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 …

Cooler Master Launches High-End Cosmos SE Chassis

Cooler Master, a Taiwanese designer of prime-quality PC hardware, started selling its fresh Cosmos SE (codename COS-5000-KKN1) chassis. The product is developed in mid-tower form-factor and positions itself as a miniature copy of the earlier released Cosmos II full-tower model. The latest entry distinguishes itself by an extraordinary design and an unbelievable capaciousness. The steel and aluminum case has got a totally black coating (interior and exterior); it features 264x569x524 mm dimensions.

The Cosmos SE is delivered in two framework variations: with absolutely blind side panels and with a stylish acrylic window. In order to provide comfort during transportation, Cooler Master has furnished the chassis with convenient carrying handles. The frontal facet is rich in six USB ports (a pair of 3.0 and four 2.0 ports) and in a dedicated button for the fan backlight adjustment.

This chassis model supports standard ATX and even larger motherboards (micro-ATX and E-ATX), as …

Iiyama Launches a New ProLite T2452MTS PC Monitor

Iiyama Corp., a renowned Japanese designer of hi-end TV panels and PC monitors, has started the sales of a new flagship 24-inch monitor in the internal market. Codenamed ProLite T2452MTS, the model features 556x403.5x122.5 mm dimensions. It also boasts a unique multi-touch technology, supporting two compatible touch points (available only on Windows 7). The price of the monitor is set at $390; it involves a special digital stylus to manipulate the multi-touch screen.

Iiyama T2452MTS is based on TN array and employs a power-saving LED backlit. It supports Full HD resolution (1920x1080) and demonstrates a quite fast response time (2 ms) in Gray-to-Gray environment. High-quality array ensures the following display specifications: static/dynamic contrast ratio – 1000:1/5M:1, typical/maximal brightness – 260/300 cd/m2, viewing angles – 170/160 H/V, amount of displayed tints – 16.7 m, light transmittance – 88%.

The interface panel comprises two HDMI ports, one …
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