ASRock Launches Z170M-PIO2 Mainboard with Unusual Layout

ASRock has stricken the general public by the development of a motherboard with an extraordinary layout. As a rule, mainboards targeting all-in-one solutions are void of expansion slots for graphics cards, due to lack of space. However, ASRock has designed a space-efficient model with an integrated PCI Express 3.0 x16 slot. Yet, it’s localized parallel to the PCB as against standard items with perpendicular slot orientation.



ASRock Z170M-PIO2 is based on Intel Z170 chipset for Socket LGA1511 platforms. It supports Intel Celeron/Pentium/Core i3/Core i5/Core i7 CPUs. The PCB features a pair of DIMM slots for the installation of DDR4 memory modules with the maximum clock frequency of 3466 MHz (up to 32 GB of capacity). Storage subsystem is introduced by 4 SATA 6 Gb/sec ports as well as a single Ultra M.2 x4 slot.


As far as expansion is concerned, the model accommodates a single PCIe 3.0 x 16 slot and one M.2 2230 slot, occupied by Wi-Fi/Bluetooth adapter. The 7.1-channel …

Urban S21: a New Mid-Tower Case from Thermaltake

Thermaltake Technology introduces a new PC case codenamed Urban S21. This is a regular mid-tower chassis with, as usual, high-quality framework and wide spectrum of destinations. Urban S21 is developed in a minimalistic design with all black coverage (external and internal) and little detailing. The model is housed in a steel casing (SECC) and contains a single transparent side window. Its overall dimensions equal to 438x185x497 mm.



This PC case is expected to accommodate motherboards of ATX and micro-ATX standard, CPU coolers of up to 155 mm in height, and graphics cards which length does not exceed the admissible 320 mm. The layout offers seven PCI expansion cards, three external 5.25-inch drive bays, one external 3.5-inch drive bay, and five internal bays for the integration of 3.5/2.5-inch drives.


Urban S21 is equipped with a frontal interface panel that is represented by a pair of USB 3.0 ports and a pair of 3.5 mm audio slots. The top panel contains handy ‘Power’ …

Zotac Showcases Nano XS Nettops with Power-Saving Properties

Zotac is going to replenish its line of compact PC devices with two new nettops. To be precise, with two versions of a single model: ZBOX nano XS AD13 and ZBOX nano XS AD13 PLUS. Both versions feature 11x11 mm dimensions and are based on two-core AMD E2-1800 processors with the nominal clock frequency of 1.7 GHz. Similar to other ZBOX products, AD13 promotes for the wide functional facilities along with pocket-size dimensions. One of the peculiarities found in these products is a modified memory subsystem: instead of a traditional hard drive, Zotac implements a high-performance SSD with mSATA interface.



Models AD13 and AD13 PLUS employ AMD Hudson-M3L system logics, A68M chipset and AMD Brazos 2.0 platform. The implemented CPU secures the support of 64-bit OS and hardware virtualization, despite the belonging to ULV class. Both nettop variations are equipped with 2048MB of DDR3-1333 memory type. Graphics subsystem is represented by Radeon HD 7340 GPU with 80 current processors. …
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