ASRock Introduces Its Upgraded DeskMini PCs

The ASRock Co. has brought to the CES 2017 event its upgraded RX and GTX lines DeskMini PCs.



Details are obscure; however, general info is available. It is known, for example, that the dimensions of these devices are 210 х 137.5 х 81.9 mm. The motherboards utilized are of Mini-STX form factor, and the supposed CPUs are of the Kaby Lake generation.


The highest RAM capacity of these models equals to 32 GB; and there’s a possibility to embed drives due to the 2 SATA connectors and 3 M.2 slots. Such ports as USB 3.0 (x3), USB 2.0 (x2), HDMI (x2), DisplayPort, Mini DisplayPort, Thunderbolt 3 and Gigabit Ethernet deliver extra convenience.


These novelties can be equipped with either GeForce GTX 1060 or Radeon RX 460, RX 470, RX 480 (MXM) graphics cards. At the same time, the TDP rate should not exceed 120 W.


Therefore, we can assume that ASRock will produce fully gaming and rather effective VR compatible compact PCs.

Plextor Prepares the Release of M5P SSD

Plextor is currently preparing a new SSD series, codenamed M5P. According to the forecasts, this series will be differentiated by high-performance characteristics and Serial ATA 3.0 interface. M5P will be represented by three models of 128 GB, 256 GB and 512 GB volume capacities. All the model lines are developed with the utilization of 19 nm technological process. In addition, all SSDs will be equipped with NAND flash-memory (MLC Toshiba) and Marvell 88SS9187 controllers.



Three models differ from one another by the flash-memory volume. Thereby, 128 GB models accommodates 256 MB of DDR3 cache-memory, 256 GB model – 512 MB, and the last one, 512 GB model – 768 MB. Those SSDs support SATA 6 Gb/sec.


The manufacturer claim that the maximal consecutive reading and writing speeds will achieve 540 Mb/sec and 340 Mb/sec correspondingly (with 128 GB model); 256 GB and 512 GB models will achieve 540 Mb/sec in reading and 450 Mb/sec in writing mode. At the same time, M5P series …

Intel Thunderbolt Ready Facilitates in Upgrading Your Desktop PC

Last week Intel announced a new instrumentality for upgrading desktop PC, called Thunderbolt Ready. This tool will help in incorporating Thunderbolt interface into the motherboards which initially do not have the support for it. However, only the motherboards with ‘Thunderbolt Ready’ marking and an inbuilt General-purpose I/O (GPIO) socket might fall under the upgrade. In addition to this feature, the user will have to acquire a dedicated card to enable the interface.



This card is installed into an appropriate PCI Express slot and is then connected to GPIO, as well as DisplayPort socket of the integrated/discrete GPU controller, due to the cables that go in batch. After this, the customer needs to upload dedicated software in order to activate the Thunderbolt. According to Intel, there are currently more than 100 alike products with Thunderbolt support; the majority of them are certified for the usage with PCs on Windows or Mac OS X platforms.


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