Overclocking-Oriented ASRock Z170 OC Formula Mainboard Review

ASRock Z170 OC Formula is a flagship motherboard with a bunch of intriguing features. Along with an internal perfection, the model boasts a set of options for extreme overclockers. The latter are given a chance to enable LN2 Mode or Slow Mode to achieve the targeted performance results. Moreover, there are facilities for adjusting different parameters in real time. What else can the Z170 OC Formula offer? Let’s find it out.



ASRock Z170 OC Formula Highlights


The motherboard features the following specifications:

— chipset & CPU: Intel Z170, support for Socket 1151, Skylake-S Celeron, Pentium, Core i3/i5/i7;

— memory: 4x DIMM slots, DDR4 SDRAM, up to 64 GB, 2133-4500 MHz frequency;

— GPU: integrated Intel HD 510/530;

— form-factor: ATX, 305x244 mm dimensions;

— expansion: 3x PCIe 3.0 x16, 1x PCIe 3.0 x16 (x4), 3x PCIe 3.0 x4, 1x PCIe 3.0 x1, 1x PCIe 2.0 x1, 1x mini-PCIe 2.0 x1;

— audio: Realtek ALC1150 controller, 2x Texas Instruments …

Chieftec Introduces 4 PSUs of Smart Series

Chieftec has recently introduced four new power supply units, replenishing Smart series. The series is supplemented by GPS-400A8, GPS-500A8, GPS-600A8 and GPS-700A8 models. It should be stated that all the models are targeted only at European customers, since their specifications allow the connection only with 220V-230V networks. Those PSUs are also directed at average customers rather than gamers due to the company's plans to expand its horizons.



The major distinction between the upcoming models is their power that fluctuates in the measures of 400W and 700W. All PSUs are developed in PS2 form-factor and correspond to the ATX 2.3 international standard. Their casings have got black coloring and are characterized by non-modular design. The length of cables reaches 80 cm that is enough for the connection with various devices. Moreover, efficiency level of Smart series exceeds 80%. At the same time, all the models conform to the major environmental guidelines.


The PSUs are …

Acer Debuts with Predator XB241YU Monitor

Acer comes out with another gaming monitor which replenishes the framework of Acer predator lineup. The XB241YU boasts a balance of functional & price (about $499). Featuring 541x530x259 mm dimensions, the 23.8-inch display offers QHD display resolution (2560x1440) and 1 ms response time. The heart of the model is TN panel with 16:9 aspect ratio.



Acer XB241YU offers 250 cd/m2 brightness as well as 144 Hz of nominal refresh rate. If there is a need, it’s possible to enable an overclocking mode to achieve 165 Hz of refresh rate. The support for Nvidia G-Sync technology is called to eliminate any image artifacts.


To continue, the monitor brags about 100% coverage in Adobe RGB environment. It is able to display up to 16.7 million of colors, providing for the best rendering. Flicker-Free technology is sure to relieve eye strain during prolonged gaming sessions. The integrated stand allows for the adjustment of height (up to 150 mm), swivel, pivot, and angle of slope.


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