The TOP line of graphics cards is not a marketing trick to think you’re getting a product that can talk-the-talk but not walk-the-walk, in-fact that is far from the truth. Whilst a TOP marked card and a standard DirectCU II card look identical and in most cases the cards are identical to look at, right down to the PCB, the difference comes in the GPU selection with a more stringent set of tests and a higher level of certification and validation. Any card that doesn’t pass any stage of testing gets passed onto the non-TOP model lines.
Not many motherboard manufacturers are releasing new motherboards for AMD CPUs lately, since AMD hasn't come out with a new chipset since 2011. Breaking this trend, ASRock released the 990FX Extreme9, a high-end socket AM3+ motherboard. Let’s take a look at the features of ASRock’s latest high-end motherboard for the socket AM3+ platform, the 990FX Extreme9.
In this review we will be looking at an excellent example of what a well rounded motherboard should look like the Gigabyte Z77X UD4H. For those familiar with the Gigabyte line up you'll realize the UD4 is a mainstream motherboard designed for power users who want a little more from their system.
The Crucial Ballistic Sport VLP module stands just 18.75mm tall and the Crucial Ballistix Tatical LP is 25.50mm in height. A normal DDR3 memory module module with a heatspreader on it is around 32mm in height, so these are substantially lower. Super high-end performance memory like the Kingston HyperX T1 module stands 60.95mm tall, but the Corsair Dominator GTX module tops them all at 64.30mm tall!
For years, there’s been a constant battle in the flash drive market where companies have tried to build the smallest drive possible but boast the most amount of space. In this regard, it has to be said that Kingston is the current winner. Its DT HyperX Predator isn’t much larger than a regular performance thumb drive, but its storage starts out at 512GB.
Each case is designed to house a full ATX motherboard and most of the longer gaming video cards on the market. The external styling is the Redline chassis is one that resembles the ancient royal times of Europe. The RL02 and RL03 both look like the mask of a knight, while the latest, RL04 looks like that of a jouster.