Biostar B85Z: Micro-ATX Mainboard for Audiophiles

Biostar is about to release a new oblectation for audiophiles – the B85Z system board. Featuring micro-ATX form-factor (224x174 mm dimensions), the model combines a full-blown spectrum of facilities each full-format board has. It is developed on Intel B85 Express chipset with Socket LGA1150 for Intel Haswell processors of Core, Pentium and Celeron families. The nominal delivery kit will allegedly comprise DVD with drivers, a pair of SATA cables, a user’s manual, and a rear panel plug.



Biostar B85Z comes equipped with prime-quality capacitors, field-effect transistors, and 4-phase VRM. Memory subsystem is introduced by two slots for DDR3-1600 MHz modules (up to 16 GB overall capacity). The availability of a single PCIe x16 & a pair of PCIe x1 slots ensures sufficient expansion facilities. Moreover, the user is free to create a voluminous storage by means of four SATA III and two SATA II ports.


To continue, the major peculiarity pertained to the motherboard is an …

Nvidia to Showcase Its Newest GeForce GTX 650 Ti Boost Graphics Adapter

Today, 26 March, Nvidia is going to officially introduce its newest graphics adapter, codenamed GeForce GTX 650 Ti Boost. The release is a counter-move in response to the recently launched AMD Radeon HD 7790 adapter. With the purpose to enhance the competition, Nvidia equipped its graphics card with GPU Boost technology for a dynamic overclocking process.



Galaxy is the first to respond to the fresh release with its brand new product – Galaxy GeForce GTX 650 Ti Boost adapter. This model is furnished with 2 GB memory of GDDR5 standard (192-bit memory rail) and GK106 GPU with 786 CUDA cores. Frequency index for GPU equals to 980 MHz (boost frequency increases to 1033 MHz), for memory – 6008 MHz. Memory bandwidth is claimed to gain 144.2 Gb/sec.


Graphics card from Galaxy is thought to have a single SLI socket, one 6-pin PCI Express Power socket (additional power supply), and three different video interfaces: D-Sub, HDMI, and DVI. Cooling system consists of a two-slot …

Transcend SSD220S: Affordable TLC-Based Solid-State Drive

Transcend expands its lineup of SSDs with a new model – the SSD220S. It is based on 15-nm TLC memory chip available in 240 GB & 480 GB capacities. The model employs SATA 6 Gb/sec interface as well as DDR3 cache-memory. The drive is housed in a small-sized aluminum case (100x69.85x6.8 mm dimensions).



Transcend SSD220S boasts satisfactory Read/Write speed showings: sequential Read/Write data transfer activity – 550/450 Mb/sec, random – Read/Write data transfer activity (4K) – 80.000 IOPS. At the same time, Read/Write incompressible data transfer speed does not go beyond 330 Mb/sec. Moreover, these SSDs support all modern technologies, including Advanced Garbage Collection, SMART, TRIM, NCQ, and DevSleep.


To add, it’s always possible to upload SSD Scope software pack to further improve the performance. The drive is ready to operate in a wide range of temperatures (0-+70 degrees). The 240-gigabyte model costs 69 EUR, whereas its senior companion (480-gigabyte item) …
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