MSI Shared the First Shot of Z170A Gaming Pro Mainboard

First displayed at Computex 2015, the Z170A Gaming Pro motherboard from MSI is now available for the web community. The company teases the first shot of the extended ATX model, showing off its main privileges. The new-comer is based on Intel Z170 chipset, intended for Socket LGA 1151-compatible Intel Skylake CPUs. Its key visual attraction is the availability of a stripe with RGB illumination on the right side. The stripe supports 8 working modes and is able to display up to 16.5 million colors.

MSI Z170A Gaming Pro comes equipped with 4x DIMM slots for the integration of DDR4-3300 MHz memory modules (maximum capacity – 64 GB). Storage subsystem is introduced by four SATA 6 Gb/sec ports and a single SATA Express port (compatible with two SATA 6 Gb/sec ports). The socket is powered by a 8-pin connector, whereas the PCB draws power from a 24-pin ATX one.

Furthermore, the connection of graphics cards might be realized via two PCIe 3.0 x16 slots; other expansion cards are …

Ultrathin 2.5-inch SSDs from Biwin

Biwin America, Inc., a global manufacturer of solid-state drive solutions for client and corporate needs, has officially announced the release of 2.5-inch SSDs with slim-profile casings. It should be mentioned that decrease in casing dimensions touched upon all 2.5-inch products and series manufactured by the company, including Smart, Pro and Elite Series with SATA 3 and SATA 2 interfaces, as well as Drive NX and NuvoDrive PX Series with SATA 3 interfaces.

Previously all SSDs were developed in 9.5 mm-thin casings, but the current modifications allowed Biwin to decrease the dimensions to 7 mm. This is twenty-six percent less than with preceding models. Hence, slim-profile SSDs are applicable in more compact devices; they are destined to be installed in 1U and 2U server stands. This is called to increase the deployment capacity of the server without sufficient investments. Biwin 7 mm SSDs casings are made of black anodized aluminum to ensure fail-proof characteristics of the …

Motherboard Asus P8Z77-I Deluxe Review

Classical desktops are gradually giving way to more advanced and compact PC solutions. The times when compact dimensions signified about fewer facilities have gone, and present-day PC market is able to offer all-in-one solutions, as well as, multi-functional, high-end mini-ATX motherboards. Asus is notable for the constant overcoming of stereotypes that allegedly stagger the development of motherboard functionality. Its P8Z77-I Deluxe motherboard proves practically unlimited facilities integrated in products of mini-ATX form factor.

Design and Integration

The availability of an additional board with power components is supposed to be the basic design peculiarity of Asus P8Z77-I Deluxe motherboard. It is located athwart to the main board and takes DIGI+VRM functions. Those functions are called to provide the motherboard with an efficient CPU power supply subsystem that is able to demonstrate good loading facilities. The additional board is developed according to the …
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