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 …

Overview of the ASUS ROG Maximus IX Apex Motherboard

The Apex model has not been represented among the products of the ROG Maximus series earlier. The specialists of the company considered the release of Kaby Lake-S processors as a good time for updating the assortment. Impact has been considered to be the best model for memory overclocking, and serious system loads has been carried out with the participation of senior representatives of the series like Extreme or Formula. In the novelty under consideration, these features are successfully united. It is worth noting, the price tag for such a product is quite humane, taking into accont the widest possible range of consumers is obvious.


Huge dimensions do not mean the presence of various kinds of auxiliary controllers. The design is more refined than complex. All the features are based on the Intel Z270, only two last-generation USB sockets on the rear panel are required due to the presence of a third-party adapter on the card.


Charactristics

Chipset: Intel Z270

Graphics Card MSI R7970 Lightning Review

The world-known manufacturer of computer hardware, MSI company, has recently introduced a new graphics card MSI R7970 Lightning with striking design and huge potential. This news couldn’t but rejoice those customers who set rather tough demands towards the performance of their computer hardware. MSI R7970 Lightning can be truly ascribed to the top models line since its deployment and performance records are beyond any doubts.


Delivery Set


It should be mentioned that R7970 Lightning delivery set is void of multiple components which could puzzle the customers. Instead, the initial package contains only standard components necessary for installation and utilization. One can find there a detailed user manual, a disk with drivers, adaptor with mini-DisplayPort to be used with full-format socket, DVI to HDMI adaptor, power adaptors, and bridge for adaptors connection into CrossFireX configuration.



Design and Deployment


Dimensions of this graphics card speak for …
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