Affordable Motherboard Asus Vanguard B85 Review

Nowadays customers don’t find it difficult to acquire the motherboard which would absolutely correspond to their needs. This is primarily explained by the fact that each manufacturer tries to pack its production lineup with models of various calibers. Asus is one of the few companies that restlessly enlarge their motherboard inventory with variegated items, and Vanguard B85 (TUF series) is yet another item for saving users. The key to ‘affordability’ of Intel B85 chipset-based board lies mainly in the reduction of connectivity facilities, where the chipset supports not six but four SATA 6 Gb/sec + four USB 3.0 devices. However, the model is rich in other facilities that are vital for a contemporary multimedia PC.



Design and Layout


To begin with, Asus Vanguard B85 is designed in an uncommon uATX form-factor and supports Pentium/Xeon/Corei3/Corei5/Corei7 CPUs (Haswell gen.) for Socket LGA1150. The motherboard inventory involves 4 DIMM slots for the installation up to 32 …

Spire Debuts with Gaming PC Chassis X2.6019

Spire Corporation put itself on record with a new gaming PC chassis, codenamed X2.6019. The new-comer is developed in mid-tower form-factor, featuring 520x215x508 mm dimensions, and is made of 0.6 mm cold-rolled galvanized steel (SECC). Despite medium dimensions, it might easily accommodate motherboards of miniITX, microATX and ATX standard. According to Spire, this model belongs to MOD solutions, since it ensures an easy access to the hardware components during modification or update of the system.



Spire X2.6019 houses four external bays for 5.25-inch drives, six internal bays for 3.5-inch drives, as well as seven slots for PCI expansion cards. Its internal layout is divided by linear plates into three sections; such framework promotes for a better heat removal. It should be mentioned that this chassis is able to lodge nearly any CPU cooler and any high-end graphics card. Moreover, drive mounting can be realized without any dedicated tools.


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AMD FX-8350 Review: Improved and Advanced

Processors AMD FX Vishera are considered to be 'heavy metal' in the AMD's inventory. They belong to the products of the second generation and employ an advanced Piledriver architecture. This architecture is intended primarily at managing multi-threading applications to provide for improved performance, if compared with CPUs of the first generation. In addition, FX Vishera chips feature reasonable correlation of power, facilities and price.



Platform and Architecture


CPU AMD FX-8350 is compatible with motherboards which contain AM3+ socket and high-performance logics AMD 990FX, AMD 970, and AMD 990X. It should be noted that boards with such chipsets are able to offer two additional PCI Express x16 sockets which are characterized by high speed index on integration of two video adapters. AMD FX series consists of four CPU models; FX-8350 and FX-8320 house eight cores, FX-6300 feature six cores, while junior model FX-4300 contents itself with only four cores.


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