Motherboard Biostar A55MD2 Review

Good overclocking facilities are what the majority of customers look for in contemporary motherboards. In this light, the manufacturers establish various price ranges, depending on the product’s overclocking potential. As usual, boards from budgetary lines cannot boast such potential, though there are some exclusions. Biostar A55MD2 is considered to be one of the cheapest solutions for FM2 platforms. Still, its layout marvels by the availability of CPU boost facilities, as well as gigabit network interface.



Design and Layout


Motherboard Biostar A55MD2 distinguishes itself by rather compact dimensions: 226x178 mm (uATX form-factor). The model accommodates an amplifying board that is made of a metallic fusible element. The chipset is cooled down by a small-sized aluminum heatsink, while field transistors are avoid of any cooler. This might signify about some inconsideration pertained to thermal environment. Power supply activity is realized by means of 24-contact and …

Gigabyte Debuts with Socket AM1 Motherboards

Gigabyte is the first among AMD’s partners to introduce proprietary motherboards for an upcoming Socket AM1 platform. Initially the AM1 series will comprise only two models: the GA-AM1M-S2P and the GA-AM1M-S2H. Both feature micro-ATX form-factor and are supposed to house AMD Athlon/Sempron APUs. They employ two DIMM slots for the integration of up to 32 GB DDR3 memory with 1600 MHz frequency. The release is scheduled for March when the platform is officially introduced.



Gigabyte motherboards have got two SATA III 6 Gb/sec ports for the expansion of storage, one PCIe 2.0 x16, one PCIe x1 and one PCI connector for the connection of add-ons. Network functional consists of gigabit controller from Realtek, whereas audio functional is laid upon 7.1-channel HAD Realtek ALC 887 codec.


The differentiation between the two models lies in the set of internal/external interfaces. Hence, the GA-AM1M-S2P comes with two PS/2 ports, one D-Sub port, four USB ports (3.0 + 2.0), one RJ-45, …

The Compulab IPC3 Mini-PC with Passive Cooling Goes for 693 USD

One of the latest products by Compulab is an IPC3 mini-PC, intended for industrial and commercial use. The lowest price of the basic model is 693 USD.



Outside dimensions of the framework are 160 х 190 х 40 mm. Due to its exterior construction the case provides overall passive cooling.


There’s a possibility to install 32 GB of RAM, a 2.5” storage drive, an M.2 2260 SSD and a couple of devices with an mSATA connector. The novelty features wireless interface adapters along with two USB 2.0, four USB 3.0, two Gigabit Ethernet, a DisplayPort 1.2, an HDMI 1.4a and an S/PDIF ports. However, special modules will be able to extend this set of connectors.


The Compulab IPC3 Mini-PC operates an Intel Kaby Lake CPU and is protected by the five-year manufacturer warranty.
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