Affordable Motherboard Asus Vanguard B85 Review

Nowadays customers don’t find it difficult to acquire the motherboard which would absolutely correspond to their needs. This is primarily explained by the fact that each manufacturer tries to pack its production lineup with models of various calibers. Asus is one of the few companies that restlessly enlarge their motherboard inventory with variegated items, and Vanguard B85 (TUF series) is yet another item for saving users. The key to ‘affordability’ of Intel B85 chipset-based board lies mainly in the reduction of connectivity facilities, where the chipset supports not six but four SATA 6 Gb/sec + four USB 3.0 devices. However, the model is rich in other facilities that are vital for a contemporary multimedia PC.



Design and Layout


To begin with, Asus Vanguard B85 is designed in an uncommon uATX form-factor and supports Pentium/Xeon/Corei3/Corei5/Corei7 CPUs (Haswell gen.) for Socket LGA1150. The motherboard inventory involves 4 DIMM slots for the installation up to 32 …

Meet New Transcend HSD740 SSDs for Universal Usage

Transcend has pushed along its new solid-state drive of half-slim form-factor — HSD740. The drive is based on a high-quality NAND flash-memory with MLC architecture and is intended at the employment in a wide spectrum of platforms: small-sized portative devices, laptops, enterprise PCs, as well as in gaming consoles. This model features only 54x39x4 mm dimensions and will come in two capacity variations (32 GB and 64 GB).



Transcend HSD740 employs an up-dated SATA 6 Gb/sec interface to provide for the utmost data transfer speeds. The maximal speed index on sequential Read operations equals to 510 Mb/sec, while on sequential Write operations this index does not trespass 185 Mb/sec.


Support of SATA Device Sleep (further on DevSleep) mode deserves special praise. This mode ensures that this solid-state drive consumed minimum power on diverse operational conditions. On its activation, SATA interface gets totally disabled on stand-by time; at the same time, it is able to …

Motherboard Asus P8Z77M-Pro Review

Functional possibilities of motherboards are not 100% dependent on their dimensions, as it was considered in earlier times. Quite the contrary, nowadays it's feasible to complement a high-performance system of compact dimensions. In this light, the majority of motherboard designers replenish their lineup of products with models of mATX format to propose efficiency and ergonomics simultaneously. Asus can boast a number of motherboard of various form-factors, and mATX is not an exclusion. Its latest model P8Z77M-Pro is capable to support all up-dated technologies, including multi-graphics (3-Way CrossFire, SLI, and Lucid Virtu MVP).



General Peculiarities


Asus P8Z77M-Pro is developed in mATX form factor. The predominant color gamut includes brown, blue and black tints. Capacitor fins have got composite gamut of silver-blue tints. The power is enabled via the main 24-contact ATX socket, and an additional 8-contact one. Such combination is basically applied in full-size …
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