ASRock to Officially Introduce Z87 Extreme 4/Z87 Pro 3 Motherboards in Early June

ASRock is going to officially introduce its two budgetary motherboards (compatible with Intel Haswell processors) in early June. Codenamed ASRock Z87 Extreme 4 and ASRock Z87 Pro 3, these products will cost around $170 and $100 correspondingly. Such attractive price makes them one of the most affordable solutions involving high-efficient CPUs of the next generation.

The more costly motherboard, Z87 Extreme 4, is known to feature only high-quality layout components, including PCB with dual copper layers, chokes with ferrite hub, and durable solid-state capacitors. This model supports DDR3 memory modules of up to 2600 MHz frequency and up to 32 GB capacity. Expansion slots consist of two PCI connectors, two PCI Express 3.0 x1 connectors, and three PCI Express 3.0 x16 connectors.

The connection of internal drives becomes possible due to the availability of eight SATA III sockets. Audio subsystem is realized with the help of 8.1-channel Creative Sound Blaster codec. External …

Chassis Chieftec Libra LF-01B-OP Review

Chieftec is the company that tries to satisfy the needs of any customer, by supplying multifarious PC hardware. Its latest chassis series, codenamed Libra, is primarily aiming at gamers due to its splashy design and elaborated layout. Chassis Libra LF-01B-OP is a senior model in the series that is distinguished by a more distinct gaming directionality: ATX form-factor, bottom-part PSU localization, a line of fans, dock station for hard drives, and some other pleasing facilities.


Chieftec Libra LF-01B-OP is notable by restrained design peculiarities with a bit rounded angles and straight lines. The casing is totally black from the outside and inside with the wee bit dull surfacing. The upper panel is made of plastic; its larger part is taken by a grid that serves a means of hot air blow-out. Closer to its front part, one can find a dock station for 3.5/2.5-inch drives and a recess for peripheral components. Interface panel is introduced by two USB 3.0 ports and the …

Transcend Teases MTS Series of M.2 Drives

In the light of a violent proliferation of M.2 standard in mobile and desktop PCs, a number of manufacturers shifted their production into this segment. Transcend is one of the first companies to introduce its own M.2 rendition, teasing new MTS lineup that involves three different series: MTS400, MTS600, and MTS800. They feature M.2 2242, M.2 2260 and M.2 2280 form-factors correspondingly, that is to say they have different PCB length: 42, 60 and 80 mm respectively.

All three M.2 drives series are designed on MLC NAND flash memory chips. They accommodate DDR3 cache with SATA III 6 Gb/sec interface. The first, MTS400 series, embraces four models of 32 GB, 64 GB, 128 GB, and 256 GB capacity, whereas MTS 600 and MTS800 count five models: plus 512 GB model in addition to the junior four.

As for speed characteristics, Transcend MTS400 is able to demonstrate up to 560 MB/sec Read speed on sequential operations and up to 160 MB/sec Write speed on analogous conditions. Its …
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