Gigabyte Showcases GA-Z170X Gaming 3 Mainboard

Gigabyte expands its line of gaming products with a new ATX motherboard, entitled GA-Z170X Gaming 3. The key peculiarity ascribed to the model is the support for the latest Intel Skylake-S CPU (14 nm) with LGA 1151 socket. The new-comer takes Intel Z170 chipset as the basis and draws power via 24-pin ATX as well as 8-pin EPS power sockets. Besides, the board belongs to the mainstream customer segment, so its price won’t go higher than $188.



Gigabyte GA-Z170X Gaming 3 is furnished with 7-phase VRM, four slots for DDR4-3400 MHz RAM (two-channel) of up to 64 GB capacity, a pair of PCIe 3.0 x16 slots for the installation of graphics cards (support for CrossFireX and SLI configurations), a single PCIe 3.0 x4 slot, and three PCIe 3.0 x1 slots.


Storage subsystem might be organized due to six SATA III ports (bandwidth – 6 Gb/sec), three SATA Express ports (bandwidth – up to 16 Gb/sec), and a couple of M.2 slots with bandwidth index up to 32 Gb/sec.


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The Forthcoming Switch to 5 mm HDD Models

Nowadays HDD segment is represented by various products from various companies. However, with the development and release of ultrabooks, manufacturers directed their production to the hybrid-type drives. This resulted in the predominance of hybrid solutions in the market.



Recently Itel has advanced a motion to digress somehow from the production of hybrid drives and switch to the decrease of traditional HDDs dimensions to 5 mm in casing depth. According to the company's assumptions, such change could moderate the price for drives and provide the necessary volume capacity for ultrabooks.


Some manufacturers have already directed a part of their technological powers to the design of HDDs with 5 mm casings. Nevertheless, there appeared a couple of obstacles on their way: the necessity to stabilize data reading and writing activities, and increase of costs spent on drives' production. This will result in the rise of end price.


IT professionals and analysts forecast the …

The official announcement of the motherboard Biostar Hi-Fi Z77X

Company Biostar, taking the example of the motherboard market leaders, manufactures the product for the audiophile — Biostar Hi-Fi Z77X. In the latest model are involved: the processor socket LGA1155, the flagship chipset for the platform (Intel Z77), three full-height PCI Express x16 and 13-channel subsystem of CPU power. The developer promises high quality audio through 7.1-channel HD Blue-ray audio codec ALC898, Technology THX TruStudio Pro, Hi-Fi Ground (multi-layer PCB with protectors properties), and Puro Tone (signal / noise ratio — 110 dB), as well as resistors, Hi-Fi Resistor with tin oxide capacitors and Hi-Fi Cap.



Four slots for memory with dual access are designed for installation of modules DDR3-1066/.../2600 totaling 32 GB. In addition, the construction of SLI and CrossFire configurations using the formula «x8 + x8» is possible. The lower slot PCI-E 2.0 x16 x4 is good to use for high-speed SSD-drives, and «external» controllers. PCB has six ports Serial ATA …
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