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 …

Xigmatek Manifests Specifications of Apache III

Xigmatek, a Taiwanese manufacturer of PC cooling solutions, has just promulgated the specifications of its new cooler series entitled Apache III. The series consists of two models only, which differentiate themselves by the casing's material and color. Model CD901 is housed in a silver aluminum casing, while model CD903 – in a black anodized aluminum casing. Both models have been developed specifically for CPU cooling purposes; they are able to support various platforms offered by Intel and AMD: LGA 775, 1155, 1156 (Intel), Socket AM2 and later (AMD).

Both models in Apache III series are equipped with a voluminous aluminum heatsink and 92 mm fan with half-transparent orange ribs. The fan is based on Long Life bearing and features PWM facility that allows for the adjustment of fan rotational speed. The speed span variates between 1200-2500 rpm, depending on the CPU temperature and loading. The noise level does not outreach the measures of twenty dB.

Cooling system Apache …

Biostar Unveils Specifications of A55MLV Motherboard

Biostar has given its new motherboard A55MLV certain prominence, unveiling its main specifications on the official website. Relying on the claimed data, a new product is developed in micro-ATX form factor and is targeted primarily at compact desktops applied in home and office systems. What is more, this motherboard aims at drawing customers who struggle for utmost performance, limitless facilities, and moderate price.

Biostar A55MLV is based on AMD A55 system logics and accommodates Socket FM1 to be compatible with a number of high-end processors. It supports the following APUs from AMD which TDP level does not exceed 100W: E2, A4, A6 and A8 series. This motherboard contains two DIMM slots that support up to 16GB of DDR3 memory type (800, 1066, 1333, 1600, 1866), operating at one-channel or two-channel modes.

The model boasts the availability of four SATA II ports, a single PCI port, one PCI-e 2.0 x16 port, six USB 2.0 ports, network Ethernet LAN 10/100 (Atheros AR8152), …
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