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 …

SilverStone Debuts with a Tiny PC Case PT13

SilverStone announces the release of a new PC case from Petit series that is intended for Thin mini-ITX platforms only. Entitled PT13, the new-comer is differentiated by truly tiny dimensions of 186x182x42 mm. Its framework consists of a steel chassis and an aluminum flip-up cover.



The possibility to utilize the case as in horizontal so in vertical positions is thought to be the major peculiarity of PT13. Additionally, the case might be fixed to the rear facet of the monitor, due to the availability of a dedicated VESA bracket. The company estimated the price for the model at $59.


SilverStone PT13 supports the installation of a single HDD or SSD of 2.5-inch form-factor. In regards to the supported motherboards, their list involves models from Intel (DH61AGL, DQ77KB), ASRock (H61TM-ITX, Z77TM-ITX, B75TM-ITX, H77TM-ITX), and Gigabyte (GA-H61TN, GA-H77TN). The maximal height of the supported CPU coolers might not exceed the margin of 19 mm. Unfortunately, expansion slots are …

It’s Already Here! Nvidia GeForce GTX 780 Officially Launched

Several months of prolonged rumors have ended in the final release of the much-wanted graphics card from Nvidia — GeForce GTX 780, designed for desktop devices. This is the second solution from this manufacturer for mainstream market, developed in accordance with 28 nm technological process (after Titan series), and the first representative of Nvidia GeForce 700 series. The product is based on Nvidia GK110 graphics core that features 2304 current processors, 192 TMUs and 48 ROPs.



With the attempt to enhance the card’s productivity and make it rival with Titan solutions, Nvidia has dynamically increased GPU clock frequencies from 837 MHz to 863 MHz (nominal) and from 876 MHz to 900 MHz (overclocked). This adapter employs PCI Express 3.0 internal interface. Power supply is realized by means of two power connectors: one 6-contact connector and one 8-contact connector.


In regards to video memory, the manufacturer incorporates highly-efficient GDDR5 modules with 384-bit …
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