Motherboard Biostar Hi-Fi Z87X 3D Review

When all the turmoil connected with the launch of new Intel Haswell processors becalmed, potential customers could finally get their own opinion about CPU facilities and decide whether an upgrade is a sensible move. A flagship motherboard from Biostar, entitled Hi-Fi Z87X 3D, proves that it worth the effort. Biostar was one of the first manufacturers in the market to pay much attention to audio subsystem. Hence, all the best audio elaborations have been aptly implemented in its flagship board.

General Specifications

Biostar Hi-Fi Z87X 3D positions itself as the motherboard for overclocking, featuring:

— chipset: Intel Z87;

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

— socket and supported processors: Socket 1150, Intel Haswell Pentium, Core i3/i5/i7;

— built-in graphics core: Intel HD Graphics 4600;

— memory: type – DDR3, capacity – up to 32 GB, clock frequencies – 1066 MHz – 2800 (OC) MHz;

— expansion slots: three PCI-e 2.0 x1, two …

AMD Announces the Development of Steamroller

Heightened demand for high-end processor solutions and ever rising competition make AMD constantly develop its products. This usually results in the release of really outstanding items, such as already acknowledged Bulldozer and Piledriver. Therefore, according to the words of the companies technical manager, Mark Papermaster, the development of a new processor architecture, codenamed Steamroller, is already on order of AMD's business. The ready-made products are sure to be released next year. Steamroller is called to become the third edition of Bulldozer architecture that launched last year and a loyal companion of Piledriver core.

The initial data witness that processors on Steamroller architecture will be designed in correspondence with 28 nm technological process. This should favorably affect their efficiency and enlarge the performance by 15-20% at equivalent power consumption and clock frequency. At the same time, Steamroller will improve all specifications implemented in …

Stylish CPU Cooler Ice Hammer IH-4800 Review

Cooling solutions under Ice Hammer brand enter the market not so frequently as wished it to be. Still, the company manages to gladden all potential customers with high-quality products. This time, in close cooperation with Thermalright, it launched IH-4800 CPU cooler that is a modified version of True Spirit 140 model. Yet, what kind of options are going to attract the audience? Let’s find it out.

Heatsink and Fan Framework

The employed by the IH-4800 heatsink features 155x55x170 mm dimensions. It is a typical single-section tower, accompanied by six U-shape heatpipes. The pipes did not get nickel-plated coating, so they have a highly polished copper design. The heatsink embraces fifty aluminum ribs with 2 mm distance from each other.

The ribs are connected with the pipes by means of a dedicated neck finish with a thorough soldering. Six lower ribs do not have contact with two heatpipes, since the latter got a strongly pronounced curve at the output. The heatsink …
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