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 …

Thermaltake Chaser A71 LCS Chassis with BigWater 850 GT on Board

Thermaltake Technology, a renowned Taiwanese manufacturer of PC hardware components, is going to release a new full-tower chassis of Chaser A41 series. Codenamed Chaser A71 LCS, the model distinguishes itself by a black stylish case with blue stripes on the frontal panel, a large transparent window on the side panel, and a gaming-type LED backlight. The overall dimensions of the new-comer are estimated as 537x205x565 mm, while the total weight reaches up 10 kg.

Thermaltake Chaser A71 LCS boasts some incredible capacity facilities. Thus, it is able to accommodate motherboards of E-ATX standard, three external drives of 5.25-inch form-factor, one external drive of 3.5-inch standard, as well as eight internal PCI cards and five bays for 3.5/2.5-inch drives. The chassis is ready to house rather voluminous graphics adapters, the maximal length of which equals to 244 mm, and rather high CPU coolers that reach up 160 mm.

The top facet of the case contains I/O panel that boasts …

Here Goes! Zotac Announces GeForce GTX Titan Graphics Card

Once Nvidia GeForce GTX Titan officially emerged in the market, all graphics cards manufacturers has proceeded with the announcement of new products based on super-fast GPU. Zotac is among the pioneers to implement this new and advanced adapter into its own card which is promised to demonstrate utmost image detailing and sharpness. According to Zotac developers, their novel product differs immensely from the ones delivered earlier in terms of speed and performance. Due to the employment of 6GB memory modules and processors frequently integrated into supercomputers, Zotac GeForce GTX Titan will be able to satisfy all hardcore enthusiasts’ requirements.

Graphics card from Zotac features an intellectual automatic overclocking system. An improved Nvidia GPU Boost 2.0 technology will provide for an automatic overclocking but only when there are favorable system conditions for heightened frequencies. Thus, the system relies not on power consumption index but on real GPU temperature …
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