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 …

Palit to Release GTX 1070 JetStream & GameRock Videocards

Following the official release of Nvidia’s GeForce GTX 1070 graphics adapter, the company’s partners have started unveiling their own modifications. Hence, Palit is about to launch four videocards, based on Pascal microarchitecture: GTX 1070 JetStream, GTX 1070 Super JetStream, GTX 1070 GameRock & GTX 1070 GameRock Premium Edition. All greenhorns employ GP104-200 GPU (16 nm, FinFet) with 1920 CUDA, 64 ROPs and 120 TMUs.



These videocards feature an 8-phase VRM system that uses a reliable hardware base, including solid-state capacitors and DrMOS chips. The GPU is accompanied by 8 GB of GDDR5 memory; its clock frequency across the line makes up 2.0/8.0 GHz (256 Gb/sec bandwidth) but for the GameRock Premium Edition model that delivers 2125/8500 MHz frequency & 272 Gb/sec bandwidth.


Cooling of all key components is provided by 2.5-slot coolers. They entail a copper base, a few copper heatpipes, a dual-section aluminum heatsink as well as a pair of 100 mm fans with …

Gigabyte GA-Z77MX-D3H: plus two ports Thunderbolt, plus 40 euros

Gigabyte has released the first motherboard form factor microATX, equipped with two ports Thunderbolt — GA-Z77MX-D3H TH. Taking into account the availability of the precursor (Z77MX-D3H), it’s interesting to compare the design and price of these models. First, about the cost of the product. The novelty is estimated at € 150, and its «little sister» — at € 108,50. If to subtract 10 euros from each of two amounts, there will be the minimum for which the cards will be available soon.



Gigabyte GA-Z77MX-D3H TH


What causes the difference in more than 40 euros? In general, the presence of two ports Intel Thunderbolt 10 Gb / s, which are implemented by the controller Intel DSL3510L. A high-speed connection can simultaneously serve several drives and a monitor. Minor changes were made to the design of the CPU power supply subsystem, which, nevertheless, remained a 6-channel. One of the long PCI Express slots was replaced by the second PCI-E 2.0 x1.


By and large, …
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