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 …

SilverStone Primera PM01: Top-Notch Gaming Chassis

SilverStone is glad to announce the launch of a first-class chassis, entitled Primera PM01 (dimensions: 571x560x220 mm). The key design specification is freedom from front sections; this allows installing up to three 140-mm fans with blue or red LED backlight. One of the side panels features an acrylic observation window that serves up all hardware in details.

SilverStone Primera PM01 is ideal for the build-up of micro-ATX/ATX systems. The layout configuration offers place for 7 expansion slots, 9 storage solutions (4x 2.5/3.5-inch, 5x 2.5-inch), quite long graphics cards (up to 419 mm), high CPU coolers (up to 180 mm) as well as typical ATX PSUs of 240 mm in length.

The steel-and-plastic case is primarily equipped with a 140-mm fan. The top panel is ready to accommodate 2/3 additional fans. In order to organize a high-performance air cooling, the manufacturer has integrated a 10-slot hub. The chassis boasts a well-designed cable management, dust filters and a 4-zone LED …

PSU Hiper K900 Review

The tendencies of the past several years prove that contemporary customers are rather demanding as to the overall characteristics of their PCs, so to their singular hardware components. Those demands primarily touch upon performance, efficiency and power-saving properties of products, however, design and ergonomics are given much attention as well. PSU devices are not an exclusion, and customers tend to choose not only high-end products with outstanding parameters, but also products with compact dimensions and attractive design. Thus, PSU manufacturers try to comply with the modern tendencies and release devices for people with various demands. PSU Hiper K900 is the product destined for customers with heightened requirements to the performance and moderate desires as to its design.

Design and Delivery Kit

Hiper K900 design is characterized by simplicity and observance of traditional forms. The casing is made of dull black plastic which combines with the silver-color fan …
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