Power Supply Unit FSP Raider RA550 Review

Power supply units with 80Plus Bronze standard were rarity in earlier times and distinguished themselves by rather high cost. Nevertheless, nowadays customers are able to acquire PSU models with this standard for quite a moderate price. This is explained by the surplus congestion of products in the market and the need to supply different consumer groups with high-end, but at the same time, cheap PSU solutions. FSP Raider RA550 is characterized exactly by moderate price and high efficiency index. This allowed the very model of PSU to receive 80Plus Bronze marker.

Design and Framework

First of all, it should be mentioned that FSP Raider series is presented by several models which include RA 450W, 550W, 650W and 750W. PSU model under consideration, RA550 cannot boast a refined design template. Quite the contrary, it is developed in a classical design, with the provision of specifications on the side and rear plates. The casing is made of thin hard steel which is covered by a …

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 …

Encouraging Forecasts for Ultrabooks

Notebooks and netbooks, which have been the pioneers in the field of portative devices in the recent past, are now considered to be regular gadgets available practically for all people. IT market is oversaturated with the offers from different companies that produce those devices. Growing competition makes those companies invent new strategies in the development of notebooks, providing customers with more impressive performance and stunning design. The end of 2011 and beginning of 2012 was marked by the launch of new notebook generation, the generation of ultrabooks. The mass production of ultrabooks is prognosticated for the mid 2012.

The developers of portative devices took the challenge to combine the functional characteristics of ultrabooks with their ultrafine design. Such companies as HP, Lenovo, Dell, Acer, and Asustek can be called the pathfinders in this technological sphere and their masterpieces have seen the light already in the end of 2011. The representatives of …
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