ASRock Fatal1ty Z170 Professional Gaming i7: Ambitious Mainboard for Ambitious Gamers

Gamers all over the world have got another cause for rejoicing: the debut of Fatal1ty Z170 Professional Gaming i7 motherboard. According to ASRock, the model is the most efficient mainboard in the company’s lineup. Designed in ATX form-factor, it’s based on Intel Z170 chipset that is ready to welcome Intel Skylake CPUs with LGA1151 socket (Core i3/i5/i7, Pentium, Celeron).

ASRock Fatal1ty Z170 Professional Gaming i7 captures the eyes by a true gaming black-and-red color gamut and a selected hardware base. The 12-phase VRM system provides power to the most demanding processors. Besides, all the components are cooled down by means of a passive cooler.

The PCB offers 4 DIMM slots which are targeting DDR4 memory modules with 3866+ MHz clock frequency. The maximal capacity of the integrated memory might not exceed 64 GB. To create storage subsystem the user might employ 4x SATA III ports, 3x SATA Express (compatible with SATA III), and 3x Ultra M.2 slots with 32 Gb/sec …

Corsair to Release Hydro Series H5 SF Liquid Cooler

Taking into account the increasing number of cases when it’s impossible to install highly efficient air coolers on mini-ITX motherboards, Corsair has developed a universal low-profile liquid cooler. Entitled Hydro Series H5 SF, the unit shows compatibility with the majority of small-sized platforms for Intel LGA1366/115x and AMD FM1/FM2/AM2/AM3 sockets. Besides, this model is able to manage with up to 150 W of thermal power.

Corsair Hydro Series H5 SF is distinguished by an unusual framework. It employs dedicated props which hover the heatsink over the motherboard; thus, the system does not require additional space within the case. The base is made of polished copper.

The aluminum heatsink (167x40x57) is accompanied by a 120-mm fan that drags out hot air from heat-generating components. Its rotation speed varies from 1000 RPM to 1800 RPM, producing 12-24 CFM airflow. Still, the fan appears to be rather noisy with the peak levels of 36-42 dB.

Corsair bundles the …

Modular Power Supply 650W Chieftec A80

Evaluating the effectiveness of modern computer power supplies, the most attention is paid to their coefficient of performance (COP) at a given load — usually means of 20%, 50% and 100%. At the same time, not less important requirement, established by standard 80PLUS should be considered. That means — the preservation of this level of performance for all occurring in the world supply voltage variations, that is in the range of 100-240 V.

The standard rules of 80PLUS at different levels (Basic, Bronze, Silver, Gold, Platinum, etc.) are performed for two voltage 115 V and 230 V. In both cases, the normalized PS should show the efficiency of not less than specified for each category level. Not usual power supply CTG-650C model of the new A-80 series from the Chieftec company is interesting in that it has officially claimed efficiency of 85% or more, but only for nets 220-240 V.

As the advantages of such solution can immediately be noted a lower price, due to less stringent …
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