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?


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 …

Meet the One-Size-Fits-All Fan from Titan

Titan has introduced a revolutionary, in some way, fan that can be employed for multiple purposes. Except for being a part of cooling system involved in PC enclosure, Cloud Fan can also be utilized as a cooling means in offices, vehicles or at home. The compatibility with the majority of fixtures becomes possible due to the implementation of 1/4-inch perforations. The connection to the power supply is realized by means of three-contact socket.

The casing of Cloud Fan is made of white plastic, and the series counts up two models. One model goes with 140 mm dimensions, while the other – with 120 mm. The major attractive feature of both models is that they are predestined for approximately sixty thousand hours of fail-proof operation. Such peculiarity might attract people willing to get simultaneously an efficient and comprehensive cooling solution.

The 120 mm fan is able to show up to 2200 rpm; the level of noise does not exceed 35 dB. The 140 mm model demonstrates a bit …

Zalman Debuts with Reserator 3 Max Dual Liquid Cooler

Zalman has officially launched a new liquid cooling system, Reserator 3 Max Dual, firstly introduced at CES 2014. It is peculiar by the support of all up-to-date CPU sockets for AMD and Intel platforms, as well as by outstanding performance. With the aim to enhance heat dissipation effect, the company supplements the model with a proprietary Zalman ZM-STG2M thermal grease.

Zalman Reserator 3 Max Dual consists of a waterblock with a copper base, two connecting hoses, two heatsinks, and a pair of 120 mm fans. The base of the waterblock boasts an improved framework; it has got a flanged coating that promotes for the acceleration of heat dissipation. Both heatsink sections are nickel-plated. The heatpipes implemented within their framework resemble a maze; this allows liquid to employ the maximal dispersion area.

The incorporated 120 mm fans are equipped with a long life bearing and a bright blue LED. Their operation is adjusted by means of PWM technology, so the rotational …
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