A New Series of Haswell-Based Gigabyte Brix Mini-PCs

The appearance of Brix mini-PCs last spring was Gigabyte’s debut in this market segment. The first products were elaborated specifically for Intel Ivy Bridge processors. However, the company decided to update the line of ultra-compact PCs with four new models. Entitled GB-BXCE-2955, GB-BXi7-4500, GB-BXi5-4200, and GB-BXi3-4010, the products are characterized by the support of power-efficient Intel Haswell CPUs.

The most efficient model is Gigabyte GB-BXi7-4500 with the integrated Intel Core i7-4500U processor (1.8/3.0 GHz), whereas the least efficient turns to be Gigabyte GB-BXCE-2955, based on Intel Celeron 2955U (1.4 GHz). At the same time, Gigabyte GB-BXi5-4200 is equipped with Intel Core i5-4200U CPU (1.6/2.6 GHz) and Gigabyte GB-BXi3-4010 comes with Intel Corei3-4010U solution (1.7 GHz).

Except for diverse CPUs, all four Brix mini-PCs feature practically analogous specifications:

— dimensions: 114.4x107.6x29.9 mm;

— memory: two DIMM slots, support for 16 …

Midi-Tower Chassis Corsair Obsidian 350D Review

Hardware components, supplied by Corsair, have always been treated as premium-class products. Whether it is an efficient power supply unit or high-performance RAM memory kits — all Corsair elaborations are distinguished by high quality and style. PC chassis are not an exclusion. Much talked-about Obsidian series is now supplemented with one more model – Obsidian 350D. This midi-tower case, intended for the installation of microATX/miniITX motherboards, differentiates from its colleagues by relatively compact dimensions, laconic and stylish design, as well as by an outstanding layout.

Design and Ergonomics

PC chassis Corsair Obsidian 350D is available in two design variations: with a transparent acrylic window on one of the side panels and with an entirely blind side panel. Acrylic window is fixed without any screws or claps; in order to remove it, it’s necessary to unscrew a couple of thumbscrews on the rear facet and move the window back. Like other Obsidian …

PSU Enermax Platimax 850W Review

Platimax series belongs to the top line of power supply units designed by Enermax. The series includes seven models, ranging from 500W to 1500W power, which are characterized by the operational temperature scope from 0 to 50 degrees and the correspondence to 80Plus Platinum standard. Model Platimax 850W (codename EPM850EWT) is a worthy ambassador of the whole production line, due to its reliable, stable and efficient work.

General Specifications

Enermax Platimax 850W unit is developed with the employment of high-quality Japanese capacitors that ensure stability of operation on any work mode. Its design resembles a lot the one seen in Revolution87+ PSU series, although instead of yellow, Platimax uses gray color in combination with a black one. The unit is housed in a fingerprint- and scratch-proof case with a frosting finish. One of the side panels features a conspicuous Platimax logo that adds supremacy to the model. The frontal panel accommodates On/Off switch and a …
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