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 …

NEC Replenishes Its MultiSync Series with MD242C2 Monitor

NEC has replenished its product line with a new 24-inch monitor that joins MultiSync series. Codenamed MD242C2, the model is housed in a case of a rather strict design, featuring 556.8x227.6x378-528 mm dimensions. Upon the whole, this monitor positions itself as the most appropriate solution for medical establishments, providing for an accurate imaging.



Monitor NEC MD242C2 is based on IPS array with LED backlit and 12 ms response time (8 ms in Gray-to-Gray mode). Its operational resolution equals to 1920x1200 pixels, while the display aspect ratio makes up 16:10. Viewing angles, both vertical and horizontal, equal to 178 degrees, brightness achieves 350 cd/m2 and static contrast is estimated as 1000:1. NEC employs 14-bit look-up tables (LUT) to ensure proper color output and more accurate display of gray hues in blackened areas.


To continue, the manufacturer equips this model with mini D-Sub, HDMI, DVI-D, and DisplayPort video outputs. The two latter ports are known to …

Monitor ViewSonic VP2765-LED Review

The spectrum of monitors available in the market is able to satisfy the needs of the most fastidious customers. Nevertheless, such abundance of products creates some confusion when it comes about the purchase of a really worthy item. Monitor ViewSonic VP2765-LED belongs to the generation of professional models based on MVA array and is able to ensure appropriate color effects and high contrast range. Upon the whole, monitors with the implemented MVA technologies are considered to be rarity in the hardware market, so ViewSonic VP2765-LED deserves a special attention from the part of professional or entry-level customers.



Design and Framework


Monitor ViewSonic VP2765-LED is notable for the ponderous design void of refinement. Huge bearing bottom is the first striking peculiarity that bursts into the eye. Such design approach is called to ensure the 100% framework consistency which adds to the product’s reliability. Despite huge dimensions, the bearing is developed …
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