Biostar Unveils A68N-2100 Motherboard for Budget-Oriented Customers

Biostar Microtech has gladdened its budget-oriented customers by the release of a new small-sized motherboard, entitled A68N-2100. This mini-ITX model is elaborated on a two-core hybrid AMD E1-2100 APU (Jaguar core, Kabini platform) with 1 GHz clock frequency. It is accompanied by an integrated Radeon HD 8210 graphics that supports DirectX 11.1 technology. All devotees of Biostar’s innovations might acquire the item for about $50.

Biostar A68N-2100 is developed on AMD A68 chipset that supports APU passive cooling by means of a compact heatspreader. The implemented APU is characterized by low power consumption: in ordinary work conditions it consumes not more than 9 W power. The PCB accommodates two DIMM slots for DDR3 memory modules with the maximal frequencies of 1333 MHz and the ultimate capacity of 16 GB.

Expansion facilities are introduced by only one PCIe slot (2.0 x16). Storage options are realized due a pair of SATA III 6 Gb/sec ports, whereas network facilities …

Modular Power Supply 650W Chieftec A80

Evaluating the effectiveness of modern computer power supplies, the most attention is paid to their coefficient of performance (COP) at a given load — usually means of 20%, 50% and 100%. At the same time, not less important requirement, established by standard 80PLUS should be considered. That means — the preservation of this level of performance for all occurring in the world supply voltage variations, that is in the range of 100-240 V.

The standard rules of 80PLUS at different levels (Basic, Bronze, Silver, Gold, Platinum, etc.) are performed for two voltage 115 V and 230 V. In both cases, the normalized PS should show the efficiency of not less than specified for each category level. Not usual power supply CTG-650C model of the new A-80 series from the Chieftec company is interesting in that it has officially claimed efficiency of 85% or more, but only for nets 220-240 V.

As the advantages of such solution can immediately be noted a lower price, due to less stringent …

‘Extreme’ Facilities Offered by Zalman ZM1250 Platinum PSU

Zalman seems to be relentless in its attempts to daze all potential customers, as well as rivals. In this respect, there is no doubt that the company manages to regularly indulge consumers with ever newer, ever better power supply units. One of such dazzling products is Zalman ZM1250 Platinum PSU which is thought to belong to the high-end segment. As seen from the codename, the unit’s total power equals to 1250 W, providing for practically unlimited opportunities for extreme overclockers and enthusiasts. Due to ‘extreme’ facilities, this model easily attained 80+Platinum standard, demonstrating up to 93% efficiency.

ZM1250 Platinum is a modular power supply with all detachable cables, except for 24-contact and 8-contact ones. Upon the whole, the unit supports five cables for ODD/HDD devices and six 6+2-contact cables PCI Express.

To continue, ZM1250 Platinum is a dual-rail PSU: one 12V rail (45A) plus one more 12V rail (65A). Their combination suggests the …
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