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 …

Features of Models AMD Athlon II X4 (FM2)

Like Intel, AMD Company is not protected to the release of a large number of faulty processors, which are eliminated at the stage of laboratory tests. Some have a non-working cache (or part thereof), other — x86-cores, and others — a graphics block, and a fourth — a weak memory controller. According to this, there are releases of less productive CPU, but working with a moderate price tag. About unlocking cores / cache in AMD processors users probably know firsthand.

As the saturation of the defective inventory APU Trinity platform FM2, AMD will decide on the mass production of new models of AMD Athlon II X4. They will be easily distinguished from its predecessors on the number of the form 7xx.

Integrated Graphics Radeon VLIW4, of course, will be disabled. Frequency will be slightly reduced for marketing purposes. Overclocker devotees will primarily be interested in quad-core Athlon II X4 750K of free factor. The operating frequency of the model — 3.4 GHz, cache …

Two New SSD Series for Corporate Clients from Samsung

Samsung has recently announced the release of two new SSD series, intended basically for the employment in corporate segment (for servers and large data storages). The first series, codenamed SM843, will be represented by models of 120GB, 240GB and 480GB capacity; the second series, codenamed SM1625, will contain models of 100GB, 200GB, 400GB, and 800GB capacity.

All the models within the series are based on MLC NAND flash-memory, developed under 20 nm technological process. This allowed the company to increase the writing speed index and SSDs durability three times as much, if compared with rival drives and items of the previous generation.

SM843 solid-state drives are designed in 2.5-inch form-factor. They are notable by 28% lower power consumption in active mode and 80% lower retention time. The models employ SATA 3.0 interface and demonstrate the following speed showings: consecutive Read speed achieves the point of 520 Mb/sec, consecutive Write speed equals to 420 …
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