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 …

Trendnet Releases USB-hub with 4 High-Speed USB 2.0 Ports

Trendnet decided to gladden all customers who need additional extension facilities for their desktop or mobile systems by releasing a new USB-hub with four high-speed USB 2.0 ports. The hub, entitled TU2-400E, features 60x50x15 mm dimensions and owns CE/FCC certification.

Its main predestination is to connect USB flash-drives, MP3 players, printers, photo/video cameras, and other USB drives with desktop/laptop PC system. Moreover, the user doesn't need to search for dedicated adapters to enable the hub, since the connection is realized via a standard USB port on PC and a special elongated cable.

Trendnet TU2-400E works without any particular software or drivers. The basic thing is that the connected devices should employ USB 2.0 or USB 1.1/1.0 interfaces. It is powered directly from PC USB port. Also, the casing contains a socket for additional PSU which is able to supply power to all connected devices.

The model is notable by high data transfer speed that …

Sharkoon Unveils WPM V2 Power Supplies

Sharkoon Technologies GmbH has expanded its line of PC products with a new series of power supply units, codenamed WPM V2. The series comprises four ATX V2.3 models of 700 W, 600 W, 500 W, and 400 W capacity. All the new-comers are peculiar by a high efficiency level (more than 80%) and a partially modular design. The company promises to release the series into the European market in the short run. Presumably, the retail price will make up 39.99 EUR.

Sharkoon WPM V2 is equipped with all necessary cables to provide sufficient power to the key system components. This list includes one 24-pin connector, one 4+4-pin connector, two 6+2-pin connectors, one floppy connector, six SATA connectors, and five PATA connectors. All PSUs employ a single +12V bus, accompanied by Active PFC. Cooling of internal components is assigned to a low-noise 140 mm fan that efficiently dissipates heat.

One of the most striking peculiarities is reduced power consumption. Herein, in standby mode the …
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