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 …

SilverStone Heligon HE01 - a new super-cooler

The Taiwanese company introduced a bulky cooler SilverStone Heligon HE01, which is designed to cool down more or less all types of modern CPUs — from Intel LGA775 up to LGA2011 and from AMD AM2 to AMD AM3 + / FM2.

The construction does not weigh less than 1.1 kg, since in addition to two-part radiator (926 g) it is equipped with fan of 140x140x38 mm size. Linear dimensions of Heligon HE01 are 140 mm in width, 119 mm in length and 160 mm in height. Staples that hold the fan, take a few millimetres of space.

The thickness of a pair of «towers», joined by six nickel-plated copper heat pipes with a diameter of 6 mm, is uneven. The intense air flow passes successively through a thin array of aluminium fins, and then through the fan, afterwards through a larger section of the radiator. Copper base with nickel cover is protected with a film from scratches.

The manufacturer claims that Heligon HE01 will cope with the withdrawal of 300 watts of heating power.

Regular …

Asus Showcases New PB238TR Monitor with Unprecedented Specs

Asus has recently showcased one more high-end PC monitor – the PB238TR. It features 23 inch display and boasts 549x323.7x244.5 mm dimensions (with stand). The model is peculiar by the support of Human Sensor technology. The latter keeps track of the user’s presence; on his absence for a predetermined time period, the monitor turns to a standby mode. This promotes for a well-judged power consumption, resulting in a dramatic cost efficiency.

Asus PB238TR is based on IPS array with 6 ms response time and Full HD resolution (1920x1080). IPS ensures also a perfect color rendering, wide viewing angles (178/178 degrees in both aspects), 250 cd/m2 maximal brightness, as well as a striking dynamic contrast of 50M:1. The model is furnished with onboard speakers (2W each) and two video ports: D-Sub and DVI-D. Connectivity with external peripherals is realized by means of two USB 2.0 ports.

To continue, this monitor features a functional stand that allows for the adjustment of …
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