Well-Knit Gigabyte GA-B85N Phoenix Motherboard Review

While mini-ITX motherboards keep on arousing customers’ mistrust, manufacturers move heaven and earth to eliminate any doubts. Take GA-B85N Phoenix model from Gigabyte alone. It is absolutely ready to satisfy all basic needs a modern high-performance PC requires. In addition, it is not as pricey as its full-format competitors. Hence, what a demanding customer will get for about $100?



Specifications


Gigabyte GA-B85N Phoenix boasts the following technical data sheet:

— chipset: Intel B85, socket – LGA 1150, supported CPUs – Pentium, Celeron, Xeon, Core (Haswell gen.);

— memory: 2x DIMM slots, DDR3 SDRAM, volume – 16 GB, max. frequency – 1600 MHz;

— expansion: 1x PCIe 3.0 x16, 1x mini-PCIe 2.0 x1;

— storage: 3x SATA III 6 Gb/sec, 1x SATA II 3 Gb/sec, 1x mSATA 6 Gb/sec, all governed by the chipset;

— graphics: Intel HD Graphics onboard, two video outputs (HDMI 1,4a, DVI-I);

— fan connectors: 2x 4-pin;

— audio: Realtek ALC898, 7.1 …

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Gigabyte has officially introduced a new motherboard model C1007UN-D, developed in mini-ITX form-factor. As seen from the dimensions, the novice is intended to be employed within small-sized multimedia or industrial systems. Chipset Intel NM70 with the integrated two-core ULV processor Intel Celeron 1007U are considered to be the heart of the board. The CPU is cooled down by a compact active cooling system which involves an aluminum heatsink and a small fan.



Video subsystem is represented by an integrated graphics core that belongs to Intel HD Graphics series. The core runs at the nominal 350 MHz clock frequency, however this index might be dynamically increased up to 1000 MHz. Audio subsystem is realized by means of Realtek ALC887 controller that supports 7.1-channel sounding. Network facilities (LAN) are ensured due to a pair of gigabit controllers elaborated by Realtek.


To continue, memory subsystem consists of two DIMM slots which support up to 8 GB modules of DDR3-1333 …

Cooler Master to Release a New Budgetary Midi-Tower Chassis

New PC chassis from Cooler Master appear in the market with an enviable regularity. Each customer group, starting from entry-level customers and finishing with overclockers, can totally avail themselves with the up-dated facilities provided by the developer. This time, individuals with a quite modest budget will have an opportunity to enjoy all the privileges of contemporary technologies, since Cooler Master is going to release next month a new budgetary PC case of midi-tower form-factor. Codenamed CM Force 500, the case features 491.5x190.426 mm dimensions and is entirely painted black.



Chassis CM Force 500 supports motherboards of ATX and micro-ATX standard, and is ready to welcome all graphics adapters of up to 320 mm in length. Internal framework is estimated for the installation as of air cooling system, so of liquid coolers; hence, the maximal admissible height of the CPU air cooler approximates 164 mm, while dimensions of the heatsink attached to the liquid cooler should …
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