72 and Mali-T880 for Mobile Devices

ARM has just announced a series of solutions for the upcoming next-generation mobile SoC. The most notable developments are Cortex-A72 processor and Mali-T880 graphics. According to the manufacturer, both components will be interconnected within SoC by means of CoreLink – CCI-500. The launch of new items is scheduled for 2016. Rockchip, MediaTek and HiSilicon are among the companies to integrate both elaborations into their products.

It should be noted that Cortex- A72 is a successor of Cortex-A57, taking analogous 64-bit operations but demonstrating three times higher performance. The new-comer will be designed under 16 nm FinFET+ technological process. Its layout corresponds to big.LITTLE framework requirements; this promotes for its combination with other ARM cores.

As far as Mali-T880 GPU is concerned, it provides for 1.8 response time increase if compared with the Mali-T760 model. Herewith, its power consumption is reduced by 40%. Moreover, this GPU might support 4K …
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