ASRock Surfaces J3355B-ITX Mainboard

ASRock enters the market with a mainboard, targeting new Intel Apollo Lake CPUs (14 nm, Intel Goldmont micro-architecture). The J3355B-ITX model is thought to be integrated within laptops or entry-level all-in-one solutions. As seen from the codename, the board is developed in mini-ITX form-factor. It comes equipped with Intel Celeron J3355 processor, operating at 2.0-2.5 GHz frequency. The CPU features 10 W TDP; hence, cooling is backed by a noiseless passive cooler.

ASRock J3355B-ITX accommodates a pair of SO-DIMM slots for DDR3/DDRL3 modules with 1866 MHz frequency (up to 16 GB). The board comes with an integrated Intel HD Graphics 500 GPU that runs at 700 MHz. The connection of drives is realized via two SATA III ports. The incorporated PCIe 2.0 x16 slot is optimal for expansion cards, rather than a VGA card.

To continue, audio subsystem is based on 7.1-channel Realtek ALC887 controller, whereas network facilities are ensured with the help of Realtek RTL8111GR …

Fractal Design Unveils Define Nano S Chassis

Fractal Design, an outstanding Swedish hardware vendor, introduced no less remarkable ITX chassis, entitled Define Nano S. The new-comer features 412x344x203 mm dimensions, targeting mini-ITX motherboards with the maximum of two expansion slots. Customers will be able to acquire as a standard case with all blind panels, so a windowed version Define Nano S Window.

The model houses four seats for 2.5-/3.5-inch drives. Habitual 5.25-inch bays are absent. Interior spacing is sufficient for the installation of 160-mm high CPU coolers, 315-mm long video cards as well as typical ATX PS/2 power supply units. The reverse side of the motherboard tray hides a dedicated slot for efficient cable management.

As far as cooling is concerned, the chassis comes bundled with two preinstalled fans: frontal 140 mm and rear 120 mm solutions. Additionally, it’s feasible to mount one more frontal fan, two top items and a single bottom propeller. Four fan seats employ ModuVent plugs & dust …

QPad Intros MK-70 Mechanical Keyboard for Gamers

Gamers with basic needs are rejoiced with the news about the release of a fresh field-specific keyboard: the QPad MK-70. It features LED backlight with four levels of brightness and Cherry MX switches, accompanied with prime build quality, convenient layout, and unrivalled durability. Furthermore, this keyboard is estimated for 50 million strokes.

The MK-70 features 44.8x15x3.5 cm dimensions and weighs 1.4 kg. It is connected to the system case by means of a gold-plated USB connector with a dedicated PS/2 adapter included. Special media keys allow gamers to control volume, pause & play the game and skip tracks with a single stroke; in their turn, special mechanical keys enable N-key rollover and plug & play options.

Cherry MX Red switches operate with an actuation point of 2 mm. They facilitate precision and control in gaming applications which require multi-tapping. These switches have got neither audible, not tactile feedback, although properly fulfill their duties.
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