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 …

Network Storage Iomega StorCenter ix2-200 Cloud Edition Review

Network storage solutions have become an integral assistant not only in large corporate systems but also in compact home-based platforms. They are a perfect match for people who need to work with a huge amount of information and who care about performance and safety. Iomega is one of the companies that frequently introduces ever newer storage solutions. Thereby, the manufacturer has recently upgraded its two-disk network storage StorCenter ix2-200 to Cloud Edition and equipped a new product with an advanced firmware. According to the claimed characteristics, StorCenter ix2-200 Cloud Edition boasts easy adjustment of remote access, possibility to share files with other users, and many more benefits.



Design and Layout


It should be noted that the upgrade didn't touch upon design of the network storage. StorCenter ix2-200 Cloud Edition has got aluminum external casing, plastic rear and frontal panels, and three LED indicators. The clipboard also accommodates a couple of …

Sapphire Launches Nitro R9 Fury 4G HBM Graphics Card

Sapphire, a well-known manufacturer of top-notch graphics solutions, is glad to announce the launch of a new high-performance video card, entitled Nitro R9 Fury 4G HBM. The greenhorn is available in two modifications which differ by GPU clocks (AMD Radeon R9 Fury). The first version offers 1050 MHz frequency, while the second version runs at 1020 MHz frequency. As a reminder, the etalon Fiji Pro GPU operates at 1000 MHz.



Sapphire Nitro R9 Fury 4G HBM rests upon an improved PCB with an enforced VRM and high-quality hardware base. The card employs 4 GB of GDDR5 memory with 512-bit bandwidth. The list of integrated interfaces consists of three DisplayPort connectors, one HDMI port and one DVI-D port. Moreover, the model is shipped with a proprietary Sapphire TriXX utility that allows for fine tuning of all key parameters.


As distinct from the etalon model, the modified graphics card from Sapphire boasts Tri-X cooler. It embraces three fans on ball bearings and 10-mm …
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