Biostar to Release a Budget-Oriented A68I-450 Deluxe Motherboard

Biostar Microtech is going to release a new budget-oriented motherboard of mini-ITX form-factor. Codenamed Biostar A68I-450 Deluxe, it is peculiar by the employment of an onboard two-core hybrid processor – AMD 450D. The latter comprises two x86 Bobcat blocks, running at 1.65 GHz, and an in-built AMD Radeon HD 6320 graphics that is compatible with DirectX 11 standard. It should be noted that this CPU is cooled down thanks to a small-sized fan.



The motherboard is based on AMD A68 chipset for socket BGA FT1. It is able to offer a pair of 240-contact DIMM slots for DDR3 RAM with the maximal clock frequency of 1066 MHz (up to 16 GB modules). Expansion facilities are represented by a single PCIe 2.0 x16 slot, while storage is secured by three SATA III 6 Gb/sec ports. Network operation is relied on gigabit Ethernet adapter (Realtek RTL8111F), whereas audio subsystem runs under Realtek ALC662 controller, providing 5.1-channel sounding.


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NAS QNAP TS-469 Pro Review

Contemporary network storage units have already undergone the evolution era, and nowadays new emerging models do not differ so much from their predecessors. This basically touches upon external integration and major functional. Still, hardware and software layout is constantly changing, offering more advanced, more efficient, and more comprehensive facilities. QNAP has recently launched a series of four-disk stations, with TS-469 Pro model leading the series.



Design and Integration


NAS QNAP TS-469 Pro is based on a steel frame. The casing is made of dark aluminum, while the frontal panel is made of black plastic. The larger part of this panel features a bay for the HDD installation; HDD bay consists of metallic frames and external plastic straps. Right above the bay there is a block of two-array indicators, two control panels and eight LED lights signifying the work of each hard drive, general device status, network connection, USB connection, and eSATA connection.

New Gaming PC Chassis Versa G2 from Thermaltake

Thermaltake, a renowned Taiwanese PC hardware developer, has officially divulged the specifications of its new gaming chassis, codenamed Versa G2. The belonging to the gaming echelon is vindicated primarily by an eye-catching design. The casing is developed in mid-tower form factor, and is made of a durable steel (SGCC) and plastic. Its side plate contains an acrylic window with a few ventilation grids that showcase the internal layout of the chassis.



Thermaltake Versa G2 features 481x196x429 mm dimensions and is alloted for seven PCI/PCI Express expansion cards. It supports motherboard of ATX and micro-ATX standard and is notable by lower PSU localization. The internal spacing within the enclosure is sufficient for the installation of CPU cooler not more than 155 mm in height and of graphics card not more than 320 mm in length. The model is equipped with three external 5.25-inch drives and a single 3.5-inch drive, as well as with five internal 3.5-inch and a single 2.5-inch …
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