ASRock Introduces Its Upgraded DeskMini PCs

The ASRock Co. has brought to the CES 2017 event its upgraded RX and GTX lines DeskMini PCs.



Details are obscure; however, general info is available. It is known, for example, that the dimensions of these devices are 210 х 137.5 х 81.9 mm. The motherboards utilized are of Mini-STX form factor, and the supposed CPUs are of the Kaby Lake generation.


The highest RAM capacity of these models equals to 32 GB; and there’s a possibility to embed drives due to the 2 SATA connectors and 3 M.2 slots. Such ports as USB 3.0 (x3), USB 2.0 (x2), HDMI (x2), DisplayPort, Mini DisplayPort, Thunderbolt 3 and Gigabit Ethernet deliver extra convenience.


These novelties can be equipped with either GeForce GTX 1060 or Radeon RX 460, RX 470, RX 480 (MXM) graphics cards. At the same time, the TDP rate should not exceed 120 W.


Therefore, we can assume that ASRock will produce fully gaming and rather effective VR compatible compact PCs.

Urban S21: a New Mid-Tower Case from Thermaltake

Thermaltake Technology introduces a new PC case codenamed Urban S21. This is a regular mid-tower chassis with, as usual, high-quality framework and wide spectrum of destinations. Urban S21 is developed in a minimalistic design with all black coverage (external and internal) and little detailing. The model is housed in a steel casing (SECC) and contains a single transparent side window. Its overall dimensions equal to 438x185x497 mm.



This PC case is expected to accommodate motherboards of ATX and micro-ATX standard, CPU coolers of up to 155 mm in height, and graphics cards which length does not exceed the admissible 320 mm. The layout offers seven PCI expansion cards, three external 5.25-inch drive bays, one external 3.5-inch drive bay, and five internal bays for the integration of 3.5/2.5-inch drives.


Urban S21 is equipped with a frontal interface panel that is represented by a pair of USB 3.0 ports and a pair of 3.5 mm audio slots. The top panel contains handy ‘Power’ …

Real premium-class: motherboard ASUS P8Z77-V Premium review

Most motherboards do not just resemble each other, they are exactly the same devices that for the vast number of users differ only in colour. But this time, a truly interesting product — ASUS P8Z77-V Premium is displayed for users. By appearance it has no different features to other models. However, when looking closer, a 'regular' SSD is noticed right on the board. The motherboard is packed into a standard series box. Of course, the box has many kinds of logos and icons that tell about the characteristics of the product.



Delivery kit of the motherboard ASUS P8Z77-V Premium includes: user manual, user guide of Wi-Fi module, CD with software, plug for the rear panel, card for connecting complete Wi-Fi and Bluetooth, the module Wi-Fi, module Bluetooth, Quad-Sli, Triple-SLI, CrossFireX, cables SATA 3, an external unit with two ports USB 3.0.


Remote power USB 3.0 — is much more useful component than it might seem at first glance. The fact is that there are a lot of …
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