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 …

Shuttle SH87R6: Barebones Mini-PC with Outstanding Capabilities

Shuttle is happy to introduce its new elaboration – barebones system on Intel Haswell basis, codenamed SH87R6. The new-comer joins the ranks of XPC series and features 332x216x198 mm dimensions. It offers all users freedom in assembling PC systems of various configurations and is predestined to be employed as HTPC system or as a device for professional digital multimedia.

Mini-PC Shuttle SH87R6 supports the latest Intel’s processors of Intel Haswell family (Core i3/i5/i7) and comes with an integrated Intel HD Graphics that is compatible with DirectX 11.1 technology. Haswell-based systems might boast some striking performance and computing characteristics. The model comes also with four full-size DIMM slots for the integration of DDR3 memory modules (up to 1600 MHz and 32 GB capacity) and 300W PSU, certified with 80Plus Bronze standard. The latter is able to provide for the best efficiency and power-saving operation.

Expansion facilities are offered by one PCIe x16 slot …

Cooler Master Eisberg 240L Prestige: Liquid Cooler with Advanced Facilities

The majority of liquid cooling systems are developed with the implementation of practically identical hardware base. Nonetheless, Cooler Master stepped forward with introducing a cooler that involves the components of a higher level and that can be supplemented by some other components (if necessary). Codenamed Cooler Master Eisberg 240L Prestige, this model is an efficient tool in the hands of true cooling connoisseurs. Still, in order to judge about its efficiency, it’s necessary to review it from different angles.


Liquid cooler Eisberg 240L Prestige features the following specifications:

1. heatsink: dimensions – 276x125x30 mm, material – copper;

2. pump: dimensions – 65.7x66.66.9 mm, bearing type – CFF1, performance – 400 liters/hour, nominal voltage – 12 V, noise level – up to 25 dB, recorded power consumption – 6.2 W, MTBF – 50.000 hours;

3. waterblock: material/structure – copper/micro-channel JetStream structure, …
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