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 …

Liquid-Cooling System Zalman LQ315 Review

A few months after the last release of water-cooling systems, Zalman introduces a new series of products with a title attribute LQ3xx. The series consists of three models, LQ320, LQ315 and LQ310, which differentiate themselves primarily by dimensions. The senior cooler (LQ320) features 32 mm water block and 52 mm heatsink, the medium LQ315 cooler features 38 mm heatsink and analogous in dimensions water block; the junior cooler (LQ310) is the tiniest one and features 28 mm heatsink and water block. Zalman LQ315 greatly resembles its predecessor, CNPS20LQ, in design, however, is ready to offer some improved options, if compared with the previous cooler generations.



Design and Framework


Like any other water-cooling system, Zalman LQ315 consists of a water block combined with a pump and joined with a heatsink by means of flexible tubes. The water block is notable by the availability of 'Z' logo on its surface that is lighted blue during operation. Its round base, made of …

PSU Gigabyte GreenMax Plus 550W Review

Gigabyte, being one of the major players in the motherboards and graphics markets, quite rarely replenishes its production line with PC chassis and power supply units. Rarely, but right on target! Its GreenMax Plus PSU series is an evidence of the company’s versatile maturity. The series includes three models of 450W, 550W and 650W power. Let’s see what Gigabyte has to offer to all ‘high-fed’ by multiple products customers by the example of GreenMax Plus 550W (codename: GZ-EMS55A-C1) model.



General Features


The GreenMax Plus 550W is delivered in a handheld cardbox with a convenient holder. The unit itself is housed in a typical case with a black semi-gloss coating and a large ventilation grid. All basic specifications are marked on its side facet. The manufacturers claim the power of 504W (42A) for the +12VDC bus. Thereat, the correlation of power on the bus with the total power reaches the index of 0.916, which is considered to be an average benchmark for such type …
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