Motherboard MSI FM2-A85XA-G65A Review

Military-class motherboards elaborated by MSI have been always distinguished by the implementation of all high-end components within supply circuits, by extended overclocking facilities, and by corresponding exterior design. FM2-A85XA-G65A model corroborates such outstanding descriptions, being a worthy representative of products branded as ‘Military’. Moreover, the integration of high-quality and solid hardware elements enhances its overclocking potential that can’t but gladden PC enthusiasts.

Design and Layout

MSI FM2-A85XA-G65A is developed in ATX form-factor. It is notable by a fanciful, spacious layout, taking into account the full-fledged options integrated within a single chipset. Thus, there is no need in additional controllers. The distance between two graphics slots has been doubled to organize even the most powerful CrossFire configurations. The integrated heatsinks feature 31 mm height; one of them is located only 5 mm far from CPU socket. This implies …

Greeting Omni-Purpose HQ720 & HQ740 Water Coolers from Zalman

Zalman has gladdened all devotees of liquid cooling by introducing a pair of new solutions: the HQ720 & the HQ740. Both models are targeting all modern as well as outdated platforms, including Intel LGA 115x/LGA 1366/LGA 2011/LGA 2011-v3 & AMD FM1/FM2/FM2+/AM2/AM2+/AM3/AM3+. The first model comes equipped with a single fan, while the second one – with two fans.

Zalman HQ720 & HQ740 feature a high-performance heatsink, made of aluminum. It is accompanied by a copper pump (62x62x35 mm) that operates at 12V voltage. Its MTBF makes up 75.000 hours. The integrated water pump consists of micro-channels and a pair of hoses.

The fans (120 mm) are based on fluid bearing, estimated for 60.000 hours of fool-proof operation. They support PWM technology that allows for varying the rotational speed from 800 to 2000 RPM. Besides, they employ 4-pin connectors.

The fans are able to deliver up to 107.41 CFM airflow, whereas the noise level remains within the range of 18-24.8 dB. If …

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Gigabyte has recently introduced a new motherboard intended specifically for the creation of budgetary entry-level systems. Codenamed Gigabyte GA-H61M-USB3H, the model is developed in micro-ATX form-factor and features 226x174 mm dimensions. Chipset Intel H61 Express secures all key functions of the board, while the support of Socket LGA1155 empowers the incorporation of CPUs based on Intel Ivy Bridge and Intel Sandy Bridge architecture.

GA-H61M-USB3H features only two 240-contact DIMM slots for the installation of up to 16 GB of DDR3-1333 MHz memory. Video subsystem might have dual nature: it might either employ an integrated into CPU graphics core or use an independent graphics card with PCI Express 3.0 x16 internal interface. Audio subsystem is represented by Realtek ALC887 controller which secures 7.1-channel sounding. Network facilities are ensured by 1x gigabit network controller powered by Realtek.

The connection of external displays is realized via three video …
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