A New Series of Haswell-Based Gigabyte Brix Mini-PCs

The appearance of Brix mini-PCs last spring was Gigabyte’s debut in this market segment. The first products were elaborated specifically for Intel Ivy Bridge processors. However, the company decided to update the line of ultra-compact PCs with four new models. Entitled GB-BXCE-2955, GB-BXi7-4500, GB-BXi5-4200, and GB-BXi3-4010, the products are characterized by the support of power-efficient Intel Haswell CPUs.

The most efficient model is Gigabyte GB-BXi7-4500 with the integrated Intel Core i7-4500U processor (1.8/3.0 GHz), whereas the least efficient turns to be Gigabyte GB-BXCE-2955, based on Intel Celeron 2955U (1.4 GHz). At the same time, Gigabyte GB-BXi5-4200 is equipped with Intel Core i5-4200U CPU (1.6/2.6 GHz) and Gigabyte GB-BXi3-4010 comes with Intel Corei3-4010U solution (1.7 GHz).

Except for diverse CPUs, all four Brix mini-PCs feature practically analogous specifications:

— dimensions: 114.4x107.6x29.9 mm;

— memory: two DIMM slots, support for 16 …

Asus Showcases a Stylish VX238N-W Monitor

Asus has enriched its production line with a new PC monitor, entitled VX238N-W, that is characterized by an elegant design. The model is peculiar, first of all, by a totally white display frame and stand, which does not change coloring under the influence of UV or sunrays. The heart of 23-inch VX238N-W is TN panel with LED backlight and 5 ms response time. It features a standard 16:9 aspect ratio, Full HD resolution, 80M:1 dynamic contrast (1000:1 static contrast), 250 nits brightness, as well as 170/160 degrees (H/V) viewing angles.

The monitor is equipped with two video interfaces – D-Sub and DVI-D – that allow for the connection either to analog or digital signal source. One more peculiar feature ascribed to VX238N-W is the support for a number of advanced technologies. For instant, it supports Smart Contrast options that guarantee some unbelievable contrast ratio. Splendid Video Preset Modes options involve six pre-calibrated display modes that correspond to different …

Motherboard MSI FM2-A85XA-G65A Review

Military-class motherboards elaborated by MSI have been always distinguished by the implementation of all high-end components within supply circuits, by extended overclocking facilities, and by corresponding exterior design. FM2-A85XA-G65A model corroborates such outstanding descriptions, being a worthy representative of products branded as ‘Military’. Moreover, the integration of high-quality and solid hardware elements enhances its overclocking potential that can’t but gladden PC enthusiasts.

Design and Layout

MSI FM2-A85XA-G65A is developed in ATX form-factor. It is notable by a fanciful, spacious layout, taking into account the full-fledged options integrated within a single chipset. Thus, there is no need in additional controllers. The distance between two graphics slots has been doubled to organize even the most powerful CrossFire configurations. The integrated heatsinks feature 31 mm height; one of them is located only 5 mm far from CPU socket. This implies …
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