Motherboard Biostar A55MD2 Review

Good overclocking facilities are what the majority of customers look for in contemporary motherboards. In this light, the manufacturers establish various price ranges, depending on the product’s overclocking potential. As usual, boards from budgetary lines cannot boast such potential, though there are some exclusions. Biostar A55MD2 is considered to be one of the cheapest solutions for FM2 platforms. Still, its layout marvels by the availability of CPU boost facilities, as well as gigabit network interface.



Design and Layout


Motherboard Biostar A55MD2 distinguishes itself by rather compact dimensions: 226x178 mm (uATX form-factor). The model accommodates an amplifying board that is made of a metallic fusible element. The chipset is cooled down by a small-sized aluminum heatsink, while field transistors are avoid of any cooler. This might signify about some inconsideration pertained to thermal environment. Power supply activity is realized by means of 24-contact and …

Enermax Starts Selling Chassis Hoplite ST

Enermax Technology Corp. has voiced good news about the appearance of its new chassis Hoplite ST in the European market. The basic destination of Hoplite ST model is the creation of gaming PCs of the entry and middle level. The chassis is developed in midi-tower form factor and is compatible with motherboards of micro-ATX and ATX standards. Hoplite ST is delivered in two colors: models with black casings were codenamed ECA3261-B, while models with white casings – ECA3261-W.



The casing is made of SECC steel and has got rather convenient framework. The chassis contains four external 5.25 inch bays and six internal ones destined as for 3.5 inch drives, so for 2.5 inch drives. It is also equipped with seven expansion slots, and ready to accommodate graphics cards of up to 403 mm in length, as well as, CPU coolers of 167 mm in height.


The nominal delivery kit of Hoplite ST chassis involves two 120 mm fans. The frontal fan goes with LED lighting; the other fan is located at …

Processors Intel Haswell to Rival Accelerator NVIDIA Tesla

Intel Corporation has the intentions to introduce DDR4 memory into their server processors of Haswell series. The launch of such technological approach is planned for the 2014, however the developments in this sphere have already started. Intel’s server solutions will become a part of Grantley platform and the samples of their new series will allegedly be announced next autumn. The preview of new processors makes it clear that some of the chips will be distinguished by the increased heat generation performance which will reach 160 W.



Hence, 16-core processors Haswell-EP will rival parallel computing accelerator NVIDIA Tesla but not AMD server solutions. Intel is going to provide various working frequency options and options with different number of active cores. At the same time, TDP will fluctuate within ranges of 160, 145, 135, and 120 W. In its turn, accelerator NVIDIA Tesla, which is based on GK110 processor, consumes approximately 300 W.


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