Biostar Unveils Specifications of A55MLV Motherboard

Biostar has given its new motherboard A55MLV certain prominence, unveiling its main specifications on the official website. Relying on the claimed data, a new product is developed in micro-ATX form factor and is targeted primarily at compact desktops applied in home and office systems. What is more, this motherboard aims at drawing customers who struggle for utmost performance, limitless facilities, and moderate price.



Biostar A55MLV is based on AMD A55 system logics and accommodates Socket FM1 to be compatible with a number of high-end processors. It supports the following APUs from AMD which TDP level does not exceed 100W: E2, A4, A6 and A8 series. This motherboard contains two DIMM slots that support up to 16GB of DDR3 memory type (800, 1066, 1333, 1600, 1866), operating at one-channel or two-channel modes.


The model boasts the availability of four SATA II ports, a single PCI port, one PCI-e 2.0 x16 port, six USB 2.0 ports, network Ethernet LAN 10/100 (Atheros AR8152), …

Gigabyte Debuts with Socket AM1 Motherboards

Gigabyte is the first among AMD’s partners to introduce proprietary motherboards for an upcoming Socket AM1 platform. Initially the AM1 series will comprise only two models: the GA-AM1M-S2P and the GA-AM1M-S2H. Both feature micro-ATX form-factor and are supposed to house AMD Athlon/Sempron APUs. They employ two DIMM slots for the integration of up to 32 GB DDR3 memory with 1600 MHz frequency. The release is scheduled for March when the platform is officially introduced.



Gigabyte motherboards have got two SATA III 6 Gb/sec ports for the expansion of storage, one PCIe 2.0 x16, one PCIe x1 and one PCI connector for the connection of add-ons. Network functional consists of gigabit controller from Realtek, whereas audio functional is laid upon 7.1-channel HAD Realtek ALC 887 codec.


The differentiation between the two models lies in the set of internal/external interfaces. Hence, the GA-AM1M-S2P comes with two PS/2 ports, one D-Sub port, four USB ports (3.0 + 2.0), one RJ-45, …

Universal CPU Cooler Scythe Mugen 4 Review

Some hardware pieces disappear after a while of emergence but some serve PC needs for years, always appearing in new incarnations. The latter is true about Mugen series of CPU coolers from Scythe. The success of the very first model, Scythe Mugen, gave rise to the appearance of an updated second version, then the third one, and, finally, the fourth one – Scythe Mugen 4. This cooler is distinguished initially by its universality, supporting all actual CPU sockets (Intel- and AMD-based). For sure, this is not the mere advantage, since it is able to offer much more.



Delivery Kit


Mugen 4 is delivered in a compact-size cardbox, containing a large amount of information about the cooler. The contents will give a buzz to all consumers, due to a list of useful components. Here one might find: a brand mounting kit Hyper Precision Mounting System (H.P.M.S.) that includes a kit of screws, plastic gaskets, a metallic backplate, mounting plates, a clamping plate, four wiry clinches for …
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