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 …

Delux Launches New Gaming Chassis MZ407

Delux Technology, a renowned developer of various hardware items and peripherals, launches a new PC chassis MZ407 targeting gamers. The model features 450x192x435 mm dimensions and is able to support motherboards of ATX or micro-ATX standard, PSUs of ATX form-factor, and up to seven PCI expansion cards. In retail sale the chassis will be available in three design variations: in Navy Blue coloring, in Army Green military style, and in classic Black coloring.

I/O panel has got quite an unusual lay-out: it’s located on a sloped joint of the top and frontal facets. This panel boasts standard 3.5 mm audio slots (for headphones/microphone), USB 2.0 and USB 3.0 ports, as well as cooling system/backlight control switch.

Delux MZ407 is ready to accommodate graphics adapters of up to 280 mm in length. Besides, the chassis has got four bays for 5.25-inch drives and five bays for 3.5-inch drives. It should be mentioned that the user won’t require any additional tools in order to …

CPU Cooler Deepcool Ice Blade Pro v2.0 Review

Deepcool can be boldly attributed to the manufacturers that are constantly improving their mastery is the elaboration of hardware components. The company’s second revision of CPU cooler Ice Blade Pro is a bright confirmation of this statement. Codenamed Ice Blade Pro v2.0, this product is supposed to exceed its predecessor in performance, noise level and consumer appeal. But let’s start its reviewing from technical peculiarities.

Technical Peculiarities

Deepcool Ice Blade Pro v2.0 features the following specifications:

— dimensions: 161x125x70 mm (+fan(s) 120 mm), ultimate weight – 981 g;

— compatibility: Intel Socket LGA 2011/1366/1156/1155/775, AMD Socket 939/FM1/FM2/AM2/AM2+/AM3/AM3+;

— heatsink: tower framework consists of 49 aluminum plates, 4 heatpipes and a base supporting Core Touch technology;

— fan: dimensions — 120x120x25 mm, type of bearing – fluid-film bearing, nominal/startup fan voltage – 12/7 V, maximal power consumption – …
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