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 …

SilverStone TS433-TB: 4-Bay NAS with Thunderbolt 2 Connectors

SilverStone has replenished its inventory with a 4-bay NAS, entitled SST-TS433-TB. The new-comer is housed in a black aluminum case with an integrated zinc handle (124x166x248 mm dimensions). The storage allows to install high-capacity 3.5-/2.5-inch drives; each bay supports hot swapping functions and features a dedicated lock with LED activity indicator.



The heart of SilverStone SST-TS433-TB is Marvell 88SE9030 controller that is responsible for JBOD and RAID 0 operational modes. In the first case the drives function independently, whereas in RAID 0 mode they operate as a unified whole, evenly distributing information across the disc space.


The connection of NAS to the PC or other computing device is realized via a pair of Thunderbolt 2 ports which are characterized by the maximal bandwidth of 20 Gb/sec. These ports are known to support Daisy Chain function. Cooling of all internal components is entrusted to a single 90-mm fan.


The SST-TS433-TB is ready to …

Enermax Announces Fulmo ST ECA3270 Flagship PC Chassis

Enermax boasts a new Mid-tower PC chassis developed specifically for inveterate gamers. Codenamed Fulmo ST ECA3270, this chassis is ready to welcome the motherboards of ATX or micro-ATX form-factor, along with eight expansion slots. In retail sale the model will be available in two variations: Fulmo ST ECA3270A and Fulmo ST ECA3270B. The difference between them lies in the color of cases (black and gray-black) and in the amount of pre-installed fans.



Upon the whole, Enermax has taken care about sufficient internal spacing for the creation of a really powerful gaming system. Thus, the chassis is able to house CPU coolers of up to 185 mm height, three two-slot graphics cards with the maximal length of 286 mm; it’s also feasible to free some space for more lengthy adapters (up to 412 mm), due to the demounting of dedicated drive bays. Fulmo ST ECA3270 has got enough space for the installation of eight 3.5/2.5-inch drives. The nominal delivery set contains an additional bay for a …
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