MSI Shared the First Shot of Z170A Gaming Pro Mainboard

First displayed at Computex 2015, the Z170A Gaming Pro motherboard from MSI is now available for the web community. The company teases the first shot of the extended ATX model, showing off its main privileges. The new-comer is based on Intel Z170 chipset, intended for Socket LGA 1151-compatible Intel Skylake CPUs. Its key visual attraction is the availability of a stripe with RGB illumination on the right side. The stripe supports 8 working modes and is able to display up to 16.5 million colors.



MSI Z170A Gaming Pro comes equipped with 4x DIMM slots for the integration of DDR4-3300 MHz memory modules (maximum capacity – 64 GB). Storage subsystem is introduced by four SATA 6 Gb/sec ports and a single SATA Express port (compatible with two SATA 6 Gb/sec ports). The socket is powered by a 8-pin connector, whereas the PCB draws power from a 24-pin ATX one.


Furthermore, the connection of graphics cards might be realized via two PCIe 3.0 x16 slots; other expansion cards are …

‘Cine’ Monitor Asus MX299Q Review

The emergence of 4K displays marked the beginning of a new era in PC monitors market. Despite the unquestionable viewing facilities, those products so far remain beyond the budget for many customers. So, the development of more affordable but ultra-modern solutions is at the height today. Asus was always differentiated by offbeat approaches to the design and framework of all products. Hence, the appearance of MX299Q monitor was quite an expected move. This model is peculiar not only by an unusual ‘cine’ design but also by striking facilities. Let’s get proof of it.



Specifications


Asus MX299Q boasts the following specifications:

— panel: type – AH-IPS (LM290WWI-SSAI), coverage – Hard Coating 3H (anti-glare), backlit – W-LED, diagonal – 29 inches, aspect ratio — 21:9, response time – 5 ms, resolution – 2560x1080, viewing angles – 178/178 degrees (H/V), brightness – 300 cd/m2, number of displayed colors – 16.7 m, contrast – 1000:1/80M:1 …

Overclocked Asus Strix R9 380 OC Graphics Card Review

AMD has recently updated its lineup of graphics cards, offering solutions for any taste and budget. Its Radeon R9 380 adapter is an appropriate balance of quality and price. Hence, there is small wonder that all company’s partners rushed into introducing their own versions of the card. The Strix R9 380 OC from Asus is undoubtedly one of the most outstanding interpretations. Let’s see what privileges it boasts.



General Specs


Asus Strix R9 380 OC is based on Antigua Pro GPU (28 nm) that entails 1792 CUDA cores, 32 ROPs and 11 TMUs. In contrast to the etalon model running at 970 MHz frequency, this card features 990 MHz nominal clock frequency. The codename – Strix-R9380-DC2OC-2GD5-Gaming implies that this item comes equipped with 2 GB of GDDR5 memory, operating at 5500 MHz efficient frequency. However, it is assumed that Asus will introduce the version with 4 GB memory to satisfy the needs of a wider audience.


PCB Layout


All hardware base components are …
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