AMD Readies a Pair of Power-Efficient Desktop Processors

The Internet community is engrossed in a lively debate about the upcoming release of two new Richland desktop processors from AMD. The company has not made any official claims yet, however MSI marked the pair as an appropriate match for some of its new motherboards. Those Richland CPUs, which has already been launched by AMD, proved to be rather power-efficient, featuring 65 W and 100 W TDP level. But new entries – AMD A8-6500T and AMD A10-6700T – are thought to receive 45 W TDP package.



Upon the whole, AMD Richland processors position themselves as affordable, efficient and reliable solutions that can be employed for the assembling of systems with moderate or heightened demands. Some CPU models might be even used for the assembling of gaming systems. However, along with high performance, Richland processors are rather power-efficient; this makes them an ideal choice for home-based and corporate-class PC platforms.


As for the announced models, their specifications are …

New X99 Gaming 5P Mainboard from Gigabyte

Good news for inveterate gamers: Gigabyte launches a new enthusiast-level motherboard, entitled X99 Gaming 5P. The E-ATX greenhorn is designed in a traditional black-and-red color gamut, accompanied with hand-picked hardware elements, including solid-state capacitors Durable Black, server-type chokes etc. Moreover, its key peculiarity is an advanced monitoring system that allows controlling basic parameters (i.e. overclocking, clock frequencies).



Gigabyte X99 Gaming 5P is developed on Intel X99 chipset, ready to house Haswell-E LGA2011-3 processors with the ultimate TDP level of 130-140 W. The VRM subsystem entails 6-phases, 24-pin ATX and 8-pin EPS connectors. The model boasts eight slots for the latest DDR4-2800 MHz memory kits (up to 64 GB); there is a possibility to install RDIMM modules as well. Expansion slots include four PCI Express 3.0 x16 (with support for 4 video cards in SLI/CrossFireX configurations), three PCI Express 2.0 x1.


To continue, storage subsystem …

Affordable Motherboard Asus Vanguard B85 Review

Nowadays customers don’t find it difficult to acquire the motherboard which would absolutely correspond to their needs. This is primarily explained by the fact that each manufacturer tries to pack its production lineup with models of various calibers. Asus is one of the few companies that restlessly enlarge their motherboard inventory with variegated items, and Vanguard B85 (TUF series) is yet another item for saving users. The key to ‘affordability’ of Intel B85 chipset-based board lies mainly in the reduction of connectivity facilities, where the chipset supports not six but four SATA 6 Gb/sec + four USB 3.0 devices. However, the model is rich in other facilities that are vital for a contemporary multimedia PC.



Design and Layout


To begin with, Asus Vanguard B85 is designed in an uncommon uATX form-factor and supports Pentium/Xeon/Corei3/Corei5/Corei7 CPUs (Haswell gen.) for Socket LGA1150. The motherboard inventory involves 4 DIMM slots for the installation up to 32 …
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