The Second Generation of Polaris: Introduction to the Radeon RX 570 Using the ASUS ROG Strix Video Card as an Example

Currently, the situation with the total dominance of NVIDIA in the segment of top-end graphics solutions has developed. AMD is unlikely to present its progressive Vega accelerators shortly. But a series of mid-level video cards based on GPU Polaris has already been developed. Their second generation is presented, so let’s start studying the new products.


Polaris 20 Based Video Cards

The updated line of video cards includes four models: Radeon RX 580, Radeon RX 570, Radeon RX 560 and Radeon RX 550. They are direct successors of similar models of the RX400 series; in particular, the Radeon RX 580/570 replaces the Radeon RX 480/470. So, let’s consider the changes in the new video cards in this review.


The Radeon RX 580 and Radeon RX 570 are based on the Polaris 20 graphics processor which has no major changes with respect to Polaris 10. This is the development of the AMD GCN architecture and its fourth implementation. The GPU counts 36 Compute Unit (CU) computational …

Motherboard ECS Z77H2-A4 Review

Chipset Intel Z77 can’t be called a novel product in the market, since it has already transformed into a customary platform for personal computers. The versatility of motherboards employing this chipset is countless, in fact, and each and every consumer is able to find the one to his specific needs. ECS boasts its own inventory of boards based on Intel Z77; Z77H2-A4 is an intermediate item between hi-end and entry-level models, due to its alluring price and improved functional facilities. This board attracts primarily thrifty customers who would like to get all modern commodities for a sensible price.



Design and Layout


Budgetary orientation of ECS Z77H2-A4 motherboard is manifested, first of all, through a diminished PCB dimensions. Nonetheless, the model accommodates a couple of PCI Express Graphics slots with the allotted twenty rails of PCI-e bus. There is no symmetric rail distribution between the slots, so the second PEG slot receives only four rails. The board’s …

CPU Cooler Thermalright Silver Arrow SB-E Review

Each new product developed by Thermalright gains particular attention from the part of professionals and average customers. This is explained by the fact that the company tried its hardest to reach the top of cooling systems segment. Indeed, some of its coolers continue leadership in the most efficient coolers ranking of all ages. Hence, the release of a new CPU cooler, codenamed Silver Arrow SB-E, could not but draw attention of the community. This is a follower of Silver Arrow model, thought with perceptible improvements. SB-E marking signifies that the model has been designed specifically for Sandy Bridge-E processors, so it can be attributed to the highly-specialized models.



Basic Peculiarities


Thermalright Silver Arrow SB-E is a two-section radiator with two fans which take up to a half of the motherboard spacing. Its dimensions equal to 164x155x104 mm. It is delivered in a card box with fans, radiators and accessories managed in different packages. The nominal …
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