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 …

Intel to Release CPU Avoton in Late 2013

Intel is known to develop CPU solutions for different types of systems, including home-based compact platforms, as well as corporate server systems. Not so long ago the company announced the decision to introduce its new solution for micro-servers, codenamed Bordenville, which is based on Centerton CPU. A new platform is going to provide good performance characteristics in combination with multifarious facilities. Still, Intel decided to move on and improve the platform for this segment by a more efficient product. Under the preliminary data, the company is going to develop another platform, codenamed Edisonville, based on Avoton processor.



According to the forecasts, Intel Avoton will be able to demonstrate a better performance per watt, as compared with Centerton or Haswell CPUs. Avoton will be notable for the integration of USB, SATA and GbE facilities; thus, the platform will accommodate a couple of SATA III ports, two SATA II ports, four USB 2.0, and four gigabit Ethernet …

Antec Announces Classic P70 PC Case

Antec, a well-known multi-profile hardware designer, is about to release its newest mid-tower case, entitled P70. The model attracts attention by a strict classic design with a solid steel framework, polycarbonate coating, and low noise level. Featuring 458x205x465 mm dimensions, it supports as mini-ITX/micro-ATX mainboards, so full-format ATX ones. The recommended retail price will probably make up $70.



Antec P70 comes with two external 5.25-inch bays, one external 3.5-inch bay as well as four 3.5/2.5-inch internal bays for HDD/SSD. Expansion facilities are backed by seven slots. It should be underlined that all drives and cards might be installed without accessory tools due to the implementation of a tool-free mounting system. With flexibility of application in mind, HDD bays are rotated 90 degrees.


The case is able to accommodate graphics cards of up to 380 mm in length, ATX power supply units, and CPU coolers of up to 170 mm in height. Top I/O panel cannot boast any …
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