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 …

Introduction of MSI Z77A-GD80 motherboard with chipset Intel Z77 Express

The most favourable method of attracting customers is offering products with the best functionality, overclocking potential and the retail price. This approach was used in the design of the motherboard MSI Z77A-GD80, designed to work with processors Intel LGA1155. The apparent competitive advantage of the new interface is the support of the newest Thunderbolt.



MSI Z77A-GD80 comes in a large cardboard box on the front side of which, in addition to the model name and logos of many compatible technologies, there is information about the support of the latest high-speed standard Thunderbolt. Logo Military Class III indicates using the design of the motherboard of electronic components with a high level of reliability.


The back of the pack contains detailed information about original features of MSI Z77A-GD80, such as automatic overclocking OC Genie II, the OSD firmware Click BIOS II and Support Multi BIOS II, which allows switching between the primary and backup chips with the …

PSU Fractal Design Newton R3 600W Review

Fractal Design plunged into PSU market comparatively not so long ago, and nowadays its product line counts only three PSU series, naming Tesla R2, Integra R2 and Newton R3. The latter consists of three models and is supposed to belong to the top-segment of products. The entry-level model in this series, codenamed Fractal Design Newton R3 600W, is estimated for the maximal output power of 600W (as suggested by the codename), produced via +12VDC rail. Generally, this power supply unit has got 80Plus Platinum certificate due to high level of efficiency. Let’s see what other privileges this product might offer.



Basic Peculiarities


PSU Newton R3 600W features 150x86x165 mm dimensions (w/h/d) and goes in two color variations: black and white. The case itself has got matte coating that prevents visible fingerprints or stains. Some facet edges are skewed a bit to add elegance to the design. The model complies with EPS 2.92/ATX 2.31 standards and is estimated for one hundred …
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