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 …

BenQ Unveils a New Professional PC Monitor BL2710PT

BenQ does not hold out a hope of overtaking its direct competitors in PC display market. In this light, the company has unveiled one more monitor, entitled BenQ BL2710PT, that is predestined to be employed by professional designers and application developers. The model features 27-inch display, aspect ratio of 16:9 and might boast a really striking original resolution of 2560x1440, due to the incorporation of AHVA panel. The latter has got a power-saving LED backlit that substantially reduces power consumption on various operational conditions.



To continue with the monitor’s specifications, it’s necessary to mention that the user will always receive qualitative imaging, as the response time equals to 4 ms only. In addition, BL2710PT boasts wide viewing angles of 178/178 degrees (down/across), 100% sRGB color surrounding, 350 nits brightness, and a quite amazing contrast ratio of 12M:1 (dynamic), whereas static contrast is typical: 1000:1.


Monitor BenQ BL2710PT is …

Motherboard Asus Maximus V Formula/ThunderFX Review

Latest Asus development, motherboard Asus Maximus V Formula, is notable for a rather high price. This is explained primarily by the implementation of high-end overclocking options and support of advanced brand technologies. Moreover, one might find this model at even higher price due to the availability of ThunderFX sound board in the nominal delivery set. Despite the pricing policy, this model is a desirable acquirement, since it provides unmatched performance and limitless facilities for overclockers.



Specifications


Asus Maximus V Formula/ThunderFX is developed in XL-ATX form factor. The model is based on Intel Z77 chipset specifically for Socket LGA 1155 CPU slot. CPU supports Intel Turbo Boost 2.0 and Asus TurboV EVO technologies which give access to overclocking facilities. Dedicated facilities allow the customer to alter Bclk frequencies from 80 MHz to 300 MHz (with 0.1 MHz shot) and to change voltage index in CPU, memory chips, PLL, CSA.


This motherboard …
AUTOMATIC SEARCH & INSTALL
device drivers
Freeware
Download (9MB)
DevID agent v4.36
* The Utility requires installation. Upon installation and running DevID Agent will detect
which devices require drivers and which drivers require updates.
The Utility doesn't contain viruses or malicious code
Registered at: 18 March 2011, 15:30
Last visit: 18 March 2011, 15:30