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. …

Two New Pocket-Size External Drives from HGST

HGST, a company that has been acquired by Western Digital, is going to gladden its devotees by a couple of external drives, codenamed G-Technology G-Drive mini and G-Technology G-RAID mini. Both models are characterized by a pocket-size design and distinguish themselves as the world's first serial devices employing 2.5-inch hard drive with the total of 1TB capacity. This is, indeed, an incredible property that can't be currently beaten by any rival product. Besides, the spindle implemented in the hard drive develops the speed of 7200 RPM.



Model G-Technology G-RAID mini features 149x83x38 mm dimensions and contains two hard drives of 2.5-inch standard. Each of the drives goes with 1TB capacity (the total capacity is 2TB). The implementation of Oxford 936 controller enables the possibility to organize RAID 0 and RAID 1 array configurations. The inventory of the device boasts the availability of eSATA 3Gb/sec port, USB 2.0 port and FireWire 800 x2 port. This external drive is …

Zalman ZM-GVM Introduces ZM-GVM Bronze PSUs

Zalman adds another series of power supply units to its portfolio. The ZM-GVM series is represented so far by three semi-modular units of 500 W, 600 W and 700 W capacity. They correspond to ATX12V 2.31 standard and boast 80Plus Bronze certificate since their efficiency achieves 88%. The new-comers are able to operate in a wide range of input voltages (115-230 V), featuring only a single +12V rail.



Zalman ZM-GVM units employ dual forward converter as the basis. Semi-modular design presupposes permanent fixture of the main cables and demountable construction of optional cables. Efficient cooling is the task for a low-noise 120-mm fan, whereas sustainability of the units is entrusted to the advanced protection system.


Zalman ZM500-GVM PSU accommodates 1x 24-pin connector, 4+4-in ATX 12V, 3x MOLEX, 5x SATA, 1x FDD, and 2x 6+2-pin PCI Express connectors. The ZM600-GVM offers 4x MOLEX and 6x SATA connectors in addition to the base ones. The senior ZM700-GVM houses 4x MOLEX …
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