Biostar B85Z: Micro-ATX Mainboard for Audiophiles

Biostar is about to release a new oblectation for audiophiles – the B85Z system board. Featuring micro-ATX form-factor (224x174 mm dimensions), the model combines a full-blown spectrum of facilities each full-format board has. It is developed on Intel B85 Express chipset with Socket LGA1150 for Intel Haswell processors of Core, Pentium and Celeron families. The nominal delivery kit will allegedly comprise DVD with drivers, a pair of SATA cables, a user’s manual, and a rear panel plug.

Biostar B85Z comes equipped with prime-quality capacitors, field-effect transistors, and 4-phase VRM. Memory subsystem is introduced by two slots for DDR3-1600 MHz modules (up to 16 GB overall capacity). The availability of a single PCIe x16 & a pair of PCIe x1 slots ensures sufficient expansion facilities. Moreover, the user is free to create a voluminous storage by means of four SATA III and two SATA II ports.

To continue, the major peculiarity pertained to the motherboard is an …

Corsair Hydro H100i GTX: Ambitious Liquid Cooler for High-End Systems

Enthusiast-targeted company Corsair is coming to the market with a new high-performance CPU liquid cooler that replenished Hydro Series. Entitled Hydro H100i GTX, it boasts a tool-free mounting and trouble-free maintenance. The model is compatible with all CPUs which support Intel LGA 115x/1366/2011/2011-3 and AMD FM1/FM2(+)/AM2(+)/AM3(+) platforms. Pricing is set at $120, backed by a 5-year’s limited warranty.

Featuring 276x125x30 mm dimensions, Corsair Hydro H100i GTX consists of a small-sized waterblock with a copper plate, 240 mm dual heatsink, and a pair of 120 mm fans (Air Series SP120L). The latter support PWM technology that allows the blades to accelerate up to 2435 RPM depending on the CPU temperature. Both fans produce 70.69 CFM airflow at 37.7 dB noise level.

Along with H100i GTX, Corsair launches Hydro H80i GTX liquid cooler. It features 154x123x49 mm dimensions but boasts analogous range of features. The new-comers are thought to support Corsair Link …

Comprehensive Mainboard Gigabyte G1.Sniper A88X Review

APUs AMD Kaveri gave push to the emergence of high-performance systems, which can cope with the majority of modern Full HD games. In this light, demanding customers are preoccupied with the choice of motherboards for Socket FM2+ platform in order to satisfy their basic gaming needs. Gigabyte was one of the first companies to come forward with those demands and the launch of G1.Sniper A88X mainboard is an attempt to win the audience. Except for gaming bells and whistles, this model is ready to offer a comprehensive list of functional for high-end systems.

Key Features

Gigabyte G1.Sniper A88X belongs to the G1-Killer exclusive series, featuring:

— form-factor: ATX (305x225 mm);

— chipset and APU: AMD A88X for socket FM2+, AMD Athlon/A4/A6/A8/A10 series APUs (Kaveri, Trinity, Richland);

— memory: 4x DIMM slots, DDR3 standard, 64 GB maximal capacity, 1333 MHz-2400 OC MHz frequencies;

— integrated graphics: Radeon HD R7/7000/8000 series;

— expansion …
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