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 …

MSI Outs ECO Motherboards for Socket LGA1151

Launched first in 2014, ECO lineup of motherboards from MSI has recently been replenished by a triplet of models for socket LGA1151. The new-comers boast a wide range of power-efficient facilities as well as an optimal performance level. Thus, the users will enjoy the most advanced technologies without sacrificing performance. All three mainboards are developed in micro-ATX form-factor and employ Military Class 4 hardware base, although their other specifications differ.

MSI H170M ECO is designed on Intel H170 chipset, ready to accept Intel Core i3/i5/i7, Pentium & Celeron CPUs for socket LGA1151. The PCB accommodates two DIMM slots for the installation of DDR4-2133 MHz memory modules (up to 32 GB capacity). Storage subsystem offers 6x SATA III ports, while expansion is supported by 2x PCIe 3.0 x1 and one PCIe 3.0 x16 slots.

Audio subsystem is based on 7.1-channel Realtek ALC887 controller. The organization of network is entrusted to Intel I219V controller via LAN port. The …

Inno3D Demonstrates Two GeForce GTX 650 Ti Boost Graphics Cards

As opposed to the army of companies that launched practically identical to the prototype GeForce GTX 650 Ti Boost graphics cards, Inno3D has elaborated two own versions which dramatically differ from Nvidia’s sample. The major difference lies in an efficient cooling system and production overclocking. The first model, marked as Inno3D GeForce GTX 650 Ti Boost iChill, is equipped with a highly efficient cooler ‘iChill’ and features 7% production overclocking. The other model, marked as Inno3D GeForce GTX 650 Ti Boost, comes without overclocked frequencies, although its hardware components promote for the conducting of various clock frequency tests.

Both novels take GK106 as the basis. The GPU is developed under 28 nm technological process and features 768 CUDA cores, 64 texturing blocks, and 16 rasterization blocks. In regard to frequencies, Inno3D GeForce GTX 650 Ti Boost iChill is clocked at 1050 MHz in nominal mode, but can be overclocked up to 1102 MHz in GPU Boost …
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