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 …

MSI Unveils AP16 Flex All-in-One PC for Professional Use

MSI comes out to the market with a new all-in-one solution – the AP16 Flex – targeted enterprise, scientific and commercial environments. The new-comer joined MSI Professional line of products and boasts an elegant but strict design. Featuring 381.6x264.1x25 mm dimensions, this model might be employed as a desktop PC (thanks to a multifunction stand that takes three positions), so as a wall display (due to the support of 100x100 VESA bracket).

The heart of MSI AP16 Flex is 4-core Intel Celeron J1900 CPU (2-2.41 GHz clock frequency) with an integrated Intel HD Graphics. The device consumes only 10 W power, thus it employs a noiseless passive cooling system. The 15.6-inch LCD display is equipped with two 2 W speakers, a top-tier web-cam as well as LED and Multi-touch technologies; the latter supports 10 multi-touch options.

The availability of 2 SO-DIMM slots allows for the installation of 8 GB DDR3 memory modules. Storage subsystem might consist of 32/64 GB eMMC drive …

Meeting New Cooling System Brocken 2 from Alpenfoehn

Only a couple of weeks are left till the official release of a new cooling system Brocken 2 designed by Alpenfoehn. This is a long-awaited launch, since the fist version of the system, entitled Brocken, was honored to gladden the audience long time ago. Hereby, Brocken 2 has got a wee bit modified framework, if compared with the predecessor. Its dimensions together with a fan equal to 146x100x165 mm.

The base is shaped by means of five 6 mm copper heat pipes, tightly pressed together. Aluminum plates of the heatsink seem to be ‘cut’ in the center, unlike the one-piece construction of plates implemented in Brocken.

Active cooling power is ensured by a nine-blade fan of 140 mm standard size, known as WingBoost 2. The fan supports PWM technology that allows altering its rotational speed within the boundaries of 400-1100 RPM. Its activity stimulates the airflow index of 109 CFM, while the noise level barely achieves 19.6 dB (A). WingBoost 2 features small distance between …
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