Motherboard Biostar Hi-Fi Z87X 3D Review

When all the turmoil connected with the launch of new Intel Haswell processors becalmed, potential customers could finally get their own opinion about CPU facilities and decide whether an upgrade is a sensible move. A flagship motherboard from Biostar, entitled Hi-Fi Z87X 3D, proves that it worth the effort. Biostar was one of the first manufacturers in the market to pay much attention to audio subsystem. Hence, all the best audio elaborations have been aptly implemented in its flagship board.



General Specifications


Biostar Hi-Fi Z87X 3D positions itself as the motherboard for overclocking, featuring:

— chipset: Intel Z87;

— form-factor: ATX, dimensions – 305x244 mm;

— socket and supported processors: Socket 1150, Intel Haswell Pentium, Core i3/i5/i7;

— built-in graphics core: Intel HD Graphics 4600;

— memory: type – DDR3, capacity – up to 32 GB, clock frequencies – 1066 MHz – 2800 (OC) MHz;

— expansion slots: three PCI-e 2.0 x1, two …

Graphics Card MSI R7870 Hawk Review

MSI, a large-scale manufacturer of computer hardware and consumer electronics, has introduced its new lineup of graphics cards, codenamed R7870 Hawk. The new series goes with the upgraded Radeon HD 7870 video adapter, improved integrated circuit and overclocking base. In addition, these graphics cards will go with the implemented GPU Reactor and Unlocked Digital Power technologies. Upon the whole, the introduced integration and performance is called to compete for the customers' favor with other high-end top models designed by Gigabyte and Asus.



Design and Layout


Design of R7870 Hawk somehow resembles a short-cut version of R7970 Lightning from MSI as well. It has similar design of cooling system covered with blue strip. The cover hides five heat pipes and rather compact fans. The rear part of the card is covered by a metallic plate; there is a plastic boot opposite the graphics chip that covers GPU Reactor block. This block is based on a separate detachable board and …

New Gaming PC Chassis Versa G2 from Thermaltake

Thermaltake, a renowned Taiwanese PC hardware developer, has officially divulged the specifications of its new gaming chassis, codenamed Versa G2. The belonging to the gaming echelon is vindicated primarily by an eye-catching design. The casing is developed in mid-tower form factor, and is made of a durable steel (SGCC) and plastic. Its side plate contains an acrylic window with a few ventilation grids that showcase the internal layout of the chassis.



Thermaltake Versa G2 features 481x196x429 mm dimensions and is alloted for seven PCI/PCI Express expansion cards. It supports motherboard of ATX and micro-ATX standard and is notable by lower PSU localization. The internal spacing within the enclosure is sufficient for the installation of CPU cooler not more than 155 mm in height and of graphics card not more than 320 mm in length. The model is equipped with three external 5.25-inch drives and a single 3.5-inch drive, as well as with five internal 3.5-inch and a single 2.5-inch …
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