Greeting Hi-Fi H81MDC Motherboard from Biostar

Biostar is proud to release a multifunctional micro-ATX motherboard that belongs to the new-gen Puro Hi-Fi lineup. Codenamed Hi-Fi H81MDC, it features 244x230 mm dimensions and is characterized by black-and-red PCB design. The board is based on Intel H81 Express chipset, supporting LGA1150-compatible CPUs of Haswell generation (Pentium, Core i3/i5/i7 series) with the maximal TDP of 95W.

Biostar Hi-Fi H81MDC is primarily peculiar by the realization of a high-end audio subsystem. It is based on a 7.1-channel Realtek ALC892 controller. This subsystem embraces high-quality components, as well as an additional shielding, called Hi-Fi Ground) of the multi-layer PCB. Support of Hi-Fi Power technology provides for an independent power supply to each analog and digital audio channel. The plate is protected against electrostatic discharge on connection of headphones/a microphone.

To proceed with audio subsystem, it comes with an onboard amplifier for headphones; it ensures the …

Motherboard Gigabyte GA-F2A85X-UP4 Review

The second generation of AMD A-Series hybrid processors, announced earlier in October, are already integrated in a number of graphics solutions. The newly appeared products are compatible with Socket FM2 only and cannot be applied for Socket FM1 infrastructure. This implies that a number of motherboards lose their upgrade facilities and can't be updated with a new advanced solution. Still, the market is currently ready to present a few boards destined to operate with the updated AMD A-Series. Gigabyte is one of the pioneers in this respect, introducing its motherboard GA-F2A85X-UP4, developed specifically for Socket FM2.


Gigabyte GA-F2A85X-UP4 is designed in ATX form-factor with 305x244 mm PCB dimensions. AMD A85X chipset is a heart of the motherboard; it secures the compatibility with A-Series (second gen.) APU and Athlon CPUs in the implementation of Socket FM2. The overall TDP level claimed for the model is not more than 100W. The PCB allots four DIMM slots …

Fujitsu Intros Esprimo Q956 Mini-PC

Fujitsu is about to release a budget-oriented mini-PC, entitled Esprimo Q956. The greenhorn features 186x191x59 mm dimensions and is housed in a sleek black casing. The manufacturer adds a dedicated stand-base to place the nettop on the table in both aspects. The model supports Windows 7/8.1/10 OS platforms.

Fujitsu Esprimo Q956 is based on Intel Broadwell & Skylake platforms. Thus, it is ready to accommodate motherboards with Intel Q170 chipset, supporting Intel Core i7-6700T, Pentium G4400T, Core i5-6500T, and Core i3-6100T processors. The CPU might be replenished with 32 GB of DDR4 memory.

The layout presupposes the integration of a single 2.5-inch SSD/HDD, a thin DVD drive as well as solid-state drives with PCIe or M.2 interface. The hardware base includes 802.11ac Wi-Fi module, Bluetooth 4.0 adapter, Gigabit Ethernet port (on the basis of Intel I219LM controller), four USB 3.0 & two USB 2.0 ports, and a pair of video outputs (HDMI & DisplayPort).

Audio facilities …
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