SilverStone SST-RL01 Review: Budget Solution

At first sight, a new chassis from SilverStone speaks about the belonging to high-end segment. Its expressive design and multiple facilities are a rather persuasive evidence for those customers who would like to get a qualitative product. Still, SilverStone SST-RL01 is distinguished by a moderate price, lack of some 'high-end' attributes, and quite modest delivery pack. This gives evidences that the model belongs to budgetary solutions. Despite this fact, SST-RL01 might satisfy all needs of not versed audience.


Chassis SilverStone SST-RL01 is developed in midi-tower form factor with bottom PSU localization. The airflow is efficiently managed through the top panel of the casing, while both side panels are void of any ventilation grids. One striking peculiarity is that the manufacturer hasn't stipulated the availability of fan on the rear board, though this is a loyal attribute of the majority casings. The clipboard consists of a dull bulging frame, black metallic …

Motherboard Asus Z97-Deluxe Review: Getting to Know a New Intel’s Chipset

Intel’s Z-series chipsets have been recently supplemented by a new Z97 Express companion. Its release coincides with the launch of an updated Haswell Refresh CPU line for LGA 1150 socket. The new platform is thought to support PCI Express M.2 interface that substitutes an old-fashioned mSATA one. It is also supposed to support SATA Express interface and the forthcoming Intel Core 5th generation CPUs. What are the real differences between Z97 and preceding chipsets? Let’s find it out through the example of Asus Z97-Deluxe motherboard.

Basic Specifications

— form-factor: ATX, 305x244 mm dimensions;

— chipset and CPUs: Intel Z97 Express, 4th/5th gen Intel Core i3/i5/i7 processors for Socket LGA 1150;

— interface: DMI 2.0, 20 Gb/sec;

— memory: 4x DIMM slots, DDR3 standard, two-channel, 64 GB ultimate capacity, 1066 MHz-3300 (OC) MHz frequencies;

— multi-GPU support: AMD CrossFireX, Nvidia SLI;

— expansion slots: 3x PCI-e 3.0 x16, 4x PCI-e 2.0 …

Biostar to Release a Budget-Oriented A68I-450 Deluxe Motherboard

Biostar Microtech is going to release a new budget-oriented motherboard of mini-ITX form-factor. Codenamed Biostar A68I-450 Deluxe, it is peculiar by the employment of an onboard two-core hybrid processor – AMD 450D. The latter comprises two x86 Bobcat blocks, running at 1.65 GHz, and an in-built AMD Radeon HD 6320 graphics that is compatible with DirectX 11 standard. It should be noted that this CPU is cooled down thanks to a small-sized fan.

The motherboard is based on AMD A68 chipset for socket BGA FT1. It is able to offer a pair of 240-contact DIMM slots for DDR3 RAM with the maximal clock frequency of 1066 MHz (up to 16 GB modules). Expansion facilities are represented by a single PCIe 2.0 x16 slot, while storage is secured by three SATA III 6 Gb/sec ports. Network operation is relied on gigabit Ethernet adapter (Realtek RTL8111F), whereas audio subsystem runs under Realtek ALC662 controller, providing 5.1-channel sounding.

To continue, Biostar A68I-450 Deluxe is …
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