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 …

Foxconn Q77M: Effective Solution of Corporate Tasks

Foxconn introduces a new motherboard destined for the efficient solution of all basic corporate assignments. Codenamed Foxconn Q77M, the model is developed in micro-ATX form factor and supports processors from Intel: Sandy Bridge and Ivy Bridge (Intel Core i3, i5, i7 of the second and third generations). It is peculiar for the integrated facilities pertained to the remote control and virtualization.



Motherboard Foxconn Q77M employs high-quality Japanese capacitors in its framework. The minimal error-free operational time is estimated at sixty thousand hours. Such index is going to attract those corporate clients who require stable and uninterrupted work with the utmost performance.


This model accommodates such video interfaces as VGA, HDMI, DisplayPort, and DVI, gigabit LAN socket, six-channel HD audio codec and graphics core with DirectX 11 support. Additionally, the board allows employing up to 32GB of DDR3-1600 MHz memory type and supports RAID standards with the …

Lifting the Veil from USB Type-C Bus

Since the launch in 1995, Universal Serial Bus (USB) has proved itself as the most successful ever computing interface. Nowadays tens of billions of electronic devices are connected together due to it. It goes without saying that this bus has outlived a few modifications, each distinguished by higher speed and reliability. Thus, today the community is able to revel in a completely new modification – USB Type-C – that forecasts a lot privileges of connectivity process. Let’s see what users will get with a new bus.



Layout and Connectivity


In physical terms, Type-C is a bit larger than USB 2.0 Micro-B but a bit tinier than binary USB 3.0 Micro-B, featuring 8.34x2.56 mm. Such dimensions enable its connection to the devices of any type, including the thinnest smartphones/tablets. The oval-shaped socket houses 24 contact outputs (to compare: USB 3.0 sockets feature only 9 outputs).


The most outstanding physical peculiarity of Type-C is a symmetric connector that …
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