Motherboard Gigabyte GA-F2A85X-UP4 Review

The second generation of AMD A-Series hybrid processors, announced earlier in October, are already integrated in a number of graphics solutions. The newly appeared products are compatible with Socket FM2 only and cannot be applied for Socket FM1 infrastructure. This implies that a number of motherboards lose their upgrade facilities and can't be updated with a new advanced solution. Still, the market is currently ready to present a few boards destined to operate with the updated AMD A-Series. Gigabyte is one of the pioneers in this respect, introducing its motherboard GA-F2A85X-UP4, developed specifically for Socket FM2.



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Gigabyte GA-F2A85X-UP4 is designed in ATX form-factor with 305x244 mm PCB dimensions. AMD A85X chipset is a heart of the motherboard; it secures the compatibility with A-Series (second gen.) APU and Athlon CPUs in the implementation of Socket FM2. The overall TDP level claimed for the model is not more than 100W. The PCB allots four DIMM slots …

Xigmatek Unveils a Classy Vector S550 Power Supply Unit

Xigmatek expands its line of products by a new series of PSUs, entitled Vector S. Currently, the customers can acquire the 550 W model, featuring 123x150x85 mm dimensions and 80 Plus Silver certificate. Its efficiency level achieves 86% on 20%-100% load range. The new-comer is distinguished by a memorable design: it is housed in a magenta case equipped with an unusual ventilation grid and a V-shape insertion.



Xigmatek Vector S550 accommodates a semi-modular cable design: CPU and motherboard power supply cables are fixed, whereas all other cables are demountable. The list of available connectors includes 24-pin ATX, 8+8-pin EPS, a pair of 6+2 PCI Express, three Molex, one Berg, and six SATA interfaces. All internal components are cooled down by a single 135-mm low-noise fan with a stylish LED backlight.


A new PSU model from Xigmatek boasts the integration of a single +12V bus, Active PFC technology as well as a bunch of protection options: OVP, OCP, OPP, SCP, etc. In …

Compact PC Samsung Chromebox Review

PC market offers the whole range of customer-oriented products depending on the purpose of their utilization. Therefore, it's not a problem to find a high-end multi-functional PC for managing huge graphic applications and games; neither, it's a problem to search out a compact nettop to fulfill home-based tasks. Samsung Chromebox is a combination of compact design and rather progressive functional. However, despite such attractive specifications, the price for this product might satisfy the budget of any customer.



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Nettop Samsung Chromebox is a high-performance hardware platform supplemented by software with the open source code. The product uses Chrome OS based on Linux, and is destined at efficient work with web-applications. The most attractive feature of the Chromebox is its price. The average market cost equals to $329; such cost is able to exceed similar products from other manufacturers and draw the lion's share of potential customer groups.


Chromebox is …
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