Affordable Motherboard Asus Vanguard B85 Review

Nowadays customers don’t find it difficult to acquire the motherboard which would absolutely correspond to their needs. This is primarily explained by the fact that each manufacturer tries to pack its production lineup with models of various calibers. Asus is one of the few companies that restlessly enlarge their motherboard inventory with variegated items, and Vanguard B85 (TUF series) is yet another item for saving users. The key to ‘affordability’ of Intel B85 chipset-based board lies mainly in the reduction of connectivity facilities, where the chipset supports not six but four SATA 6 Gb/sec + four USB 3.0 devices. However, the model is rich in other facilities that are vital for a contemporary multimedia PC.

Design and Layout

To begin with, Asus Vanguard B85 is designed in an uncommon uATX form-factor and supports Pentium/Xeon/Corei3/Corei5/Corei7 CPUs (Haswell gen.) for Socket LGA1150. The motherboard inventory involves 4 DIMM slots for the installation up to 32 …

Chassis LanCool PC-K62 Review

Some of the consumers might be puzzled at first by the launch of a new PC chassis from LanCool. LanCool is not a frequenter at IT market, though closer look at its history unveils the truth. In fact, this is a subsidiary company created by LianLi, a renowned manufacturer of PC hardware (chassis in particular). Thus, the launch of LanCool PC-K62 chassis won't confuse anyone, since the community is actually familiar with the products and technological solutions of this company. In general, LanCool PC-K62 is attributed to Dragon Lord series and intended basically at gamers.


The casing of LanCool PC-K62 is designed in Midi-Tower form factor and made chiefly of steel with plastic inclusions. The prevalence of steel in the chassis design ascribes this model to the middle-price products segment. The left-side panel accommodates a transparent acrylic window that highlights the internal framework of the casing. It goes in a rather unusual shape that resembles a wing of a …

PNY Introduces New Prevail 5K SSD Series

PNY Technologies, an established manufacturer of varied PC hardware components, expands its production line with a new SSD series, entitled Prevail 5K. Currently, the series counts three models of 480 GB, 240 GB, and 120 GB capacities. Extremely thin case (7 mm only) is their key distinctive feature. Similar to other solutions from Prevail line, the new 5K are positively characterized by an appropriate correlation of reliability-performance-price tags.

Solid-state drives PNY Prevail 5K accommodate only high-quality components and take NAND eMLC memory chips as their basis. Due to outstanding performance showings and small-sized dimensions, the drives are the best solution for CAD/CAM workstations, RAID storages, cloud devices, and server stations.

All the models employ SATA III interface and feature some outstanding data transfer speeds parameters. Unfortunately, PNY does not provide so far any information about the exact sequential and random Read/Write speed. Neither …
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