Motherboard ASRock Z87 Extreme6 (LGA1150 Platform) Review

Intel Z87 platform is masterfully penetrating into all global markets. ASRock is the company that has already managed to introduce a set of products based on this platform, including Z87 Extreme6 model. The very board is supposed to be an advanced solution for enthusiasts, containing all necessary for specific usage attributes: POST-indicator, a powerful VRM system with a massive heatsink, and a lot of other facilities mentioned below.



Design and Layout


ASRock Z87 Extreme6 is designed in ATX form-factor with 305x244 mm dimensions. Its top side accommodates a large number of components, while the reverse side revels in three driver-doublers (ISL6611A) of CPU power rails only. Intel Z87 chipset is cooled down by a voluminous heatsink. A couple of additional ASM1061 controllers are soldered right to the system logics; they allow for the usage of up to ten devices with SATA 6 Gb/sec connectivity interface. The board comes with an integrated Intel HD Graphics 4600 graphics core. …

The third generation of chips Thunderbolt will be released in the second quarter of the next year

Data interface Thunderbolt from Intel company entered the market in February 2011 in the Apple MacBook Pro laptop. By combining in the one interface PCI Express and DisplayPort, it now offers data rates up to 10 Gbit / s. On the more common personal computers the interface began to be applied recently, as part of the laptop and PC top price category.



Intel plans to introduce a new controller interface Redwood Ridge Thunderbolt for use in personal computers in the second quarter of next year. It is likely that the new controllers will form the platform of the Shark Bay for next generation processors under the name of Haswell.


Controllers Redwood Ridge will support completely the same data rate 10 Gb / s, interface DisplayPort v1.1 and function DisplayPort v1.2 Redriver. At present, even the cheapest chips Thunderbolt, 2-channel Cactus Ridge, cost motherboard manufacturers at about $ 20, and many consumers expect that emergence of new generations of controllers will reduce …

Ultrathin 2.5-inch SSDs from Biwin

Biwin America, Inc., a global manufacturer of solid-state drive solutions for client and corporate needs, has officially announced the release of 2.5-inch SSDs with slim-profile casings. It should be mentioned that decrease in casing dimensions touched upon all 2.5-inch products and series manufactured by the company, including Smart, Pro and Elite Series with SATA 3 and SATA 2 interfaces, as well as Drive NX and NuvoDrive PX Series with SATA 3 interfaces.



Previously all SSDs were developed in 9.5 mm-thin casings, but the current modifications allowed Biwin to decrease the dimensions to 7 mm. This is twenty-six percent less than with preceding models. Hence, slim-profile SSDs are applicable in more compact devices; they are destined to be installed in 1U and 2U server stands. This is called to increase the deployment capacity of the server without sufficient investments. Biwin 7 mm SSDs casings are made of black anodized aluminum to ensure fail-proof characteristics of the …
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