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 …

Lian Li to Release a New PC-Q35 Case with a Door Lock

Lian Li, a Taiwanese vendor of unique PC cases, is about to release a new mini-ITX case in the Western European market. Entitled PC-Q35, the model features 514x261x356 mm dimensions and weighs 4.3 kg. It is peculiar by a classical brand Lian Li’s design with minimum decorations and great functional. Nonetheless, its main peculiarity is the implementation of a lock on the frontal door. The new-comer is already available for pre-order for a price of 129 EUR.



Lian Li PC-Q35 will come in two color solutions, black and silver. The chassis takes benefit of anti-dust filters and metallic feet with rubber soles; the latter are called to efficiently damp the vibrations. Internal layout supports for the installation of mini-ITX and mini-DTX motherboards, a pair of PCI Express expansion cards of up to 300 mm in length, ATX-compatible power supply unit up to 200 mm in length, and CPU air cooling system of up to 95 mm in height.


To continue, available storage facilities provide for …

Zalman Boasts a New Line of PSUs with an Improved Design

The line of products manufactured by Zalman has been just replenished with a new series of power supply units, codenamed Zalman LX. The series is currently represented by two models of 500 W and 600 W power: ZM500-LX and ZM600-LX. Both units employ an improved Dual Forward Converter Circuit design that ensures reliable and efficient functioning. They are also equipped with a single +12V rail and show compatibility with Intel ATX12V 2.31 standard.



Zalman LX PSUs utilize a couple of PCI Express sockets (one 6-contact and one 6+2-contact) for the connection with graphics cards, securing the support of AMD CrossFireX and Nvidia SLI technologies. Cooling of all internal components is ascribed to a low-noise fan of 120 mm dimensional type. Its operation is automatically monitored by Smart Fan Control system that provides for the achievement of an optimal balance between its efficiency and noise level.


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