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 …

Flash-Drives from SanDisk at IFA 2012

IFA 2012 is confidently picking up speed, allowing dozens of companies to introduce their creations. SanDisk came to the electronics exhibition with a handful of advanced devices, among which are upcoming flash-drive releases. SanDisk tech bench highlighted a couple of flash-drives with expressive codenames: Cruzer Edge and Cruzer Pop. It should be mentioned that both drives have already been announced by the company earlier this year, but now they are given the most prominence.

Cruzer Pop model is primarily oriented at non-corporate clients who will be glad to choose a flash-drive of bright color. The company delivers the model in several color gamuts and volume capacities (4GB, 8GB, 16GB, and 32GB). Cruzer Pop has got camp bed like framework and features 45x18x3.8 mm dimensions.

To continue, Cruzer Edge model is equipped with a retractable USB 2.0 socket and void of additional caps. The manufacturer paid much attention to safety measures, and due to this reason, the …

New RAM Modules Ballistix Sport SODIMM from Lexar Media

Lexar Media, a well-known American designer of diverse digital media products, starts selling its new RAM series from Ballistix line. Entitled Sport SODIMM, the series is introduced by four SODIMM-DDR3 modules, intended for the incorporation into gaming laptops: BLS4G3N169ES4, BLS8G3N169ES4, BLS4G3N18AES4, and BLS8G3N18AES4. The quadruple is distinguished by an original design with the implementation of unique heatspreaders. All of them are optimized for Intel Core i5/i7 mobile processors of the fourth generation (Intel Haswell platform) and support all up-dated XMP profiles.

The most beneficial feature applied to Ballistix Sport SODIMM modules is their power-saving nature. They are able to operate at 10% lower power voltage than analogous products; hence, they reduce the laptop’s power consumption index and increase the time of its offline work.

To continue, the first two models, BLS4G3N169ES4 and BLS8G3N169ES4, come in 4 GB and 8 GB capacities correspondingly. They …
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