Biostar B85Z: Micro-ATX Mainboard for Audiophiles

Biostar is about to release a new oblectation for audiophiles – the B85Z system board. Featuring micro-ATX form-factor (224x174 mm dimensions), the model combines a full-blown spectrum of facilities each full-format board has. It is developed on Intel B85 Express chipset with Socket LGA1150 for Intel Haswell processors of Core, Pentium and Celeron families. The nominal delivery kit will allegedly comprise DVD with drivers, a pair of SATA cables, a user’s manual, and a rear panel plug.

Biostar B85Z comes equipped with prime-quality capacitors, field-effect transistors, and 4-phase VRM. Memory subsystem is introduced by two slots for DDR3-1600 MHz modules (up to 16 GB overall capacity). The availability of a single PCIe x16 & a pair of PCIe x1 slots ensures sufficient expansion facilities. Moreover, the user is free to create a voluminous storage by means of four SATA III and two SATA II ports.

To continue, the major peculiarity pertained to the motherboard is an …

Dell Adds UltraSharp UP3017 Monitor to Its Inventory

Dell has enriched its inventory with a 30-inch monitor, featuring 2560x1600 resolution & 16:10 aspect ratio. The UP3017 is equipped with a high-quality IPS panel that has a power-efficient LED backlight. The display is characterized by the widest viewing angles – 178/178 degrees in both aspects and the coverage of 99% in sRGB & Adobe RGB environment.

Dell UltraSharp UP3017 is targeting professionals who specialize in animation, graphical design, image/video processing. The model supports 1.07 billion colors and allows for the combination of several monitors in a single chain, thanks to the incorporation of two DisplayPort 1.2 (in/out), one mini-DisplayPort, and two HDMI 1.4 ports.

The new-comer boasts 1000:1 contrast ratio as well as 350 cd/m2 top brightness index. It takes only 6 seconds for the panel to respond to the call (GtG). The display rests on an ergonomic stand that supports swivel, pivot and height adjustments. There is also VESA bracket for trouble-free wall …

Kingston and Adata Come up with M.2 SSDs

Within the framework of Computex 2014 both Kingston and Adata are going to introduce their fresh SSD series of M.2 form-factor. In keeping with the manufacturers’ words, the products – SM2280S2 and SR1020NP — are differentiated by some spectacular performance. At present the companies provide only basic info about the drives, leaving their fans in suspense.

Kingston SM2280S3 is based on Phison PS3108 that supports SATA 6 Gb/sec interface only. It ensures 540 MB/sec and 514 MB/sec speed on sequential Read/Write operations. For sure, it’s not the performance innovative M.2 drives should demonstrate (about 10 Gb/sec), although the model considerably surpasses traditional HDDs in this respect.

This SSD series is represented by three models of 120 GB, 240 GB and 480 GB capacity. All of them employ DDR3 cache-memory with the minimal 256 MB capacity. Besides, the difference in efficiency between other M.2 offers Kingston promises to compensate by a more affordable price.
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