Oval CPU Cooler Xigmatek Colosseum SM128164 Review

Rivalry in the CPU cooling market is rather tough nowadays. Each and every manufacturer tries to exceed its competitors by elaborating high-performance and durable coolers. Some companies pay attention primarily to efficiency, while the others try to draw potential audience by an unusual design. Xigmatek, a renowned manufacturer in this segment, has been introducing qualitative and original solutions for many years. Its Colosseum SM128164 is a vindication of the assumptions that unusual in design coolers can be efficient. Let’s have a look at it.

Design and Framework

The Xigmatek Colosseum SM128164 at the first sight looks as an ordinary cooler of a rectangular form with the height of 157 mm. It consists of a heatsink block, a fan, a mirror-like base, and five heat pipes. The central pipe is larger than the other four: its diameter equals to 8 mm, whereas the side pipes feature 6 mm diameter. Nonetheless, if turning the cooler sideways, it becomes vivid that the item is a …

Biostar to Release a Budget-Oriented A68I-450 Deluxe Motherboard

Biostar Microtech is going to release a new budget-oriented motherboard of mini-ITX form-factor. Codenamed Biostar A68I-450 Deluxe, it is peculiar by the employment of an onboard two-core hybrid processor – AMD 450D. The latter comprises two x86 Bobcat blocks, running at 1.65 GHz, and an in-built AMD Radeon HD 6320 graphics that is compatible with DirectX 11 standard. It should be noted that this CPU is cooled down thanks to a small-sized fan.

The motherboard is based on AMD A68 chipset for socket BGA FT1. It is able to offer a pair of 240-contact DIMM slots for DDR3 RAM with the maximal clock frequency of 1066 MHz (up to 16 GB modules). Expansion facilities are represented by a single PCIe 2.0 x16 slot, while storage is secured by three SATA III 6 Gb/sec ports. Network operation is relied on gigabit Ethernet adapter (Realtek RTL8111F), whereas audio subsystem runs under Realtek ALC662 controller, providing 5.1-channel sounding.

To continue, Biostar A68I-450 Deluxe is …

PSU Gigabyte GreenMax Plus 550W Review

Gigabyte, being one of the major players in the motherboards and graphics markets, quite rarely replenishes its production line with PC chassis and power supply units. Rarely, but right on target! Its GreenMax Plus PSU series is an evidence of the company’s versatile maturity. The series includes three models of 450W, 550W and 650W power. Let’s see what Gigabyte has to offer to all ‘high-fed’ by multiple products customers by the example of GreenMax Plus 550W (codename: GZ-EMS55A-C1) model.

General Features

The GreenMax Plus 550W is delivered in a handheld cardbox with a convenient holder. The unit itself is housed in a typical case with a black semi-gloss coating and a large ventilation grid. All basic specifications are marked on its side facet. The manufacturers claim the power of 504W (42A) for the +12VDC bus. Thereat, the correlation of power on the bus with the total power reaches the index of 0.916, which is considered to be an average benchmark for such type …
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