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 …

SSDs Corsair Neutron and Corsair Neutron GTX Review

Current conjuncture in the market of drives proves that SSDs do not require special advertising. Their demand index rises every single day, along with the increasing supply. Corsair, a well-known manufacturer of various PC hardware solutions, has successfully 'assimilated' advanced LAMD LM87800 controllers, and developed two SSD items at once based on this controller. Codenamed Corsair Neutron and Corsair Neutron GTX, these drives are intended at different customer audiences. Both models feature similar internal layout, but differ in the integrated interfaces and memory types.



Specifications


Model Corsair Neutron is considered to be cheaper than GTX version, so its specifications are more modest. It employs MLC flash-memory type with ONFI interface developed under 25 nm technological process. Its companion, Corsair Neutron GTX, belongs to the high-end SSD echelon and employs MLC flash-memory type with Toggle Mode interface designed under 24 nm technological process. Both …

Lifting the Veil from USB Type-C Bus

Since the launch in 1995, Universal Serial Bus (USB) has proved itself as the most successful ever computing interface. Nowadays tens of billions of electronic devices are connected together due to it. It goes without saying that this bus has outlived a few modifications, each distinguished by higher speed and reliability. Thus, today the community is able to revel in a completely new modification – USB Type-C – that forecasts a lot privileges of connectivity process. Let’s see what users will get with a new bus.



Layout and Connectivity


In physical terms, Type-C is a bit larger than USB 2.0 Micro-B but a bit tinier than binary USB 3.0 Micro-B, featuring 8.34x2.56 mm. Such dimensions enable its connection to the devices of any type, including the thinnest smartphones/tablets. The oval-shaped socket houses 24 contact outputs (to compare: USB 3.0 sockets feature only 9 outputs).


The most outstanding physical peculiarity of Type-C is a symmetric connector that …
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