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 …

Aerocool Cruisestar Advance Case Overview

Many manufacturers of budget-friendly PC cases adore expanding their line-up by a banal change of the plastic case kit without dramatic changes in the filling or framing structure of the chassis. The Aerocool Company is also saddening with this approach, although, for the sake of justice, it is worth noting that in recent years this has happened quite rarely. Nevertheless, the subject of today's review – the Cruisestar Advance is just the result of a change in appearance based on the simplest PGS-V series frames. Let’s see what the consequences of this metamorphosis from the point of view of the ordinary buyer are.


Features

Case type: Midi-Tower

Dimensions, mm: 483 (H) x 200 (W) x 441 (D)

Material: ABS plastic, steel

Weight, kg: 3,5

Color: black

Form factor: ATX

Devices 5.25": 1

3.5" external devices: –

3.5"/2.5" internal devices: 3/2

Supported number of expansion slots: 7

Front fans: 1 x 120 mm (installed)

Rear …

Biostar Introduces a New Hi-Fi B85S3+ Motherboard for Audiophiles

Biostar is glad to introduce one more representative of Hi-Fi Series of motherboards – the Hi-Fi B85S3+. The model is developed in micro-ATX form-factor and is intended for budget-oriented audiophiles. The heart of the board is Intel B85 Express chipset that shows compatibility with Intel Core i3/i5/i7 CPUs (4th generation) for Socket LGA1150 with the TDP level of not more than 95W. Due to a rather compact design, the new-comer is an ideal solution for small-sized home PCs and multi-media centers.



The Hi-Fi B85S3+ takes use of 4-phase power supply subsystem. It employs high-quality capacitors with a solid electrolyte and chokes with shell-type mandrels. Memory consists of four slots for DDR3 modules (running at 1600 MHz) with the overall capacity of 32 GB. Expansion is provided by one PCI slot, two PCI Express 2.0 x1 slots and one PCI Express 3.0 x16 slot.


Storage facilities are ensured by means of two SATA II ports and four SATA III ports. Network gigabit Ethernet port …
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