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 …

Seven-Port USB 3.0 Hub H7988-U3 from Orico

Chinese company Orico has just voiced good news for all people craving for a comprehensive device which enables numerous USB 3.0 connections. Its new seven-port hub H7988-U3 is able to satisfy the needs of any customer who feels the need for several simultaneous USB 3.0 connections. This is not the first Orico's attempt to produce a really multi-functional device. The company has recently introduced PC expansion chip with PCI Express x1 interface which involved seven ports as well. Analogous functionality has been implemented in a new external hub H7988-U3.



Orico H7988-U3 goes in two color variants (black and white) and is based on VIA VL801 controller. The framework of the hub is rather suitable for the multi-connection operations. All available USB 3.0 ports are located on the side plates: three ports on the frontal plate, and two in each side plates. The rear plate accommodates the switch, USB 3.0 port to be connected with PC, and input to be connected with the power network …

OWC Refreshes Its Line of Portable Storage Devices

OWC, a developer and supplier of hardware solutions, has recently complemented its line of portable storage devices with a new model Mercury On-the-Go Pro. The preliminary data provided by the company claims that the new product will be based on triple interface template and will support USB 3.0 interface. However, this does not mean that the device won't be able to support USB 2.0 interface, since it will be backwards compatible with USB 3.0.



OWC Mercury On-the-Go Pro storage will be delivered in a refined transparent casing made of acryl. The nominal dimensions are 140x89x25 mm. The software kit will involve various applets for the backup of data (NovaBackup, Data Backup 3, Carbon Copy Cloner), as well as, a dedicated program for the monitoring over the storage condition and optimization of drives' performance.


The lineup of products will be represented by different modifications of the drives. Thereby, each customer will receive a chance to choose among several versions …
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