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 …

Portable Router TP-Link TL-MR3040 Review

In recent months portable mobile routers have witnessed a boost among customers who are always on move. The privileges of such routers can't be overrated due to their compact forms and truly outstanding performance. TP-Link is known to be a successful producer of network solutions for various audiences, and businessmen, as well as, travelers are not an exception. The company's latest creation, portable router TL-MR3020, is a multi-functional device with a rechargeable battery, ready to offer unmatched performance along with convenience while transporting.


Router TP-Link TL-MR3040 is a compact, portable and efficient wireless network platform that offers supreme convenience and facilities for any customer. This device is supposed to become an unmatched assistant when on move thanks to the ultra-compact dimensions and an integrated rechargeable battery, enabling an uninterrupted work during several hours on end. The user is able to employ the device with 3G USB …

SilverStone to Out Kublai KL06 Chassis

SilverStone Technology is about to release a new PC chassis within the framework of Kublai series. The KL06 is a mini-tower solution, featuring 405x211x375 mm dimensions, made of stainless steel with an aluminum frontal panel and a ventilation grid. Along with a totally ‘blind’ model, the manufacturer offers a case with a side acrylic window (SST-KL06B-W). The recommended retail price will fluctuate within $92 mark.

SilverStone Kublai KL06 interior is differentiated by an unconventional location of the motherboard tray – on the left-side facet. The layout is ready to welcome micro-ATX, mini-ITX and mini-DTX mainboards with some high-performance parameters. In addition, there is space for two 5.25-inch drives, a single 3.5-inch drive, eight 2.5-inch drives as well as four PCI expansion cards.

The board supports the installation of two dual-slot graphics adapters of up to 342 mm in length and up to 177 mm in width, CPU coolers of up to 165 mm in height, and …
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