Motherboard Biostar Hi-Fi Z87X 3D Review

When all the turmoil connected with the launch of new Intel Haswell processors becalmed, potential customers could finally get their own opinion about CPU facilities and decide whether an upgrade is a sensible move. A flagship motherboard from Biostar, entitled Hi-Fi Z87X 3D, proves that it worth the effort. Biostar was one of the first manufacturers in the market to pay much attention to audio subsystem. Hence, all the best audio elaborations have been aptly implemented in its flagship board.



General Specifications


Biostar Hi-Fi Z87X 3D positions itself as the motherboard for overclocking, featuring:

— chipset: Intel Z87;

— form-factor: ATX, dimensions – 305x244 mm;

— socket and supported processors: Socket 1150, Intel Haswell Pentium, Core i3/i5/i7;

— built-in graphics core: Intel HD Graphics 4600;

— memory: type – DDR3, capacity – up to 32 GB, clock frequencies – 1066 MHz – 2800 (OC) MHz;

— expansion slots: three PCI-e 2.0 x1, two …

Greet Fractal Design Kelvin Liquid Coolers in Various Configurations

Fractal Design comes out with a new series of liquid coolers. The ‘Kelvin’ lineup is introduced by three models – T12, S24, S36 – which are differentiated by the amount of fans. The triple is targeting any up-to-date system based on Intel or AMD CPUs (Intel LGA 2011/1366/1150 and AMD FM2+/FM2/FM1/AM2+/AM2/AM3+/AM3). Their price is set at $99.99, $119.99 and $139.99 for one-fan, two-fan and three-fan model correspondingly.



Fractal Design Kelvin coolers boast an enclosed design that does not require additional maintenance during operation. They consist of a waterblock with a copper base, a powerful pump with a ceramic bearing, a copper heatspreader, and 1/2/3 Silent HP fans (of 120 mm dimensional type). The latter support PWM technology that adjusts rotational speed within 700-1700 PRM ranges; they are ready to produce up to 62.4 CFM airflow at 26.9 dB noise.


It should be noted that ‘Kelvin’ coolers might be expanded by new components. For instance, the T12 is …

Gigabyte Intros GA-J1800N-D2PH Motherboard

Gigabyte is set to unveil in the European market its latest mini-ITX motherboard, codenamed GA-J1800N-D2PH. Featuring 170x170 mm dimensions, the greenhorn is targeting small-sized entry-level desktop PCs. It boasts Ultra Durable 4 Plus hardware base with high-quality components on board. European customers will be able to acquire this model for a price tag of 50 EUR.



Unlike the majority of rival solutions, Gigabyte GA-J1800N-D2PH already comes equipped with a CPU: Intel Celeron (Bay Trail-D), 2.41 GHz nominal frequency, 2.58 GHz dynamic frequency, 1 MB cache L2, integrated Intel HD Graphics 4000 with 792 MHz frequency, 10 W TDP. Due to low power consumption, it might be cooled by a passive cooler.


The motherboard accommodates two SO-DIMM slots for the installation of two-channel DDR3L-1333 MHz memory modules (up to 8 GB). Its other facilities include a pair of SATA II 3 Gb/sec ports, a single PCI slot, one USB 3.0 and four USB 2.0 ports, one gigabit Ethernet port, …
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