Motherboard Biostar Hi-Fi Z87X 3D Review

When all the turmoil connected with the launch of new Intel Haswell processors becalmed, potential customers could finally get their own opinion about CPU facilities and decide whether an upgrade is a sensible move. A flagship motherboard from Biostar, entitled Hi-Fi Z87X 3D, proves that it worth the effort. Biostar was one of the first manufacturers in the market to pay much attention to audio subsystem. Hence, all the best audio elaborations have been aptly implemented in its flagship board.

General Specifications

Biostar Hi-Fi Z87X 3D positions itself as the motherboard for overclocking, featuring:

— chipset: Intel Z87;

— form-factor: ATX, dimensions – 305x244 mm;

— socket and supported processors: Socket 1150, Intel Haswell Pentium, Core i3/i5/i7;

— built-in graphics core: Intel HD Graphics 4600;

— memory: type – DDR3, capacity – up to 32 GB, clock frequencies – 1066 MHz – 2800 (OC) MHz;

— expansion slots: three PCI-e 2.0 x1, two …

Thermaltake Releases a New Toughpower DPS PSU Series

Thermaltake, a well-known Taiwanese hardware manufacturer, announces an official release of a new PSU series, entitled Toughpower DPS. The series includes two models of 750 W and 850 W capacities. Their major peculiarity is an advanced monitoring system that is run due to USB-connection and Smart DPSApp application.

Both models correspond to EPS12V v2.92 and ATX12V v2.31 standards and are marked by 80Plus Gold certificate due to a high efficiency rate. Moreover, they support the newest Haswell platform and own Haswell Ready certificate.

Thermaltake Toughpower DPS power supply units are furnished with dedicated sockets for the connection of modular cables. Their cable inventory allows for supplying power to several graphics adapters simultaneously. The 750 W model houses four PCI Express Power (6+2) cables, whereas the 850 W model boasts six of them.

The layout of each power supply unit consists of heat-resistant high-quality Japanese capacitors, DC-DC converter, and …

Lian Li Launches New Full-Tower Chassis PC-A79

Lian Li has recently launched a new PC chassis, entitled PC-A79. The chassis is designed in full-tower format, featuring 230x618x596 mm dimensions. As a result, it supports a full range of motherboard standards, including micro-ATX, ATX, E-ATX, XL-ATX, and HPTX. According to Lian Li, the product is distinguished primarily by a well-considered cooling system and the availability of a removable motherboard tray. All potential customers are free to choose between a black variation (PC-A79B) and a silver variation (PC-A79A).

The case of PC-A79 chassis is made of brushed aluminum. Its spaciousness can’t but be distinct from similar products offered by competitors. Hence, it is able to accommodate nine drives of 3.5-inch standard and eight drives of 2.5-inch standard; all of them might be adjusted without any tools. The availability of eleven expansion slots provides for the installation of several lengthy graphics cards (up to 350 mm). The maximal height of supported CPU coolers …
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