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 …

Super Flower Intros Leadex Platinum 850 W Power Supply

Super Flower, a renowned Chinese designer of PC enclosures and other hardware components, has introduced a new power supply unit, entitled Leadex Platinum 850 W (codename: SF-850F-14MP). The model is housed in a stylish white case and features a large air fan with a ventilation grid. It is targeting high-end systems with fastidious requirements to power supply. In order to prove the model’s durability, the manufacturer adds 5-year’s limited warranty to the shipping contents.

Super Flower Leadex Platinum 850 W has been awarded 80Plus Platinum certificate, due to more than 89% efficiency. The PSU comes with a totally modular cabling system and a set of wires for the simultaneous employment of two graphics cards. The model is cooled down by a single 140 mm fan, monitored by PWM controller.

This power supply unit is equipped with a single +12V rail that is able to provide 70.8 A current. It might operate in networks with the voltage range from 100 V to 240 V. The product …

Corsair Introduces a Spacious 'Godzilla' PC Case

Corsair, known for its multifarious PC hardware products line, has introduced its new chassis with a promising name Obsidian 900D Godzilla. The attribute 'Godzilla' speaks for itself: the case features truly voluminous dimensions of 655x694x251 mm. Its weight is also impressive and its internal layout is ready to welcome the whole galaxy of motherboards of different form-factor, including ATX, XL-ATX, E-ATX, HP-ATX.

Obsidian 900D Godzilla goes in black coloring and one of its side panels is equipped with a transparent acrylic window that uncovers some internal components. Such impressive dimensions offer free spacing for the integration of fifteen (!) 3.5-inch (or 2.5-inch) drives, ten PCI expansions cards, and four bays for the drives of 5.25-inch dimensional type. The input/output interface panel is represented by 3.5 mm audio connectors, a pair of USB 2.0 ports and four USB 3.0 ports.

It should be stated that this PC case is delivered with a pre-installed water-cooling …
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