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?



Specifications


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 …

SilverStone Announces Precision PS13 Chassis

SilverStone has added to its inventory a straightforward-styled mid-tower chassis. Entitled Precision PS13, the new-comer features 426x400x126 mm dimensions and weighs 3.36 kg. It is targeting micro-ATX/ATX motherboards with the maximum of 7 expansion slots. The all-black frontal panel houses a large fine-meshed grille that optimizes airflow within the case. Pricing is set at $41.25.



SilverStone Precision PS13 allows installing a pair of external 5.25-inch drives and one external 3.5-inch drive. Internal layout stipulates the installation of three more 3.5-/2.5-inch drives. Spacing is enough for quite long videocards (up to 348 mm), typical ATX PS/2 power supply units (up to 174 mm in length) and standard CPU coolers (up to 162 mm in height).


The model is available in two body variations: with (SST-PS13B-W) and without a side transparent window. Cooling is ensured by means of a single preinstalled 120-mm frontal fan. Additionally, it’s feasible to integrate five other …

‘Cubic’ Chassis Corsair Carbide Air 540 Review

Corsair is renowned for the whole galaxy of products designed for contemporary PC platforms. Its PSUs, memory modules, SSDs, cooling solutions, peripherals, and cases are widely incorporated in desktop and mobile segments. The latter count a list of series, targeted various customers with various needs. The most peculiar one is Carbide series that currently consists of eight models. Carbide Air 540 differs from its comrades, in the first place, by its cubic framework and, in the second place, by its mini-tower height but midi-tower internal spacing. Those are not the only attractions of the model, since Corsair always offers more than it’s seen on the surface.



Design and Ergonomics


Corsair Carbide Air 540 features 458x322x419 mm dimensions and is distinguished by a rather strict design. Exterior and interior facets are totally painted black, except for ‘Corsair’ label and sockets with inscriptions. The case is made of thin steel but for the external plastic panels …
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