Motherboard Gigabyte GA-F2A85X-UP4 Review

The second generation of AMD A-Series hybrid processors, announced earlier in October, are already integrated in a number of graphics solutions. The newly appeared products are compatible with Socket FM2 only and cannot be applied for Socket FM1 infrastructure. This implies that a number of motherboards lose their upgrade facilities and can't be updated with a new advanced solution. Still, the market is currently ready to present a few boards destined to operate with the updated AMD A-Series. Gigabyte is one of the pioneers in this respect, introducing its motherboard GA-F2A85X-UP4, developed specifically for Socket FM2.


Gigabyte GA-F2A85X-UP4 is designed in ATX form-factor with 305x244 mm PCB dimensions. AMD A85X chipset is a heart of the motherboard; it secures the compatibility with A-Series (second gen.) APU and Athlon CPUs in the implementation of Socket FM2. The overall TDP level claimed for the model is not more than 100W. The PCB allots four DIMM slots …

Zotac Replenishes Zbox Mini-PC Series with Haswell-Based Models

Zotac is glad to announce the release of three new mini-PC models that entered Zbox series. Entitled IQ01, ID91 and ID92, these PCs are equipped with Intel Core (Haswell generation) CPUs and are compatible with Windows 7/8 platforms. All three models support DirectX 11 technology with Shader Model 5.0 features; additionally, they support HDCP interface, Blu-ray 3D technology, video decoding options, and the creation of multi-screen configurations.

Zotac Zbox IQ01 features such specifications:

— CPU: Intel Core i7-4770T that runs at 2.5 GHz (3.7 GHz in Turbo mode);

— graphics: onboard Intel HD Graphics 4600;

— I/O: 1x DVI-I, 2x DisplayPort, 4x USB 3.0, 1x mSATA 6 Gb/sec;

— support for Intel Turbo Boost 2.0.

Zotac Zbox ID91 boasts the following peculiarities:

— CPU: Intel Core i3-4130T that runs at 2.9 GHz;

— graphics: onboard Intel HD Graphics 4400;

— I/O: 1x DVI-I, 1x HDMI.

Zotac Zbox ID92 features the following technical aspects:
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Chieftec Launches Smart SFX-500GD-C Power Supply

Chieftec has been always known as a quick-change artist in the hardware market. As a rule, SFX power supply units can’t boast high power or productive cooling. However, far otherwise is Chieftec that proves the contrary. Its latest Smart SFX-500GD-C solution is a combination of an astounding efficiency and a full-blown 120 mm fan. Due to this, the model has been certified to work as a part of Nvidia SLI and AMD CrossFireX graphics configurations.

Chieftec Smart SFX-500GD-C features 125x135x64 mm dimensions. Offering 500 W power, it provides for more than 90% efficiency in the majority of workloads. Herein, there in small wonder that this model has won 80Plus Gold certificate. Reliability is the other distinctive feature ascribed to this PSU. It is backed by a single +12V rail with the output capability of 40A. An overall charging power of +3.3V and +5V rails makes up 150W.

This allows for the creation of a high-performance system with a flagship CPU and a top-tier GPU. …
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