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 …

BDR-S11J-BK and BDR-S11J-X Are the Two Novelties with SATA 6 Gbps from Pioneer

Recently the Pioneer Co. has announced the release of its two Blu-ray Disc optical drives. Those are BDR-S11J-BK and BDR-S11J-X models with SATA 6 Gbps interface meant for playback of 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray discs.



The Pioneer BDR-S11J-BK sample will obtain the glazed black front panel, and BDR-S11J-X – the refined audio quality for AudioCD PB. Both products fit in the 5.25-inch drive bays.


The supreme write speeds are the following: BD-R — 16х, BD-R LTH — 8x, BD-RE — 2x, DVD-RAM — 5x, DVD+RW — 8x, DVD±R — 16x, DVD±R DL — 8x, CD-R — 40x, CD-RW — 24x. The supply kit will include the Cyberlink software. However, reproduction of 4K movies requires the availability of Windows 10 operating system, the Intel 7th-Gen Core i5 processor alongside with a display with HDCP 2.2 and HDMI 2.0, connected to the CPU integrated graphics card.


The Pioneer BDR-S11J-BK and BDR-S11J-X will come in retail in February at the lowest price of $195.

Review of the ASUS ROG Strix GeForce GTX 1050 Ti Video Card

Let’s have a quick glare at one of the latest novelties in the market of graphics solutions – another representative of ASUS, to be exact, ASUS ROG Strix GeForce GTX 1050 Ti.


Equipment and Design

The card comes in a small box. The package has got extra case pads, VELCRO ties for wires, as well as the code for World of Warships 15 days’ premium mode. A good set for a this class representative.


ASUS ROG Strix GeForce resembles older video cards in this series: the same solid cooling with a large heat sink and a pair of fans, strict design. Given the low TDP, everything looks quite serious. The total length of the video card is 24 cm. The cooler takes up two slots.


The reverse side is protected by a metal plate. In the corner there is an additional power slot having six pins. The regular version of GeForce GTX 1050 Ti needs no extra power. The side panel of the cooler has a small illuminated logo.


The backlight is customizable through the ASUS Aura app. …
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