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 …

Buffalo Showcases Four-Section NAS TeraStation 4400

Buffalo Technology, an American-based manufacturer of high-end network solutions, continues introducing its newest elaborations to the customers all over the world. This time the company showcases a new four-section NAS, codenamed TeraStation 4400. According to the developers, the product is targeting those users who would like to receive flexibility in shaping their systems and scale up the storage volume individually.

The heart of the storage is dual-core Intel Atom D2550 processor. In regards to memory, it is represented by DDR3 modules with an overall capacity of 2 GB. TeraStation 4400 accommodates a pair of gigabit Ethernet ports, two USB 2 and two USB 3.0 ports, onboard DLNA media-server, onboard Bit Torrent client, and built-in Buffalo WebAccess for a remote access to data from other devices. Additionally, the item is able to operate as NAS and as iSCSI.

As vivid from the framework, the new entry allows for the installation of up to four drives with SATA III …

SilverStone Launches 4-Port ECU01 PCI Expansion Card

Taking into account an ever increasing demand for USB 3.0 interfaces, SilverStone has elaborated a dedicated PCI expansion card, entitled ECU01. The card is designed in a low-profile form-factor with the support for PCI Express 2.0 x2 bus. It features a pair of 19-contact USB 3.0 sockets, each of which offers two USB 3.0 ports.

In keeping with the manufacturer, this comprehensive model is called to satisfy the need for high-speed interfaces, absent with old-fashioned systems. For sure, the amount of connectivity ports integrated within the motherboards (usually of entry-level/budgetary standard) is not always enough for enthusiasts and gamers. Hence, there can appear an acute need for additional expansion cards, like ECU01.

SilverStone ECU01 is based on Etron EJ198 controller, featuring an additional SATA interface that is responsible for an efficient power supply. Moreover, the model supports UASP protocol that accelerates data transfer speed. If the current OS does not …
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