ASRock Launches Z170M-PIO2 Mainboard with Unusual Layout

ASRock has stricken the general public by the development of a motherboard with an extraordinary layout. As a rule, mainboards targeting all-in-one solutions are void of expansion slots for graphics cards, due to lack of space. However, ASRock has designed a space-efficient model with an integrated PCI Express 3.0 x16 slot. Yet, it’s localized parallel to the PCB as against standard items with perpendicular slot orientation.

ASRock Z170M-PIO2 is based on Intel Z170 chipset for Socket LGA1511 platforms. It supports Intel Celeron/Pentium/Core i3/Core i5/Core i7 CPUs. The PCB features a pair of DIMM slots for the installation of DDR4 memory modules with the maximum clock frequency of 3466 MHz (up to 32 GB of capacity). Storage subsystem is introduced by 4 SATA 6 Gb/sec ports as well as a single Ultra M.2 x4 slot.

As far as expansion is concerned, the model accommodates a single PCIe 3.0 x 16 slot and one M.2 2230 slot, occupied by Wi-Fi/Bluetooth adapter. The 7.1-channel …

Zalman Introduces Highly Efficient FX70 Passive Cooler

Zalman, a renowned South Korean designer of various hardware solutions, has recently introduced its latest CPU passive cooler, entitled FX70. The new-entry features 110x140x158 mm dimensions and comes without any fans. However, if there is a need to cool down CPUs with the TDP level higher than 80 W, the customer is free to enhance the facilities by adding two 120 mm fans. The latter are fixed to the heatsink by means of four brackets.

Zalman FX70 is an optimal choice for the following platforms: Intel LGA 2011/1366/115x/775 and AMD FM2/FM1/AM2/AM2+/AM3/AM3+. This cooler fits in any mid-tower ATX and larger PC chassis. The cooler’s framework consists of a copper base, pierced by six nickel-plated heatpipes, and of fifteen heatsink plates with an offbeat design, codenamed Twist; they are called to dramatically improve the process of heat management.

Fanless framework is regarded to be an advantage due to three reasons. First of all, pure heatsink provides absolutely no …

Dual-Range Wi-Fi Router Netgear WNDR4000 Review

Wireless Wi-Fi modules have become frequenters in home-based and corporate networks. With the augmentation of devices which require Internet connection the need for a solid router goes to the limelight. PCs, laptops, smartphones, tablets, and other devices can nowadays be found in the majority of homes, and only high-quality router is able to solve all network issues. Netgear has recently introduced a dual-range Wi-Fi router, codenamed WNDR4000, that is ready to cope with a bunch of devices. It supports Ethernet gigabit and 750 Mb Wi-Fi N.

Design and Layout

Router Netgear WNDR4000 has got quite attractive design. The casing is black, glossy and void of any sharp edges; the framework is chamfered and all the lines are smooth. The top part of the casing is a bit salient. The clipboard has got a silver padding to highlight the indicators; the latter are not usual round LEDs but more sophisticated items: figures and inscriptions are illuminated to provide for better visual …
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