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 …

Arctic Cooling Accelero Mono Plus Cooler Review

New Arctic Cooling Accelero Mono Plus is an excellent solution for video-card cooling when original cooler can’t function in high temperature.

Packaging and accessories

The cooler comes in a small transparent blister. On the front side of the package, except for the name of the product, one is able to find a kind of easily removable G-1. This is a hot-melt adhesive, supplied in the kit. On the back of the package there are brief specifications in several languages ​​and three tests, indicating the superiority of Accelero Mono Plus over the reference cooling of GeForce GTX 560 Ti. One of the labels indicates the presence of 6-year warranty, which is more than enough, even in case of fan depreciation.

Design Features

Cooler Arctic Cooling Accelero Mono Plus has a rather unusual design. The main feature is the use of one 120-mm fan and five heat pipes with fairly dense arrangement. This design should provide both high performance and compatibility with a wider …

Motherboard Asus Crosshair V Formula-Z Review

Asus has been taking a leading position in the supply of motherboards to the PC hardware market for a long time. For example, its Republic of Gamers series has been enjoying great popularity among customers for more than six years already. Besides, the company was a pioneer to introduce ROG in its products to guarantee an unmatched performance and wide range of available facilities. Crosshair model was the first to implement ROG in its basis, and the latest Asus Crosshair V Formula-Z motherboard is a direct follower of this approach.


Motherboard model Crosshair V Formula-Z is developed in ATX form-factor (305x244 mm dimensions), employs AMD 990FX/SB950 chipset and is ready to house CPUs from AMD AM3+ (Sempron 100/Athlon II/Phenom II/FX). Memory subsystem consists of four DIMM slots estimated for DDR3 memory type that is able to operate in two-channel mode at 1066MHz-2400MHz frequency. The model is known to support Extreme Memory Profile options and is compatible …
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