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 …

Spire Debuts with Gaming PC Chassis X2.6019

Spire Corporation put itself on record with a new gaming PC chassis, codenamed X2.6019. The new-comer is developed in mid-tower form-factor, featuring 520x215x508 mm dimensions, and is made of 0.6 mm cold-rolled galvanized steel (SECC). Despite medium dimensions, it might easily accommodate motherboards of miniITX, microATX and ATX standard. According to Spire, this model belongs to MOD solutions, since it ensures an easy access to the hardware components during modification or update of the system.



Spire X2.6019 houses four external bays for 5.25-inch drives, six internal bays for 3.5-inch drives, as well as seven slots for PCI expansion cards. Its internal layout is divided by linear plates into three sections; such framework promotes for a better heat removal. It should be mentioned that this chassis is able to lodge nearly any CPU cooler and any high-end graphics card. Moreover, drive mounting can be realized without any dedicated tools.


To continue, this PC chassis …

Lian Li PC-V650 - aluminum chassis for a PC with a side mounted power supply

The company Lian Li announced the launch of a new computer case — PC-V650. New made is entirely made of aluminum and is designed to fit motherboard ATX and Micro-ATX, but because of non-standard side location of the power supply, it is lower than most peers.



Power supply (maximum length is limited to 230 mm) is mounted in the lower right side of the case — exactly opposite of expansion cards. In terms of composition and temperature regime the model is controversial, but it allows reducing the height. On the other hand, the case has turned out quite wide. In general, new dimensions can be expressed by the formula 427 x 251 x 360 mm, provided with seven slots for expansion cards.

Lian Li PC-V650 allows setting a standard size 5.25 ODD and eleven drives: seven 3.5-inch and four 2.5 inch. Bottom basket for hard drive is made removable: if to take it out, there is the possibility to use graphic card up to 370 mm. Regarding the maximum height of CPU cooler, it is 120 mm.

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