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 …

Solid-State Drive Verbatim SATA III 240 GB Review

With the appearance of first SSDs in the market the battle between traditional HDDs and new products has started. Manufacturers tried to implement ever better technologies in their creations or began developing both directions at once to succeed. Today the rivalry between the two types of drives has reached its peak, since each product offers advanced facilities and embrace practically all spheres where the need for data transfer and storage is required. Verbatim marches in step with contemporary requirements and launches SSD with SATA III interface and quite voluminous capacity.

General Peculiarities

SSD Verbatim SATA III 240 GB is delivered in an unobtrusive cardbox. The delivery kit is void of any accompanying components, so users will have to acquire SATA III cable or adapter for the installation into 3.5 inch bays by themselves. Nevertheless, it's possible to find a detailed user manual and 3-year limited warranty. This SSD model is distinguished by a simple design …

Graphics card Colorful iGame GTX 660 Ti ARES X on sale soon

Chinese manufacturer of graphics cards Colorful, as the more well known in our region MSI, is preparing for the official announcement of Nvidia GeForce GTX 660 Ti card of alternative design iGame GTX 660 Ti ARES X. First of all, the eye catches a massive cooling system based on the Shark Bionic least five copper heat pipes and a pair of fan size ~ 80 mm.

According to the small heat release of GK104 chip in version with 1344 shaders, the efficiency of the cooler Shark Bionic is not doubtfull.

Card is equipped with (4+2)-phase power system and two connectors PCI-E Power 6-pin. In a similar version of Colorful GTX 670 there are six-channel power graphics core and two phases for the memory. Looking at the enclosed photo, is visible the presence of video outputs DVI (2), HDMI and DisplayPort connectors and a pair of SLI. What can not yet be explained, it is the presence of eight chips PCB Hynix GDDR5 — it is not combined with 192-bit bus.

Twelve pads for the RAM chips can …
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