Asus Replenishes X99 Motherboard Lineup with 4 New Items

Asus adds to its renowned lineup of X99 motherboards a set of new solutions. All the greenhorns are based on Intel X99 chipset targeting socket LGA2011-v3 platforms. Thus, they support the installation of Haswell-E & Broadwell-E CPUs (Intel Core i7). The boards brag about the incorporation of multiple innovations and technologies. The latter include:

— OC Socket ensures more efficient CPU & memory overclocking;

— Asus Aura offers RGB backlight and allows for the connection of additional LED stripes;

— 5-way Optimization helps in fine tuning of system components;

— Asus SafeSlot provides for an enforced framework of PCIe slots.



Motherboard Asus X99-Deluxe II features the following specifications:

— memory subsystem: 8 DIMM slots for DDR4 memory with 3333 MHz frequency, up to 128 GB;

— storage subsystem: 2 M.2 slots, 2 U.2 slots, 1 SATA Express, 8 SATA 6 Gb/sec;

— audio subsystem: Crystal Sound 3;

— network: LAN – Intel I218-V, Intel …

The New Fan from Antec – Rainbow 120 RGB – Will Be Available at the Price of 15 EUR

The range of Antec chassis fans has been widened by the Rainbow 120 RGB model. Its name suggests, that this product is of 120 mm typical size. LED backlighting of Rainbow 120 RGB renders up to 256 shades to produce dynamic effects or covers up to seven colours in the static mode. Moreover, the setup chosen by the user is supported after the PC switching off. The backlighting is adjusted just by pushing a little button.



The special blade configuration directs air flow to the outer side, thus increasing the static pressure level and enhancing the process of flows distribution inside the system unit. Fluid bearings extend the service life, and fan rubber pads at the places of mounting holes lower the vibration and noise level.


The top rotational speed of Rainbow 120 RGB is 1,200 rpm, and the air flow capacity equals to 1.2 m3/min. This device possesses a three-pin power supply connector and features the 12 V nominal voltage. The noise factor is not higher than 24.8 dBA.

One-Shot MSI Z170A Tomahawk Mainboard Review

Arsenal Gaming is a specific lineup of motherboards in MSI’s portfolio. It embraces 7 different models, joined under military-style codenames. The units are targeting primarily gaming community, although the Z170A Tomahawk is a universal solution at an affordable price. As distinct from the comrades, it features a set of controllers & sockets which are considered to be remnants of the past. Let’s find out what kind of advantages this board offers.



CPU & Memory


Motherboard MSI Z170A Tomahawk is developed on Intel Z170 Express chipset. It supports LGA1151-compatible CPUs of the 6th generation (Skylake): Intel Celeron/Pentium/Core i3/Core i5/Core i7. The hardware rests on a 4-layer dark PCB (304x224 mm, ATX) with red PCI-e and RAM slots. The rear panel is differentiated by the availability of a backplate for the CPU socket. The integrated ISL95856 controller is accountable for the providing power to the CPU (3+5 VRM).


The board comes with four DIMM slots for the …
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