Asus Teases Its First Gaming Micro-ATX B85M-Gamer Mainboard

Featuring 233x206 mm dimensions, a new micro-ATX mainboard from Asus, codenamed B85M-Gamer, boasts a full range of options which would come in handy to loyal gamers. Along with rich facilities, the customers will be pleased to see an affordable price label. These two peculiarities drew huge attention, since the combination of small-sized form-factor with high-end specs and alluring price has never before stricken the market.

Asus B85M-Gamer is based on Intel B85 chipset, ready to accommodate Socket LGA1150-compatible CPUs (Core, Celeron, Pentium families). The PCB houses a powerful 4-phase digital power supply subsystem with the support for DIGI+ VRM technology. DDR3-1600 MHz memory modules of 32 GB capacity maximum might be installed into four DIMM slots.

Storage subsystem is introduced by six SATA ports, four of which support 6 Gb/sec standard. Video facilities might be implemented twofold: either as an integrated GPU into the CPU or as a single graphics adapter with PCI …

ASRock Showcases H61M-VG4 Motherboard for Ivy Bridge Processors

In spite of the commotion incited by the upcoming release of Intel Haswell processors and the growth of products compatible with their technical requirements, Intel Ivy Bridge CPUs will continue their existence in the market for some time more. For the nonce, ASRock has elaborated a new micro-ATX motherboard, codenamed H61M-VG4. The newly-designed product is based on Intel H61 Express chipset with Socket LGA1155, supporting Intel Ivy Bridge/Sandy Bridge processor lines. According to ASRock, all potential customers will be able to receive quite efficient system for a budget price.

ASRock H61M-VG4 is furnished with two DIMM slots which support two-channel DDR3 memory modules of up to 16 GB capacity, running at 1066 MHz, 1333 MHz and 1600 MHz frequencies. Expansion facilities are realized by means of a single PCI Express 3.0 x16 slot and a single PCI Express 2.0 x1 slot. The connection of optical, hard and solid-state drives becomes possible thanks to the availability of four SATA …

AMD FX-8300 is Already in Retail Trade

Despite the fact that AMD initially scheduled the official release of FX-8300 for 29 December, this CPU can already be found in some Japanese retail stores. Such sudden appearance in free sale allows all potential consumers to get assured in all claimed specifications. Thus, FX-8300 is an eight-core chip of the new generation that is characterized by 95W TDP level. This is a kind of a breakthrough, since its Vishera companions, FX-8350 and FX-8320, consume up to 125W power.

The reduction of power consumption is explained by the decrease of CPU clock frequencies and nominal voltage showings. Hence, the nominal clock frequency recorded with this CPU model makes up 3.3GHz, while in Turbo mode the frequency rises to 3.6GHz. Some resources state that FX-8300 is able to overclock up to 4.2GHz, however, this info is not vindicated so far. This chip is developed specifically for Socket AM3+.

Taking into account such parameters, analysts feel difficulty in predicting the future of …
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