Affordable Motherboard Asus Vanguard B85 Review

Nowadays customers don’t find it difficult to acquire the motherboard which would absolutely correspond to their needs. This is primarily explained by the fact that each manufacturer tries to pack its production lineup with models of various calibers. Asus is one of the few companies that restlessly enlarge their motherboard inventory with variegated items, and Vanguard B85 (TUF series) is yet another item for saving users. The key to ‘affordability’ of Intel B85 chipset-based board lies mainly in the reduction of connectivity facilities, where the chipset supports not six but four SATA 6 Gb/sec + four USB 3.0 devices. However, the model is rich in other facilities that are vital for a contemporary multimedia PC.



Design and Layout


To begin with, Asus Vanguard B85 is designed in an uncommon uATX form-factor and supports Pentium/Xeon/Corei3/Corei5/Corei7 CPUs (Haswell gen.) for Socket LGA1150. The motherboard inventory involves 4 DIMM slots for the installation up to 32 …

New CPU Cooler for Small-Sized PCs from Thermalright

Thermalright boasts the release of a new CPU cooler AXP-100. The new arrival is targeting small-sized PC systems, featuring 121x105.5x58 mm dimensions. Similar to other items that take responsibility for proper CPU cooling, this model is able to provide an efficient heat extraction from processor surface and its surrounding crucial components. It is compatible with the majority of AMD and Intel sockets to guarantee its universal utilization. Hence, it supports AMD FM1, FM2, AM2, AM2+, AM3, AM3+, and Intel LGA (2011, 1366, 1156, 1155, 775) platforms.



Thermalright decided not to apply the so popular nowadays 'direct contact' technology, implying the direct contact of CPU cover with heat pipes. Instead, the cooler's framework has been given a bit different approach.


Model AXP-100 consists of a copper, nickel-plated base, six copper heat pipes, a set of aluminum ribs located parallel to the motherboard, and an atypical in its nature fan TY-100. The heatpipes spring from the …

Mushkin Showcases New Reactor Solid-State Drives

Mushkin Enhanced is about to launch a new series of top-tier SSDs within the framework of Reactor series. The series, represented by three models of 256 GB, 512 GB and 1 TB capacity, is targeting up-to-date gaming and high-performance systems. The greenhorns are developed in 2.5-inch form-factor with 7 mm thickness only and SATA III 6 Gb/sec interface.



Mushkin Reactor drives take Silicon Motion SM2246EN controller in cooperation with MLC NAND flash-memory as the basis. Their utmost sequential data transfer speed equals to 560 Mb/sec and 460 Mb/sec on Read/Write operations respectively, while random data transfer speed achieves 74.000 IOPS and 76.000 IOPS correspondingly.


The triple is thought to operate 1.5 million hours without failures in rather tough conditions (in working environments with up to 70 degrees temperature). All models support TRIM instructions, DevSleep mode that prolongs standalone operation of a mobile device on battery power supply, and the newest …
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