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 …

PNL-tec GmbH Launches Matr-X Series Chassis under Rasurbo Brand

Two new PC chassis, codenamed Matr-X A and Matr-X M, have replenished the line of products supplied by PNL-tech GmbH. The company delivered its chassis under Rasurbo brand and directed the models to the average price segment. Both models are developed in midi-tower form factor and are housed in steel casings painted black; they feature identical 485x197x493 mm dimensions but differ from each other by the side panel framework. Matr-X A contains a large transparent window on the side panel, while Matr-X M has got a blind panel.

Chassis Matr-X A and Matr-X M are fully compatible with micro-ATX and ATX motherboards. Their dimensions and facilities allow for the installation of seven expansion slots, six internal 3.5-/2.5-inch drives, and four external 5.25-inch drives. Functional section consists of a special dock-station for the connection of an additional drive; this dock-station is located on the top panel. Next to it, one can find a set of USB interfaces, counting a couple of …

MSI Offers H87I AC Motherboard for Demanding PC Builders

MSI has made a pleasing presentation for all builders and enthusiasts who would like to create a small-sized but highly efficient gaming or multimedia system. The MSI H87I AC is designed in mini-ITX form-factor, featuring 170x170 mm dimensions only. The core of the board is Intel H87 Express chipset that supports all Haswell CPUs with LGA1150 socket. According to the latest data, the model is already available in the European market for approximately 102 EUR.

The H87I AC accommodates two DIMM slots, available for the incorporation of DDR3 modules with the maximal frequency of 1600 MHz. The latter might work in a two-channel mode and reach 16 GB capacity. Disk subsystem is organized by means of four SATA III 6 Gb/sec ports, which allow for the creation of diverse RAID configurations (i.e. 0, 1, 5, 10, AHCI).

Expansion is realized due to a single PCI-e 3.0 x16 connector and one mini-PCI-e (half-size) connector for network modules. Network abilities are supported by one …
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