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 …

Cooler Master Boasts V1200 Platinum Power Supply

Cooler Master is glad to introduce a new proprietary power supply unit with 80Plus Platinum certificate. Entitled V1200 Platinum, the model boasts 93% efficiency that promotes for the ‘energizing’ of the most demanding system components. Besides, efficiency index can’t be less than 0.95 on 50% loading. This puts the model out of the competition with 7-year’s warranty. All customers are able to acquire this PSU for 259 EUR.



Cooler Master V1200 Platinum features a single +12V durable rail (estimated for 100 A loading) and a totally modular cabling system. The layout accommodates heat-resistant Japanese capacitors (solid-state and electrolytic), LP9 transformer, double EMI filter, Active PFC, as well as aluminum heatspreaders.


The PSU facilities do not limit themselves by hardware only, offering 4-way SLI and CrossFireX configurations support. In order to guarantee graphics sustainability, the manufacturer equips the PSU with twelve PCI Express 6+2 cables. In …

ECS Implements Advanced Technologies in Z77H2-A5X Deluxe

ECS is going to release a new motherboard Z77H2-A5X Deluxe developed under the latest technologies with the highest quality standards. The model belongs to ECS Black Series and is predestined specifically for experienced users, overclockers, and just demanding customers. The board is designed in ATX form-factor and employs high-quality semiconductor capacitors, load-proof fins and heat pipes, as well as triple goldish coverage. It is compatible with Intel Ivy/Sandy Bridge processors and LGA1155 socket.



The motherboard inventory embraces 32GB of two-channel DDR3 memory (4 DIMM), the nominal clock frequency of which equals to 1866 MHz; this index might be increased to 2133 MHz on overclocking activity. The board accommodates two PCI Express Gen2 x16 slots (for CrossFireX support and graphics card upgrade), two PCI Express Gen2 x1 and the same number of PCI slots for the connection of other cards. Besides, Z77H2-A5X Deluxe is notable for a good potential in mutual operation with …
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