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 …

Network Storage Iomega StorCenter ix2-200 Cloud Edition Review

Network storage solutions have become an integral assistant not only in large corporate systems but also in compact home-based platforms. They are a perfect match for people who need to work with a huge amount of information and who care about performance and safety. Iomega is one of the companies that frequently introduces ever newer storage solutions. Thereby, the manufacturer has recently upgraded its two-disk network storage StorCenter ix2-200 to Cloud Edition and equipped a new product with an advanced firmware. According to the claimed characteristics, StorCenter ix2-200 Cloud Edition boasts easy adjustment of remote access, possibility to share files with other users, and many more benefits.



Design and Layout


It should be noted that the upgrade didn't touch upon design of the network storage. StorCenter ix2-200 Cloud Edition has got aluminum external casing, plastic rear and frontal panels, and three LED indicators. The clipboard also accommodates a couple of …

Thermaltake Showcases Tailor-Made Versa N25 Chassis

Thermaltake has added to its Versa lineup of chassis a new-comer – the N25. The middle-tower case is targeting primarily extreme gamers who covet ultimate performance and one-off design. The case features 490x197x463 mm dimensions & weighs 4.6 kg. Its key attraction is the trimming of the front and top panels which resemble the armor of transformers. The other peculiarity is the side acrylic window. Upon the whole, all panels are painted black as outside, so inside.



Thermaltake Versa N25 is intended for standard ATX, mini-ITX and micro-ATX motherboards with 7 expansion slots. Storage subsystem offers four seats for 2.5-/3.5-inch drives (internal) as well as two external 5.25-inch drives & one external 3.5-inch unit. Drive mounting might be realized without any tools.


Base N25 comes with a single 120-mm rear exhaust fan that rotates at 1000 RPM. If necessary, users are free to install four other 120-mm fans on the front and top facets (dust filters are included). In …
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