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 …

Intel Unveils Power-Saving Silvermont Architecture

Intel has just unveiled its new advanced working out: power-saving and high-efficient microarchitecture codenamed Silvermont. According to Intel, this architecture is primarily targeting devices with low power consumption and can embrace a vast production segment, starting from smartphones and finishing with datacenters. Silvermont is ready to demonstrate a threefold increase of performance and fivefold decrease of power consumption (with preservation of erstwhile efficiency), if compared with the current generation of Intel Atom cores.



Intel Silvermont has been elaborated in compliance with the norms of 22 nm technological process with the implementation of 3-D Tri-Gate transistors. The employment of new progressive techniques promotes for enhancing the operation speed and reducing energy demand of products which use Silvermont as the basis. Multi-core architecture with the support of up to eight cores ensures higher bandwidth, lower latency and more efficient operation on …

Computer Case be quiet! Silent Base 600 Overview (Part I)

The case be quiet! Silent Base 600 is offered in three colors: black, orange and silver, which differ only in color of inserts on the front panel. Additionally, each modification is supplied in two versions: with and without a window. This is a typical «middle tower» designed to set motherboards of ATX form-factor, Micro-ATX and Mini-ITX.





Packaging and Equipment

be quiet! Silent Base 600 is supplied in a medium-sized box, which is slightly wider than the standard packaging of Mid Tower class models. It has a schematic picture of the case and the list of its specifications. The box is equipped with recesses at the ends which makes transportation process much easier. Its weight is a little more than 9.5 kg.


The case inside is wrapped in a white non-woven fabric bag, and then sandwiched between two foam retainers. The content of delivery is packed in a small corrugated cardboard box. All the necessary screws, slides to install hard drives, four plastic ties for …
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