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 …

Greeting a New Full-Tower PC Chassis Aerocool GT-S

Aerocool Advanced Technologies, one of the leading manufacturers of PC components for gamers and enthusiasts, has elaborated a new prime-class chassis codenamed GT-S. This model features 255x640x560 mm dimensions and is intended to satisfy the most unbelievable needs of inveterate gamers. Being a full-tower solution, GT-S is ready to accommodate motherboards of seven different standards, including E-ATX and XL-ATX. In retail sale the chassis will be available in two color variations: white-blue and red-black.

Aerocool GT-S is housed in a cold-rolled zinc-coated steel. One of its side facets is equipped with a transparent acrylic window. The frontal facet is covered by a some kind of curtain on a magnetic fixture that can be moved up/down or be totally removed. The chassis’ framework embraces five external bays for the installation of 5.25-inch drives, seven internal bays for the installation of 3.5/2.5-inch drives, as well as ten slots for PCI expansion cards.

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SilverStone Teases Sound-Dampening Kublai KL07 Chassis

SilverStone has found a way to reduce the noise level, produced by the multi-fan PC cases. Its new Kublai KL07 chassis is a true acknowledgement of the fact that cooling can be silent. The model’s side panels are made of steel, coated in special foam with wave-shape ornaments; this foam promotes for sound-dampening characteristics.

SilverStone Kublai KL07 supports the installation of micro-ATX/ATX motherboards with the maximum of 7 expansion slots. The chassis features 6 seats for the mounting of drives; three of them might be taken by 3.5-inch items. Unfortunately, there is no space for the integration of 5.25-inch drives.

Internal layout provides for the mounting of quite long video cards (up to 389 mm), standard ATX PS/2 power supply units (140-200 mm in length) and quite high CPU coolers (up to 163 mm); if there is need, it’s possible to include a 172 mm high cooler. Cooling system embraces three pre-installed 140-mm fans; still, there are three more seats for the …
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