Biostar B85Z: Micro-ATX Mainboard for Audiophiles

Biostar is about to release a new oblectation for audiophiles – the B85Z system board. Featuring micro-ATX form-factor (224x174 mm dimensions), the model combines a full-blown spectrum of facilities each full-format board has. It is developed on Intel B85 Express chipset with Socket LGA1150 for Intel Haswell processors of Core, Pentium and Celeron families. The nominal delivery kit will allegedly comprise DVD with drivers, a pair of SATA cables, a user’s manual, and a rear panel plug.

Biostar B85Z comes equipped with prime-quality capacitors, field-effect transistors, and 4-phase VRM. Memory subsystem is introduced by two slots for DDR3-1600 MHz modules (up to 16 GB overall capacity). The availability of a single PCIe x16 & a pair of PCIe x1 slots ensures sufficient expansion facilities. Moreover, the user is free to create a voluminous storage by means of four SATA III and two SATA II ports.

To continue, the major peculiarity pertained to the motherboard is an …

Asus Surprises by Xonar U3 Plus External Sound Card

Asus always makes people stare at its gadgets, PC devices, and hardware components. Its latest external sound card, entitled Xonar U3 Plus, is no exception. It boasts a small-sized flash-like design, receiving power via a standard USB port. According to Asus designers, the card is intended for those customers who look for a comprehensive solution for high-quality audio playback and recording.

Asus Xonar U3 Plus is furnished with an in-build amplifier for headphones with a variable gain level, compatible with different audio fittings of less than 150 ohm impedance. Therefore, this amplifier dramatically improves the playback of high and low frequencies, adding dynamics to high-frequency and low-frequency sounds (to reproduce multiple effects: steps, blasts, etc.).

To continue, this model supports microphone recording in real time by means of an integrated digital signal processor; the latter ensures minimal latencies on audio programming. It also boasts the availability of …

CPU Cooler Scythe Grand Kama Cross Rev. B Review

Scythe is the company known for an optimal correlation of efficiency with price, whenever we speak about cooling systems. In fact, this manufacturer develops and supplies coolers practically for all sections of PC chassis. Moreover, Scythe constructs not only classical tower-like coolers but also singular products unique in framework, design and compatibility. Model Grand Cama Cross Rev. B is not exception, since this CPU cooler's atypical framework is the first thing that strikes the eye. Nevertheless, this product is outstanding also by its efficiency and reliability.

Framework Peculiarities

Cooler Scythe Grand Cama Cross Rev. B is compatible with a variety of processors housed in Intel's Socket LGA 2011, 1366, 1156, 1155, 775 and AMD's Socket FM1, AM3/(+), AM2/(+). Unlike all traditional vertical and horizontal frameworks, this model consists of two sections located in diagonal at 40 degrees angle, relating to the cooler's base. Both parts are managed by a single …
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