PSU Gigabyte GreenMax Plus 550W Review

Gigabyte, being one of the major players in the motherboards and graphics markets, quite rarely replenishes its production line with PC chassis and power supply units. Rarely, but right on target! Its GreenMax Plus PSU series is an evidence of the company’s versatile maturity. The series includes three models of 450W, 550W and 650W power. Let’s see what Gigabyte has to offer to all ‘high-fed’ by multiple products customers by the example of GreenMax Plus 550W (codename: GZ-EMS55A-C1) model.

General Features

The GreenMax Plus 550W is delivered in a handheld cardbox with a convenient holder. The unit itself is housed in a typical case with a black semi-gloss coating and a large ventilation grid. All basic specifications are marked on its side facet. The manufacturers claim the power of 504W (42A) for the +12VDC bus. Thereat, the correlation of power on the bus with the total power reaches the index of 0.916, which is considered to be an average benchmark for such type …

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 …

New CPU Cooler for Small-Sized PCs from Thermalright

Thermalright boasts the release of a new CPU cooler AXP-100. The new arrival is targeting small-sized PC systems, featuring 121x105.5x58 mm dimensions. Similar to other items that take responsibility for proper CPU cooling, this model is able to provide an efficient heat extraction from processor surface and its surrounding crucial components. It is compatible with the majority of AMD and Intel sockets to guarantee its universal utilization. Hence, it supports AMD FM1, FM2, AM2, AM2+, AM3, AM3+, and Intel LGA (2011, 1366, 1156, 1155, 775) platforms.

Thermalright decided not to apply the so popular nowadays 'direct contact' technology, implying the direct contact of CPU cover with heat pipes. Instead, the cooler's framework has been given a bit different approach.

Model AXP-100 consists of a copper, nickel-plated base, six copper heat pipes, a set of aluminum ribs located parallel to the motherboard, and an atypical in its nature fan TY-100. The heatpipes spring from the …
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