Biostar Announces Budget-Oriented H110MD PRO Mainboard

Biostar has replenished its PRO series of motherboards with a budget-friendly model – H110MD PRO. The greenhorn is based on Intel H110 chipset compatible with Intel Skylake Socket LGA 1151 CPUs. As far as this micro-ATX board is an entry-level solution, it offers just basic facilities, including 5-phase VRM, a pair of DIMM slots for DDR3L-1600 MHz modules (maximal capacity – 16 GB).



Biostar H110MD PRO accommodates four SATA III (6 Gb/sec) ports for storage devices, one PCI Express 3.0 x16 slot (for graphics adapter) and a pair of PCI Express 2.0 x1 slots for expansion cards. Network possibilities are ensured by means of gigabit Realtek RTL8111G controller.


The I/O panel boasts the availability of two PS/2 ports, two video ports (D-SUB and DVI-D), one RJ-45 port, three audio sockets, and four USB ports (2x USB 2.0, 2x USB 3.0). Additionally, the motherboard supports a range of advanced features, such as Biostar Flash, BIO-Flasher, BIO-Relife, Watch Dog, e-HotLine, BIOS …

Power Supply Unit FSP Raider RA550 Review

Power supply units with 80Plus Bronze standard were rarity in earlier times and distinguished themselves by rather high cost. Nevertheless, nowadays customers are able to acquire PSU models with this standard for quite a moderate price. This is explained by the surplus congestion of products in the market and the need to supply different consumer groups with high-end, but at the same time, cheap PSU solutions. FSP Raider RA550 is characterized exactly by moderate price and high efficiency index. This allowed the very model of PSU to receive 80Plus Bronze marker.



Design and Framework


First of all, it should be mentioned that FSP Raider series is presented by several models which include RA 450W, 550W, 650W and 750W. PSU model under consideration, RA550 cannot boast a refined design template. Quite the contrary, it is developed in a classical design, with the provision of specifications on the side and rear plates. The casing is made of thin hard steel which is covered by a …

PNY Introduces New Prevail 5K SSD Series



PNY Technologies, an established manufacturer of varied PC hardware components, expands its production line with a new SSD series, entitled Prevail 5K. Currently, the series counts three models of 480 GB, 240 GB, and 120 GB capacities. Extremely thin case (7 mm only) is their key distinctive feature. Similar to other solutions from Prevail line, the new 5K are positively characterized by an appropriate correlation of reliability-performance-price tags.


Solid-state drives PNY Prevail 5K accommodate only high-quality components and take NAND eMLC memory chips as their basis. Due to outstanding performance showings and small-sized dimensions, the drives are the best solution for CAD/CAM workstations, RAID storages, cloud devices, and server stations.


All the models employ SATA III interface and feature some outstanding data transfer speeds parameters. Unfortunately, PNY does not provide so far any information about the exact sequential and random Read/Write speed. Neither …