Gigabyte Intros Affordable GA-B85M-D2V Plus Mainboard

Micro-ATX/mini-ITX mainboards keep on capturing the market due to the augmentation of small-sized PC platforms. Against this background, Gigabyte is constantly enlarging its portfolio of compact motherboards. Take GA-B85M-D2V Plus alone. This model might boast an optimized functional and an improved audio subsystem combined with a sleek design and a range of protection doo-dads.



Gigabyte GA-B85M-D2V Plus takes Intel B85 chipset as the basis. The latter supports Socket LGA1150 CPUs (Pentium, Celeron, Intel Core). The company’s designers employed an improved fiberglass mode of superposition on elaboration of PCB textolite; this is called to protect the board from humidity, electrostatic discharge and voltage instability.


The board’s layout supports Ultra Durable 4 Plus design that involves only high-quality components, like solid-state capacitors, transistors with low open channel resistance. The PCB is equipped with two DIMM slots ready for 16 GB of DDR3 memory (1600 …

SilentiumPC Debuts with Pax M70 Pure Black Chassis

SilentiumPC enters the market with a new mid-tower case, entitled Pax M70 Pure Black. The model features 467x230x483 mm dimensions and weighs 8.55 kg. As seen from the title, the case boasts purely black paintwork that adds elegance to the styling. The chassis is made of SECC steel; side panels as well as decorative lid are coated in soundproof dual-layer materials. Pricing is set at $80.



SilentiumPC is targeting mini-ITX/micro-ATX/ATX systems. Front and top panels are rich in perforated surfaces, while one of the side panels accommodates a transparent acrylic window. Interior layout offers a couple of bays for 5.25-inch drives, the same number of bays for 3.5-inch drives, and three bays for 2.5-inch storages. All cages boast the implementation of anti-vibration system. Expansion is ensured due to seven PCI-slots.


To continue, the chassis is roomy enough for CPU coolers of 175 mm in height, graphics cards of 415 mm in length and liquid cooling heatsinks of 280 mm in …

‘Mini-Mighty’ MSI Z97I Gaming AC Motherboard Review

Ever-increasing popularity of mini-ITX mainboards is accounted for the augmentation of small-sized PC systems, work- and multimedia stations, as well as gaming platforms. The latter lay down specific demands towards hardware base, requiring the combination of high performance, durability and price-efficiency. MSI is ready to satisfy those demands, by offering ‘mini, but mighty’ Z97I Gaming AC system board. Being a part of Intel Z97 chipset family, this tiny tot owns all ‘Gaming’ series facilities, despite compact dimensions. Let’s check them out.



Specs Overview


MSI Z97I Gaming AC is based on Intel Z97 chipset targeting Haswell-based CPUs for Socket LGA1150 platform (Celeron, Pentium, Core i3/i5/i7 series). The implemented PCB accommodates a pair of DIMM slots for DDR3 SDRAM modules (16 GB volume) with the clock frequencies from 1333 MHz to 3300 MHz. Expansion facilities are introduced by a single PCI-e 3.0 x16 slot with no backup from PCI slots. The board comes …
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