Biostar Announces Budget-Oriented H110MD PRO Mainboard

Biostar has replenished its PRO series of motherboards with a budget-friendly model – H110MD PRO. The greenhorn is based on Intel H110 chipset compatible with Intel Skylake Socket LGA 1151 CPUs. As far as this micro-ATX board is an entry-level solution, it offers just basic facilities, including 5-phase VRM, a pair of DIMM slots for DDR3L-1600 MHz modules (maximal capacity – 16 GB).

Biostar H110MD PRO accommodates four SATA III (6 Gb/sec) ports for storage devices, one PCI Express 3.0 x16 slot (for graphics adapter) and a pair of PCI Express 2.0 x1 slots for expansion cards. Network possibilities are ensured by means of gigabit Realtek RTL8111G controller.

The I/O panel boasts the availability of two PS/2 ports, two video ports (D-SUB and DVI-D), one RJ-45 port, three audio sockets, and four USB ports (2x USB 2.0, 2x USB 3.0). Additionally, the motherboard supports a range of advanced features, such as Biostar Flash, BIO-Flasher, BIO-Relife, Watch Dog, e-HotLine, BIOS …

New chassis Aerocool XPredator - Evil Blue and Devil release

One of the popular chassis series Aerocool — XPredator – is relevant again, thanks to the emergence of two new design options the Evil Blue and Devil Red. Apart from a small «cosmetic repairs» newcomers got two ports USB 3.0.

Full-Tower hulls of XPredator Evil Blue and Devil Red (respectively, black and blue and black and red) are made from cold rolled galvanized steel with a thickness of 0.8 and 1.0 mm. Their weight is about 13.4 kg, dimensions — 600 (H) x 234 (W) x 555 (D).

Inside, can be placed the motherboard form factor XL-ATX, E-ATX, ATX, microATX and Mini-ITX, ten PCI Express expansion cards up to 330mm, CPU cooler up to 185mm, ATX-compatible power supply, six 3 5-inch hard drives and the same amount of devices size 5.25 ". Kit includes two 230-mm fans: Front with lighting and rear without lighting.

Ease of assembly is guaranteed by the availability for screwless installation of drives and video cards, holes with rubber «curtains» for cables and …

AMD Launches a New Driver Package Catalyst 13.8 Beta2

AMD has launched a second version of driver package Catalyst 13.8 that is called to dramatically enhance the efficiency in some games. The soft is compatible with Windows 8/7/Vista OS (32-/64-bit), supporting AMD Radeon (5000/6000/7700/7800/7900 series) and AMD Mobility Radeon (5000M/6000M/7000M/8000M series) GPUs.

Users can expect the following improvements:

— the resolution of problems with the image quality in ‘Van Helsing’ on anti-aliasing activation via Catalyst Control Center;

— the minimization of frame pacing delays in ‘Sniper Elite’, ‘Watch Dogs’, ‘World of Warcraft’, and ‘Tomb Raider’;

— the elimination of game image distortion in ‘Doom 3 BFG Edition’;

— the increase in efficiency in ‘Minimum’ (in CrossFireX), ‘Castlevania Lords of Shadow’ (in CrossFireX), and ‘RIPD’;

— the 9% increase in fps efficiency in ‘Splinter Cell Blacklist’ (Ultra settings);

— the 25% increase in efficiency in ‘Saints Row …
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