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 …

Kingston Launches KC300 SSDs with TCG Opal 1.0 Support

Kingston Digital Inc., an outstanding developer of memory and storage solutions, has recently launched its newest SSD series, which is totally compliant with Trusted Computing Group Opal 1.0 (hereinafter TCG). Codenamed KC300, the drives are mainly targeted the companies that are looking to upgrade and enhance their security systems. Among others, these SSDs support such options as password recovery, automatic update, automatic encoding (AES 128-bit), creation/removal of clients, registration according to certain criteria, management of settings and data.

Kingston KC300 are designed in 2.5-inch form-factor and incorporate SATA III interface (backwards compatibility with SATA II). The list of available items includes models of 60 GB, 120 GB, 240 GB, and 480 GB capacity. All of them are based on SandForce SF2281 controller and are estimated for 1 million hours of foolproof operation. To vindicate such longevity, Kingston offers 3-year’s limited warranty and free technical …

Asustor Outs AS6 Series NAS Servers

Asustor has replenished its production line with a pair of NAS servers – AS6202T & AS6204T — which joined AS 6 Series lineup. The new-comers are estimated for the installation of 2 and 4 drives correspondingly with the maximal aggregate capacity of 12 TB and 24 TB. The drives might be joined into various arrays, including RAID 0/1/5/6, RAID Single, JBOD, RAID 1/5 + Hot Spare, etc. Both items run under ADM OS and are backed by a 3-year’s limited warranty.

Asustor AS6 network storages boast a vertical rack construction. They are based on a 4-core Intel Celeron N3150 CPU that operates at 1.6 GHz frequency with the overclocking possibility of 2.08 GHz. The CPU is accompanied by 4 GB of SO-DIMM DDR3L memory. The models are characterized by rich connectivity options; they offer 3x USB 3.0 ports, 2x USB 2.0 ports, 2x eSATA ports, 1x HDMI 1.4b port, 2x gigabit Ethernet ports, S/PDIF port, and IR.

Drive trays accommodate dedicated locks. Besides, the manufacturer has added Hot …
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