Asus VivoPC K20 Strikes by Size-to-Performance Ratio

Asus has recently introduced another desktop PC model, entitled VivoPC K20. The new-comer is characterized by small-sized dimensions (381x279x96 mm, capacity — 10 liters) and stylish bodywork. It takes little space on the table and might be placed as in vertical so in horizontal aspects. The customers will be surprised to see a keyboard and a mouse in the nominal delivery set.



Asus VivoPC K20 supports the installation of motherboards based on Intel H110 chipset with Socket LGA1151 CPUs (Pentium, Celeron, Core i3/i5/i7). The CPU comes with an integrated Intel HD Graphics core; however, it’s possible to add a self-dependent graphics card. The PCB allows for the installation of up to 16 GB of DDR4-2133 MHz memory.


Storage subsystem offers space for HDDs of up to 3 TB capacity. The connection of other storage solutions is realized via a pair of SATA 6 Gb/sec ports. Expansion facilities are due to one PCIe 3.0 x16 and one mini-PCIe slots.


The CPU is cooled down by an …

Overview of the Power Supply Chieftec APS-1000CB Series A-135

Chieftec power supplies are one of the most popular brands on the domestic market, and it's not surprising, since the manufacturer has been on it for about 20 years. During this time, the decisions of the German brand have acquired both an army of admirers and opponents. The first like these blocks for the optimal price/quality ratio, while others are not satisfied with their consumer properties. It’s primarily because of a higher noise level than some competitors or more expensive products have. But with a limited budget, Chieftec becomes one of the main candidates for purchase, especially when building powerful systems, where the difference between the costs of blocks produced by different manufacturers can reach 50-150 dollars or even more.


In this review, we will consider a 1000-watt Chieftec device belonging to the A-135 series, the hallmark of which is a 135-mm fan and a modular cable connection for the periphery. Also representatives of this line meet the requirements …

New Biostar TB350-BTC and TA320-BTC System Boards Are Aimed at AMD Ryzen CPUs with an AM4 Socket

Biostar is well-known for its mainboards, and at present customers have a possibility to try the company's new products under the TB350-BTC and TA320-BTC code names. The specialties are aimed at AM4 AMD Ryzen processors. Despite different chipsets –AMD A320 and B350 – both models feature the same PC-board.



A refined structure of the baseboard is corrosion and high humidity protected, and the power system is able to hold substantial currents. The product has two DDR4 slots (32 GB in total). The maximum RAM frequency depends on modules’ number and configuration, however, the 3,200 MHz value is claimed for the Biostar TB350-BTC card and 2,667 MHz – for the TA320-BTC sample. The ATX motherboard possesses four SATA (6 GBps) ports, one PCI-E 3.0 x16, two PCI-E 3.0 x1 and three PCI-E 2.0 x1 slots.


The Gigabit Ethernet network port is connected to the Realtek RTL8111H controller and secured from voltage surges. The mounting bar offers four USB 3.1 Gen1 ports, as well as two …
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