Motherboard Gigabyte GA-F2A85X-UP4 Review

The second generation of AMD A-Series hybrid processors, announced earlier in October, are already integrated in a number of graphics solutions. The newly appeared products are compatible with Socket FM2 only and cannot be applied for Socket FM1 infrastructure. This implies that a number of motherboards lose their upgrade facilities and can't be updated with a new advanced solution. Still, the market is currently ready to present a few boards destined to operate with the updated AMD A-Series. Gigabyte is one of the pioneers in this respect, introducing its motherboard GA-F2A85X-UP4, developed specifically for Socket FM2.



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Gigabyte GA-F2A85X-UP4 is designed in ATX form-factor with 305x244 mm PCB dimensions. AMD A85X chipset is a heart of the motherboard; it secures the compatibility with A-Series (second gen.) APU and Athlon CPUs in the implementation of Socket FM2. The overall TDP level claimed for the model is not more than 100W. The PCB allots four DIMM slots …

Greeting an Affordable Z170A-X1/3.1 Mainboard from ASRock

ASRock is known for developing high-quality hardware components for a relatively affordable price. Thence, its latest Z170A-X1/3.1 ATX mainboard is not an exception, since its price tag does not go beyond $100. In order to cheapen the prime cost, the manufacturer backed away SATA Express & M.2 connectors, limiting the PCB by six SATA III 6 Gb/sec ports.



To add, instead of a modern 8-channel audio controller it incorporated a well-known Realtek ALC892 item. The other boons of modernity remained unchanged. Thus, ASRock took Intel Z170 top chipset as the basis for the motherboard. The chipset is targeting the latest Intel Skylake CPUs for Socket LGA1151. The PCB accommodates 4 DIMM slots for dual-channel DDR4-3466 MHz RAM (up to 64 GB max. capacity).


Graphics facilities are ensured thanks to a pair of PCI Express 3.0 x16 slots, although there are three more PCI Express 3.0 x1 slots for the connection of other items. Network options are entrusted to gigabit Intel I219V LAN …

Meet New Nifty Qs-240 Chassis from Aerocool

The lineup of Aerocool’s chassis has been replenished by a new classy PC case – the Qs-240. The model is designed in mini-tower format targeting micro-ATX or mini-ITX motherboards with maximum of 4 expansion slots. The inventory of external interfaces entails a pair of audio ports, the same number of USB 2.0 ports as well as a single USB 3.0 port.



Internal layout of Aerocool Qs-240 provides for two 3.5-inch drive bays & three 2.5-inch drive bays. Absence of high storage cages allows installing quite lengthy videocards (up to 320 mm) and quite high CPU coolers (up to 160 mm). ATX-compatible power supply unit is to be located in the bottom section of the chassis.


The case comes equipped with one 120-mm fan (rear). In addition, it’s feasible to integrate a pair of top fans and a pair of front ones (all of 120-mm dimensional type) which are accompanied by dust filters. Instead of frontal fans the customer might install 240-mm heatsink that is a part of a liquid cooling …
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