Greeting an Affordable Z170A-X1/3.1 Mainboard from ASRock

ASRock is known for developing high-quality hardware components for a relatively affordable price. Thence, its latest Z170A-X1/3.1 ATX mainboard is not an exception, since its price tag does not go beyond $100. In order to cheapen the prime cost, the manufacturer backed away SATA Express & M.2 connectors, limiting the PCB by six SATA III 6 Gb/sec ports.



To add, instead of a modern 8-channel audio controller it incorporated a well-known Realtek ALC892 item. The other boons of modernity remained unchanged. Thus, ASRock took Intel Z170 top chipset as the basis for the motherboard. The chipset is targeting the latest Intel Skylake CPUs for Socket LGA1151. The PCB accommodates 4 DIMM slots for dual-channel DDR4-3466 MHz RAM (up to 64 GB max. capacity).


Graphics facilities are ensured thanks to a pair of PCI Express 3.0 x16 slots, although there are three more PCI Express 3.0 x1 slots for the connection of other items. Network options are entrusted to gigabit Intel I219V LAN …

Motherboard Gigabyte GA-F2A85X-UP4 Review

The second generation of AMD A-Series hybrid processors, announced earlier in October, are already integrated in a number of graphics solutions. The newly appeared products are compatible with Socket FM2 only and cannot be applied for Socket FM1 infrastructure. This implies that a number of motherboards lose their upgrade facilities and can't be updated with a new advanced solution. Still, the market is currently ready to present a few boards destined to operate with the updated AMD A-Series. Gigabyte is one of the pioneers in this respect, introducing its motherboard GA-F2A85X-UP4, developed specifically for Socket FM2.



Integration


Gigabyte GA-F2A85X-UP4 is designed in ATX form-factor with 305x244 mm PCB dimensions. AMD A85X chipset is a heart of the motherboard; it secures the compatibility with A-Series (second gen.) APU and Athlon CPUs in the implementation of Socket FM2. The overall TDP level claimed for the model is not more than 100W. The PCB allots four DIMM slots …

Overview of the CPU cooler MSI Core Frozr L

Continuing to develop and improve its line of gaming products, MSI has invaded a previously unexplored part of the market – CPU cooling. MSI strive to make its Gaming series coherent, including in it all the necessary components: motherboards, graphics cards, gaming peripherals, and, now, even a CPU cooling system. The debut of the coolers was named Core Frozr L.


Equipment

The MSI Core Frozr L package, apart from a radiator and a fan, includes the following:

• Installation guide; • Syringe with thermal interface; • Black upper cooler pad to change; • Two additional fan brackets; • Four rubber damper for the second fan; • Universal reinforcement plate; • Mounting bracket for the cooler; • Universal mounting frame for all socket types; • Four threaded metal stands with rubber pads; • Four long screws; • Four threaded stands with thumbscrews for the Intel LGA2011 socket; • Four short screws; • Four large plastic pads; • Four small plastic pads; …
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