Gigabyte Debuts with Socket AM1 Motherboards

Gigabyte is the first among AMD’s partners to introduce proprietary motherboards for an upcoming Socket AM1 platform. Initially the AM1 series will comprise only two models: the GA-AM1M-S2P and the GA-AM1M-S2H. Both feature micro-ATX form-factor and are supposed to house AMD Athlon/Sempron APUs. They employ two DIMM slots for the integration of up to 32 GB DDR3 memory with 1600 MHz frequency. The release is scheduled for March when the platform is officially introduced.



Gigabyte motherboards have got two SATA III 6 Gb/sec ports for the expansion of storage, one PCIe 2.0 x16, one PCIe x1 and one PCI connector for the connection of add-ons. Network functional consists of gigabit controller from Realtek, whereas audio functional is laid upon 7.1-channel HAD Realtek ALC 887 codec.


The differentiation between the two models lies in the set of internal/external interfaces. Hence, the GA-AM1M-S2P comes with two PS/2 ports, one D-Sub port, four USB ports (3.0 + 2.0), one RJ-45, …

NOX Outs Coolbay VX Zero PC Chassis

NOX Xtreme Products S.L. Corporation is glad to announce the availability in the European market of a new PC chassis, entitled Coolbay VX Zero. This mid-tower model features 465x490x165 mm dimensions, sitting is a SGCC steel case. It has got a black-and-white exterior coating, a totally black interior, a metallic grid on the frontal facet, as well as an acrylic window of the side facet. All those peculiarities add to the sleek style of the chassis.



NOX Coolbay VX Zero is supposed to accommodate micro-ATX or standard ATX motherboards. Its internal spacing is estimated for the integration of three 5.25-inch optical drives and seven 3.5/2.5-inch HDD/SSDs. The rear section of the case contains seven PCI slots for expansion cards. Upon the whole, the layout promotes for the installation of 350 mm long graphics cards, 160 mm high CPU coolers.


Furthermore, the model is equipped with an inbuilt dock-station on the top facet for the connection of a single 3.5/2.5-inch hard drive. …

Biostar Introduces a New Hi-Fi B85S3+ Motherboard for Audiophiles

Biostar is glad to introduce one more representative of Hi-Fi Series of motherboards – the Hi-Fi B85S3+. The model is developed in micro-ATX form-factor and is intended for budget-oriented audiophiles. The heart of the board is Intel B85 Express chipset that shows compatibility with Intel Core i3/i5/i7 CPUs (4th generation) for Socket LGA1150 with the TDP level of not more than 95W. Due to a rather compact design, the new-comer is an ideal solution for small-sized home PCs and multi-media centers.



The Hi-Fi B85S3+ takes use of 4-phase power supply subsystem. It employs high-quality capacitors with a solid electrolyte and chokes with shell-type mandrels. Memory consists of four slots for DDR3 modules (running at 1600 MHz) with the overall capacity of 32 GB. Expansion is provided by one PCI slot, two PCI Express 2.0 x1 slots and one PCI Express 3.0 x16 slot.


Storage facilities are ensured by means of two SATA II ports and four SATA III ports. Network gigabit Ethernet port …
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