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 …

Asus Launches ‘Art-Oriented’ PA238Q Monitor

ProArt series of PC monitors from Asus has been recently refilled with a new 23-inch model, codenamed PA238Q. The product is targeting professional art designers that specialize in graphics and video editing. Along with unprecedented visual specifications, the new-comer is distinguished by optimized power efficiency. Hence, on maximal loading it consumes up to 33 W power, whereas on idle/sleep mode – not more than 1 W. This art-oriented innovation is already available in the European market at 248 EUR.



Asus ProArt PA238Q is based on AH-IPS panel equipped with LED backlight. It promotes for an ideal color rendering with Full HD resolution format. The integration of a path-breaking matrix ensures the widest viewing angles of 178/178 degrees in both aspects, 250 cd/m2 brightness, 6 ms response time (GtG environment), 16.7 million of displayed colors, as well as 50.000:1 dynamic contrast.


It should be underlined that this monitor comes with a high-precision factory …

The Compulab IPC3 Mini-PC with Passive Cooling Goes for 693 USD

One of the latest products by Compulab is an IPC3 mini-PC, intended for industrial and commercial use. The lowest price of the basic model is 693 USD.



Outside dimensions of the framework are 160 х 190 х 40 mm. Due to its exterior construction the case provides overall passive cooling.


There’s a possibility to install 32 GB of RAM, a 2.5” storage drive, an M.2 2260 SSD and a couple of devices with an mSATA connector. The novelty features wireless interface adapters along with two USB 2.0, four USB 3.0, two Gigabit Ethernet, a DisplayPort 1.2, an HDMI 1.4a and an S/PDIF ports. However, special modules will be able to extend this set of connectors.


The Compulab IPC3 Mini-PC operates an Intel Kaby Lake CPU and is protected by the five-year manufacturer warranty.
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