Well-Knit Gigabyte GA-B85N Phoenix Motherboard Review

While mini-ITX motherboards keep on arousing customers’ mistrust, manufacturers move heaven and earth to eliminate any doubts. Take GA-B85N Phoenix model from Gigabyte alone. It is absolutely ready to satisfy all basic needs a modern high-performance PC requires. In addition, it is not as pricey as its full-format competitors. Hence, what a demanding customer will get for about $100?



Specifications


Gigabyte GA-B85N Phoenix boasts the following technical data sheet:

— chipset: Intel B85, socket – LGA 1150, supported CPUs – Pentium, Celeron, Xeon, Core (Haswell gen.);

— memory: 2x DIMM slots, DDR3 SDRAM, volume – 16 GB, max. frequency – 1600 MHz;

— expansion: 1x PCIe 3.0 x16, 1x mini-PCIe 2.0 x1;

— storage: 3x SATA III 6 Gb/sec, 1x SATA II 3 Gb/sec, 1x mSATA 6 Gb/sec, all governed by the chipset;

— graphics: Intel HD Graphics onboard, two video outputs (HDMI 1,4a, DVI-I);

— fan connectors: 2x 4-pin;

— audio: Realtek ALC898, 7.1 …

The First Data about AMD Ryzen R7 1800X, R7 1700X and R7 1700 Cost Have Been Revealed

From day to day we obtain more and more info about AMD Ryzen processors and changes in company naming. Data on several Ryzen CPUs prices are already available online and should be treated with caution, because AMD specialties’ success depends on their cost-productivity correlation.



Thus, a new series flagship, R7 1800X, will cost 600 EUR. Its overfrequency will make 4 GHz. The basic frequency is likely to be 3.6 GHz. This model claims to provide competition for the Intel Core i7-6900K product from the Broadwell-E family, which is sold at 1,000 USD. CPU R7 1700X is expected to cost 470 EUR and deliver the 3.8 GHz enhanced frequency. It is worth more, than Core i7-7700K, which costs 350 USD, thus we can assume, its productivity level will be higher. However, CPU R7 1700 with 3.7 GHz overfrequency will be retailed at the price tag of 390 EUR and feature just 65 W TDP.


One should take into account, that the prices indicated are meant for Europe; in the USA CPUs may be …

PC Enclosure Cougar Evolution (Askot 6GR1) Review

PC enclosures developed by Cougar are not frequenters in the global market. Still, the company's line of products is replenishing with ever newer models that might compete for the market dominance with a lot more renowned suppliers. Its latest creation, Evolution (Askot 6GR1), was released with a dual brand: Cougar and Askot. In the majority of cases, Askot enclosures fill up the line of Cougar's products, but sometimes its cases single out as a separate brand. Casting aside all marketing issues, Cougar Evolution (Askot 6GR1) is a worthy representative of contemporary PC chassis segment that offers a bunch of typical and a few singular facilities to all potential customers.



Design


Enclosure Askot 6GR1 features visually unpretentious design without any bright points or voluminous salient elements. Nevertheless, more intent inspection uncovers the whole beauty of this case: the availability of prominent ribs on the frontal panel, an unusual pattern of the frontal and top …
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