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 …

Review of a Portable Mouse Microsoft Arc Touch

Computer mouse truly belongs to the line of universal and integral peripheral devices in the computer layout. This is not an exaggeration as practically any PC activity involves the work of a mouse. With the progress of computer layout and emergence of laptops and netbooks, traditional mouse has outlived major transformations and enabled the work with those gadgets by means of wireless connection. The popularity of portative mouse pieces grows each and every day due to their compact size and handiness in usage. Developers of Microsoft Arc Touch put the design, handiness in usage and technical peculiarities of a mouse in the limelight, allowing the targeted customer groups to admire their product.


Microsoft Arc Touch integration is rather modest but contains all necessary elements for effective utilization. The initial package embraces the user manual and USB radio module. USB radio module should be given a special attention. It is very small and can be …

NZXT to Release Revolutionary Manta Chassis

NZXT has been always differentiated by an extraordinary design of PC chassis. This time the company decided not to drift off the course and introduced a revolutionary mini-ITX case. The Manta features 450x426x245 mm dimensions only, but it can accommodate an advanced system with quite powerful components. Exterior (black-and-white or black-and-red coloring) is notable for salient shapes and a stylish transparent window.

NZXT Manta offers enough internal space to build up a record-breaking mini-ITX system. It is ready to house a two-slot videocard of 363 mm in length, standard ATX power supply unit as well as a typical CPU cooler of 160 mm in height. The case boasts two expansion slots and promotes for brilliant opportunities to build a voluminous storage subsystem, consisting of two seats for 3.5-inch drives and three seats for 2.5-inch drives.

The connection of external peripherals is realized via two USB 3.0 ports & a couple of 3.5-mm audio ports.

Cooling system …
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