Motherboard ASRock Z87 Extreme6 (LGA1150 Platform) Review

Intel Z87 platform is masterfully penetrating into all global markets. ASRock is the company that has already managed to introduce a set of products based on this platform, including Z87 Extreme6 model. The very board is supposed to be an advanced solution for enthusiasts, containing all necessary for specific usage attributes: POST-indicator, a powerful VRM system with a massive heatsink, and a lot of other facilities mentioned below.

Design and Layout

ASRock Z87 Extreme6 is designed in ATX form-factor with 305x244 mm dimensions. Its top side accommodates a large number of components, while the reverse side revels in three driver-doublers (ISL6611A) of CPU power rails only. Intel Z87 chipset is cooled down by a voluminous heatsink. A couple of additional ASM1061 controllers are soldered right to the system logics; they allow for the usage of up to ten devices with SATA 6 Gb/sec connectivity interface. The board comes with an integrated Intel HD Graphics 4600 graphics core. …

MSI B75IA-E33 - cost-effective Mini-ITX board for processors Ivy Bridge

In early August, it was mentioned about the fact that MSI developer of motherboards is preparing to release three new products in the form factor Mini-ITX on chipsets A85, B75, and Z77. As it turned out, the first low-cost board will be MSI B75IA-E33 — it will start selling in Europe at the end of this week at prices ranging from € 95.

The functionality of this product is limited with respect to the other two models; however, a set of components in B75IA-E33 is very decent. LGA1155 processor socket is energized by three phases (provides additional power to the ATX12V 4-pin), hidden under a small cooler chipset Intel B75. Available one connector PCI Express 3.0 x16, two slots for memory modules DDR3-1066/1333/1600 total up to 16 GB, SATA port 6Gb / s and SATA 3 Gbit / s (3 units) to connect storage devices.

A pair of USB 3.0 on the rear panel are completed with a 19-pin connector on the PCB, through which on the front panel I / O can be taken two SuperSpeed USB. The …

Meet New Strike-X Coupe Gaming Chassis from Aerocool

Enthusiasts and gamers are pleased to learn that Aerocool has launched a new professional PC case, entitled Strike-X Coupe. The high-end invention features 448x180x460 mm dimensions (mid-tower form-factor) and is differentiated by a strict aggressive design with a top X-shape ventilation grid, a qualitative steel chassis, and a side acrylic window. The model is already available in retail stores at the price tag of $54.

Aerocool Strike-X Coupe comes equipped with a red LED backlight at the frontal panel. The chassis accommodates three external 5.25-inch drives, the same number of internal 3.5-inch drives and a single internal 2.5-inch drive bay. It should be noted that some drives have to be fixed with the help of screws at an angle of 90 degrees to the bottom. Seven expansion slots add to the enhancement of PC’s functionality.

The model is ready to house as mini-ITX/micro-ATX motherboards, so full format ATX items. There is a possibility to install three two-slot …
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