Asus to Release a Hybrid All-in-One PC with a Detachable Display

Asus decided to rejoice its ardent fans by the development of yet another hybrid all-in-one PC entitled Transformer AiO. First of all, it should be mentioned that this product differs from regular hybrid items (laptop-tablets or tablet-netbooks) by an unusual framework. This is a combination of all-in-one solution with a voluminous tablet, where Windows 8 and Android unanimously cooperate. In other words, Transformer AiO is a PC with a detachable display that can work in a standalone mode.



When examining this model as a PC dock-station and all-in-one solution, it’s necessary to name all key components. Thus, it is based on Intel Core i3 3220/i5 3350P/i7 3770 CPU, employs Nvidia GeForce GT730M graphics adapter and the latest Windows 8 OS platform. Internal layout allows the integration of 1 TB/2 TB hard drive and up to 8GB RAM. The station accommodates four USB 3.0 ports, Kensington’s lock, optical drive, and USB transmitter for the connection of keyboard and mouse.


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ASRock to Officially Introduce Z87 Extreme 4/Z87 Pro 3 Motherboards in Early June

ASRock is going to officially introduce its two budgetary motherboards (compatible with Intel Haswell processors) in early June. Codenamed ASRock Z87 Extreme 4 and ASRock Z87 Pro 3, these products will cost around $170 and $100 correspondingly. Such attractive price makes them one of the most affordable solutions involving high-efficient CPUs of the next generation.



The more costly motherboard, Z87 Extreme 4, is known to feature only high-quality layout components, including PCB with dual copper layers, chokes with ferrite hub, and durable solid-state capacitors. This model supports DDR3 memory modules of up to 2600 MHz frequency and up to 32 GB capacity. Expansion slots consist of two PCI connectors, two PCI Express 3.0 x1 connectors, and three PCI Express 3.0 x16 connectors.


The connection of internal drives becomes possible due to the availability of eight SATA III sockets. Audio subsystem is realized with the help of 8.1-channel Creative Sound Blaster codec. External …

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 …
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