ASRock Showcases X99 Taichi & Fatal1ty Professional Gaming i7 Mainboards

ASRock announces a pair of gaming ATX mainboards – the X99 Taichi and the X99 Fatal1ty Professional Gaming i7. Both new-comers are developed on Intel X99 chipset, targeting Intel Core i7 & Intel Xeon CPUs for Socket LGA2011-3 platforms. The pair employs a 12-phase digital VRM system and allows installing up to 8 DDR4-3300+ MHz memory modules. Both boards accommodate top-tier components which are accompanied by a range of advanced technologies.



The key differentiation between the two motherboards is external design. ASRock X99 Taichi boasts an original black-and-white gamut with an offbeat ornament, whereas ASRock X99 Fatal1ty Professional Gaming i7 employs a traditional gaming red-and-black gamut.


Both models feature three PCI Express 3.0 x16 slots for the connection of VGA cards as well as a pair of PCI Express 2.0 x1 slots. Storage subsystem is represented by 8x SATA III bays, one SATA Express and 2x Ultra M.2 slots. Network subsystem is realized by means of two …

Intel is preparing a quad-core Core i7-3740QM, 3840QM and 3940XM

In late September — early October, Intel plans to update the lineup of Core i7 processors on the cores generation Ivy Bridge (22 nm). It is expected that within a few months users will witness the announcement of the CPU for laptops Core i7-3740QM, 3840QM and 3940XM, which will replace released in April 3720QM, 3820QM and 3920XM, respectively.



According to the information from web resources, the trio will receive an increase of 100 MHz from the predecessors, retaining the previous TDP and probably the recommended price. A common feature of the new processors is four x86-cores that handle data in 8 threads (Hyper-Threading).


Core i7-3940XM operates at a nominal frequency of 3 GHz, equipped with 8 MB cache of the third level, two-channel controllers DDR3-1333/1600, graphics subsystem Intel HD 4000. There is support for dynamic overclocking Turbo Boost, Virtualization VT-x and VT-d, new commands AES and instructions AVX. TDP 3940XM is 55 watts.


Core i7-3840QM has almost …

A Low-profile SilverStone NT08-115XP Cooling System

Nowadays compact systems are becoming more widespread, thus increasing the popularity of low-profile cooling systems. Specifically for such systems, the SilverStone Company has designed a low-profile air cooling system under the NT08-115XP codename.



NT08-115XP is announced to be an alternative to a standard cooler out of the CPU supply kit. The manufacturer states, that this cooling system is able to disseminate up to 65 W of heat, so it’s not effective enough to chill down powerfull CPUs.


The dimensions of the SilverStone NT08-115XP cooling system are the following: 101 x 101 x 33 mm. It possesses an aluminum heatsink with a copper center hub. The rotary speed of the 80 mm fan (10 mm thick) is in the range of 1200–3400 rpm, producing an air flow of 5.64–15.98 CFM (9.58–27.15 m3/hr) and a noise level of 16.5–28.98 dBA.


This specialty is compatible with Intel LGA 115x sockets only.


The price has not been voiced yet.
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