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 …

Overview of the ASRock Fatality Z270 Gaming K6 Motherboard

Recently, there has been released the announcement of the updated platform Intel LGA 1151 – to replace the processors Skylake, the model Kaby Lake has been offered to the user, and it marked the arrival of the next-generation of Intel products. Of course, this event coincided with the release of new chipsets, and then almost all manufacturers have presented motherboards on the new chipset. So, let’s have a quick glance at one of them – ASRock Fatality Z270 Gaming K6 motherboard.



Packaging and Equipment


The box is large, and therefore it is provided with a plastic handle for easy carrying on the top. At its bottom, there is a group of icons representing the support of various technological solutions. It is a special fun to see here the logos of the Intel “friends”, such as AMD and Nvidia. Three of these logos put together may cause cognitive dissonance with anyone even remotely familiar with the PC world.



Let us now look at the back side of the packaging. …

PSU Thermaltake Toughpower Grand 700W Review

Toughpower Grand series is one of the foreground PSU lines in the production gamma of Thermaltake. The series is replenishing with ever newer models from time to time, offering more advanced facilities and more efficient power. Model Toughpower Grand TPG-700M is one of the latest power supply units from this manufacturer. Its is characterized by the availability of 80Plus Platinum certificate and the employment of high-quality capacitors that ensure its stability of operation. Upon the whole, TPG-700M might be called a worthy follower of Toughpower series.



Specifications and User Experience


Thermaltake Toughpower Grand 700W is notable by a quite wide temperature condition range which fluctuates within the measures of 0 up to 50 degrees. The power on +12VDC rail is estimated at 696W (58A). The correlation of power on this rail with the total power makes up 0.994; this is a sample index for such type of units. All other basic specifications of the model are indicated on the …
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