ASRock Launches Z170M-PIO2 Mainboard with Unusual Layout

ASRock has stricken the general public by the development of a motherboard with an extraordinary layout. As a rule, mainboards targeting all-in-one solutions are void of expansion slots for graphics cards, due to lack of space. However, ASRock has designed a space-efficient model with an integrated PCI Express 3.0 x16 slot. Yet, it’s localized parallel to the PCB as against standard items with perpendicular slot orientation.



ASRock Z170M-PIO2 is based on Intel Z170 chipset for Socket LGA1511 platforms. It supports Intel Celeron/Pentium/Core i3/Core i5/Core i7 CPUs. The PCB features a pair of DIMM slots for the installation of DDR4 memory modules with the maximum clock frequency of 3466 MHz (up to 32 GB of capacity). Storage subsystem is introduced by 4 SATA 6 Gb/sec ports as well as a single Ultra M.2 x4 slot.


As far as expansion is concerned, the model accommodates a single PCIe 3.0 x 16 slot and one M.2 2230 slot, occupied by Wi-Fi/Bluetooth adapter. The 7.1-channel …

Meeting New Cooling System Brocken 2 from Alpenfoehn

Only a couple of weeks are left till the official release of a new cooling system Brocken 2 designed by Alpenfoehn. This is a long-awaited launch, since the fist version of the system, entitled Brocken, was honored to gladden the audience long time ago. Hereby, Brocken 2 has got a wee bit modified framework, if compared with the predecessor. Its dimensions together with a fan equal to 146x100x165 mm.



The base is shaped by means of five 6 mm copper heat pipes, tightly pressed together. Aluminum plates of the heatsink seem to be ‘cut’ in the center, unlike the one-piece construction of plates implemented in Brocken.


Active cooling power is ensured by a nine-blade fan of 140 mm standard size, known as WingBoost 2. The fan supports PWM technology that allows altering its rotational speed within the boundaries of 400-1100 RPM. Its activity stimulates the airflow index of 109 CFM, while the noise level barely achieves 19.6 dB (A). WingBoost 2 features small distance between …

Sapphire Continues Its Victorious Onset on Graphics Card Market

News about fresh releases from Sapphire gladdens all potential customers and IT specialists with enviable frequency. The most recent news touches upon the upcoming release of a fresh graphics card codenamed HD 7870 XT with Boost. This model is based on AMD Radeon HD 7870 adapter and employs Tahiti chip with 1280 current processors and 80 texture blocks. The chip is designed on Graphics Core Next architecture that secures its improved facilities. The model employs PCI Express 3.0 x16 interface.



The integrated GPU works at nominal 925MHz frequency, but on activation of PowerTune Boost option this index rises to 975MHz. Memory, that is represented by 2GB of GDDR5 memory standard, demonstrates 6000MHz frequency. It provides for 192-bit rail access. An inventory of video interfaces involves a couple of mini-DisplayPort outputs, a single Dual Link DVI-I and a single HDMI port. Moreover, this graphics card supports AMD Eyefinity technology that allows the connection of several …
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