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 …

Xigmatek Unveils a Classy Vector S550 Power Supply Unit

Xigmatek expands its line of products by a new series of PSUs, entitled Vector S. Currently, the customers can acquire the 550 W model, featuring 123x150x85 mm dimensions and 80 Plus Silver certificate. Its efficiency level achieves 86% on 20%-100% load range. The new-comer is distinguished by a memorable design: it is housed in a magenta case equipped with an unusual ventilation grid and a V-shape insertion.



Xigmatek Vector S550 accommodates a semi-modular cable design: CPU and motherboard power supply cables are fixed, whereas all other cables are demountable. The list of available connectors includes 24-pin ATX, 8+8-pin EPS, a pair of 6+2 PCI Express, three Molex, one Berg, and six SATA interfaces. All internal components are cooled down by a single 135-mm low-noise fan with a stylish LED backlight.


A new PSU model from Xigmatek boasts the integration of a single +12V bus, Active PFC technology as well as a bunch of protection options: OVP, OCP, OPP, SCP, etc. In …

Philips Intros Professional 328P6VJEB Monitor

Philips is about to release a new professional PC monitor, entitled 328P6VJEB. The greenhorn boasts 31.5-inch VA panel with UltraClear 4K resolution (3840x2160) & WLED backlight. The model features 16:9 aspect ratio as well as 698.1x392.85 mm display area. Its overall dimensions make up 742x657x270 mm. The recommended retail price might go up to $809.



Philips 328P6VJEB brags about high static contrast – 3000:1 and even higher dynamic contrast – 50M:1. The display offers the widest viewing angles (178/178 degrees) and an enriched color gamut which comes with UltraColor technology. The majority of monitors cover 72% NTSC color environment; yet, the 328P6VJEB covers 95%. Therefore, the screen is able to display more hues, while basic colors look rather natural. The support for 4K resolution further improves image detailing.


The monitor houses a pair of 3-watt speakers (6 W), 1x VGA port, 1x DVI port, 1x DisplayPort, and 1x HDMI with MHL port. Besides, there is a set of 4 …
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