MSI Shared the First Shot of Z170A Gaming Pro Mainboard

First displayed at Computex 2015, the Z170A Gaming Pro motherboard from MSI is now available for the web community. The company teases the first shot of the extended ATX model, showing off its main privileges. The new-comer is based on Intel Z170 chipset, intended for Socket LGA 1151-compatible Intel Skylake CPUs. Its key visual attraction is the availability of a stripe with RGB illumination on the right side. The stripe supports 8 working modes and is able to display up to 16.5 million colors.



MSI Z170A Gaming Pro comes equipped with 4x DIMM slots for the integration of DDR4-3300 MHz memory modules (maximum capacity – 64 GB). Storage subsystem is introduced by four SATA 6 Gb/sec ports and a single SATA Express port (compatible with two SATA 6 Gb/sec ports). The socket is powered by a 8-pin connector, whereas the PCB draws power from a 24-pin ATX one.


Furthermore, the connection of graphics cards might be realized via two PCIe 3.0 x16 slots; other expansion cards are …

SSDs Corsair Neutron and Corsair Neutron GTX Review

Current conjuncture in the market of drives proves that SSDs do not require special advertising. Their demand index rises every single day, along with the increasing supply. Corsair, a well-known manufacturer of various PC hardware solutions, has successfully 'assimilated' advanced LAMD LM87800 controllers, and developed two SSD items at once based on this controller. Codenamed Corsair Neutron and Corsair Neutron GTX, these drives are intended at different customer audiences. Both models feature similar internal layout, but differ in the integrated interfaces and memory types.



Specifications


Model Corsair Neutron is considered to be cheaper than GTX version, so its specifications are more modest. It employs MLC flash-memory type with ONFI interface developed under 25 nm technological process. Its companion, Corsair Neutron GTX, belongs to the high-end SSD echelon and employs MLC flash-memory type with Toggle Mode interface designed under 24 nm technological process. Both …

‘Cine’ Monitor Asus MX299Q Review

The emergence of 4K displays marked the beginning of a new era in PC monitors market. Despite the unquestionable viewing facilities, those products so far remain beyond the budget for many customers. So, the development of more affordable but ultra-modern solutions is at the height today. Asus was always differentiated by offbeat approaches to the design and framework of all products. Hence, the appearance of MX299Q monitor was quite an expected move. This model is peculiar not only by an unusual ‘cine’ design but also by striking facilities. Let’s get proof of it.



Specifications


Asus MX299Q boasts the following specifications:

— panel: type – AH-IPS (LM290WWI-SSAI), coverage – Hard Coating 3H (anti-glare), backlit – W-LED, diagonal – 29 inches, aspect ratio — 21:9, response time – 5 ms, resolution – 2560x1080, viewing angles – 178/178 degrees (H/V), brightness – 300 cd/m2, number of displayed colors – 16.7 m, contrast – 1000:1/80M:1 …
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