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?


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 …

Some More Details about Intel Core i7 Haswell Processors

As it was publicized earlier this year, a new generation of Intel Haswell processors will be launched in spring 2013. Along with the line of CPUs for desktop systems, Intel will release a series of mobile CPUs. The release is planned for April 2013. Intel Core i7 Haswell will be a pioneer mobile series and will count only three models: Intel Core i7-4930MX Extreme Edition, Intel Core i7-4900MQ and Core i7-4800MQ. All three models are going to become the best match for laptops of gaming class and portable work stations due to their power consumption.

Intel Core i7-4930MX Extreme Edition is a flagship model in the series. It features four cores and supports Hyper-Threading Technology that enables the operation not with four currents (as the majority of contemporary 4-core CPUs do) but with eight currents. Its nominal clock frequency equals to 3GHz, but thanks to the support of Turbo mode the index might be increased to 3.9GHz with one enabled core and up to 3.7 GHz with all …

A Pair of Monitors with 5:4 Aspect Ratio from iiyama

Iiyama, a Japanese monitor manufacturer, replenished its product line with a pair of displays with an unusual aspect ratio. Models E1980SD-W1and E1980SD-B1 feature 5:4 aspect ratio and differ from each other only by the color of casing (white and black). Along with all up-dated technologies and possibilities, iiyama offers a 3-year limited warranty that secures absolutely free servicing for all customers. The recommended price for the new entries is established at $177 mark.

Monitors E1980SD-W1and E1980SD-B1 employ TN+film panel type and are characterized by 5 ms array response time (transfer from White to Gray). The nominal resolution of 1280x1024 ensures good viewing angles (170 degrees across and 160 degrees down), 250 cd/m2 maximal brightness, and 1000:1 maximal static contrast with five million to 1 dynamic contrast. Option iStyleColor is responsible for the improvement of image quality.

Both models are characterized by the reduced showings of power consumption. …
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