Motherboard ASRock Z87 Extreme6 (LGA1150 Platform) Review

Intel Z87 platform is masterfully penetrating into all global markets. ASRock is the company that has already managed to introduce a set of products based on this platform, including Z87 Extreme6 model. The very board is supposed to be an advanced solution for enthusiasts, containing all necessary for specific usage attributes: POST-indicator, a powerful VRM system with a massive heatsink, and a lot of other facilities mentioned below.

Design and Layout

ASRock Z87 Extreme6 is designed in ATX form-factor with 305x244 mm dimensions. Its top side accommodates a large number of components, while the reverse side revels in three driver-doublers (ISL6611A) of CPU power rails only. Intel Z87 chipset is cooled down by a voluminous heatsink. A couple of additional ASM1061 controllers are soldered right to the system logics; they allow for the usage of up to ten devices with SATA 6 Gb/sec connectivity interface. The board comes with an integrated Intel HD Graphics 4600 graphics core. …

HP Elite Slice & Pavilion Wave: a Pair of Extraordinary Mini-PCs

Within the framework of IFA 2016, HP has introduced a pair of stylish mini-PCs. The HP Elite Slice and the HP Pavilion Wave boast an astounding exterior design as well as a holistic internal filling. The new-comers differ from each other in a number of ways, starting from the OS and finishing with the hardware base.

Therefore, business-oriented HP Elite Slice features 165x165x35 mm dimensions & weighs 1.04 kg. It’s based on Intel Core Skylake CPU and up to 32 GB of DDR4 RAM. The model comes with an integrated graphics core, Gigabit Ethernet & Wi-Fi adapters. Connectivity options are represented by a single USB 3.1 Type-C port, a pair of USB 2.0 ports, one DC-in, one RJ-45, one DisplayPort, and one HDMI port.

If there is a need, the user is free to connect additional modules: HP ODD, HP VESA (wall mount) or HP Audio. The latter comes with inbuilt speakers Bang & Olufsen, which ensure 360-degree sounding, and a couple of microphones with HP Noise Cancellation support. …

Universal CPU Cooler Zalman CNPS9900DF Review

Zalman keeps on developing high-end cooling systems with a radial arrangement of plates. Its latest product, CPU cooler CNPS9900DF, is considered to be universal in terms of compatibility and implemented facilities. Still, some IT experts view this model as a modification of previously launched Zalman CNPS9900 MAX, although with two fans. In spite of visual resemblance, the company tried to design a truly uncommon cooler, with remarkable specifications and reliability.

Framework Peculiarities

Zalman CNPS9900DF is distinguished by an unusual framework. It's not a traditional vertical tower, as long as heatsink ribs feature fan-like location relative to the central axis of symmetry. Such approach provides for a comprehensive heat dissipation over all key motherboard components due to absence of frames on fans. Heat pipes embrace the cooling plates in a circle, then bend at 90 degrees, piercing the base. At first sight it seems that the framework involves six heat pipes, but …
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