Motherboard Asus Crosshair V Formula-Z Review

Asus has been taking a leading position in the supply of motherboards to the PC hardware market for a long time. For example, its Republic of Gamers series has been enjoying great popularity among customers for more than six years already. Besides, the company was a pioneer to introduce ROG in its products to guarantee an unmatched performance and wide range of available facilities. Crosshair model was the first to implement ROG in its basis, and the latest Asus Crosshair V Formula-Z motherboard is a direct follower of this approach.



Background


Motherboard model Crosshair V Formula-Z is developed in ATX form-factor (305x244 mm dimensions), employs AMD 990FX/SB950 chipset and is ready to house CPUs from AMD AM3+ (Sempron 100/Athlon II/Phenom II/FX). Memory subsystem consists of four DIMM slots estimated for DDR3 memory type that is able to operate in two-channel mode at 1066MHz-2400MHz frequency. The model is known to support Extreme Memory Profile options and is compatible …

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 …

Midi-Tower Chassis Corsair Obsidian 350D Review

Hardware components, supplied by Corsair, have always been treated as premium-class products. Whether it is an efficient power supply unit or high-performance RAM memory kits — all Corsair elaborations are distinguished by high quality and style. PC chassis are not an exclusion. Much talked-about Obsidian series is now supplemented with one more model – Obsidian 350D. This midi-tower case, intended for the installation of microATX/miniITX motherboards, differentiates from its colleagues by relatively compact dimensions, laconic and stylish design, as well as by an outstanding layout.



Design and Ergonomics


PC chassis Corsair Obsidian 350D is available in two design variations: with a transparent acrylic window on one of the side panels and with an entirely blind side panel. Acrylic window is fixed without any screws or claps; in order to remove it, it’s necessary to unscrew a couple of thumbscrews on the rear facet and move the window back. Like other Obsidian …
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