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 …

Overclocking-Oriented ASRock Z170 OC Formula Mainboard Review

ASRock Z170 OC Formula is a flagship motherboard with a bunch of intriguing features. Along with an internal perfection, the model boasts a set of options for extreme overclockers. The latter are given a chance to enable LN2 Mode or Slow Mode to achieve the targeted performance results. Moreover, there are facilities for adjusting different parameters in real time. What else can the Z170 OC Formula offer? Let’s find it out.



ASRock Z170 OC Formula Highlights


The motherboard features the following specifications:

— chipset & CPU: Intel Z170, support for Socket 1151, Skylake-S Celeron, Pentium, Core i3/i5/i7;

— memory: 4x DIMM slots, DDR4 SDRAM, up to 64 GB, 2133-4500 MHz frequency;

— GPU: integrated Intel HD 510/530;

— form-factor: ATX, 305x244 mm dimensions;

— expansion: 3x PCIe 3.0 x16, 1x PCIe 3.0 x16 (x4), 3x PCIe 3.0 x4, 1x PCIe 3.0 x1, 1x PCIe 2.0 x1, 1x mini-PCIe 2.0 x1;

— audio: Realtek ALC1150 controller, 2x Texas Instruments …

Cooler Master Releases GX II Power Supply Units

Unveiled earlier this year, the GX II PSU series from Cooler Master has been officially released. The series, targeted primarily at gamers, consists of five models with the power index of 450 W, 550 W, 650 W, 750 W, and 850 W. All the products feature 150x140x86 mm dimensions and are characterized by a non-detachable cable design. Moreover, all the models without exception boast the awarding of 80 Plus Bronze certificate, due high efficiency level of 85% on load.



Cooler Master GX II power supplies fully support Intel Core (Haswell-based) CPUs with APCF scheme. All the units are equipped with a sole +12V bus and support a range of protection functions, including OVP, UVP and SCP. A set of non-detachable cables varies depending on the power efficiency. There is a core set of sockets, consisting of the main 24-contact ATX and a pair of 4-contact EPS sockets; all other sockets differ from model to model (four 6+2-pin, three Molex, and nine SATA sockets).


The incorporation of …
AUTOMATIC SEARCH & INSTALL
device drivers
Freeware
Download (9MB)
DevID agent v4.37
* The Utility requires installation. Upon installation and running DevID Agent will detect
which devices require drivers and which drivers require updates.
The Utility doesn't contain viruses or malicious code
Registered at: 28 November 2011, 16:24
Last visit: 06 October 2013, 20:47