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?


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 …

ASRock Showcases Fatal1ty Z170 Gaming-ITX Motherboard

ASRock is about to launch a small-sized gaming mainboard based on Z170 chipset. The Fatal1ty Z170 Gaming-ITX is developed in mini-ITX form-factor to fit compact PC systems. The model is differentiated by the implementation of High Density Glass Fabric PCB design that is called to absolutely eliminate the possibility of short circuit in case of prolonged humidity. The board also strikes the eye by an outstanding black-and-red styling.

ASRock Fatal1ty Z170 Gaming-ITX supports 6th-gen Intel LGA1151 CPUs. The PCB involves 8-phase VRM system and high-quality hardware. The range of included components boasts premium power chokes 60A, dual-stack MOSETs and supreme 12K Nichicon capacitors with 12000 hours lifespan. The model features a couple of slots for DDR4-4000 MHz memory modules, a single PCI-e 3.0 x16 slot, one mini-PCI-e slot, two SATA III ports, and one SATA Express port.

This motherboard is known to support configurations with three monitors. To ensure the maximal …

Air Cooler Thermalright Archon SB-E Review

Thermalright Inc. has managed to design and supply a whole galaxy of cooling solutions for the entire period of its existence. The prototype of the cooler codenamed Thermalright Archon SB-E was announced last spring and its original version has reached the market this autumn. This model is characterized by some outstanding efficiency and noise level showings, as well as high compatibility with diverse platforms.

General Peculiarities

This air cooler is delivered in a traditional for this manufacturer cardbox. The box contains the cooler itself and a set of key components, featuring a universal backplate, a set of screws, a screwer, fan frames, and brand thermal compound — Thermalright The ChillFactor III. Archon SB-E features 175x155x79.5 mm dimensions and weighs 940 g. It is compatible with Intel and AMD platforms and supports sockets LGA 775/1155/1156/1366/2011 (Intel) and 939/FM1/FM2/AM2/AM2+/AM3/AM3+ (AMD).


The implemented heatsink accommodates …
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