Well-Knit Gigabyte GA-B85N Phoenix Motherboard Review

While mini-ITX motherboards keep on arousing customers’ mistrust, manufacturers move heaven and earth to eliminate any doubts. Take GA-B85N Phoenix model from Gigabyte alone. It is absolutely ready to satisfy all basic needs a modern high-performance PC requires. In addition, it is not as pricey as its full-format competitors. Hence, what a demanding customer will get for about $100?


Gigabyte GA-B85N Phoenix boasts the following technical data sheet:

— chipset: Intel B85, socket – LGA 1150, supported CPUs – Pentium, Celeron, Xeon, Core (Haswell gen.);

— memory: 2x DIMM slots, DDR3 SDRAM, volume – 16 GB, max. frequency – 1600 MHz;

— expansion: 1x PCIe 3.0 x16, 1x mini-PCIe 2.0 x1;

— storage: 3x SATA III 6 Gb/sec, 1x SATA II 3 Gb/sec, 1x mSATA 6 Gb/sec, all governed by the chipset;

— graphics: Intel HD Graphics onboard, two video outputs (HDMI 1,4a, DVI-I);

— fan connectors: 2x 4-pin;

— audio: Realtek ALC898, 7.1 …

Gigabyte Launches GTX 980 WaterForce 3-Way SLI Set

On the decline of 2014 Gigabyte decided to gladden its North American customers with a unique solution – the GeForce GTX 980 WaterForce 3-Way SLI. This is an extreme set of three factory overclocked graphics cards (1228 MHz/1329 MHz clock frequencies) combined with a powerful liquid-cooling system. Each GPU features 4 GB of GDDR5 memory, providing for the best visual experience. Enthusiasts might already acquire this extraordinary kit for the price tag of $2999.99.

The enclosed liquid-cooler is housed in a massive case that is installed over the system case. It consists of three heatsinks combined with pumps, and three 120 mm fans. In order to enable the system, the user needs to involve a single bay for 5.25-inch drives. On their part, the GPUs are equipped with independent full-cover water pumps; the latter are able to cool not only GPUs but VRAM circuitry as well.

To continue, this liquid cooler boasts the availability of OLED display. It designates temperature of GPU …

Nvidia Introduces Pioneer Cloud GPUs of VGX Series

Nvidia VGX platform, that aims at securing virtualization facilities in any PC system, was introduced by the company not so long ago. But this is not the only surprise from the manufacturer, as yesterday it introduced a new cloud GPU solution, a pioneer in graphics industry. Those GPUs are developed on Kepler architecture and are targeted mainly at the employment with GPU-VDI facilities. The launch of such cloud solutions will facilitate GPU virtualization in various environments.

A new series of graphics processing units feature a dedicated hardware template, known as VGX MMU (memory management unit). This is a truly unique technology which allows the Nvidia VGX hypervisor to provide for simultaneous GPU employment by a few clients; at the same time, it ensures consecutive performance, compatibility of various applications, low-latency remote display, and stability of operation. Moreover, Kepler architecture consists of a high-performance encoding facility (H.264) that is …
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