ASRock Debuts with X99E-ITX/ac Haswell-E Mainboard

ASRock places itself on record with an offbeat solution – the first ever mini-ITX mainboard for Socket LGA2011-v3 platform. The X99E-ITX/ac is developed for the most efficient Haswell-E CPUs (Intel Core i7-5000 series). The Intel X99 chipset ensures the board’s functionality, though it was limited due to compact dimensions.



ASRock X99E-ITX/ac accommodates two slots for two-channel DDR4 memory modules. Storage subsystem offers four SATA III 6 Gb/sec ports, a single SATA Express, and one Ultra M.2 slot that uses four PCI-e 3.0 x16 lanes. Expansion is supported by one PCI-e 3.0 x16 slot only.


This mainboard comes equipped with mPCIe 3.0 x1 socket as well as a modular unit for Wi-Fi 802.11 ac and Bluetooth network connections. They are accompanied with a pair of gigabit Ethernet controllers from Intel. A set of external interfaces boasts two ultra-new USB 3.1 Type-A ports. Four USB 3.0 ports, a couple of USB 2.0 ports, one eSATA port, and five 3.5 mm mini-jacks for the …

Three New PC Cases from Lian Li for mini-ITX Motherboards

Lian Li has recently introduced three new PC chassis compatible with the motherboards of mini-ITX standard. Codenamed PC-Q27, PC-Q28 and PC-Q30, these cases replenished the 'Q' series and are called to replace more out-dated predecessors. The first two models in the row replace the earlier launched PC-Q07 and PC-Q25, while PC-Q30 is only a prototype that substantially differs from from its companions.



All three models are distinguished by a quite new approach to the motherboard fixture. Hence, instead of traditional trays, Lian Li employs two rails that fix the board. What is more, the designer has implemented quite a different system of side panels mounting.


The first PC case, PC-Q27, features 200x321x240 mm dimensions and is estimated for the installation of a single 5.25-inch drive, two 3.5-inch bays that support the installation of drives of 2.5-inch form-factor. The integrated cooling system consists of a single frontal 120 mm fan.


The second model, PC-Q28, is …

MSI B75IA-E33 - cost-effective Mini-ITX board for processors Ivy Bridge

In early August, it was mentioned about the fact that MSI developer of motherboards is preparing to release three new products in the form factor Mini-ITX on chipsets A85, B75, and Z77. As it turned out, the first low-cost board will be MSI B75IA-E33 — it will start selling in Europe at the end of this week at prices ranging from € 95.



The functionality of this product is limited with respect to the other two models; however, a set of components in B75IA-E33 is very decent. LGA1155 processor socket is energized by three phases (provides additional power to the ATX12V 4-pin), hidden under a small cooler chipset Intel B75. Available one connector PCI Express 3.0 x16, two slots for memory modules DDR3-1066/1333/1600 total up to 16 GB, SATA port 6Gb / s and SATA 3 Gbit / s (3 units) to connect storage devices.


A pair of USB 3.0 on the rear panel are completed with a 19-pin connector on the PCB, through which on the front panel I / O can be taken two SuperSpeed USB. The …
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