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 …

Kingston Showcases New SSDNow KC300 Series

Kingston Digital, an established developer and supplier of highly efficient storage solutions, has officially introduced its new line of solid-state drives that entered SSDNow series. Entitled KC300, this line is targeted at a vast audience, starting from corporate clients and finishing with average customers. KC300 includes five models of 60 GB, 120 GB, 180 GB, 240 GB, and 480 GB capacities. According to Kingston, the new entries are supposed to substitute the two preceding SSD lines: Kingston KC100 and Kingston V+200.

SSDs KC300 are designed in 2.5-inch form-factor and feature SATA III 6 Gb/sec interface. LSI SandForce SF-2281 controller is the heart of each drive model. All items included in the series support DuraClass, DuraWrite, S.M.A.R.T. and RAISE technologies that substantially enhance their efficiency. The same way, all the drives are able to complete an automatic data encoding by means of two integrated encoding engines, which work with AES-128 and AES-256 algorithms. …

Asus Amazes Customers by Graphics Cards of ROG Matrix Series

Asus has made an official announcement about the replenishment of its graphics cards ROG Matrix series. According to the voiced information, the new products will amaze all potential customers by uncompromising performance and overclocking facilities. Codenamed Asus ROG Matrix HD 7990 GHz, the series is supplemented by both standard and Platinum Edition versions. By all appearances, this couple represents the most up-to-date developments and most efficient characteristics targeted at enthusiasts and gamers.

Graphics card Asus ROG Matrix HD 7970 GHz Platinum Edition employs a uniquely selected graphics processing unit which is capable to demonstrate up to 1100 MHz performance in Turbo Boost mode. Its nominal frequency equals to 1050 MHz. Unlike Platinum Edition, standard version shows traditional 1000 MHz (nominal clock frequency) and 1050 MHz while overclocking. It should be mentioned that working frequencies are the only discrepancies found in both cards.

Therefore, both …
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