ASRock Debuts with a Couple of E3V5 Mainboards

Following the success of Intel Xeon E3-1200 v5 CPUs, ASRock decided to launch a couple of compatible ATX motherboards. The Fatal1ty E3V5 Performance Gaming/OC and E3V5 WS models both feature Intel C232 chipset. The first new-comer is targeting gamers, while the other one is called to satisfy the needs of fastidious enthusiasts.



ASRock Fatal1ty E3V5 Performance Gaming/OC comes equipped with 4 DIMM slots which support DDR4-2133 MHz memory modules. The inventory also includes Super Alloy design as well as Gaming Armor, Hyper BCLK Engine, F-Stream, Key Master, DDR4 Non-Z OC technologies.


ASRock E3V5 WS accommodates six SATA III ports, a pair of PCIe 3.0 x16 expansion slots, 8-channel Realtek ALC892 audio, Intel I219LM gigabit Ethernet controller, and a variety of external interfaces: four USB 3.0 ports, two USB 2.0 ports, two PS/2, one RJ-45, and three audio ports.


The only drawback of both motherboards is absence of video ports. Thus, it’s vital to complement them with …

Seagate Launches the 5th Generation FireCuda SSHD

Seagate has expanded its lineup of hybrid drives with the 5th-generation FireCuda SSHD. The greenhorns are based on shingled magnetic recording technology (SMR), rather than perpendicular magnetic recording (PMR). The SMR enables the partial superposition of data tracks; it ensures the ultimate record density. The models are backed by a 5-year’s limited warranty.



Seagate FireCuda series is introduced by 5 models, developed in 2.5-inch and 3.5-inch formats. Their capacity varies from 500 GB to 2 TB. The drives employ MLC flash memory (8 GB) as well as SATA 6 Gb/sec external interface. The spindle rotates at 5400 RPM.


The average data read speed makes up 140 MB/sec with 2.5-inch models & 156 MB/sec with 3.5-inch items. The latter offer also up to 190 MB/sec of the average read speed from flash memory; besides, it takes only 8.5-9.5 ms for the chips to search for the needed data on Read/Write operations. To add, the new FireCuda is thought to consume between 1.7-6.7 W power.

Antec Announces Classic P70 PC Case

Antec, a well-known multi-profile hardware designer, is about to release its newest mid-tower case, entitled P70. The model attracts attention by a strict classic design with a solid steel framework, polycarbonate coating, and low noise level. Featuring 458x205x465 mm dimensions, it supports as mini-ITX/micro-ATX mainboards, so full-format ATX ones. The recommended retail price will probably make up $70.



Antec P70 comes with two external 5.25-inch bays, one external 3.5-inch bay as well as four 3.5/2.5-inch internal bays for HDD/SSD. Expansion facilities are backed by seven slots. It should be underlined that all drives and cards might be installed without accessory tools due to the implementation of a tool-free mounting system. With flexibility of application in mind, HDD bays are rotated 90 degrees.


The case is able to accommodate graphics cards of up to 380 mm in length, ATX power supply units, and CPU coolers of up to 170 mm in height. Top I/O panel cannot boast any …
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