Motherboard MSI FM2-A85XA-G65 Review

APU A-Series from AMD has already proved itself as a fair correlation of performance and consumer properties. This allows users to create budgetary home systems that can readily cope with all contemporary tasks, video games, simultaneously providing a considerable speed increase. MSI is one of the companies to develop a motherboard on the basis of this platform, ensuring in its FM2-A85XA-G65 rich functional and maximal performance. The developers have managed to design the board with a minimal amount of additional controllers, though expansion facilities are sure to satisfy the majority of potential customers.

Design and Layout

Motherboard MSI FM2-A85XA-G65 belongs to Military Class III line and is developed in ATX form-factor. Similar to other products of this line, this model is differentiated by a voluminous cooling system and a quite powerful VRM node. This board is destined for Socket FM2 logics and is ready to accommodate processors of A-Series and Athlon. It is based …

Huntkey Showcases Its New PSU Series

A new PSU series, codenamed GS (Green Star), has replenished a line of products designed by Huntkey. This series is particularly targeting gamers, providing for the prime facilities and reliability. The models included into the lineup (GS550 and GS450) are equipped with two +12V buses and exclusively high-quality components that promote for the 82% PSU efficiency level. Both models house a 120 mm low-noise fan which is notable by the variable rotational speed.

Upon the whole, Huntkey GS series corresponds to ATX12V V2.3 standard and supports AMD and Intel CPUs. Both models are compatible with graphics adapters designed by Nvidia and AMD. They feature Active PFC which ensures true reliability on different loading conditions. The average time period of foolproof work is estimated at fifty thousand hours. Besides, both units have undergone two types of testing: high voltage and forced failure tests.

GS450 model operates at 200-240VA (50-60Hz) voltage and at nominal 350W. The …

Greeting an Affordable Z170A-X1/3.1 Mainboard from ASRock

ASRock is known for developing high-quality hardware components for a relatively affordable price. Thence, its latest Z170A-X1/3.1 ATX mainboard is not an exception, since its price tag does not go beyond $100. In order to cheapen the prime cost, the manufacturer backed away SATA Express & M.2 connectors, limiting the PCB by six SATA III 6 Gb/sec ports.

To add, instead of a modern 8-channel audio controller it incorporated a well-known Realtek ALC892 item. The other boons of modernity remained unchanged. Thus, ASRock took Intel Z170 top chipset as the basis for the motherboard. The chipset is targeting the latest Intel Skylake CPUs for Socket LGA1151. The PCB accommodates 4 DIMM slots for dual-channel DDR4-3466 MHz RAM (up to 64 GB max. capacity).

Graphics facilities are ensured thanks to a pair of PCI Express 3.0 x16 slots, although there are three more PCI Express 3.0 x1 slots for the connection of other items. Network options are entrusted to gigabit Intel I219V LAN …
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