Gigabyte Rolls out the 990XA-UD3 R5 Socket AM3+ Motherboard

Gigabyte has announced that it has recently added a new socket AM3+ motherboard to its lineup. The motherboard is set to support all AMD AM3+ FX processors and AM3 Athlon/Phenom II CPUs, while also supporting 2-way SLI or Crossfire.

The company has based the motherboard on the AMD 990X chipset, featuring a SB950 southbridge chip. Realtek takes the center stage in High Definition Audio Codecs for the 990XA-UD3 R5, coming with a Realtek ALC1150 codec chip, which is said to deliver exceptional audio listening experience with up to 115dB SNR. Also, Realtek has added an isolated audio circuit to its chip in order to provide the best possible audio quality.

The 990XA-UD3 R5 is said to provide 2x Copper PCBs in order to deliver enough power trace paths between components to handle higher than normal power loads and remove heat from critical CPU power delivery area. The motherboard also comes with two PCI-Express 2.0 x16 slots (8x / 8x), one PCIe 2.0 x16 (x4 and towed to the southbridge), one PCIe 2.0 x1 slot and two legacy PCI slots.

Gigabyte is said to have made the motherboard available at a recommended price of $125.

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Cooltek Released the X4 Midi-Tower Case

Building computers on a budget can be somewhat tricky at times, especially when you have to pay a lot for a chassis that doesn’t really have any function besides storage. Granted, there are reasons for the higher prices, but it is also nice to see some more budget oriented cases like the newly released Cooltek X4 midi-tower.

The X4 carries a more old-school design and has a top-rear PSU area, two external drive bays and five internal. It has also been sound proofed by lining the side panels and top cover with sound absorbing foam, something rarely found in budget cases. Front IO is covered with one USB 3.0, one USB 2.0 and HD Audio ports.

It’s however not a case designed for high-end gaming PCs as it only has 1 fan option at the rear, and that is only for an 80mm fan. It would however be a nice and silent case for an office PC.

Specifications

  • Form Factor: ATX, M-ATX
  • 5.25 inch drive bay: 2 x external
  • 3.5 inch drive bay: 5 x internal
  • Case fan (rear): 1 x 80 mm
  • Height: ca. 408 mm
  • Width: ca. 175 mm
  • Depth: ca. 425 mm
  • Material: Steel and plastics
  • Maximum VGA Card Length: ca. 275 mm
  • Maximum height of CPU coolers: ca. 145 mm

The Cooltek X4 should be available now for a low MSRP of just 32.99 including 19% VAT.

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Inno3D HerculeZ X4 GeForce GTX 980 Revealed

The Nvidia GeForce GTX 980 is everywhere this week and while we’ve already seen some very impressive cards hit the market, the latest one from Inno3D still manages to stand out from the crowd.

The most immediately noticeable feature of this card is its unique cooler; the HerculeZ X4. The cooler features a very aggressive design that is no doubt targeted at the gaming market, but most importantly it also features four fans for extreme cooling performance. The three primary fans feature 15 scythe blades with custom Herculez bearings, these are complimented with an extra 50mm silent fan on the side of the card.

The whole card has been reinforced for durability with a support bar that runs through the interior of the card, 12mm casing surrounding the fans, removable fan and fan mounts for easy maintenance, 118pcs aluminium fin array, 3 x 6mm heatpipe, 2 x 8mm high heat flux heatpipe and a full PCB HerculeZ Backplate II attachment.

The card comes with all of the other benefits of Nvidia’s new graphics hardware, including 2048 CUDA cores, a 1228 GPU and 1329 GPU Boost clocks, 4GB of GDDR5 HDMI, Dual Link DVI and 3 x Display Port.

Price is currently unknown, but expect to pay a big premium on top of the stock GTX 980 for the sizeable cooling solution and durable build quality.

Thank you Inno3D for providing us with this information.

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ASRock Reveals Their “Worlds Fastest” Ultra M.2 Socket

Z97 motherboards and Haswell Refresh CPU’s may not have been a huge wave of innovation for the PC component market, but they did bring with the a couple of interesting features that can have a big impact on the world of storage. The first one being the ASRock Ultra M.2 PCIe Gen3 x4 connection which was just announced, which effectively doubles its transfer speed bandwidth, leaving SATA 3 6GB/s looking like a dial-up connection in comparison.

The Ultra M.2 gets its big speed boost thanks to its direct connection to the CPU, older M.2 interfaces have to pass through their own chipset before heading to the CPU, which added latency and slowed things down. Now that latency is much lower and there is more performance on tap from the CPU.

“The theoretical speed of Ultra M.2 is 32Gb/s, which is 6X faster than PCIe x1 M.2, and 3X faster than PCIe x2 M.2. As for Ultra M.2 vs. normal M.2 comparison, we tested the read speed of Samsung XP941 PCIe x4 M.2 SSD on Ultra M.2 socket and reached 1.16GB/s, 46% faster than PCIe x2 M.2 socket. We also tested a PCIe x2 M.2 SSD on Ultra M.2 socket. Benefited from the direct linkage between Ultra M.2 interface and CPU, the PCIe x2 M.2 SSD read speed on Ultra M.2 socket is 8.8% faster than on normal M.2 socket. As shown in Chart 3, the lower latency of Ultra M.2 design does matter,” ASRock said in a release.

This new interface is currently only available on the ASRock Z97 Extreme 6 motherboard, which also comes equipped with Super Alloy technology, a 12 phase power design, Purity Sound 2, Dual LAN, SATA Express and ASRock Cloud. Unfortunately I couldn’t find any information on price at this time, but you can expect it to be a fairly big number.

Thank you TweakTown for providing us with this information.

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