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 …

HP Elite Slice & Pavilion Wave: a Pair of Extraordinary Mini-PCs

Within the framework of IFA 2016, HP has introduced a pair of stylish mini-PCs. The HP Elite Slice and the HP Pavilion Wave boast an astounding exterior design as well as a holistic internal filling. The new-comers differ from each other in a number of ways, starting from the OS and finishing with the hardware base.

Therefore, business-oriented HP Elite Slice features 165x165x35 mm dimensions & weighs 1.04 kg. It’s based on Intel Core Skylake CPU and up to 32 GB of DDR4 RAM. The model comes with an integrated graphics core, Gigabit Ethernet & Wi-Fi adapters. Connectivity options are represented by a single USB 3.1 Type-C port, a pair of USB 2.0 ports, one DC-in, one RJ-45, one DisplayPort, and one HDMI port.

If there is a need, the user is free to connect additional modules: HP ODD, HP VESA (wall mount) or HP Audio. The latter comes with inbuilt speakers Bang & Olufsen, which ensure 360-degree sounding, and a couple of microphones with HP Noise Cancellation support. …

Cougar Intros Power-Saving PSU Series GX-S

Cougar has recently introduced a new power-saving PSU series codenamed GX-S. The series includes three high-efficiency models which meet the requirements of 80Plus Gold standard: GX-S 400W, GX-S 500W and GX-S 600W. Cougar promises that the products will be available in free sale already in early April. All three PSUs are housed in a black casing with golden logo and accommodate high-quality Japanese capacitors that ensure utmost performance and reliability.

Cougar GX-S series employs LLC technologies which are called to reduce the power loss on Off/On activities. The models also feature a power-saving framework to comply with Eco-Friendly EuP, ErP Lot6 and Energy Star 5.0 standards. Hence, the units consume less than 0.9W in ‘Off’ mode. Besides, GX-S units absolutely meet ATX12V specifications, support all novel (and future!) platforms on the basis of multi-core processors, as well as several graphics adapters with PCI-e 2.0 interface and 8-pin PCI-e connectors.

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