ASRock Unleashes Hyper OC Series of Overclocking-Oriented Mainboards

ASRock is thought to be an innovator in the development of hardware know-hows. The Computex 2016 came as no exclusion: the company introduced a lineup of overclocked mainboards which joined Hyper OC series. Initially, the lineup consisted of three models – H170 Pro4/Hyper, B150M Pro4/Hyper & H110M-DS/Hyper; further on, it will be replenished by three other models – Fatal1ty H170 Performance/Hyper, Fatal1ty B150 Gaming K4/Hyper & B150A-X1/Hyper.

As seen from the codenames, the motherboards are based on Intel B150, H170 and H110 chipsets which employ ASRock Hyper BCLK Engine controller; it overclocks Intel Skylake CPUs by means of BCLK alteration, without dislocating other components. The new-comers support the installation of superfast DDR4 RAM, graphics cards with PCI-e 3.0 x16 interfaces as well as voluminous drives (including Ultra M.2).

ASRock H170 Pro4/Hyper features the following specifications:

— chipset: Intel H170;

— memory: 4x DDR4;

— storage: …

AOC Launches Earlier Announced q2963Pm Monitor

AOC has finally put its new monitor, codenamed q2963Pm, on sale. Announced earlier this year, at CES 2013 to be precise, the product is now available in official European retail stores at a price of about 314 Euro. As the name suggests, the monitor enjoys quite a voluminous 29-inch display, and in combination with the suggested price, it might become the most affordable option in this format segment.

AOC q2963Pm employs IPS panel type that ensures high resolution showings: 2560x1080. The display aspect ratio equals to 21:9, whilst array response time does not go beyond 5 ms (in GtG mode). The implementation of an advance panel promotes for the utmost viewing properties. Therefore, the monitor offers wide viewing angles in both vertical and horizontal aspects (178/178 degrees), maximal brightness of 250 nits, typical static contrast – 1000:1, and rather high dynamic contrast – 5 million to 1. Besides, q2963Pm is equipped with a power-saving WLED based on white diodes. The …

Gigabyte Intros Affordable GA-B85M-D2V Plus Mainboard

Micro-ATX/mini-ITX mainboards keep on capturing the market due to the augmentation of small-sized PC platforms. Against this background, Gigabyte is constantly enlarging its portfolio of compact motherboards. Take GA-B85M-D2V Plus alone. This model might boast an optimized functional and an improved audio subsystem combined with a sleek design and a range of protection doo-dads.

Gigabyte GA-B85M-D2V Plus takes Intel B85 chipset as the basis. The latter supports Socket LGA1150 CPUs (Pentium, Celeron, Intel Core). The company’s designers employed an improved fiberglass mode of superposition on elaboration of PCB textolite; this is called to protect the board from humidity, electrostatic discharge and voltage instability.

The board’s layout supports Ultra Durable 4 Plus design that involves only high-quality components, like solid-state capacitors, transistors with low open channel resistance. The PCB is equipped with two DIMM slots ready for 16 GB of DDR3 memory (1600 …
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