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Motherboard ECS Z170-CLAYMORE: review and testing 

ECS products is quite a rare visitor in our test lab, however, we could not miss the opportunity to get acquainted with the top-end model based on flagship chipset Intel Z170 for the new family of processors Intel Skylake (Platform Socket LGA1151). 

ECS Z170-CLAYMORE

Motherboard ECS Z170-CLAYMORE is part of a series of ECS LEET Gaming, created specifically for gamers. Solutions of this lineup are characterized by high build quality, support for advanced technologies as well as excellent equipment, which includes a network controller and a reliable quality audio subsystem.

The specification:

Producer and model

tags: ecs   realtek   m.2   intel   usb 3.1   pci express 3.0   sata express   usb 3.0   ddr4   atx   intel z170   socket lga1151   uefi bios   celeron   asmedia   pentium   intel core   
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Motherboard GIGABYTE GA-Z170X-Gaming 7: review and testing

An updated series of devices for gamers GIGABYTE G1 GAMING includes not only the mid-level model, such as the GIGABYTE GA-Z170X-Gaming 3, but the flagship cards. And one of them will be described in this review. GIGABYTE GA-Z170X-Gaming 7 has a very good equipment, including the traditional advantages of this series: gaming network controller supplemented company Intel; a good sound system, as well as a number of overclcking opportunities that will help you get an extra performance boost in games.

GIGABYTE GA-Z170X-Gaming 7

The specs:

Producer and model

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Motherboard ASUS MAXIMUS VIII HERO: review and testing 

It is not a secret that ASUS has updated its flagship lineup of motherboards for gamers ASUS ROG in connection with the announcement of a new family of processors Intel Skylake (Platform Socket LGA1151) and the flagship chipset Intel Z170. And the first model of the updated line, which will be described is ASUS MAXIMUS VIII HERO. The solution is aimed for demanding users and experienced gamers who want to get a model with balanced performance, high quality, well equipping and moderate cost.   

ASUS MAXIMUS VIII HERO

The specs: 

Producer and model

ASUS MAXIMUS VIII HERO (rev 1.01)

Chipset

Intel Z170

CPU socket

Socket LGA1151

Supported CPUs

Intel Core i7 / Core i5 / Core i3 / Pentium / Celeron 6th gen

Memory frequency

3800* / 3733* / 3600* / 3500* / 3466* / 3400* / 3333* / 3300* / 3200* / 3000* / 2800* / 2666* / 2400* / 2133 MHz

(*OC)

Memory support

4 x DDR4 DIMM-slots with memory support up to 64 GB

Expansion slots

 

2 x PCI Express 3.0 x16 (x16 / x8+x8)

1 x PCI Express 3.0 x16 (x4)

3 x PCI Express 3.0 x1

Disk subsystem

Intel Z170 chipset supports:

1 x M.2 x4 Socket 3 (M.2 2242, M.2 2260, M.2 2280, M.2 22110)

2 x SATA 6 Gb/s

2 x SATA Express (each compatible with 2 х SATA 6 Gb/s)

RAID 0, RAID 1, RAID 5, RAID 10

ASMedia ASM1061 controller supports:

2 x SATA 6 Gb/s

LAN

1 x Intel WGI219V (10/100/1000 Mb/s)

Sound subsystem

Codec SupremeFX 2015

8-channel sound

Power

1 х 24-pin ATX connector

1 x 8-pin ATX12V connector

Fans

2 x CPU fan connectors (4-pin)

4 x system fan connectors (4-pin)

1 x water cooling tank connector (4-pin)

Cooling

Aluminum heatsink on the chipset

Aluminium radiators on the elements of power system connected with a heat pipe

Extenral I/O

1 x PS/2 Combo

1 x HDMI

1 x DisplayPort

1 x LAN (RJ45)

2 x USB 3.0

1 х USB 3.1 (Type-C)

1 х USB 3.1 (Type-A)

4 x USB 2.0

1 x Optical S/PDIF out

5 x audio jacks

1 х button «USB BIOS Flashback»

Internal I/O

2 x USB 3.0, each with support of two USB 3.0

2 x USB 2.0, each with support of two USB 2.0

1 х ROG_EXT

1 x EXT_FAN

4 x SATA 6 Gb/s

2 x SATA Express

1 х socket TPM

1 x diagnostic LED-indicator

1 x connector of audio output to front panel

1 x set of front panel connectors

1 х connector to connect temperature sensor

1 x «CMOS reset»

1 х «Power» button

1 х «Reboot» button

1 х «MemOK!» button

1 х socket Thunderbolt

1 x 4-pin socket for connection of tank of water cooling system

1 х switch to mode «LN2»

1 х socket to connect temperature sensors

BIOS

128 MbFlash ROM UEFI AMI BIOS

PnP, ACPI 5.0, SM BIOS 3.0, DMI 3.0, WfM 2.0

Packaging

User’s manual

Warranty card

Disk with drivers and utilities

1 х tool ASUS CPU Installation Tool

1 х set ASUS Q-Connectors

6 x SATA cables

1 х bridge 2-Way NVIDIA SLI

1 х interface panel plug

Form-factor, dimensions

ATX

305 x 244 mm

Producer website

ASUS
Updated versions of BIOS and drives are available on  support page

Package and content 

ASUS MAXIMUS VIII HERO

The motherboard comes in a cardboard box with a flip-up lid with the design of corporate style of lineup ASUS ROG. In addition to the names of the manufacturer and model of the device the front side features a series of logos at the bottom, showing the support for Windows 10, NVIDIA SLI and technology AMD CrossFireX, as well as the display image with a resolution of 4K Ultra HD.

ASUS MAXIMUS VIII HERO

ASUS MAXIMUS VIII HERO

On the reverse side of the flip-up cover with a viewing window you can find a description of ASUS MAXIMUS VIII HERO advantages:

  • SupremeFX 2015 - preinstalled audio codec offers support for high quality eight channel sound thanks to the DAC ESS ES9023P and audio capacitors Nichicon. In order to avoid the negative impact of electromagnetic interference shielding technology is used. Also note the presence of an amplifier TI R4580I, able to improve the audio playback on headphones with an impedance of 600 Ohms. Proprietary software comes bundled with Sonic Studio II, allowing to activate a virtual reproduction of sound in 7.1 format, as well as offering a wide range of audio settings.
  • Intel Ethernet - preset network controller has an increased capacity and consumes less CPU resources than competing solutions.
  • LANGuard - LAN-port uses a special guard to help prevent damage to the system due to static electricity or shock during an electrical storm.
  • ROG GameFirst III - technology designed to optimize Internet traffic in order to increase the priority of online games, which should reduce the delays and, accordingly, make the gameplay more comfortable. You can also select a priority “media-streaming”, VoIP or file sharing.
  • ROG KeyBot II - a unique technology that allows you to record macros and create function keys, even for conventional keyboards.

ASUS MAXIMUS VIII HERO

The reverse side of the package in addition to a brief technical specification of new item and diagramming interface panel contains a mention of the support for SupremeFX 2015, Intel Ethernet, as well as digital power subsystem Extreme Engine DIGI+.

ASUS MAXIMUS VIII HERO

Package of ASUS MAXIMUS VIII HERO includes:

  • six SATA cables;
  • set ASUS Q-Connectors, which greatly simplifies the process of connecting of the case's front panel;
  • sticker with the logo of ASUS ROG;
  • bridge NVIDIA SLI;
  • tool ASUS CPU Installation Tool;
  • door hanger.

Design and features 

ASUS MAXIMUS VIII HERO

Motherboard ASUS MAXIMUS VIII HERO features quite original and stylish decor, which is important for a gaming solution. The familiar black color is added by the splashes of red color on the chipset and the protective casing on the interface panel.

ASUS MAXIMUS VIII HERO

As for the layout of on-board elements, all is performed at the highest level: all key connectors and ports are concentrated on the edges of the printed circuit board, SATA ports are parallel to PCB and-DIMM slots are equipped with latches on one side. As a result, the design and layout of the ASUS MAXIMUS VIII HERO deserve only the highest grade.

ASUS MAXIMUS VIII HERO

The reverse side of the motherboard meets us not only by the usual base plate of the socket and fastening screws of the radiator, but also two support plates placed under the components of the power subsystem processor. Additionally, they serve as low-profile radiators.

ASUS MAXIMUS VIII HERO

The bottom of the printed circuit board ASUS MAXIMUS VIII HERO has the following connectors: connecting bock of audio connectors on front panel, block «TB_HEADER» (for the implementation of the interface Thunderbolt), the button “Clear CMOS”, “Enable” and “Reset”, the port TPM, and the connecting block of the front panel. Additionally, we note two pads to activate the ports USB 2.0, one of which is connected with the connector ROG_EXT, and one USB 3.0. Total number of USB 2.0 ports is eight: four internal and four on the interface panel. As for USB 3.0, there are only six: four internal and two external. All of them operate through a set of system logic.

ASUS MAXIMUS VIII HERO

ASUS MAXIMUS VIII HERO

The possibility of organizing a disk subsystem is presented by connector M.2 x4 Socket 3 (supports SSD-drives M.2 2242, 2260 M.2, M.2 M.2 2280 and 22110), four ports SATA 6Gb/s and two SATA Express where each is compatible with two SATA 6 Gb/s. There is support for arrays RAID 0 SATA, RAID 1, RAID 5, and RAID 10. In this case, there is one restriction: if connector M.2x4 Socket 3 operates in mode «SATA», the two SATA 6 Gb/s (on the scheme «SATA6G_12 ") will be disabled.

ASUS MAXIMUS VIII HERO

Mainboard ASUS MAXIMUS VIII HERO is equipped with four DIMM-slots for modules RAM standard DDR4, which for convenience are equipped with latched on one side only. RAM can operate in dual channel mode. Its implementation is realized by installation either in the first and third or second and fourth slots (or takes all available ports). Modules operating at frequencies up to 3800 MHz in overclocking mode are supported. The maximum amount of memory can be up to 64 GB, which is enough for almost any tasks.

Additionally note the module for connecting remote panel with ports USB 3.0, button «MemOK!», which allows you to automatically pick up the necessary parameters of the RAM to the successful launch of the system and diagnostic LED-indicator.

ASUS MAXIMUS VIII HERO

ASUS MAXIMUS VIII HERO

The cooling system of this motherboard has three major aluminum radiators, one carries out the removal of heat from the chipset Intel Z170, while the other two connected by a heat pipe cover the elements of the power subsystem processor.

In the process of testing we’ve recorded the following temperature:

  • heat sink for cooling chipset – 31.1°C (during acceleration - 33°C);
  • upper radiator of cooling elements of the processor power subsystem – 37.1°C (during acceleration – 38.8°C);
  • lower heat sink of cooling elements of the processor power subsystem - 36°C (during acceleration – 37.5°C).

These results clearly indicate the higher efficiency of the cooling system, indicating the proper selection of materials and design.

ASUS MAXIMUS VIII HERO

ASUS MAXIMUS VIII HERO

CPU power is carried out by a reinforced 10-phase scheme for cores and additional nodes. Converter is based on a digital PWM controller ASP1405I with built power control subsystem Extreme Engine DIGI+. All components have a high degree of reliability: durable Japanese solid capacitors, effective MOSFETs and chokes NexFET MicroFine, providing stable operation even at high amperage. The main 24-pin and additional 8-pin connectors are used to provide supply voltage. 

ASUS MAXIMUS VIII HERO

The possibility of expanding the functionality of the motherboard ASUS MAXIMUS VIII HERO is presented by six slots:

  1. PCI Express 3.0 x1;
  2. PCI Express 3.0 x16 (x16 mode or x8);
  3. PCI Express 3.0 x1;
  4. PCI Express 3.0 x16 (x8 mode);
  5. PCI Express 3.0 x1;
  6. PCI Express 3.0 x16 (x4 mode).

Due to the support for technologies NVIDIA SLI and AMD CrossFireX this configuration offers the user to organize the graphics subsystem of the two or three cards. The location of the slots will allow to easily connect two video cards with three-slot cooling system. And you have access to one connector PCI Express 3.0 x1.

ASUS MAXIMUS VIII HERO

If you decided to take advantage of the graphics core integrated into the CPU, you have two video outputs: HDMI and DisplayPort operating by the chip ASMedia ASM1442K.

ASUS MAXIMUS VIII HERO

Multi I/O opportunities are based on chip NUVOTON NCT6793D, which controls the operation of the system fan, port PS/2, and provide monitoring. 

ASUS MAXIMUS VIII HERO

Correct operation of the two USB 3.1 ports on the interface panel is provided by the chip ASMedia ASM1142.

ASUS MAXIMUS VIII HERO

Two additional SATA 6 Gb/s ports are realized due to the controller ASMedia ASM1061.

ASUS MAXIMUS VIII HERO

To support network connections there is a gigabit LAN-controller Intel WGI219V. Proprietary technology ROG GameFirst III provides the distribution of network resources and prioritization of traffic.

ASUS MAXIMUS VIII HERO

Sound subsystem of motherboard based on the 8-channel HDA-codec design SupremeFX 2015, which supports the audio formats 2/4/5.1/7.1 and has a number of proprietary features.

ASUS MAXIMUS VIII HERO

Interface Panel of model ASUS MAXIMUS VIII HERO includes the following ports:

  • 1 x PS / 2 Combo;
  • 1 x LAN (RJ45);
  • 2 x USB 3.0;
  • 4 x USB 2.0;
  • 1 x USB 3.1 (Type-C);
  • 1 x USB 3.1 (Type-A);
  • 1 x HDMI;
  • 1 x DisplayPort;
  • 1 x Optical S / PDIF out;
  • 1 x button «USB BIOS Flashback»;
  • 5 x audio ports.

This configuration can be safely described as excellent, because here are not only everything you need, but even more: two digital video output, a large number of ports USB (including two high-speed USB 3.1), as well as easy connection of multi-channel speakers and support the periphery PS/2. Additionally note the function of the firmware update BIOS from a USB flash drive using the corresponding button.

ASUS MAXIMUS VIII HERO

 

ASUS MAXIMUS VIII HERO

ASUS MAXIMUS VIII HERO features wide opportunities for the organization of the cooling system inside the case. There are seven 4-pin fan connectors, two of which are for cooling the CPU, one is designed to connect the water block, while the other four are for system fans.

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MSI Z170A GAMING M5 motherboard: review and testing

As you know MSI has decided to divide the whole range of gaming motherboards on three lineups: MSI Z170 Arsenal GAMING, MSI Z170 Performance GAMING and MSI Z170 Enthusiast GAMING. The first is designed for casual players that do not require special advantages. The second one provides a number of important features. The third one pleases gaming enthusiasts due to improvements to each subsystem.

In turn, lineup MSI Z170 Enthusiast GAMING is divided into several series: MSI Z170 GAMING M3, MSI Z170 GAMING M5, MSI Z170 GAMING M7 и MSI Z170 GAMING M9.  It is easy to guess that the higher the index number, the greater the benefits of various integrated into the model.

MSI Z170A GAMING M5

So we can say that the motherboard MSI Z170A GAMING M5 is designed for fans of computer games that are looking for a balance between the high functionality and the ultimate cost.

Novelty has an excellent network subsystem, which will be appreciated by fans of online battles, high-quality sound subsystem that allows you to catch the steps of the enemy before it appears on the screen, as well as ample opportunities for the organization of graphics and disk subsystems.

However, but firstly let's consider the detailed technical specifications of the motherboard MSI Z170A GAMING M5:

Producer 

MSI

Model

Z170A GAMING M5

Chipset

Intel Z170

CPU socket

Socket LGA1151

Supported CPU

Intel Core i7 / Core i5 / Core i3 / Pentium / Celeron 6th gen

Memory frequency

3600* / 3200* / 3000* / 2800* / 2600* / 2400 / 2133 MHz

(*OC)

Memory support

4 x DDR4 DIMM-slots with memory support up to 64 GB

Expansion slots

3 x PCI Express 3.0 x16 (x16 / x8+x8 / x8+x4+x4)

4 x PCI Express 3.0 x1

Disk subsystem

Intel Z170 chipset supports:

2 x M.2 32 Gb/s (M.2 2242, M.2 2260, M.2 2280)

2 x SATA 6 Gb/s

2 x SATA Express (compatible with 2 х SATA 6 Gb/s)

RAID 0, RAID 1, RAID 5, RAID 10

LAN

1 x Qualcomm Atheros Killer E2400 (10/100/1000 Мb/s)

Sound subsystem

Codec Realtek ALC1150

8-channel sound

S/PDIF Out

Power

24-pin ATX connector

8-pin ATX12V connector

Fans

2 x CPU fan connectors (4-pin)

3 x system fan connectors (4-pin)

Cooling

Aluminium radiators on the processor power subsystem elements

Aluminum radiator on chipset

Extenral I/O

1 x PS/2 Combo

1 x HDMI

1 x DVI-D

1 x LAN (RJ45)

4 x USB 3.1 Gen1

1 х USB 3.1 Gen2 (Type-C)

1 х USB 3.1 Gen2 (Type-A)

2 x USB 2.0

1 x Optical S/PDIF out

5 x audio jacks

Internal I/O

1 x USB 3.1 each with support of two USB 3.1 Gen1

2 x USB 2.0 each with support of two USB 2.0

2 x SATA 6 Gb/s

2 x SATA Express

1 х socket TPM

1 х COM

1 x connector of audio output to front panel

2 x sets of front panel connectors

1 х switch «Slow mode»

1 x CMOS reset

1 x diagnostic LED-indicator

BIOS

128 Mb Flash ROM UEFI AMI BIOS

PnP 1.0а, ACPI 5.0, SM BIOS 2.8

Packaging

user manual

warranty card

disk with drives and documents

4 x SATA cables

1 х bridge 2-Way NVIDIA SLI

1 х interface panel plug

Form-factor, dimensions

ATX

305 x 244 mm

Producer website

MSI
Updated versions of BIOS and drives are available at support page

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Smartphone Samsung Galaxy S6: review and testing

In recent years, all have become used obtain one of the most technological gadgets on the market due to release of a new flagship smartphone of series Samsung Galaxy S. And it is a rule that each model can meet the needs of even the most demanding user. And if the functionality of all devices of the Korean manufacture was always at the highest level, in terms of design solutions were criticized. This is primarily due to the insignificant differences between the appearance of devices and in terms of used materials.

Samsung Galaxy S6

This year at the MWC in Barcelona admirers of the brand received a pleasant surprise in the form of a presentation of two flagships - Samsung Galaxy S6 and Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge, which got a new design using glass and metal in the structure. For testing we have the first model without the curved screen and prefix «Edge», but this device is no less interesting. All features are described in today’s review. But first of all let’s learn the technical specifications:

Producer and model

tags: samsung   galaxy   wi-fi   amoled   gps   android   arm   nfc   bluetooth   4k ultra hd   corning gorilla glass   cortex-a53   exynos   multi-touch   ddr4   micro-usb   cortex-a57   4g   3g   
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RAM kitKINGMAX DDR4-3200 Nano Gaming RAM (16 GB): review and testing 

The KINGMAX products were many times tested in our lab. We have already introduced you to the SSD-drives, flash drives and memory cards of Taiwanese manufacturer, which produced quite a good impression thanks to a good combination of performance, quality and reasonable cost. Also such a major producer deals with memory modules.

KINGMAX DDR4-3200 Nano Gaming RAM

In this review we will look at a set of relatively young RAM standard DDR4, which will be relevant for the next few years. Set KINGMAX DDR4-3200 Nano Gaming RAM, as you might guess by its name, refers to a series of KINGMAX DDR4 Nano Gaming RAM, a key advantage of which is the original method of cooling the memory chips – the application of technology NANO Thermal Dissipation. The essence of its work means the application of thin layer of diamond-like carbon particles and silica, which increases environmental through smaller carbon content and reduced the temperature by 10%. In addition, this method of cooling does not increase the height of the modules, which means they can be used with a wider list of overall CPU coolers.

This seriesoffers kits with a capacity of 8 to 32 GB with frequencies from 2666 to 3400 MHz. At the same time the operating voltage supply for different sets ranging from 1.2 to 1.35 V. In this case, the set consists of four modules totaling 16 GB, the maximum effective frequency 3200 MHz at a voltage of 1.35 V.

Let's look at a more detailed specification of KINGMAX DDR4-3200 Nano Gaming RAM:

Producer and model

KINGMAX DDR4-3200 Nano Gaming RAM

Module marking

GLOF63F-D8KAGA HABX

Memory type

DDR4

Form-factor

288-pin UDIMM

Quantity of modules in a kit

4

Memory capacity of one module, GB

4

Rated supply voltage, V

1,2

DRAM configuration

512M x 8

Operation modes

DDR4-2133 19-15-15-36

DDR4-2133 18-15-15-36

DDR4-2133 16-15-15-36

DDR4-2133 15-15-15-36

DDR4-1866 14-13-13-31

DDR4-1866 13-13-13-31

DDR4-1600 12-11-11-27

DDR4-1600 11-11-11-27

DDR4-1333 9-9-9-22

Extended XMP profiles

DDR4-3200 16-18-18-36 @ 1,35 В

Extended EPP profiles

No

Height of each module, mm

30

Producer website

KINGMAX

Product page

tags: ddr4   kingmax   nano gaming ram   xmp   intel xmp   
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MotherboardASUS Z170 PRO GAMING: review and testing  

Continuing our acquaintance with the motherboard to work with the new family of processors Intel Skylake (Socket LGA1151 Platform), realized on the basis of the flagship chipset Intel Z170, we will talk about the model of the lineup ASUS PRO GAMER. ASUS did not create a separate lineup of gaming motherboards for the new family of processors, but renamed ASUS Gamer intp ASUS PRO GAMER including a model on the platform Socket LGA1150, for example, ASUS Z97-PRO GAMER.

ASUS_Z170_PRO_GAMING

As for ASUS Z170 PRO GAMING, it is a logical continuation of earlier branded gaming solutions with a number of significant improvements, new proprietary technologies as well as more modern equipment, such as support for interface USB 3.1.

The specs: 

Producer  

ASUS

Model

Z170 PRO GAMING (rev 1.04)

Chipset

Intel Z170

CPU socket

Socket LGA1151

Supported CPUs

Intel Core i7 / Core i5 / Core i3 / Pentium / Celeron 6th gen

Memory frequency

3400* / 3333* / 3200* / 3100* / 3000* / 2933* / 2800* / 2666* / 2600* / 2400* / 2133 MHz

(*OC)

Memory support

4 x DDR4 DIMM-slots with memory support up to 64 GB

Expansion slots

 

3 x PCI Express 3.0 x16 (x16 / x8+x8 / x8+x8+x4)

3 x PCI Express 3.0 x1

Disk subsystem

Intel Z170 chipset supports:

1 x M.2 Socket 3 (M.2 2242, M.2 2260, M.2 2280, M.2 22110)

4 x SATA 6 Gb/s

1 x SATA Express (compatible with 2 х SATA 6 Gb/s)

RAID 0, RAID 1, RAID 5, RAID 10

LAN

1 x Intel WGI219V (10/100/1000 Мb/s)

Sound subsystem

Codec SupremeFX

8-channel sound

S/PDIF Out

Power

1 х 24-pin ATX connector

1 x 8-pin ATX12V connector

Fans

2 x CPU fan connectors (4-pin)

3 x system fan connectors (4-pin)

Cooling

Aluminum radiator on chipset

Aluminum radiator on the elements of the processor power subsystem

Extenral I/O

1 x PS/2 Combo

1 x HDMI

1 x DisplayPort

1 x D-Sub

1 x DVI-D

1 x LAN (RJ45)

4 x USB 3.0

1 х USB 3.1 (Type-C)

1 х USB 3.1 (Type-A)

2 x USB 2.0

1 x Optical S/PDIF out

5 x audio jacks

Internal I/O

1 x USB 3.0 each with support of two USB 3.0 (19-pin)

3 x USB 2.0, each with support of two USB 2.0

1 х ROG_EXT

1 x EXT_FAN

4 x SATA 6 Gb/s

1 x SATA Express

1 х TPM

1 х COM

1 x connector of audio output to front panel

1 x set of front panel connectors

1 х connector for temperature sensor connection

1 x CMOS

BIOS

128 Mb Flash ROM UEFI AMI BIOS

PnP, ACPI 5.0, SM BIOS 3.0, DMI 3.0, WfM 2.0

Packaging

User’s manual

Warranty card

Disk with drivers and utilities

1 х tool ASUS CPU Installation Tool

4 x SATA cables

1 х bridge 2-Way NVIDIA SLI

1 х interface panel plug

Form-factor, dimensions

ATX

305 x 244 mm

Producer website

ASUS
Updated versions of BIOS and drives are available on  support page

Read the full review >>>

MotherboardASUS Z170-A: review and testing

5th August 2015 Intel has announced a new family of processors Intel Skylake for the platform Socket LGA1151, as well as the flagship chipset Intel Z170. Of course, all the key players in the motherboard market has prepared their models and began to actively demonstrated them.

ASUS Z170-A

In this review we will learn the features of the motherboard ASUS Z170-A produced by renowned Taiwanese company. Based on design and equipment, a novelty is a high-level solution, which received an excellent sound system, high-quality circuitry, support for two ports USB 3.1, as well as a number of proprietary enhancements. But let’s start from the technical specification.

The specs:

Producer  

ASUS

Model

Z170-A (rev 1.03)

Chipset

Intel Z170

CPU socket

Socket LGA1151

Supported CPUs

Intel Core i7 / Core i5 / Core i3 / Pentium / Celeron 6th gen

Memory frequency

3400* / 3333* / 2133 MHz

(*OC)

Memory support

4 x DDR4 DIMM-slots with memory support up to 64 GB

Expansion slots

 

3 x PCI Express 3.0 x16 (x16 / x8+x8 / x8+x8+x4)

3 x PCI Express 3.0 x1

1 х PCI

Disk subsystem

Intel Z170 chipset supportd=s:

1 x M.2 32 Gb/s (M.2 2242, M.2 2260, M.2 2280, M.2 22110)

4 x SATA 6 Gb/s

1 x SATA Express (compatible with 2 х SATA 6 Gb/s)

RAID 0, RAID 1, RAID 5, RAID 10

LAN

1 x Intel WGI219V (10/100/1000 Мb/s)

Sound subsystem

Codec Realtek ALC892

8-channel sound

S/PDIF Out

Power

1 х 24-pin ATX connector

1 x 8-pin ATX12V connector

Fans

2 x CPU fan connectors (4-pin)

4 x system fan connectors (4-pin)

Cooling

Алюминиевый радиатор на чипсете

Aluminum radiator on the elements of the processor power subsystem

Extenral I/O

1 x PS/2 Combo

1 x HDMI

1 x DisplayPort

1 x D-Sub

1 x DVI-D

1 x LAN (RJ45)

2 x USB 3.0

1 х USB 3.1 (Type-C)

1 х USB 3.1 (Type-A)

2 x USB 2.0

1 x Optical S/PDIF out

5 x audio jacks

Internal I/O

2 x USB 3.0, each with support of two USB 3.0 (19-pin)

2 x USB 2.0, each with support of two USB 2.0

4 x SATA 6 Gb/s

1 x SATA Express

1 х socket TPM

1 x connector of audio output to front panel

1 x set of front panel connectors

1 x S/PDIF out

1 х button «MemOK!»

1 х module «TB_HEADER»

1 x power button

1 x CMOS

1 x switch «TPU»

1 х switch «EZ_XMP»

BIOS

64 Mb Flash ROM UEFI AMI BIOS

PnP, ACPI 5.0, SM BIOS 2.8, DMI 2.7, WfM 2.0

Packaging

User’s manual

Warranty card

Disk with drivers and utilities

1 х set ASUS Q-Connectors

1 х tool ASUS CPU Installation Tool

3 x SATA cables

1 х bridge 2-Way NVIDIA SLI

1 х interface panel plug

Form-factor, dimensions

ATX

Producer website

ASUS
Updated versions of BIOS and drives are available on support page

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Review of motherboard GIGABYTE GA-Z170X-Gaming 3 on Intel Z170

5 August 2015 is a significant date on the calendar in the IT-industry. After all, this day brought not only the announcement of the sixth-generation Intel Core processors under code-named «Intel Skylake», but also we have an introduction of a new platform Intel Socket LGA1151 and a new chipset Intel Z170. We will devote a separate review for processor family Intel Skylake, but in this material on the example of motherboard GIGABYTE GA-Z170X-Gaming 3 we offer a more detailed look at the possibilities of the chipset Intel Z170.

GIGABYTE GA-Z170X-Gaming 3

Conceptual scheme of platform Socket LGA1151

GIGABYTE GA-Z170X-Gaming 3

Conceptual scheme of platform Socket LGA1150

First of all let’s consider the conceptual scheme of platform Socket LGA1151. The general structure has not changed: the board still contains two major components (CPU and chipset), the data exchange between them is done by a bus DMI. However "the main thing is in the details." Indeed, the analysis of the individual units of the scheme shows that the platform Socket LGA1151 is a big step forward compared to the Socket LGA1150. Firstly, the chipset Intel Z170 had the transition to the use of interface PCI Express 3.0, which has twice higher the bandwidth than PCI Express 2.0. Moreover, the new standard will be used for communication with external devices (expansion slots and the controller), and for "dialogue" with the processor. In other words, performance of bus DMI 3.0 also increased about twice compared with DMI 2.0. Such upgrading at chipset ensures that during operation any part of this scheme will not be the bottleneck and will not limit the performance of its individual components.

Another important development was the increase the number of lines PCIe in the chipset to communicate with peripherals. Intel Z97 features 8, while Intel Z170 has 20. Such a large amount should help the developers of motherboards in terms of implementing a set of interfaces for multi-graphics configurations, and the use of third-party controllers. Also don’t forget that the processor also has its own 16th lines PCIe 3.0, that will give us a grand total of 36 lines. In other words, any board equipped with the flagship chipset Intel Z170, theoretically, be able to support modes 4-Way NVIDIA SLI/AMD CrossFireX in format х8+х8+х8+х8.

As for the supported connectors, the Intel Z170 also took the lead of its predecessor. For the needs of the user here are 10 USB 3.0 port versus 6 in Intel Z97. The number of available slots USB 2.0 and SATA 6 Gb/s has not changed - 14 and 6, respectively. Also, here is support for interface SATA Express and drives M.2 PCIe (NGFF SSD). Moreover, by increasing the number of lines and the transition to PCIe 3.0 standard now the motherboard can contain not one, but two or three corresponding slots. Also, minor changes were made for supported technologies. Thus, the Intel Rapid Storage options has added full support for PCIe-storage, and will have access to technology to improve sound quality (Intel Smart Sound).

In general, the chipset Intel Z170 has a rather large functionality.

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Processor Intel Core i5-6600K based on Intel Skylake: review and testing

Less than two months from the release of the processors family Intel Broadwell, and we have a new six generation of Intel Core with code name «Intel Skylake». Such haste was a forced measure. Firstly, the family of Intel Broadwell appeared later than planned. Secondly, it is intended mainly for mobile devices, and two desktop models (Intel Core i7-5775C and Intel Core i5-5675C) were not able to meet the needs of all PC owners.

Intel Core i5-6600K

In short, Intel revealed the family Intel Skylake. Today, August 5 we have an announcement, and flagship models Intel Core i7-6700K and Intel Core i5-6600K were revealed. Unfortunately, the manufacturer does not provide details of the new microarchitecture, so we have the information from the official press release.

Intel Core i5-6600K

Long before the advent of Intel Skylake solutions it was clear that they would lose compatibility with the CPU socket Socket LGA1150. Too many changes in the structural and electrical plan were intended to do. Therefore, absolutely new platform based on Socket LGA1151 and chipset Intel Z170 was revealed. Its main feature is that Intel has finally renounced the use of obsolete PCI Express 2.0 interface, and moved to a higher level - PCI Express 3.0. This solution significantly increases the speed of data exchange within the system (at least twice), and therefore, eliminates the so-called bottleneck in any direction. This is especially true for the area "chipset - processor." Here, the connection will now be carried out via a bus DMI 3.0 with theoretical bandwidth of 8 GT/s.

The second important feature is the introduction of standard memory DDR4. It is important to note that DDR3 support is also available. The processors Intel Skylake feature built two respective controllers, but only in dual-channel design. The four channels will continue to be the prerogative of the solutions of the family Intel Haswell-E.

Intel Core i5-6600K

The manufacturer didn’t forget about the overclocking abilities of the new processors. In addition to unlocked multiplier (for solutions with the index «K» in the end of the name), the top model will also be available to choose the base frequency processor cores up to 1 MHz. Before that it can be set only with a limited number of coefficients: 1.00; 1.33; 1.66 and 2.55, in some cases. Clearly, now that acceleration of the bus should become more easy and popular process because theoretically it should be easier to select appropriate settings to achieve stable operation of the entire computer. Also frequency dividers of RAM were reduced (from 200/266 MHz to 100/133 MHz), which will provide the best results during the optimization of the parameters of this subsystem. In short, enthusiasts should stay happy. However, it is not clear what is under the hood of the processor. Hopefully, the thermal interface is no worse than that of the line Intel Devil's Canyon.

Intel Core i5-6600K

And this moment is quite important. After all, despite the transition to finer 14-nm process, TDP value in flagship family of Intel Skylake has a remained at a relatively high level - 91 W. However, it is still much better than competing solutions from AMD, where TDP varies between 125 - 220 W. It is also pleased that the manufacturer did not reduce the frequency of processors in favor of reducing their energy consumption and heat dissipation, as was done with the line Intel Broadwell. Intel Core i7-5775C with its 3000 MHz in nominal and 3700 MHz in turbo mode looked like a rather weak against the backdrop of Intel Core i7-4790K, where the corresponding figures were 4000 and 4400 MHz, respectively.

Here picture is much better - leader of a new family of Intel Core i7-6700K is comparable to the Intel Core i7-4790K, and only in turbo mode it is inferior at 200 MHz. With regard to other indicators (number of cores/threads, cache size, number of lines PCI Express 3.0), then there is parity of both processors. The same applies to models of Intel Core i5-6600K and Intel Core i5-4690K. Here, even the frequency is the same formula - 3500 MHz in nominal and 3900 MHz in turbo mode.

Intel Core i5-6600K

Given the introduction of a new microarchitecture and support for memory standard DDR4, all this in theory should give a good performance gain with respect to the models of the previous generation, but the company Intel was quite restrained in their calculations. In the transition to Intel Devils' Canyon on Intel Skylake we are promised to have increased speed at only 10%. Frankly, we expected 15-25%. For owners of the platforms Intel Haswell and Intel Ivy Bridge the growth should be more significant - 20% and 30% respectively. But let's not forget that we are talking about the "press-release" figures. In reality, the values may differ both in smaller and bigger side.

Intel Core i5-6600K

As for the lineup, then today it includes only two processors: Intel Core i7-6700K and Intel Core i5-6600K. By the end of the third quarter of this year there will be quad-core model with locked multiplier and energy-efficient version. Versions Intel Core i3, and Intel Pentium are expected in September (according to unofficial information). By the way, on August 18 in San Francisco there will be forum and a new microarchitecture features will be revealed. Hopefully by the time we will be able to get a top model Intel Core i7-6700K and provide a more comprehensive report on its capabilities. And now we limit ourselves to test its younger brother, a processor Intel Core i5-6600K, which is also quite interesting. As its recommended price of about $ 100 lower than that of Intel Core i7-6700K, and accordingly, in terms of "price/performance" theoretically it should look more attractive.

Intel Core i5-6600K

Since in the presentation Intel constantly compares Intel Core i7-6700K with Intel Core i7-4790K, it is logical that Intel Core i5-6600K will be main opponent to the Intel Core i5-4690K.

The specs:

Model

Intel Core i5-6600K 

Intel Core i5-4690K

CPU socket

Socket LGA1151

Socket LGA1150

Clock frequency (nominal/in turbo mode), MHz

3500 / 3900

Multiplier (nominal/in turbo mode)

35 / 39

Reference frequency, MHz

100

L1 cache, КB

4 х 32 (instruction set)

4 х 32 (data set)

L2 cache, КB

4 х 256

L3 cache, MB

6 

L4 cache, MB

No

Microarchitecture

Intel Skylake

Intel Haswell

Code name

Intel Skylake 

Intel Devil's Canyon

Quantity of CPU cores/threads

4 / 4

Instruction support

MMX, SSE, SSE2, SSE3, SSSE3, SSE4.1, SSE4.2, EM64T, F16C, BMI, AES, AVX, AVX2, FMA3

Supply voltage, V

-

-

Max calculated capacity (TDP), W

91

88

Temperature tolerance, °C

-

72,7

Manufacturing process, nm

14

22

Technology support

VT-x, VT-d, TXT, TSX, Turbo Boost 2.0

Built-in memory controller

Max memory capacity, GB

-

32

Memory type

DDR4 / DDR3L

DDR3

Supported frequency, MHz

2133 (for DDR4)

1600 (for DDR3L)

1600

Quantity of memory channels

2

Max quantity of modules per one channel

2

Built-in graphics core 


Intel HD Graphics 530

Intel HD Graphics 4600

Quantity of executive unit

48

20

Rasterization modules

8

4

Texture blocks

16

8

GPU clock frequency (nominal/ in turbo mode), MHz

350 / 1150

350 / 1200

Max quantity of supported displays

3

Support for instructions and technologies

DirectX 11.2, OpenGL 4.3, OpenCL 2.0, Shader Model 5.0, Intel Quick Sync Video, InTru 3D, Intel Insider, Intel Wireless Display, Intel Clear Video HD

DirectX 11.2, OpenGL 4.3, OpenCL 1.2, Shader Model 5.0, Intel Quick Sync Video, InTru 3D, Intel Insider, Intel Wireless Display, Intel Clear Video HD

Package, delivery set and design

For testing we have a laboratory (engineering) sample of CPU Intel Core i5-6600K, so the traditional description of the box and the cooling system is not available. While it is possible that the top models are supplied without regular cooler.

Intel Core i5-6600KIntel Core i5-6600K

The physical dimensions of the models Intel Skylake and the size of their heat-spreading lid were not changed; the design of the slots for the CPU also remains the same. Nevertheless, there is not forward or reverse compatibility between terminals Socket LGA1151 and Socket LGA1150, as the representatives of the family of Intel Skylake happened quite a few changes in the electrical level. Moreover, another contact is added on the rear side.

Intel Core i5-6600K

Left - Intel Core i7-4770K (Intel Haswell), right - Intel Core i5-6600K (Intel Skylake)

In any case, the company Intel has changed the location of the lock key. Now they are almost at the corner of the PCB.

Also, many readers probably have a question at the expense of compatibility cooling systems for platforms Socket LGA1151 and Socket LGA1150. Nothing changed in this respect - the cooler, which was used during the experiments with processors Intel Haswell, was successfully applied during the test of the hero of this review.

Performance analysis

Intel Core i5-6600K

In normal operation (technology Intel Turbo Boost 2.0 is off) the speed of Intel Core i5-6600K equals 3500 MHz, at the reference frequency it is 100 MHz and multiplier "x35". At the time of readout core voltage was 1,194 V. Quite a lot, considering the fact that the Intel Core i5-4690K to operate at the same frequency required about 0.1 V less. This once again confirms the view that Intel has some problems with the transition to 14-nm.

Also It is interesting to note that all the diagnostic utility determines the TDP value of new item of 95 W, not 91 W as stated by the manufacturer. Recall that the for Intel Core i5-4690K the figure is 88 W.

Intel Core i5-6600KIntel Core i5-6600K

When activated the proprietary technology Intel Turbo Boost 2.0, the speed of Intel Core i5-6600K occasionally rose to the declared level 3900 MHz. Mostly the processor operated at a frequency of 3600 MHz. The voltage at the same time was 1,304 V and 1,193 V respectively. For comparison, to ensure stable operation at a frequency of 3900 MHz Intel Core i5-4690K processor was sufficient voltage at 1,198 V. That is, once we get the difference at about 0.1 V.

The very same algorithm of Intel Turbo Boost 2.0 did not have significant changes: turn off the cores at the maximum rate and the presence of several intermediate states - all that we have seen in previous generations of processors Intel.

Intel Core i5-6600KIntel Core i5-6600K

With regard to energy saving mode, then here are some developments. As before, when it is activated the processor speed is lowered to the level of 800 MHz, but unlike other solutions, it can rise up to 1000 MHz. Supply voltage varies within 0.846 - 0.869 V.

Intel Core i5-6600K

The structure of the cache memory for both processors (Intel Core i5-6600K and Intel Core i5-4690K) is completely identical:

  • L1 cache: each of the 4 cores has 32 KB for data with 8 channels of associativity and 32 KB for instructions and with 8 channels of associativity;
  • L2 cache: each core has 256 KB with 4 channels of associativity;
  • L3 cache: 6 MB for all cores with 12 channels of associativity.

Note that the company Intel decided not to equip the members of the family Intel Skylake by 128MB L4 cache. Perhaps they decided that the technology is still unpopular today, but requires additional expenses for its realization, takes up too much space on the chip and increases the heat of the processor. Block eDRAM can significantly increase the performance of the integrated graphics, but this aspect would not worry people buying CPU for $ 250 - 350.

Intel Core i5-6600K

Due to the family Intel Skylake users got affordable platform of standard DDR4 memory on board. Although new items can operate without problems with modules DDR3L, since the crystal has integrated both memory controller. In the case of Intel Core i5-6600K the guaranteed supported frequency of modules for standard DDR4 and DDR3L is 2133 and 1600 MHz respectively. Both controllers operate in dual-channel mode, each channel can serve two modules. The maximum amount of memory has not yet been reported.

Intel Core i5-6600K

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Memory kit DDR4-2133 Transcend TS512MLH64V1H with capacity of 16 GB: review and testing

On the threshold of the release of available desktop platform Intel Skylake-S with support for standard DDR4, the producers of RAM decided to saturate the market with cheaper kits that would be affordable for the average user. Recall that a distinctive feature of budget DDR4 modules is relatively low operating frequency (2133 MHz) and the absence of any additional radiators. In other words, everything is done in order to reduce the cost of the final product. For example, today you can find the 4-gigabyte modules of standard DDR4, which cost around $ 60 - 80. A few months ago such price was impossible.

DDR4-2133 Transcend TS512MLH64V1H

In this regard, we will focus not only on top-end DDR4 kits, but also to a more affordable option. One of them is a 4-channel kit DDR4-2133 Transcend TS512MLH64V1H with capacity of 16GB, which will be discussed in this review.

The specs:

Model

Transcend DDR4-2133

Module marking

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RAM kit GeIL SUPER LUCE BLUE 3400MHz Quad Channel GLB416GB3400C16AQC (16 GB): review and testing

After the fall release of processors based on the microarchitecture Intel Skylake, that will work with memory DDR4, the new standard will be more popular than now, and, hopefully, will be more accessible to the ordinary user. But now there is a sense to think about purchasing of memory DDR4, if you play the role of such features as data transfer rate of 50000 MB/s.

GeIL SUPER LUCE BLUE 3400MHz Quad Channel GLB416GB3400C16AQC

Such product will be discussed in this review. This is one of the top sets of GeIL - GeIL SUPER LUCE BLUE 3400MHz Quad Channel GLB416GB3400C16AQC, which is capable of operating at a frequency of 3400 MHz with 16-18-18-36 latencies and voltage of 1.35 V.

The specs:

Producer and model

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Motherboard ASUS SABERTOOTH X99: review and testing

The success of the lineup ASUS TUF (The Ultimate Force) indicates that the motherboard with a high level of reliability and protection proved to be in high demand, so they are very popular. Taking into account this fact, we were not surprised that the company ASUS decided to expand the series ASUS TUF by model based on chipset Intel X99, focused for enthusiasts.

ASUS SABERTOOTH X99

The motherboard ASUS SABERTOOTH X99 will be described in today’s review. At an average cost of about $ 450, it has a number of proprietary features and benefits that will be described latter.

The specs:

Producer 

ASUS

Model

SABERTOOTH X99 (rev 1.1)

Chipset

Intel X99

CPU socket

Socket LGA2011-v3

Supported CPUs

Intel Core i7-5000 (family Intel Haswell-E)

Memory frequency

2133 / 2400 MHz

Memory support

8 x DDR4 DIMM-slots with memory support up to 64 GB

Expansion slots

3 x PCI Express 3.0 x16

40 lines

28 lines

х16

х16+х16

х16+х16+х8

х16

х16+х8

х16+х8+х4

1 х PCI Express 2.0 x4 (in mode x2)

1 х PCI Express 2.0 x1

Disk subsystem

 

Intel X99 chipset supports:

1 х M.2 (M.2 2242, M.2 2260, M.2 2280, M.2 22110)

8 x SATA 6 Gb/s

1 x SATA Express (compatible with 2 x SATA 6 Gb/s)

RAID 0, RAID 1, RAID 5, RAID 10

LAN

1 x Intel WGI218V (10/100/1000 Мb/s)

1 x Realtek 8111GR (10/100/1000 Мb/s)

Sound subsystem

Codec Realtek ALC1150

8-channel sound

S/PDIF Out

Power

1 х 24-pin ATX connector

1 х 8-pin ATX12V connector

1 x 4-pin ATX12V connector

Fans

3 x CPU fan connectors (4-pin)

4 x system fan connectors (4-pin)

5 х sockets for connection of additional fans (4-pin)

Cooling

Aluminum radiator on chipset

Aluminum radiator on subsystem power elements connected by heat pipe

Extenral I/O

2 x LAN (RJ45)

4 x USB 3.0

2 x USB 3.1

4 x USB 2.0

1 х TUF Detective

5 x audio jacks

1 х optical S/PDIF Out

1 x button «USB BIOS Flashback»

Internal I/O

2 x USB 3.0, each with support of two USB 3.0 (19-pin)

2 x USB 2.0, each with support of two USB 2.0

8 x SATA 6 Gb/s

1 x SATA Express, compatible with two SATA 6 Gb/s

1 х M.2

1 х socket TPM

1 х socket COM

1 x connector of audio output to front panel

1 x set of front panel connectors

1 x S/PDIF Out

1 х button «MemOK!»

1 х module TB_HEADER

1 х thermal sensor socket

1 x socket DRCT

1 х adapter Clear CMOS

BIOS

AMI UEFI BIOS

128 Мb

PnP, DMI 2.7, WfM 2.0, SM BIOS 2.7, ACPI 5.0

Packaging

user manual

warranty card

disk with drives and documents

1 х set ASUS Q-Connectors

6 x SATA cables

1 x bridge 2-Way NVIDIA SLI

1 х set of plugs for ports and expansion slots

1 х fan of cooling system ASUS Thermal Armor

1 х set of thermal sensors

1 х interface panel plug

Form-factor, dimensions

ATX

305 х 244 mm

Producer website

ASUS
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RAM kit DDR4-3000 GeIL DDR4 EVO POTENZA QUAD CHANNEL GPR416GB3000C16QC (16 GB): review and testing

The lineup of RAM GeIL EVO POTENZA is the flagship for the eminent manufacturer. The key in its name is the Italian word «Potenza», which means "power." In this case it is the computing power, because series GeIL DDR4 EVO POTENZA is available with frequencies from 2133 to 3200 MHz. It aimed at gamers and enthusiasts of overclocking experiments, plans to disclose the maximum potential of the computer or to build configuration that will be relevant for several years.

 GeIL DDR4 EVO POTENZA QUAD CHANNEL GPR416GB3000C16QC

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RAM kitDDR4-2400 Kingston HyperX FURY HX424C15FBK4/32: review and testing

According to series of tests, including our own, modern software is weakly optimized for fast memory standard DDR4. Rather, the developers have not yet learned to fully utilize its potential. Therefore, we can understand those users who do not want to overpay for overclocking kits, capable of operating at speeds of 3000 MHz and above, and look towards slower solutions. And the difference in cost between them is not a small and could reach $ 100-150.

DDR4-2400 Kingston HyperX FURY HX424C15FBK4/32

In anticipation of this development the leading manufacturers of RAM along with top kits had launched cheaper models. For Kingston such memory kits are arranged in the lineup HyperX FURY. Its range is quite large and includes both single modules and kits of 2, 4 and 8 modules. Variability of the other characteristics is also impressive: the frequency - from 2133 to 2666 MHz, the capacity - from 4 to 64 GB. Thus, everyone can pick out the set best suited to its configuration. We chose a medium variant, 4-channel Kit DDR4-2400 Kingston HyperX FURY HX424C15FBK4/32 with capacity of 32 GB.

The specs:

Model

Kingston HyperX FURY DDR4-2400

Module marking

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The most interesting software innovations and events. Release 145

Every day a huge amount of different software is produced and updated. To help you to sort out these updates our portal continue to provide a series of articles devoted to the most interesting events in the world of software industry. For ease searching all programs and utilities are divided into topics.

Software events

Windows 10: update details and minimal requirements

Omar Khayyam has written a perfect line that fully describes the latest events around the Windows 10: "That's the way it is! Light a fire and drop it into the water." This, of course, talking about information regarding free upgrade of illegal copies of Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 to Windows 10. This was said in a telephone interview by Head of Microsoft operating systems Terry Myerson.

According to the third law of Chisholm, any suggestions are understand differently than it is said by the speaker. The statement Myerson was seen as an opportunity to legalize the vast army of pirates. However, the euphoria about it did not last long. The next day, the official speaker of Microsoft said that there was a wrong interpretation: the illegal versions of Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 really can be upgraded to Windows 10 till 2016, but in this case, the user also gets inactivated version of the operating system. Licensed version of Windows 10 will receive only those who pre-purchased Windows 7 or Windows 8.1.

Thaiphoon Burner

Also recently we learned the minimum system requirements for the desktop version of OS Windows 10. In particular, the 32-bit version will require 1 GB RAM and 16 GB of permanent memory. 64-bit versions requires at least 2 GB of RAM and 20 GB of permanent memory. Also, the imperative is graphics adapter with support for API DirectX 9. Diagonal of the display should not be less than 8 inches, and resolution below 800 x 600 pixels.

Setting of PC components

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CPU testing methodology. Release 3.0

Developing CPU testing methodology. Release 2.0 we knew that sooner or later it will changed. However we have to deal with the IT-industry, which is developing almost at the fastest pace among other activities. Over the past few years significant changes have taken place at the hardware and software. In the first case manufacturers have optimized microarchitecture of its products by having increased their productivity due to increasing the number of structural elements and the introduction of new instructions. And finally there is a mass optimization of games and software for multi-core / multi-threaded solutions.

gecid cpu

Due to such events we faced with a natural question about how to update an existing testing methodology for processors. However, this task is not as simple as it might seem at first glance. After all, it is necessary not only to pick up benchmarks which have not lost their relevance for several years, but also provide an opportunity to compare the results from different generations of processors. The more that we have fairly extensive database, which includes indicators over more than 50 models of CPU. It would be foolish to throw it on the garbage heap of history.

Therefore, the preparation of a new testing methodology has taken a little longer period than it was planned. But in the end we have result which was our aim at the beginning.  We hope that readers of GECID.com will like the final version. So, let’s proceed to its description.

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ASUS X99-S motherboard: review and testing  

ASUS has already introduced the extensive line of motherboards based on the top chipset Intel X99. The last product visited our lab was the motherboard ASUS X99-PRO. These solutions are designed specifically for processors of family Intel Haswell-E, such as previously tested Intel Core i7-5960X Extreme Edition. Based on this ligament you can build incredibly powerful computing systems for gaming, overclocking or solve complex practical tasks.

ASUS X99-S

New motherboard ASUS X99-S which will be discussed in this material has an expanded set of internal interfaces. There is a full set of computer keys on the PCB as well as a number of switches and functional elements specifically designed for overclocking. Do note a very good set of slots for expansion cards, advanced disk subsystem and eight slots for RAM of format DDR4.

The specs:

Producer

ASUS

Model

X99-S

Chipset

Intel X99

CPU socket

Socket LGA2011-v3

CPUs supported

Intel Core i7 Extreme of Intel Haswell-E

Memory frequency

2133 / 2400* / 2666* / 2800* / 3000* / 3200* MHz

(*OC)

Memory support

8 x DDR4 DIMM- slots with support of memory up to 64 GB

Expansion slots

 

5 x PCI Express 3.0 x16

40 lines

28 lines

х16

х16+х16

х16+х16+х8

х16+х8+х8+х8

х8+х8+х8+х8+х8

х16

х16+х8

х8+х8+х8

x8+x8+x8+x1+x1

1 х PCI Express 2.0 x4

Disk subsystem

Intel X99 chipset supports:

1 х M.2 x4 Socket 3 (M.2 2242, M.2 2260, M.2 2280)

8 x SATA 6 Gb/s

2 x SATA Express (compatible with 4 x SATA 6 Gb/s)

Support of arrays RAID 0, RAID 1, RAID 5 and RAID 10

LAN

1 x Intel WGI218V (10/100/1000 Мb/s)

Sound subsystem

2 / 4 / 5.1 / 7.1-channel HD Audio based on codec Realtek ALC1150

Power connectors

24-pin power socket ATX

8-pin power socket ATX12V

Fans

2 x CPU fan connectors (4-pin)

4 x system fan connectors (4-pin)

1 x external fan connectors (5-pin)

Cooling

Aluminum radiators on chipset connected by heat pipe with auxiliary radiator

Aluminum radiators on power elements connected by heat pipe among each other

External I/O

1 x button «USB BIOS Flashback»

8 x USB 3.0

2 x USB 2.0

1 x LAN (RJ45)

1 x optical S/PDIF out

5 x audio ports

Internal I/O

2 x USB 3.0 with support of two USB 3.0 (19-pin)

2 x USB 2.0 each with support of two USB 2.0

1 х socket TPM

1 x connector of audio output to front panel

1 x S/PDIF Out

1 x set of front panel connectors

1 х button «MemOK!»

1 x button «Power»

1 x button «Reboot»

1 x button «CMOS reset»

1 x diagnostic LED-indicator

1 х module Thunderbolt

1 х switch «EZ XMP»

1 х thermal sensor switch

1 x switch «TPU»

1 x switch «EPU»

1 x switch «SLI/CFX»

1 x socket DRCT

1 x CPU/DRAM Overvoltage

BIOS

128 Мb UEFI AMI BIOS, ACPI 5.0, PnP, SM BIOS 2.7, DMI 2.7, WfM 2.0

Form-factor

ATX

Dimensions

305 x 244 mm

Producer website

Product page

 

ASUS

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