Motherboard MSI FM2-A85XA-G65A Review

Military-class motherboards elaborated by MSI have been always distinguished by the implementation of all high-end components within supply circuits, by extended overclocking facilities, and by corresponding exterior design. FM2-A85XA-G65A model corroborates such outstanding descriptions, being a worthy representative of products branded as ‘Military’. Moreover, the integration of high-quality and solid hardware elements enhances its overclocking potential that can’t but gladden PC enthusiasts.



Design and Layout


MSI FM2-A85XA-G65A is developed in ATX form-factor. It is notable by a fanciful, spacious layout, taking into account the full-fledged options integrated within a single chipset. Thus, there is no need in additional controllers. The distance between two graphics slots has been doubled to organize even the most powerful CrossFire configurations. The integrated heatsinks feature 31 mm height; one of them is located only 5 mm far from CPU socket. This implies …

The Release of Two 3D Graphics Cards from Sparkle Computer

Sparkle Computer, a Taiwanese supplier of graphics solutions and consumer electronics, has released two 3D graphics cards simultaneously. The two models have been codenamed Calibre X680 Captain and Calibre X670 Captain. Both cards are based on Nvidia GK104 GPUs developed under 28 nm standards. The chief peculiarity of the products is the integration of extraordinary cooler CoolPro; the uncommonness is seen in the localization of three fans that found their places under the radiator. This radiator is connected with the base, which is in direct touch with GPU, by means of six heat pipes.



Calibre X680 Captain and Calibre X670 Captain are equipped with DisplayPort, DVI, DVI-D, and HDMI video outputs. Graphics cards employ PCI Express 3.0 interface and support DirextX 11 interface, as well as, such Nvidia technologies as CUDA, PhysX, 3D Vision, and 3D Vision Surround. They are also notable for the availability of eight-phase voltage regulators and the enhanced depth of ground on the …

Zalman Showcases a New GV Series of Power Supplies

Zalman is glad to introduce its fresh PSU series, entitled GV. Pursuant to the manufacturer, these power supplies are intended for the support of high-efficiency components. Taking into account the demands of contemporary PCs, Zalman equips the GV units with a single +12V bus that is able to endure high current capability. Upon the whole, the new series embraces three models: ZM500-GV (500W), ZM600-GV (600W), and ZM700-GV (700W).



All Zalman GV PSUs employ non-modular cable design and high-quality Dual-Forwarding Switching schemes. Those schemes allow for the decrease of losses on switching and for the lowering of operational temperatures. Thanks to this innovation, an overall efficiency of all units approximates 88%; such index is vindicated by 80Plus Bronze certificate.


Cooling of all internal hardware pieces is organized by efforts of a sole 120 mm fan. A comprehensive set of protection options saves all components from a variety of glitches (OVP, SCP, OPP, OCP, UVP), …
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