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 …

Graphics Card Asus Matrix-HD7970-P-3GD5 Review

Model Matrix-HD7970-P-3GD5 is supposed to be the most powerful graphics card delivered by Asus that is based on Tahiti chip. This card belongs to Matrix series targeting primarily gamers and overclockers. In addition, Radeon HD 7970 is one of the most highly-productive adapters with a striking overclocking potential. Thus, Asus has managed to implement both performance and power in a single product to provide for the utmost results and utmost convenience.


Graphics card from Asus features similar to other Matrix-series models design. Its frontal panel consists of a large cooler with two voluminous fans. This cooling system is covered by a shroud with red insertions. Its rear panel accommodates a perforated plate that leaves bare only a few zones on a textolite (CrossFire sockets, iROG controller, VGA Hotwire zone); spacing under the cooler is covered by a thick plate-heatsink that prevents textolite deformation. The side panel contains a pair of 8-contact power …

Asus to Release Entry-Level Radeon R7 250 Graphics Card

Asus has added a new entry-level graphics card based on Radeon R7 250 adapter to its inventory. Codenamed R7250-OC-2GD3, it is predestined to be employed in corporate and multimedia systems, which are bound to support graphics interface of various applications, play back video, edit photos, and to start unexacting games. The model features a bright design and some remarkable facilities that promise to make work and entertainment experience a delight.

Asus Radeon R7 250 is based on 28 nm GCN chip (AMD Radeon R7 250) that contains 384 stream processors. It runs at the nominal 1060 MHz frequency but can be overclocked to 1110 MHz; that makes 60 MHz more if compared with the etalon adapter. Memory subsystem is introduced by 2 GB of DDR3 memory chips with 128-bit rail. Their nominal clock frequency starts at 900 MHz with the possibility to reach 1800 MHz effective margin.

This graphics card employs a modified PCB that comes with Super Alloy Power hardware base. All the included …
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