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 …

Low-Profile SilverStone Argon AR06 Cooler Review

Each manufacturer which deals with CPU coolers tries to enrich its portfolio with products of various segments. SilverStone has gone ahead in this aspect, offering as entry-level so top-notch coolers. The AR06, a representative of Argon Series, is a low-profile model targeting entry-level and mainstream PC systems. Why giving preference exactly to this model? Let’s find it out.


SilverStone AR06 features the following specifications:

— type: air cooler with active airflow;

— compatibility with motherboards: Socket Intel LGA115x, Socket AMD FM1, FM2, AM2, AM3;

— cooling performance: 95 W TDP;

— fan specs: dimensions: 92x92x15 mm, voltage – 12 V, rotational speed – 1200-2500 RPM, airflow – 68.3 m3/h, noise level – 20-28.3 dBA, bearing type – rifle, MTBF – 40.000 hours;

— heatsink specs: dimensions: 58x105x92 mm; weight – 263 mm, aluminum fins, 4x copper heatpipes, direct CPU contact;

— power supply: 4-pin connector;

BenQ Puts Monitor GW2255 on Sale

BenQ, a celebrated Taiwanese developer of high-class PC monitors, puts its new monitor from GW series on sale. Codenamed BenQ GW2255, the product features 525x174x400 mm dimensions and 21.5 inch display. According to the manufacturer, this model has got a universal predestination and might be used as in home-based so in corporate purposes. One of its key attributes is the employment of VA panel equipped with LED backlight.

GW2255 boasts a number of unmatched specifications that show off its best facilities. First of all, this monitor offers 3000:1 static contrast and 20M:1 dynamic contrast index. This ensures unprecedented imaging and color depth (from pure white to darkest black) to enhance video and gaming experience. Secondly, the support of Full HD resolution (1080p) enables perfect detailing, as well as a more realistic display of colors.

Thirdly, the implemented VA panel is able to provide for a really prompt response time, showing 6 ms index. It also secures wide …
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