ASRock Unveils Z170M OC Formula Mainboard

ASRock came into the market with a new small-sized overclocking-oriented mainboard. Entitled Z170M OC Formula, the model is designed in micro-ATX form-factor on the basis of Intel Z170 chipset. The latter is ready to cooperate with Intel Skylake CPUs for Socket LGA1151. The PCB offers a pair of DIMM slots for DDR4-4500 MHz RAM (up to 32 GB capacity).

ASRock Z170M OC Formula accommodates three PCIe 3.0 x16 expansion slots, enabling the creation of various graphics configurations (including Nvidia SLI & AMD CrossFireX). Storage subsystem is introduced by a pair of SATA Express ports (10 Gb/sec) as well as four SATA ports (6 Gb/sec) and one Ultra M.2 slot (32 Gb/sec).

This motherboard boasts a high-quality audio subsystem; it is based on Realtek ALC1150 controller, generating 7.1-channel sounding (Purity Sound 3). The 10-layer PCB comes with an integrated 14-phase power subsystem with dual-stack MOSFETs, premium choke coils, and solid-state capacitors Nichicon 12K Platinum. …

MSI Introduces Newest Z77A-GD65 Gaming Motherboard

First displayed at CeBIT 2013, MSI Z77A-GD65 Gaming motherboard is now showing out in the company’s product line. As suggested by the name and attention-getting design, the board has been elaborated specifically for gaming needs. The new-comer is based on Z77 chipset, features ATX form-factor, and supports Intel LGA1155-compatible processors of the second and third generation (Sandy Bridge/Ivy Bridge).

Among the most attractive facilities ascribed to the model, it’s possible to distinguish the incorporation of Qualcomm Atheros Killer E2200 network platform. This platform provides for a substantial improvement of network connection quality, by means of defining all gaming traffic and assigning it a major priority.

The motherboard is known to employ high-quality Military Class III components, including CopperMOS elements in copper cases, gold-plate throttles with Golden SSC ferrite mandrel, tantalum Hi-c CAP capacitors, as well as solid-state capacitors with …

APU AMD A10-4600M Review

Intel and AMD companies have established a good reputation for providing efficient hardware solutions for all customer groups. Each new product introduced by the two companies enters the top sales ranks and this promotes for the competition. AMD has recently produced a new APU solution based on Trinity architecture with graphics module VLIW4 and called it AMD A10-4600M. This model can boast the whole spectrum of improvements and advanced features as compared with its predecessor APU Llano, and is intended to beat its rival Intel in efficiency and performance.

Trinity Architecture

CPU Trinity is based on Piledriver micro architecture which superseded Bulldozer from AMD. The distinctive feature of Piledriver is that it’s primarily integrated in a mobile APU. Quad-core Trinity chips utilize two Bulldozer modules, each of which is equipped with two execution cores. Each APU module employs 2 MB of L2 cache, so the entire module architecture approximates to 4 MB of L2 cache; …
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