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 …

Akasa Intros Low-Profile CPU Cooler Nero LX

Akasa, a global manufacturer of chassis, PSUs, and PC peripheral components, introduces its new low-profile cooling system, codenamed Nero LX. The new product is intended specifically to provide the maximal cooling effect to CPU and its surrounding elements. Nero LX might be employed in HTPC and slimmer PC systems. Detailed specifications about this cooler have just appeared at the manufacturer's official website, however pricing info has not been revealed yet.



Akasa Nero LX features 120x120x59 mm dimensions and weighs 298 g. The overall cooler's framework consists of a 120 mm fan, a large base, and four copper heat pipes that pierce an aluminum heatsink. The cooler employs an advanced scheme of direct contact of heatpipes with CPU surface which promotes for the utmost cooling environment.


This model is compatible with a majority of processor sockets developed by AMD and Intel. Hence, it supports Socket FM1, AM2, AM2+, AM3 from AMD, and LGA 1366, 1156, 1155, and 775 from …

Arctic Cooling Accelero Mono Plus Cooler Review

New Arctic Cooling Accelero Mono Plus is an excellent solution for video-card cooling when original cooler can’t function in high temperature.



Packaging and accessories


The cooler comes in a small transparent blister. On the front side of the package, except for the name of the product, one is able to find a kind of easily removable G-1. This is a hot-melt adhesive, supplied in the kit. On the back of the package there are brief specifications in several languages ​​and three tests, indicating the superiority of Accelero Mono Plus over the reference cooling of GeForce GTX 560 Ti. One of the labels indicates the presence of 6-year warranty, which is more than enough, even in case of fan depreciation.


Design Features


Cooler Arctic Cooling Accelero Mono Plus has a rather unusual design. The main feature is the use of one 120-mm fan and five heat pipes with fairly dense arrangement. This design should provide both high performance and compatibility with a wider …
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