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 …

Lian Li to Combine Performance with Compact Size

Chassis of Full-Tower form-factor usually have solid framework due to the layout scheme and the necessity to enclose a lot of components. Developers from Lian Li company have totally demolished the current tendencies and announced the release of their PC-V750 Full-Tower model with the front-end PSU localization. This allowed the designers to dramatically decrement the size of the chassis without sacrificing its capacity and general specifications. The compact size of the chassis is considered to be a kind of ‘revolution’ in the market, since it is compatible not only with ATX and microATX motherboards, but also with Extended-ATX boards.

Lian Li PC-V750 casing is made of aluminum and approximates 7.35 kg in weight. Its dimensions provide for the installation of massive CPU-coolers (up to 170 mm in height), up to ten expansion cards, including 380 mm 3D cards. The chassis is equipped with five fans of 120 mm each: the two fans are located on the front plate, the other two – …

Thermalright Launches New Low-Profile CPU Cooler AXP-200

Thermalright, a Taiwanese developer of advanced cooling solutions, enters into the market with a new low-profile CPU cooler – the successor of the last year’s model AXP-100. Codenamed AXP-200, the product features 150x140x60 mm dimensions and is intended to be incorporated into HTPC systems, as well as in compact PC chassis with the support of mini-ITX motherboards. This cooler is compatible with the majority of up-dated platforms, including Intel LGA 1150/1155/2011/1156/1366/775 and AMD Socket AM3/AM3+/AM2/AM2+/FM2/FM1.

The first thing that should be noted about AXP-200 is that it’s a more powerful version of the predecessor, ready to dissipate heat even without the fan from all processors with TDP level of up to 35 W. The other peculiar thing is that the model comes at an attractive price of approximately €50. And finally, framework is one more feature that differentiates AXP-200 from rival products.

Thereby, the cooler from Thermalright has got C-shape framework …
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