Well-Knit Gigabyte GA-B85N Phoenix Motherboard Review

While mini-ITX motherboards keep on arousing customers’ mistrust, manufacturers move heaven and earth to eliminate any doubts. Take GA-B85N Phoenix model from Gigabyte alone. It is absolutely ready to satisfy all basic needs a modern high-performance PC requires. In addition, it is not as pricey as its full-format competitors. Hence, what a demanding customer will get for about $100?


Gigabyte GA-B85N Phoenix boasts the following technical data sheet:

— chipset: Intel B85, socket – LGA 1150, supported CPUs – Pentium, Celeron, Xeon, Core (Haswell gen.);

— memory: 2x DIMM slots, DDR3 SDRAM, volume – 16 GB, max. frequency – 1600 MHz;

— expansion: 1x PCIe 3.0 x16, 1x mini-PCIe 2.0 x1;

— storage: 3x SATA III 6 Gb/sec, 1x SATA II 3 Gb/sec, 1x mSATA 6 Gb/sec, all governed by the chipset;

— graphics: Intel HD Graphics onboard, two video outputs (HDMI 1,4a, DVI-I);

— fan connectors: 2x 4-pin;

— audio: Realtek ALC898, 7.1 …

Motherboard ASRock Z77 OC Formula Review

The variety of motherboards designed by ASRock is able to satisfy the whims of any customer group. All models are characterized by multiple useful facilities and different price ranges. This makes ASRock products a universal means for PC integration. These days the company has proudly released a dedicated motherboard, codenamed Z77 OC Formula, developed specifically for overclockers. This is the first model of this manufacturer designed particularly with overclocking facilities in mind.

Design and Integration

At first sight, motherboard ASRock Z77 OC Formula does not distinguish itself by exceptional design and layout. However, more intense look will uncover a range of peculiarities pertained specifically to this product. This motherboard is designed in CEB form-factor, since the number of integrated facilities would be scant for ATX standard. Still, fixing holes are located similarly to ATX boards, so there won't be any difficulties during its installation.

It should …

Gigabyte Intros GA-J1800N-D2PH Motherboard

Gigabyte is set to unveil in the European market its latest mini-ITX motherboard, codenamed GA-J1800N-D2PH. Featuring 170x170 mm dimensions, the greenhorn is targeting small-sized entry-level desktop PCs. It boasts Ultra Durable 4 Plus hardware base with high-quality components on board. European customers will be able to acquire this model for a price tag of 50 EUR.

Unlike the majority of rival solutions, Gigabyte GA-J1800N-D2PH already comes equipped with a CPU: Intel Celeron (Bay Trail-D), 2.41 GHz nominal frequency, 2.58 GHz dynamic frequency, 1 MB cache L2, integrated Intel HD Graphics 4000 with 792 MHz frequency, 10 W TDP. Due to low power consumption, it might be cooled by a passive cooler.

The motherboard accommodates two SO-DIMM slots for the installation of two-channel DDR3L-1333 MHz memory modules (up to 8 GB). Its other facilities include a pair of SATA II 3 Gb/sec ports, a single PCI slot, one USB 3.0 and four USB 2.0 ports, one gigabit Ethernet port, …
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