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 …

CPU Cooler SilverStone NT06-PRO Review

The tendency of assembling small-sized but efficient system units is becoming more apparent among all PC users. Nowadays the extensive occurrence of mini-tower chassis and mini-ITX motherboards requires the employment of corresponding pocket-size CPU coolers. Unfortunately, the latter are practically a rarity, however the demand for small but highly productive coolers is rising on daily basis. SilverStone is one of the few companies that elaborated such kind of products. Its latest NT06-PRO combines all advantages each full-sized model has and is ready to provide a truly efficient cooling.

Design and Framework

SilverStone NT06-PRO is a worthy representative of Nitrogen series. It features a bit unusual design with horizontal orientation. It consists of a voluminous heatsink, counting fifty-two aluminum plates, six C-shape heatpipes, and one fan, mounted underneath the heatsink. Such framework ensures a stable cooling of motherboard nodes and CPU environment. All aluminum …

Urban S21: a New Mid-Tower Case from Thermaltake

Thermaltake Technology introduces a new PC case codenamed Urban S21. This is a regular mid-tower chassis with, as usual, high-quality framework and wide spectrum of destinations. Urban S21 is developed in a minimalistic design with all black coverage (external and internal) and little detailing. The model is housed in a steel casing (SECC) and contains a single transparent side window. Its overall dimensions equal to 438x185x497 mm.

This PC case is expected to accommodate motherboards of ATX and micro-ATX standard, CPU coolers of up to 155 mm in height, and graphics cards which length does not exceed the admissible 320 mm. The layout offers seven PCI expansion cards, three external 5.25-inch drive bays, one external 3.5-inch drive bay, and five internal bays for the integration of 3.5/2.5-inch drives.

Urban S21 is equipped with a frontal interface panel that is represented by a pair of USB 3.0 ports and a pair of 3.5 mm audio slots. The top panel contains handy ‘Power’ …
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