ASRock Launches Z170M-PIO2 Mainboard with Unusual Layout

ASRock has stricken the general public by the development of a motherboard with an extraordinary layout. As a rule, mainboards targeting all-in-one solutions are void of expansion slots for graphics cards, due to lack of space. However, ASRock has designed a space-efficient model with an integrated PCI Express 3.0 x16 slot. Yet, it’s localized parallel to the PCB as against standard items with perpendicular slot orientation.

ASRock Z170M-PIO2 is based on Intel Z170 chipset for Socket LGA1511 platforms. It supports Intel Celeron/Pentium/Core i3/Core i5/Core i7 CPUs. The PCB features a pair of DIMM slots for the installation of DDR4 memory modules with the maximum clock frequency of 3466 MHz (up to 32 GB of capacity). Storage subsystem is introduced by 4 SATA 6 Gb/sec ports as well as a single Ultra M.2 x4 slot.

As far as expansion is concerned, the model accommodates a single PCIe 3.0 x 16 slot and one M.2 2230 slot, occupied by Wi-Fi/Bluetooth adapter. The 7.1-channel …

New Midi-Tower Chassis Series Xpredator X1 from Aerocool

The line of chassis designed by Aerocool has been supplemented by a new Xpredator series codenamed X1. The series is developed in midi-tower form-factor and will be of particular interest to gamers and enthusiasts. The chassis is ready to support the motherboards of ATX and micro-ATX standard, CPU coolers up to 158 mm in height and graphics cards up to 400 mm in length. As one might see, internal layout is quite spacious and does not yield to the full-tower models.

Aerocool Xpredator X1 is delivered in black and white edition. Both editions are distinguished by a splashy and provoking design. Black edition combines black casing, scaly red top panel, and grid-like red frontal panel. White edition combines white casing with black inclusions. The casing itself is made of SPCC steel which reliably protects all internal components from adverse external factors.

Xpredator X1 is able to accommodate up to twelve 120 mm fans. Three fans can be installed on the frontal panel, …

New Budgetary Chassis K380 from Cooler Master

Cooler Master announces the release of a new entry-level chassis K380 (RC-K380-KWN1). This model will replenish the K Series of products and will feature mid-tower parameters (209x445x479 mm overall dimensions). K380 is basically intended at gamers, due to an eye-catching design: the chassis is housed in a solid casing made of steel and plastic with some aggressive inclusions and details. However, the major distinctive peculiarity ascribed to the newbie is its moderate price that will not exceed the border of $80. Affordability affirms Cooler Master's image of the company that skillfully combines high-quality with alluring prices.

The chassis is painted black from the inside and outside and accommodates a metallic grid on the frontal panel. Its side panel is notable by the availability of a large transparent window that showcases internal layout. In its turn, internal spacing is sufficient to locate motherboards of ATX and micro-ATX form-factor, graphics cards of 316 mm in …
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