ASRock to Officially Introduce Z87 Extreme 4/Z87 Pro 3 Motherboards in Early June

ASRock is going to officially introduce its two budgetary motherboards (compatible with Intel Haswell processors) in early June. Codenamed ASRock Z87 Extreme 4 and ASRock Z87 Pro 3, these products will cost around $170 and $100 correspondingly. Such attractive price makes them one of the most affordable solutions involving high-efficient CPUs of the next generation.

The more costly motherboard, Z87 Extreme 4, is known to feature only high-quality layout components, including PCB with dual copper layers, chokes with ferrite hub, and durable solid-state capacitors. This model supports DDR3 memory modules of up to 2600 MHz frequency and up to 32 GB capacity. Expansion slots consist of two PCI connectors, two PCI Express 3.0 x1 connectors, and three PCI Express 3.0 x16 connectors.

The connection of internal drives becomes possible due to the availability of eight SATA III sockets. Audio subsystem is realized with the help of 8.1-channel Creative Sound Blaster codec. External …

Fractal Design Showcases an Offbeat Define S Chassis

Fractal Design, a well-known Swedish PC hardware developer, comes out with an innovative PC chassis, entitled Define S. The new-comer offers an ideal balance of functionality with a perfect soundproofing. Its exterior is differentiated by a classic strictness and style combined with a totally black coverage. The case might accommodate as mini-ITX/mATX motherboards, so full ATX items. Moreover, potential customers are able to choose between a windowed version ($90) and an entirely blind version ($80) of the chassis.

Key peculiarity of Fractal Design Define S model is absence of traditional bays for ODD and HDD/SSD. Instead of them, there are dedicated vertical seats on the reverse side of the motherboard tray for three 3.5-inch drives and two additional 2.5-inch drives. Seats for the 5.25-inch ODD are absent at all.

The layout allows for the installation of 425-mm graphics cards (if frontal fans are excluded, the maximal admissible length of cards might be 450 mm), CPU …

Transcend Launches New mSATA and Half-Slim SATA SSD Solutions

Transcend, a renowned manufacturer of diverse data storage solutions, launches three new SSD models targeting industrial sector. Codenamed MSA740 and MSA630, the two models are developed in mSATA form-factor, while their companion, entitled HSD630, has got half-slim SATA format. In retail sale all three SSD lines are available in several capacity variations. Hence, MSA740 with SATA III 6Gb/sec interface goes with 32 GB, 64 GB and 128 GB capacities; at the same time, MSA630 and HSD630, featuring SATA II 3Gb/sec interface, go with 32 GB and 64 GB capacities only. All three SSD lines are characterized by a proven durability, stability of operation, and low power consumption, combined with an utmost efficiency.

SSD Transcend MSA740 features 29.85x50.8x4 mm dimensions and is equipped with a powerful controller that promotes for the highest speed showings. The maximal sequential Read/Write speed equals to 520/270 MB/sec correspondingly, while the maximal random Read speed (4KB blocks) …
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