Motherboard Asus M5A99FX PRO R2.0 Review

Motherboards based on Intel Z77 chip have been lately given much attention, to the detriment of products featuring AMD solutions. In fact, motherboards with AMD chips are in abundance in the market, providing a competitive conditions for the manufacturers and plentiful offers for potential consumers. Asus developed a lot of boards with Intel Z77 chip, but it also boasts the products, like Asus M5A99FX PRO R2.0, based on AMD 990FX chip for AM3+ socket. This model is an apt sample of performance, resources and design.


Asus M5A99FX PRO R2.0 is developed in ATX form-factor and features 305x244 mm dimensions. The motherboard accommodates five sockets for the connection of fans and large heatsinks which manage heat quite efficiently; heatsinks located on the northbridge and CPU power converter are joined by a heat pipe. There is one peculiar feature pertained to the implemented heatsinks: each of them is notable by an individual fixture type. The reverse side of the …

Gigabyte Showcases New GB-BSi7 Mini-PCs

Gigabyte keeps on refilling its inventory of Intel Skylake-based solutions with a couple of new mini-PCs: Brix GB-BSi7T-6500 & Brix GB-BSi7HT-6500. The greenhorns are designed on a two-core Intel Core i7-6500U CPU that operates at 2.5/3.1 GHz frequency. The processor is accompanied by Intel HD graphics as well as DDR4-2133 MHz RAM (maximum capacity – 32 GB).

The fundamental difference between the two models lies in the storage layout. The GB-BSi7T-6500 features only M.2 slot for the installation of compatible drives, whereas the GB-BSi7HT-6500 adds one SATA 6 Gb/sec interface for 2.5-inch drive. All other specifications are analogous for the mini-PCs.

Therefore, the new-comers feature a single PCI Express M.2 expansion slot (occupied by Wi-Fi + Bluetooth module), Realtek ALC255 audio controller, Intel I219V gigabit network controller, Intel Dual-Band wireless-AC 3165, and an integrated 90-watt power supply unit. Internal layout allows for the installation of a tiny …

Enermax Unveils Ostrog ADV Chassis with Off-Beat Backlight

Enermax has designed a new PC case, targeting demanding customers. The Ostrog ADV is differentiated from all rival chassis by the implementation of a brand MaxBriteTM LED Technology backlight. It ensures bright and even illumination along the outline of the case. Enermax offers models with three colors of backlight (green, red & blue) which can operate in six different modes (All on, Off, Flash, Sparkle, Vegas, Dimmed).

The new-comer is developed in a mid-tower form-factor, featuring 516x493x215 mm dimensions. The layout is estimated for the mounting of mini-ITX/micro-ATX/ATX motherboards with the maximum of 7 expansion slots. There is a possibility to install quite long videocards (up to 414 mm), standard ATX PS/2 power supply units, and a quite high CPU cooler (up to 174 mm).

Enermax Ostrog ADV is able to accommodate three external 5.25-inch drives as well as six internal 3.5-/2.5-inch drives. Cooling is ensured by a set of pre-installed/optional air fans. A pair of …
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