Motherboard Biostar Hi-Fi Z77X Review

Biostar is the company known for the continual advancement of its brand products. Not an exclusion is its motherboard sector which is represented by dozens of high-end items. Recent days have been marked by the Biostar's announcement about the start of sales of its new motherboard, codenamed Hi-Fi Z77X, that belongs to PURO Hi-Fi lineup. The new motherboard is a conglomeration of unique facilities developed specifically to satisfy the needs of inveterate audio fans.



Specifications and Supported Technologies


Biostar Hi-Fi Z77X is developed in ATX form-factor with the involvement of high-end electrolyte capacitors. This model is compatible with LGA1155 processors Intel Core i7, i5 and i3, including the latest 22 nm Ivy Bridge chips of the third generation and 32 nm Sandy Bridge chips of the preceding generation. This motherboard is equipped with four DIMM DDR3 slots and is able to support up to 32 GB of two-channel DDR3-1600, 1333, and 1066 MHz RAM. It also supports DirectX …

PSU Evga 500B: a Perfect ‘Price-Quality’ Combination

Evga, a merited designer of a large spectrum of PC components, is about to release a new power supply unit, entitled 500B (codename: 100-B1-0500-KR). As seen from the title, this model features 500W power and is oriented at saving users, rather than enthusiasts. The unit is already marked by 80Plus Bronze certificate, due to 80% efficiency level on ordinary loading. Upon the whole, 500B is thought to be a perfect ‘price-quality’ combination, ready to comply with all basic users’ requirements.



Evga 500B employs a single +12V rail that ensures a stable power supply to the connected components and guarantees compatibility with new equipment. The unit is estimated for 40A current at +12V rail. Stability of operation might be secured also by means of an onboard protection system; it saves the system from power disruptions, overloading, low input voltage, high voltage, and from short circuit.


To continue, quiet and reliable PSU operation is a merit of a low-noise fan. It …

NZXT to Release Revolutionary Manta Chassis

NZXT has been always differentiated by an extraordinary design of PC chassis. This time the company decided not to drift off the course and introduced a revolutionary mini-ITX case. The Manta features 450x426x245 mm dimensions only, but it can accommodate an advanced system with quite powerful components. Exterior (black-and-white or black-and-red coloring) is notable for salient shapes and a stylish transparent window.



NZXT Manta offers enough internal space to build up a record-breaking mini-ITX system. It is ready to house a two-slot videocard of 363 mm in length, standard ATX power supply unit as well as a typical CPU cooler of 160 mm in height. The case boasts two expansion slots and promotes for brilliant opportunities to build a voluminous storage subsystem, consisting of two seats for 3.5-inch drives and three seats for 2.5-inch drives.


The connection of external peripherals is realized via two USB 3.0 ports & a couple of 3.5-mm audio ports.


Cooling system …
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