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 …

MSI Unveils AP16 Flex All-in-One PC for Professional Use

MSI comes out to the market with a new all-in-one solution – the AP16 Flex – targeted enterprise, scientific and commercial environments. The new-comer joined MSI Professional line of products and boasts an elegant but strict design. Featuring 381.6x264.1x25 mm dimensions, this model might be employed as a desktop PC (thanks to a multifunction stand that takes three positions), so as a wall display (due to the support of 100x100 VESA bracket).

The heart of MSI AP16 Flex is 4-core Intel Celeron J1900 CPU (2-2.41 GHz clock frequency) with an integrated Intel HD Graphics. The device consumes only 10 W power, thus it employs a noiseless passive cooling system. The 15.6-inch LCD display is equipped with two 2 W speakers, a top-tier web-cam as well as LED and Multi-touch technologies; the latter supports 10 multi-touch options.

The availability of 2 SO-DIMM slots allows for the installation of 8 GB DDR3 memory modules. Storage subsystem might consist of 32/64 GB eMMC drive …

Scythe Offers a Universal CPU Water-Cooling System

Scythe has replenished the line of its products by a new water-cooling system Apsalus III 120. This enclosed cooler is considered to be self-contained and compatible with all contemporary CPUs from Intel and AMD. It should be mentioned that this time Scythe has joined its technological forces with the other cooler supplier. Thus, Apsalus III 120 is a modified version of one of the CPU water-cooling platforms (Gen4) developed by Asetek Inc.

The framework of Apsalus III 120 consists of a copper water block with an integrated pump, two opaque connecting tubes, a heatsink of 119x150x27 mm dimensions, and a single 120 mm fan (Scythe GlideStream 120). The latter is known to have a fixed speed of 1200 RPM; nevertheless, the noise level never exceeds the margin of 24 dB.

This water-cooling system supports the following CPU sockets: Intel (Socket LGA1155, 1156, 1366, 2011) and AMD (Socket FM2, FM1, AM2/(+), AM3/(+). The most beneficial peculiarity pertained to the new model is …
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