ASRock to Officially Introduce Z87 Extreme 4/Z87 Pro 3 Motherboards in Early June

ASRock is going to officially introduce its two budgetary motherboards (compatible with Intel Haswell processors) in early June. Codenamed ASRock Z87 Extreme 4 and ASRock Z87 Pro 3, these products will cost around $170 and $100 correspondingly. Such attractive price makes them one of the most affordable solutions involving high-efficient CPUs of the next generation.



The more costly motherboard, Z87 Extreme 4, is known to feature only high-quality layout components, including PCB with dual copper layers, chokes with ferrite hub, and durable solid-state capacitors. This model supports DDR3 memory modules of up to 2600 MHz frequency and up to 32 GB capacity. Expansion slots consist of two PCI connectors, two PCI Express 3.0 x1 connectors, and three PCI Express 3.0 x16 connectors.


The connection of internal drives becomes possible due to the availability of eight SATA III sockets. Audio subsystem is realized with the help of 8.1-channel Creative Sound Blaster codec. External …

ASRock Teases Small-Sized X99M Killer Motherboard

Fans of small-sized PC systems might take delight in all the possibilities offered by Intel X99 chipset that is targeting innovative Intel Core i7 (Haswell-E generation) processors. Originally, the couple has been predestined for Socket LGA2011-3 platform full-fledged ATX motherboards. Nonetheless, ASRock is the one to equal all users by launching micro-ATX X99M Killer motherboard. In keeping with the manufacturer, the board’s functional does not yield to its senior companions.



ASRock X99M Killer accommodates four DIMM-slots for DDR4 memory modules, three PCI-e 3.0 x16 slots, ten SATA III 6 Gb/sec ports, a single Ultra M.2 port that employs four lines of PCI 3.0 bus. The major peculiarity ascribed to this model is the availability of two network controllers: Qualcomm Atheros Killer E2200 and Intel’s gigabit Ethernet proprietary version.


To continue, audio subsystem is developed according to Purity Sound 2 design standards, ensuring 7.1-channel sound production. External …

First SSDs from Asus to be Released Already in May

First seen at CES 2013 exhibition, Asus ROG RAIDR solid-state drives are on their final stage of development before an official release in May. Unlike the majority of contemporary SSD solutions in the market, the product from Asus features quite distinct form-factor, similar to expansion cards. The new drive is known to employ PCI Express 2.0 x2 interface with the support of x16/x8/x4 slots.



According to the preliminary data, ROG RAIDR solid-state drives will be available in two capacity variations – 120 GB and 240 GB. Both models will run under a couple of SandForce SF2281 controllers, comprised into RAID 0 array. MLC NAND flash-memory chips from Toshiba (designed under 19 nm technological process) will be the heart of revolutionary SSDs. Irrespective of the overall differentiation, ROG RAIDR will support a range of technologies traditional SSDs support, including S.M.A.R.T., TRIM and NCQ.


With the respect to the performance, both drives will be able to demonstrate …
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