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?



Specifications


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 …

Seagate Showcases New Enterprise-Class HDD Models

Seagate, one of the global leaders in HDD/SSD market, has elaborated and showcased two new enterprise-class HDD models. Codenamed Seagate Enterprise Performance 10K HDD v7 and Seagate Terascale, both entries are intended to be employed in data-centers and cloud storage systems. According to the designers, the drives are an optimal combination of capacity, efficiency and price. Hence, such specifications can’t but draw huge attention.



The first model, Seagate Enterprise Performance 10K HDD v7, is developed in 2.5-inch form-factor and utilizes SAS 6 internal interface. It comes in 1200 GB capacity with 64 MB cache-memory on board. The maximal spindle rotational speed achieves 10 thousand RPM, while the average index of power consumption makes up 8.02 W.


This HDD is primarily notable by low data access lags, as well as by high efficiency in the majority of working modes. Besides, it supports FIPS Self-Encrypting Drive and Protection Information technologies that are called …

‘Cubic’ Chassis Corsair Carbide Air 540 Review

Corsair is renowned for the whole galaxy of products designed for contemporary PC platforms. Its PSUs, memory modules, SSDs, cooling solutions, peripherals, and cases are widely incorporated in desktop and mobile segments. The latter count a list of series, targeted various customers with various needs. The most peculiar one is Carbide series that currently consists of eight models. Carbide Air 540 differs from its comrades, in the first place, by its cubic framework and, in the second place, by its mini-tower height but midi-tower internal spacing. Those are not the only attractions of the model, since Corsair always offers more than it’s seen on the surface.



Design and Ergonomics


Corsair Carbide Air 540 features 458x322x419 mm dimensions and is distinguished by a rather strict design. Exterior and interior facets are totally painted black, except for ‘Corsair’ label and sockets with inscriptions. The case is made of thin steel but for the external plastic panels …
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