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?



Specifications


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 …

Evga Debuts with a First-Rate ACX CPU Cooler

Evga, a company primarily known for high-end graphics solutions, decided to expand its production line by entering cooling market. Herein, it elaborated a first-rate CPU cooler, entitled ACX (codename: 100-FS-C201-KR). The new-comer features 164x134.5x91.5 mm dimensions and weighs 1065 g. Luckily, it can be already found in free sale for a price of $50.



The ACX is a tower-like air cooler that is able to efficiently remove heat from all processors that are compatible with the following sockets: Intel LGA 2011/1156/1155/1366/1150/775 and AMD FM1/FM2/AM3/AM3+/AM2/AM2+.


Evga ACX consists of an aluminum heatsink, five copper heatpipes that support Direct Touch technology, and one PWM fan of 120 mm dimensional type. The heatsink is composed of multiple thin plates, which differentiate themselves by an unusual framework. Such framework enables the emergence of two airflows around the heatpipes. According to Evga, this promotes for a better heat removal process.


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Gigabyte Comes Out with Three New Xtreme Gaming Videocards

Gigabyte decided to supplement its Xtreme Gaming series of graphics cards with three new models, following the recent launch of 5 other items. The GV-N970Xtreme C-4GD, Gigabyte GV-N980Xtreme C-4GD and GV-N98Xtreme C-6GD greenhorns come with a modified design and adjusted clocks. The triplet is bundled with a brand OC Guru II utility to further enhance the cards’ performance.



Each model from Gigabyte Xtreme series boasts independent specifications to satisfy the needs of various customers. The only analogous feature is a set of integrated video interfaces: 1x HDMI, 1x DVI-I and 3x DisplayPort.


Gigabyte GV-N970Xtreme C-4GD rests upon Nvidia GM204-200 GPU (1664 CUDA cores), running at 1051/1178 MHz frequency. It is accompanied by 4 GB of GDDR5 memory (256-bit rail) that operates at 7100 MHz efficient frequency level. Gigabyte GV-N980Xtreme C-4GD is based on Nvidia GM204-400 GPU with 2048 CUDA cores; its base/dynamic frequency showings equal to 1127/1216 MHz. This model …
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