Meet New Motherboard from Biostar: Hi-Fi Z87W

Biostar is ready to launch its newest motherboard that is notable for the support of Windows 8.1 OS platform and availability of Windows Hardware Quality Labs certificate. Entitled Biostar Hi-Fi Z87W, it features a standard ATX form-factor and is relied on Intel Z87 Express chipset. Thereby, the board is ready to accommodate LGA1150 Intel Core processors (Haswell architecture).

The motherboard houses four slots for the installation of DDR3 memory modules that run at the maximal 2600 MHz (up to 32 GB). Power subsystem is organized according to 8-phase scheme to provide enough power to the CPU and other key components. Expansion facilities are secured by means of two PCI slots, the same number of PCI-e 2.0 x1 slots, one PCI-e 2.0 x16, and one more PCI-e 3.0 x16 slot. Storage facilities are represented by six SATA III 6 Gb/sec ports, which can be combined into diverse RAID configurations.

Gigabit Ethernet port takes responsibility for network connectivity, while Power, Reset …

Gigabyte GR-EZI04H: NAS for Home-Based Platforms

Gigabyte is going to release a new data storage intended specifically for home use. Codenamed GR-EZI04H, this NAS is housed in a black casing and features 220x183x146 mm dimensions. The storage is based on the combination of two-core Intel Atom D2500 processor (clock frequency 1.8 GHz) and Intel ICH10R south bridge. It is estimated for four 3.5-inch drives of up to 3TB in capacity each. Each of the drives should employ SATA II interface.

The overall volume of DDR3 RAM (1066 MHz) can achieve 4GB. This data storage is controlled by Windows Home Server 2011 or Embedded Linux OS platforms. All interface in/outputs are located on the rear panel. Here one can find a couple of USB 2.0 and the same number of USB 3.0 ports, a single D-Sub port, one DC input, and two more RJ-45 sockets. In addition, the storage is able to support two gigabit Ethernet connections.

GR-EZI04H is delivered with two pre-installed 60 mm fans that are called to provide for an optimal thermal environment. …

Platinum PSU Huntkey FX500SE Review

Nowadays more and more PSU manufacturers tend towards a better acoustic ergonomics of their products. Sure thing this is linked with the desire of customers to have high-performance but quiet systems. There is small wonder that traditional power supplies are rather noisy, due to air fans, so the manufacturers invented a sophisticated solution: hybrid cooling. It presupposes two working modes: active — with fans on and passive — with fans off. Huntkey is one of the companies that successfully implemented this invention into proprietary devices. Its FX500SE is a good example of efficiency combined with quiet operation. Plus, it provides users with appropriate connectivity facilities.

General Specifications

Huntkey FX500SE features a typical for all middle-end products design, without any ingenuity claim. The unit is housed in a steel case of 150x86x140 mm dimensions with matte black coating. All cables are masked under a nylon sheath, adding more solidity to the model. …
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