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 …

Zalman Intros CNPS8X Optima CPU Cooler

Zalman is considered to be a key player in PC hardware field mainly due to a perfect combination of quality, functionality and price tags. CPU coolers are not an exception, since they ensure efficient and low-noise cooling of hard-hitting processors. The company’s latest CNPS8X Optima cooler is all about innovation that turns it around. Improved framework makes the model compatible with practically all platforms from Intel and AMD, save for Intel Socket LGA 2011/2011-v3/1366.



Zalman CNPS8x Optima employs a large heatsink, three copper heatpipes, and a single 92 mm fan. The latter is based on long-life bearing and features 4-contact connector. It is able to rotate at about 1200 RPM, producing not more than 30 dB noise.


The list of innovative technologies integrated into the cooler includes:


— Direct Touch Heatpipe (DTH) technology wherein all three heatpipes are in direct touch with a heatspreader. This accelerates heat dissipation process, enhancing overall …

Cooler Master to Release a New Budgetary Midi-Tower Chassis

New PC chassis from Cooler Master appear in the market with an enviable regularity. Each customer group, starting from entry-level customers and finishing with overclockers, can totally avail themselves with the up-dated facilities provided by the developer. This time, individuals with a quite modest budget will have an opportunity to enjoy all the privileges of contemporary technologies, since Cooler Master is going to release next month a new budgetary PC case of midi-tower form-factor. Codenamed CM Force 500, the case features 491.5x190.426 mm dimensions and is entirely painted black.



Chassis CM Force 500 supports motherboards of ATX and micro-ATX standard, and is ready to welcome all graphics adapters of up to 320 mm in length. Internal framework is estimated for the installation as of air cooling system, so of liquid coolers; hence, the maximal admissible height of the CPU air cooler approximates 164 mm, while dimensions of the heatsink attached to the liquid cooler should …
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