Power Module Chieftec A80 650W Review

The requirements of customers towards contemporary power modules are quite tough. They should own good performance characteristics and high coefficient of efficiency level, as well as 80Plus marker. The latter speaks about quality and ability to satisfy the needs of any PC. However, all PSU are classified according to different criteria, so one can find appropriate product even without 80Plus standards. The compliance with those standards is realized on 115V and 230V conditions but there are a number of standards applied to 220V-240V. Power module Chieftec A80 650W doesn’t belong to the army of 80Plus products, though can boast outstanding performance and efficiency. It is primarily targeted at the segment of affordable PSU solutions.



Design and Framework


Chieftec A80 650W design is developed in a classical template common for the models with a solid frontal fan. The casing consists of a ventilation perforation, decorative grid with the brand logo, sockets for module …

Motherboard Gigabyte GA-F2A85X-UP4 Review

The second generation of AMD A-Series hybrid processors, announced earlier in October, are already integrated in a number of graphics solutions. The newly appeared products are compatible with Socket FM2 only and cannot be applied for Socket FM1 infrastructure. This implies that a number of motherboards lose their upgrade facilities and can't be updated with a new advanced solution. Still, the market is currently ready to present a few boards destined to operate with the updated AMD A-Series. Gigabyte is one of the pioneers in this respect, introducing its motherboard GA-F2A85X-UP4, developed specifically for Socket FM2.



Integration


Gigabyte GA-F2A85X-UP4 is designed in ATX form-factor with 305x244 mm PCB dimensions. AMD A85X chipset is a heart of the motherboard; it secures the compatibility with A-Series (second gen.) APU and Athlon CPUs in the implementation of Socket FM2. The overall TDP level claimed for the model is not more than 100W. The PCB allots four DIMM slots …

Enermax Equips NAXN ADV Units with Flat Cables

Enermax, a well-known manufacturer of various PC components, has recently introduced a new line of power supply units that are considered to be a more elaborate follower of NAXN series launched in 2011. A new line has been entitled NAXN ADV and already acquired 80 Plus Bronze certificate. Models, that entered the series, inherited a lot of similar features from their predecessors, nonetheless, they can boast a range of distinguishing parameters.



Thus, one of the most peculiar features pertained to NAXN ADV units is the implementation of absolutely flat cables, including the main power cable with 24-pin connector, cables with PCI Express connectors for 3D cards, as well as cables with sockets for the connection of drives.


Besides flat structure, all cables are quite flexible. According to the manufacturer's words, such layout facilitates their mounting and eliminates the problem of their confusion within the case. In its turn, proper cable management enhances the airflow …
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