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 …

Budgetary Chassis NZXT Tempest 210 Review

Product line of NZXT, an American hardware developer and supplier, is basically targeted at gamers and enthusiasts. Its chassis and power supply units prove to demonstrate highly-efficient characteristics and, in some terms, outstanding performance. Still, the company expands its customer audience by developing products for middle-end and entry-level consumer groups. Its latest chassis model Tempest 210 belongs exactly to the budgetary sector due to the reasonable correlation: quality – price. Being an entry-level product, NZXT Tempest 210 is ready to offer quite satisfactory facilities and performance.


Design of NZXT Tempest 210 chassis can be called classical. This is confirmed by all straight lines and standard framework. Grid-like frontal panel is the only distinguishing feature of the model. The rear panel is analogous to the majority of other classical enclosures. Tempest 210 is delivered only in black version to add universality to the model's utilization. …

Elsa to Replenish the Line of Graphics Cards with GeForce GTX 670

Elsa Technology has announced the future release of its alternative version of graphics adapter Nvidia GeForce GTX 670. The new model is developed according to 28 nm technological process and employs GK104 chip with 1344 CUDA cores. It also boasts the implementation of advanced architecture, called Kepler. The major distinction of Elsa GeForce GTX 670 from its reference models is the integration of Silent Air Cooling technology (SAC).

This model is based on blue circuit board destined for PCI Express 3.0 x16 bus. Elsa graphics card is equipped with GDDR5 memory type (256 bit interface) and has got 2048 Mb of overall volume capacity. The backplate is assigned for a couple of DVI ports, a single HDMI, and one DisplayPort 1.2 port. This graphics adapter is compatible with DirectX 11 and employs Nvidia FXAA and Nvidia TXAA technologies for the improvement of imaging. It also supports Adaptive Vsync mode for more smooth games playback, as well as, Nvidia SLI, Nvidia 3D Vision, Nvidia …
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