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 …

Xigmatek to Release Dark Knight II CPU Cooler

Xigmatek, a multi-profile Taiwanese company, is about to launch its second version of Dark Knight CPU cooler – the SD1483. Featuring 120x50x159 mm dimensions, this tower-like device comes in two color variations: black and white (Frostbourne). The model supports processors with the utmost TDP level of 160 W, designated for AMD AM2/AM3/K8 & Intel LGA 775/1155/1156/2011 platforms.

Xigmatek Dark Knight II SD1483 consists of a small-sized heatsink with fifty-five aluminum thin fins; the latter boasts ceramic coating that is called to enhance heat dissipation area. The heatsink is pierced by three 8 mm heatpipes which support direct contact technology.

The framework also accommodates a single 140 mm fan, based on slide bearing. It is estimated for 150.000 hours of foolproof operation. The integration of PWM technology enables the variation of rotational speed from 800 RPM to 1200 RPM. The blades produce up to 90.3 CFM airflow at the maximum 18 dB noise level. According to the …

Thermaltake Adds 3 New PSUs to Toughpower DPS G Platinum Series

Gamers as well as enthusiasts now have an ideal solution for their PC-builds – a triplet of power supply units from Thermaltake with the best durability and facilities. The company has replenished Toughpower DPS G Platinum series with 850 W, 1050 W and 1200 W PSUs. All of them boast 80Plus Platinum certificate that ensures their efficiency at 94% level. The new-comers are backed by a 7-year’s limited warranty from the manufacturer.

Featuring 180x150x86 mm dimensions, Thermaltake Toughpower DPS G Platinum modules employ 100% Japanese capacitors with an extended range of operational temperatures (up to 105 C). The heart of the system is STMicroelectronics controller. It gives access to an advanced monitoring system that enables the display of system data either on the PC or a cloud server. Therewith, this info might be requested from any electronic device, including tablets & smartphones.

The models are known to support power-efficient modes for Intel Skylake platform. …
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