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 …

WD to Release an Updated My Book Live Duo Cloud Storage

Western Digital is going to release an updated version of a high-end cloud storage entitled My Book Live Duo. The new-comer is equipped with a pair of hard drives, joined in RAID configuration, and serves simultaneously as a network storage and a secure remote storage. The customers will be able to choose between 4 TB, 6 TB and 8 TB models which are backed by a 2-year’s limited warranty. The release is scheduled for August 2014.



My Book Live Duo features 165x157x99 mm dimensions and weighs 2.26 kg. It is based on 800 MHz processor and shows compatibility with PC and Mac systems. Furnished with WD Red drives, it supports RAID 0 and JBOD storage configurations, as well as RAID 1 – mirror redundancy mode; the latter employs one part of capacity for storing the user’s information, the second one – for backup of this information.


To continue, the model houses Ethernet controller and USB 3.0 interface that ensures the maximum of 290 Mb/sec data transfer speed. The …

The Gole1 Mini-PC Can Operate in the Tablet Mode

A new version of the hybrid mini-PC by the Chinese Gole company is called Gole1 Plus. It is supplied with a touch screen and can operate in a tablet mode.



This specialty is equipped with an Intel Atom x5-Z8350 CPU, 4 GB of RAM memory and a 64 GB flash drive for data storage. The 8-inch display increases the efficiency of Windows OS running during using the mini-PC as a tablet. The capacity of the battery equals to 5,000 mAh and allows to utilize the nettop disconnected.


This device possesses an HDMI port, a USB 3.0, three USB 2.0 ports, one microSD slot, Wi-Fi 802.11b/g/n and Bluetooth 4.0 modules. The dimensions of Gole1 Plus are the following: 19.86 × 13.6 × 2.7 cm.


In the nearest future this model will be available at the price of $200.
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