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 …

ASRock Z77 Extreme6/TB4 will get four ports Thunderbolt

The company ASRock, as well as Gigabyte, appreciates the prospects of cutting-edge interface Thunderbolt, so much that it has supplied motherboard Z77 Extreme6/TB4 with four corresponding slots. The novelty is based on existing models with the prefix Extreme6, but its layout is slightly different from the original. In particular, the place of mini-PCIe slots and a pair of PCI slots are occupied with PCI-E x1, and PCI-E x4.

For those who don’t remember all specification, there is a reminder: ASRock Z77 Extreme6 uses a bunch of processor socket LGA1155 for two-and quad-core CPU Ivy Bridge (22 nm) and Sandy Bridge (32nm) chipset and overclocking Intel Z77 Express. The exact specifications of the new model are not listed. Its predecessor could work with three video adapters Radeon in 3-Way CrossFire (x8 + x4 + x4) or two GeForce in SLI (x8 + x8), DDR3 memory with a frequency of 2800 MHz and above, had a four-channel SATA 6 Gb / s and the same number of SATA 3 Gb / s and USB 3.0.
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HIS Reveals an Overclocked Version of AMD Radeon HD 7750 Adapter

Hightech Information System Ltd., being an exclusive AMD's partner, reveals its own version of AMD Radeon HD 7750 graphics adapter. The model, codenamed HIS Radeon HD 7750 IceQ X (Blue) Turbo 1GB GDDR5, is based on Cape Verde GPU, manufactured under 28 nm technological process with the implementation of Graphics Core Next micro-architecture. The basic distinguishing feature ascribed to the adapter is that it features an atypical cooling system and factory overclocking index.

This graphics card model is housed on a blue PCB, designed for PCI-e 3.0 x16 bus. The integrated GPU counts 512 current processors and operates at 900 MHz frequency. The rear part of the adapter accommodates a pair of mini-DisplayPort outputs, one HDMI, and one DVI video port. The model is furnished with GDDR5 memory type with 128-bit interface; its overall volume capacity equals to 1GB. Memory modules operate at 4500 MHz frequency.

To continue, Radeon HD 7750 IceQ X (Blue) Turbo 1GB GDDR5 houses an …
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