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 …

Scythe Teases a Hard-Hitting Ninja 4 CPU Cooler

Scythe Co. Ltd., an award-winning Japanese designer of enthusiast-level cooling solutions, has expanded its Ninja series of CPU coolers with another model – Ninja 4. The new-comer boasts 130x155x153 mm dimensions and supports all updated platforms developed by AMD and Intel, including Intel LGA 2011-3. Currently, pricing info and release date remain undefined.

Scythe Ninja 4 consists of a huge aluminum cross-type heatsink with a copper footing, a nickel-plated base, and six nickel-plated U-shape heatpipes. The framework is designed according to M.A.P.S. technology that ensures the maximum airflow; besides, air is able to circulate through the tiniest heatsink ribs.

The mission to provide an efficient airflow is entitled to a single 120 mm fan with texturized blades which reduce turbulence and, correspondingly, the vibration between the heatsink and the frame. The fan, fixed by Back-Plate 2 clamp, is capable to produce up to 84.6 CFM airflow at the maximal noise level of …

Raidmax Comes Up with Viper GX II Gaming Chassis

Raidmax came to light with a new mid-tower case, entitled Viper GX II. Intended for hard-core gamers, it is available in a totally black, aggressive design with orange inclusions in the frontal panel. The model features 507x240x539 mm dimensions, thus, is targeting micro-ATX as well as ATX motherboards. The recommended by the manufacturer retail price makes up 64.99 Euro.

Raidmax Viper GX II is quite roomy with sufficient space for three 5.25-inch drives, seven 3.5-inch drives, and three optional 2.5-inch drives. Besides, there is place for seven PCI expansion cards. As far as graphics cards are concerned, their maximal admissible length should not exceed 415 mm; at the same time, the ultimate height of compatible CPU coolers makes up 165 mm.

The top facet accommodates a standard interface panel with four USB ports (both 2.0 and 3.0 are available) and a pair of 2.5 mm audio slots.

To continue, the chassis is differentiated by an optimized air-cooling system. Hence, it …
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