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 …

Gold-Winning Deepcool DQ750 PSU Review

Deepcool is primarily renowned for its PC cooling solutions. Still, following the tendencies of portfolio diversification, the company decided to add chassis as well as PSUs to its production line. The latest DQ750 release proves that quality does not depend upon brand or device type. This model has already managed to receive 80Plus Gold certificate that witnesses its high ambitions. Let’s see what else this PSU can offer to an average user.

Brief Overview

Deepcool DQ750 is housed in a stylish case (150x160x86 mm dimensions) with a large formation coating. The availability of a blue LED backlight makes a dissonance with external layout. All basic parameters are recorded on the case itself. Hence, the model corresponds to ATX 12V v2.31 and SSI EPS 12V 2.92 standards. It features a single +12VDC bus that ensures 744 W power. The correlation of +12VDC bus and the maximal efficiency makes up 0.992. The PSU is able to operate within 100 V-240 V input voltage ranges at input …

Review of the universal cooler for graphics cards Ice Hammer IH-900B

With an excellent combination of cost and efficiency, cooling systems Ice Hammer continues to advance steadily to our market, crowding out products over top manufacturers. Today the characteristics, efficiency and noise level of another novelty — a cooler for graphics cards Ice Hammer IH-900B will be studied.

The novelty comes in a compact cardboard box with a small cutout on the front side, through which part of the fan and radiator is visible. On the reverse side there is also present cut-out in the form of the cooler. There is a list on GPU graphics cards from NVIDIA and AMD, which is compatible with the Ice Hammer IH-900B. On the sides of the package you can find specifications and other information about the cooling system.

Along with the cooler are supplied: small aluminum heatsinks for memory chips and smaller radiators for power elements, two sets of sleeves, key pads and screws, and a brief installation instruction, thermal compound A2, cables, adapters, as well …
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