Overclocking-Oriented ASRock Z170 OC Formula Mainboard Review

ASRock Z170 OC Formula is a flagship motherboard with a bunch of intriguing features. Along with an internal perfection, the model boasts a set of options for extreme overclockers. The latter are given a chance to enable LN2 Mode or Slow Mode to achieve the targeted performance results. Moreover, there are facilities for adjusting different parameters in real time. What else can the Z170 OC Formula offer? Let’s find it out.



ASRock Z170 OC Formula Highlights


The motherboard features the following specifications:

— chipset & CPU: Intel Z170, support for Socket 1151, Skylake-S Celeron, Pentium, Core i3/i5/i7;

— memory: 4x DIMM slots, DDR4 SDRAM, up to 64 GB, 2133-4500 MHz frequency;

— GPU: integrated Intel HD 510/530;

— form-factor: ATX, 305x244 mm dimensions;

— expansion: 3x PCIe 3.0 x16, 1x PCIe 3.0 x16 (x4), 3x PCIe 3.0 x4, 1x PCIe 3.0 x1, 1x PCIe 2.0 x1, 1x mini-PCIe 2.0 x1;

— audio: Realtek ALC1150 controller, 2x Texas Instruments …

Palit Intros GeForce GTX 750 KalmX Graphics Card

Palit, one of the world largest manufacturers of graphics cards, came up to the market with one more edition to the GeForce GTX 750 series – the GeForce GTX 750 KalmX. The model employs etalon PCB with PCIe 3.0 x16 interface and a two-slot passive cooling system. The latter accommodates a massive nickel-plated heatsink, consisting of 43 thin fins, and two heatpipes that connect the heatsink with a copper base. The unique model is already available in German online-stores for 114.9 EUR.



Plait GeForce GTX 750 KalmX is geared up by GM107-300 GPU (28 nm, Maxwell architecture) with 512 CUDA cores. Its base/efficient clock frequency makes up 1020 MHz/1185 MHz. The chip is accompanied by 2 GB of GDDR5 memory with 128-bit interface; its operational clock frequency approximates 5010 MHz.


The list of external interfaces, which are located on the rear panel, includes a couple of DVI ports and a single mini-HDMI port. One should take into consideration that the card is void of an …

Zalman Intros CNPS8X Optima CPU Cooler

Zalman is considered to be a key player in PC hardware field mainly due to a perfect combination of quality, functionality and price tags. CPU coolers are not an exception, since they ensure efficient and low-noise cooling of hard-hitting processors. The company’s latest CNPS8X Optima cooler is all about innovation that turns it around. Improved framework makes the model compatible with practically all platforms from Intel and AMD, save for Intel Socket LGA 2011/2011-v3/1366.



Zalman CNPS8x Optima employs a large heatsink, three copper heatpipes, and a single 92 mm fan. The latter is based on long-life bearing and features 4-contact connector. It is able to rotate at about 1200 RPM, producing not more than 30 dB noise.


The list of innovative technologies integrated into the cooler includes:


— Direct Touch Heatpipe (DTH) technology wherein all three heatpipes are in direct touch with a heatspreader. This accelerates heat dissipation process, enhancing overall …
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