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?



Specifications


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 …

Aerocool to Advance Project 7-Chassis 1

Aerocool has just announced the release of a new stylish chassis, codenamed Project 7-Chassis 1. The greenhorn is distinguished not only by a catchy exterior but also by a spacious interior. The case houses a side window, made of a tempered glass, as well as a LED backlight on the front panel; the latter is regulated by means of dedicated buttons on the top facet.



Featuring 550x446.4x244.6 mm dimensions, Aerocool Project 7-Chassis 1 is ready to welcome motherboards of mini-ITX/micro-ATX/ATX format with up to 7 expansion slots. There are six slots in total for the mounting of drives: a pair of 3.5-inch bays and four 2.5-inch items. The layout allows for the integration of a 165-mm high CPU cooler and a 400-mm long video card (+ a standard ATX PSU).


The model comes equipped with a single pre-installed 120-mm fan on the rear plate. There is a possibility to enhance cooling with the help of five additional fans, mounted on the front and top panels. The user is able to manage …

Corsair Expands its Dominator Platinum DDR3 Memory Kit Series

Corsair, an American supplier of RAM memory and SSD solutions, is mapping out the forthcoming release of three new DDR3 memory kits. All three kits will be delivered within the confines of Dominator Platinum series: CMD8GX3M2A2400C10, CMD32GX3M4A2400C10 and CMD32GX3M4A1866C9 models. The kits will be delivered with a lifetime warranty.



Memory modules, included in these kits, are equipped with DHX aluminum heatsinks and improved cooling technology, feature 56 mm height, and support Intel XMP overclocking profiles. Their optimal operational frequency is estimated at 1866 MHz and 2400 MHz.


Corsair CMD8GX3M2A2400C10 kit consists of two 4GB DDR3 modules (8GB overall capacity) and feature 1.65V nominal voltage index. The timings for the kit are shown as 10-12-12-31. Its framework accommodates white LED bar.


Four-channel Corsair CMD32GX3M4A2400C10 kit operates at 2400 MHz frequency. Its overall capacity equals to 32GB, while all other specifications are similar to the 8GB …
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