Gigabyte Debuts with Socket AM1 Motherboards

Gigabyte is the first among AMD’s partners to introduce proprietary motherboards for an upcoming Socket AM1 platform. Initially the AM1 series will comprise only two models: the GA-AM1M-S2P and the GA-AM1M-S2H. Both feature micro-ATX form-factor and are supposed to house AMD Athlon/Sempron APUs. They employ two DIMM slots for the integration of up to 32 GB DDR3 memory with 1600 MHz frequency. The release is scheduled for March when the platform is officially introduced.



Gigabyte motherboards have got two SATA III 6 Gb/sec ports for the expansion of storage, one PCIe 2.0 x16, one PCIe x1 and one PCI connector for the connection of add-ons. Network functional consists of gigabit controller from Realtek, whereas audio functional is laid upon 7.1-channel HAD Realtek ALC 887 codec.


The differentiation between the two models lies in the set of internal/external interfaces. Hence, the GA-AM1M-S2P comes with two PS/2 ports, one D-Sub port, four USB ports (3.0 + 2.0), one RJ-45, …

Aerocool Preps Originally Illuminated DS 230 Chassis

Aerocool announces the DS 230 PC case. According to the manufacturer, it is going to win the hearts of customers by an off-beat illumination that operates in two modes: permanent light & breathing effect. The lighting system embraces several color schemes and several intensity modes. The middle-tower steel chassis itself is painted black. Its internal layout is intended for mini-ITX, micro-ATX as well as full-format ATX mainboards.



Aerocol DS 230 offers 7 expansion slots, a pair of 3.5 inch drive slots (undermount) & three 2.5 inch drive slots (side allocation). The maximal length of the supported graphics cards makes up 413 mm, whereas the maximal height of the CPU cooler should not exceed 170 mm. The case supports standard ATX PS/2 power supply units (180 mm in length).


To continue, the model comes with a preinstalled rear 120 mm fan. Optionally, it’s feasible to mount two top 120/140-mm fans & three front 120/140-mm fans. If there is need, the customer can substitute …

The High-End M.2 ADATA XPG SX7000 Drive with a PCI Express 3.0 x4 Interface

The novelty by ADATA – XPG SX7000 – has recently joined the company’s model line of high-speed solid-state drives. This product is performed in the M.2 2280 format and operates on the base of 3D NAND TLC chips and SMI controller. The manufacturer offers four capacity options, namely 128 GB, 256 GB, 512 GB and 1 TB.



The PCI Express 3.0 x4 interface and the NVMe 1.2 specification make ADATA XPG SX7000 highly efficient. It ensures the 1,800 MB/s of reading and 850 MB/s of writing speed. The random performance at 4 KB data handling corresponds to 130,000 and 140,000 IOPS. Thus, these rates are much higher than those of standard HDD and SATA SSD, which provides a perfect system responsiveness, as well as high productivity.


Additionally the ADATA XPG SX7000 SSD features the DRAM memory cache and supports SLC Caching, LDPC ECC, RAID Engine and Data Shaping. The 5-year warranty is supplied.
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