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 …

Greeting Omni-Purpose HQ720 & HQ740 Water Coolers from Zalman

Zalman has gladdened all devotees of liquid cooling by introducing a pair of new solutions: the HQ720 & the HQ740. Both models are targeting all modern as well as outdated platforms, including Intel LGA 115x/LGA 1366/LGA 2011/LGA 2011-v3 & AMD FM1/FM2/FM2+/AM2/AM2+/AM3/AM3+. The first model comes equipped with a single fan, while the second one – with two fans.

Zalman HQ720 & HQ740 feature a high-performance heatsink, made of aluminum. It is accompanied by a copper pump (62x62x35 mm) that operates at 12V voltage. Its MTBF makes up 75.000 hours. The integrated water pump consists of micro-channels and a pair of hoses.

The fans (120 mm) are based on fluid bearing, estimated for 60.000 hours of fool-proof operation. They support PWM technology that allows for varying the rotational speed from 800 to 2000 RPM. Besides, they employ 4-pin connectors.

The fans are able to deliver up to 107.41 CFM airflow, whereas the noise level remains within the range of 18-24.8 dB. If …

HIS Boasts an Extraordinary R9 270X IceQ X2 Turbo Boost Clock Graphics Card

As an exclusive AMD’s partner, HIS has lately unveiled a new graphics card with an extraordinary design and unprecedented facilities. Codenamed R9 270X IceQ X2 Turbo Boost Clock, the model is characterized by an overclocked core frequency and the implementation of an efficient two-slot IceQ X2 cooler. The GPU is designed under Graphics Core Next architecture, supports the latest DirectX 11.2 technology and offers 2.5 times higher performance. Besides, it boasts some striking energy-efficiency, consuming 95% less power in idle mode.

HIS R9 270X IceQ X2 Turbo Boost Clock runs at 1100 MHz frequency (nominal) with the potential to rise up to 1140 MHz in Boost Clock mode. To compare, AMD’s reference model runs at 1000/1050 MHz frequency correspondingly.

The new card is furnished with 2 GB of GDDR5 video memory (256-bit interface) that operates at 5600 MHz frequency. It should be noted that the user is able to engage iTurbo technology in order to increase the clock …
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