Affordable Motherboard Asus Vanguard B85 Review

Nowadays customers don’t find it difficult to acquire the motherboard which would absolutely correspond to their needs. This is primarily explained by the fact that each manufacturer tries to pack its production lineup with models of various calibers. Asus is one of the few companies that restlessly enlarge their motherboard inventory with variegated items, and Vanguard B85 (TUF series) is yet another item for saving users. The key to ‘affordability’ of Intel B85 chipset-based board lies mainly in the reduction of connectivity facilities, where the chipset supports not six but four SATA 6 Gb/sec + four USB 3.0 devices. However, the model is rich in other facilities that are vital for a contemporary multimedia PC.

Design and Layout

To begin with, Asus Vanguard B85 is designed in an uncommon uATX form-factor and supports Pentium/Xeon/Corei3/Corei5/Corei7 CPUs (Haswell gen.) for Socket LGA1150. The motherboard inventory involves 4 DIMM slots for the installation up to 32 …

PSU Aerocool Templarius Imperator 750 Review

At turn of the previous year Aerocool launched a new series of PSUs, united within a single series Templarius Imperator. The series involves a line of models ranging 550W-1500W power index. A part of those units are known to correspond to 80Plus Silver standards, while the other part – to 80Plus Bronze standards. Model Templarius Imperator 750 complies with 80Plus Silver requirements, due to the claimed efficiency of 88%. This feature implies that this PSU might appear to be helpful in the assembling of quite powerful PC platforms.

Delivery Set and Exterior Design

Aerocool Templarius Imperator is delivered in a white cardbox which inscriptions distinctly make out about the unit’s gaming predestination. Its internal contents involve the unit itself and a set of modular cables. The model is developed in white color design and is housed in a steel case; it features 170x150x85 mm dimensions. Modular sockets are located on the rear facet. The attached label contains basic …

MSI Showcases R9 280X Gaming 3G LE Graphics Card with Under-Frequency

MSI Gaming lineup of graphics cards is currently rich in numerous models targeting gamers with any taste and budget. Nonetheless, the company never stops pleasing its fans, so the appearance of a new R9 280X Gaming 3G LE (Light Edition) card is quite viable. The new-comer is much alike its predecessor — R9 280X Gaming 3G, released last autumn, — but features reduced frequencies. The other specifications are almost identical.

MSI R9 280X Gaming 3G LE is based on AMD Radeon R9 280X GPU. Its modified frequency chart looks the following way: nominal clock frequency in Silent/Gaming/OC mode makes up 860 MHz, whereas dynamic clock frequency differs, depending on the mode. Hence, in Silent mode it equals to 1000 MHz, in Gaming mode – to 1010 MHz, and in OC mode – to 1020 MHz. Just to compare, the predecessor boasts some 1000 MHz nominal and 1050 MHz dynamic index.

The layout of the graphics card involves 3 GB of GDDR5 memory (384-bit bus) that runs at 6 GHz, Military …
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