MSI Shared the First Shot of Z170A Gaming Pro Mainboard

First displayed at Computex 2015, the Z170A Gaming Pro motherboard from MSI is now available for the web community. The company teases the first shot of the extended ATX model, showing off its main privileges. The new-comer is based on Intel Z170 chipset, intended for Socket LGA 1151-compatible Intel Skylake CPUs. Its key visual attraction is the availability of a stripe with RGB illumination on the right side. The stripe supports 8 working modes and is able to display up to 16.5 million colors.



MSI Z170A Gaming Pro comes equipped with 4x DIMM slots for the integration of DDR4-3300 MHz memory modules (maximum capacity – 64 GB). Storage subsystem is introduced by four SATA 6 Gb/sec ports and a single SATA Express port (compatible with two SATA 6 Gb/sec ports). The socket is powered by a 8-pin connector, whereas the PCB draws power from a 24-pin ATX one.


Furthermore, the connection of graphics cards might be realized via two PCIe 3.0 x16 slots; other expansion cards are …

Intel Broadwell CPUs will Get BGA Casing

The Internet community is energetically discussing unofficial info concerning the future Intel's Broadwell processors. According to the yet unacknowledged data, Intel will branch off from currently traditional LGA casings in favor to a more advanced BGA solution. At present all CPUs designed by Intel specifically for desktop platforms feature LGA (Land Grid Array) casings which allow the users to upgrade their systems without any hassle. On LGA implementation, the chip is housed within a socket and contacts with the motherboard. As a result, the user might change one chip to the other only with similar set of contacts.



The launch of Intel Broadwell processors, which is planned for 2014, might dramatically change the situation for customers. Most probably Intel will refuse from LGA casings and accommodate all new CPUs in BGA ones, marking the change of Haswell generation to the future Broadwell generation developed under 14 nm technological process. BGA (Ball Grid Array) …

Trendnet Releases USB-hub with 4 High-Speed USB 2.0 Ports

Trendnet decided to gladden all customers who need additional extension facilities for their desktop or mobile systems by releasing a new USB-hub with four high-speed USB 2.0 ports. The hub, entitled TU2-400E, features 60x50x15 mm dimensions and owns CE/FCC certification.




Its main predestination is to connect USB flash-drives, MP3 players, printers, photo/video cameras, and other USB drives with desktop/laptop PC system. Moreover, the user doesn't need to search for dedicated adapters to enable the hub, since the connection is realized via a standard USB port on PC and a special elongated cable.


Trendnet TU2-400E works without any particular software or drivers. The basic thing is that the connected devices should employ USB 2.0 or USB 1.1/1.0 interfaces. It is powered directly from PC USB port. Also, the casing contains a socket for additional PSU which is able to supply power to all connected devices.


The model is notable by high data transfer speed that …
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