Asus Comes Out with B85-Pro Gamer Motherboard

Thrifty enthusiasts willing to build up an efficient gaming system are given a chance to enjoy the privileges of a new motherboard from Asus: the B85-Pro Gamer. The model employs an affordable set of components, although it is highly competitive with more powerful solutions. This ATX board is based on Intel B85 Express chipset for Socket LGA1150 platform and supports Core i3/i5/i7, Celeron and Pentium (Haswell gen.) CPUs.

Asus B85-Pro Gamer comes with 4x DIMM slots that are ready to welcome up to 32 GB of DDR3-1600 MHz memory modules (two-channel). Storage section is represented by six SATA ports, four of which support 6 Gb/sec standard. Expansion of functional facilities might be realized due to three PCI slots, two PCI-e 2.0 x1, and two PCI-e x16 slots. The delivery of power supply is organized by means of 1x 24-contact socket and 1x 8-contact socket.

The hardware base also embraces network gigabit Intel I217V controller with an integrated GameFirst II technology; the …

Enclosure Lian Li PC-100 'the Hammer' Review

PC enclosures currently go at various shapes and frameworks. Thus, it's rather simple for a potential consumer to get lost in the abundance of alternatives. Each company tries to release truly unique models, but at the same time, they try to comply with financial possibilities of the targeted audience. Lian Li knows a lot about enclosures and contemporary clientele demands. Its PC-100 'the Hammer' model enchants consumers with original framework and layout peculiarities. Still, those are not the only privileges this enclosure can offer to the users.

Delivery Kit and Integration

Lian Li PC-100 'the Hammer' is delivered in a medium-sized cardbox. The manufacturer is lavish in the accessories and framework elements which are supplied along with the enclosure. Hence, the nominal delivery kit includes: detailed user manual, a separate cardbox with screws (for PSU fixture, for 2.5 inch drives, for 3.5 inch drives, and for motherboard fixture), screws kit with long fretwork, …

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 …
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