Affordable Motherboard Asus Vanguard B85 Review

Nowadays customers don’t find it difficult to acquire the motherboard which would absolutely correspond to their needs. This is primarily explained by the fact that each manufacturer tries to pack its production lineup with models of various calibers. Asus is one of the few companies that restlessly enlarge their motherboard inventory with variegated items, and Vanguard B85 (TUF series) is yet another item for saving users. The key to ‘affordability’ of Intel B85 chipset-based board lies mainly in the reduction of connectivity facilities, where the chipset supports not six but four SATA 6 Gb/sec + four USB 3.0 devices. However, the model is rich in other facilities that are vital for a contemporary multimedia PC.



Design and Layout


To begin with, Asus Vanguard B85 is designed in an uncommon uATX form-factor and supports Pentium/Xeon/Corei3/Corei5/Corei7 CPUs (Haswell gen.) for Socket LGA1150. The motherboard inventory involves 4 DIMM slots for the installation up to 32 …

Cooler Master Starts a Batch Production of Two Seidon Models

Cooler Master announces an official release and starts a batch production of two new liquid cooling systems that join Seidon series. Codenamed Seidon 120XL and Seidon 240M, these two models will become a real smile of fortune for the devotees of up-dated technologies. Compact size and affordable price are the key advantages of Seidon representatives. Both liquid coolers demonstrate compatibility with such platforms, as Intel LGA 775, 1155, 1156, 1366, 2011, and AMD FM1, FM2, AM2, AM2+, AM3, AM3+.



According to Cooler Master, Seidon 120XL and Seidon 240M are quite independent systems which require minimal efforts while mounting or maintenance. They are a perfect choice for those people willing to provide enough room around CPU socket and simultaneously get the utmost cooling effect.


The first model, Seidon 120XL, is a refined version of Seidon 120M. It consists of a quite thick aluminum heatsink, copper micro channels, and a single 120 mm fan. In its turn, Seidon 240M …

BitFenix Offers Neos Chassis in 6 Color Variations

BitFenix Design Lab announces the release of a new PC chassis entitled Neos. Its major attraction is the availability of six different color versions of enclosures. Moreover, some of the models come with an acrylic window on the side panel but the others have a blind facet. Upon the whole, Neos boasts a durable steel case of 470x185x429 mm dimensions, featuring mid-tower form-factor.



BitFenix Neos is intended to support motherboards of ATX, micro-ATX and mini-ITX standard. The layout offers a couple of external 5.25-inch drive seats, three internal 3.5-inch drive seats, as well as three internal 2.5-inch drive seats. Expansion facilities are maintained by means of seven PCI expansion slots. It should be noted that the chassis’ layout presumes individual placement of bays for the drives, dedicated screwless mounting for ODD, and special apertures for cable management.


All the models are equipped with a single pre-installed rear fan of 120 mm dimensional type. In addition, …
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