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 …

Thermaltake Chaser A71 LCS Chassis with BigWater 850 GT on Board

Thermaltake Technology, a renowned Taiwanese manufacturer of PC hardware components, is going to release a new full-tower chassis of Chaser A41 series. Codenamed Chaser A71 LCS, the model distinguishes itself by a black stylish case with blue stripes on the frontal panel, a large transparent window on the side panel, and a gaming-type LED backlight. The overall dimensions of the new-comer are estimated as 537x205x565 mm, while the total weight reaches up 10 kg.

Thermaltake Chaser A71 LCS boasts some incredible capacity facilities. Thus, it is able to accommodate motherboards of E-ATX standard, three external drives of 5.25-inch form-factor, one external drive of 3.5-inch standard, as well as eight internal PCI cards and five bays for 3.5/2.5-inch drives. The chassis is ready to house rather voluminous graphics adapters, the maximal length of which equals to 244 mm, and rather high CPU coolers that reach up 160 mm.

The top facet of the case contains I/O panel that boasts …

Aresze Announces Chassis with Noiseless Cooling System

Enthusiasts and gamers might sigh with relief after their prolonged attempts to find the chassis for the creation of high-performance gaming systems. Aresze is going to release chassis, codenamed Seediq 8003, of new generation which is a perfect match for high-end gaming systems with unique cooling facilities. The chassis is developed in midi-tower form factor and features 520x215x508 mm dimensions. The casing is made of steel alloy, and is ready to accommodate motherboards of micro-ATX and ATX standards.

Despite the average dimensions, Aresze Seediq 8003 is compatible with CPU fans of 175 mm in height, large graphics adapters of up to 300 mm in length with HDD bays and up to 430 mm – without HDD bays, as well as, power supply units of ATX/EPS standard. This chassis has got quite efficient internal layout. Hence, it's equipped with ten sections for drives (four external 5.25 inch drives and six internal 2.5- 3.5 inch drives) and eight PCI slots for four graphics adapters.
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