ASRock Launches Z170M-PIO2 Mainboard with Unusual Layout

ASRock has stricken the general public by the development of a motherboard with an extraordinary layout. As a rule, mainboards targeting all-in-one solutions are void of expansion slots for graphics cards, due to lack of space. However, ASRock has designed a space-efficient model with an integrated PCI Express 3.0 x16 slot. Yet, it’s localized parallel to the PCB as against standard items with perpendicular slot orientation.



ASRock Z170M-PIO2 is based on Intel Z170 chipset for Socket LGA1511 platforms. It supports Intel Celeron/Pentium/Core i3/Core i5/Core i7 CPUs. The PCB features a pair of DIMM slots for the installation of DDR4 memory modules with the maximum clock frequency of 3466 MHz (up to 32 GB of capacity). Storage subsystem is introduced by 4 SATA 6 Gb/sec ports as well as a single Ultra M.2 x4 slot.


As far as expansion is concerned, the model accommodates a single PCIe 3.0 x 16 slot and one M.2 2230 slot, occupied by Wi-Fi/Bluetooth adapter. The 7.1-channel …

Monitor Samsung SyncMaster SA950 Review

Samsung never frustrates its devotees when it comes to the release of high-quality products. Monitor segment is not an exception. This summer the company launched a new series of FullHD monitors with ultramodern design and improved ergonomics. SyncMaster SA950 belongs to the senior model lineup and boasts the implementation of brand 3D formation technology which differs from the wide-spread Nvidia 3D Vision one. Upon the whole, this model resembles other 3D monitors, however is able to offer unmatched display facilities and user-friendly control options.



General Peculiarities and Ergonomics


SyncMaster SA950 is based on TN-array and goes with 1920x1080 resolution. The maximal loft frequency approximates 120 Hz. The major peculiarity of this model is that it supports practically any graphics cards and works with any video signal source (that is able to form 3D imaging in side-by-side, frame-by-frame, or interlace modes).


The other distinctive feature of SA950 is its …

Next year TSMC will start manufacturing the first 20nm chips

The Taiwanese company TSMC confirmed its intention to start production of chips using 20 nm technological processes in 2013. However, for now the company does not plan its production on an industrial scale and will release the first chips in a limited quantities, giving them a total of 1% of production capacity. According to the head of the company, the mass production of semiconductor chips with this technology will not begin until 2014.



Meanwhile TSMC Company is going to produce only one version of the chip, which will be able to enter into the wide range of devices, from smart phones with low-power to high-performance graphics cards. For comparison, the Taiwanese company currently has four different output chips on 28-nm technology. These are 28LP (poly / SiON) for low-power low-cost chips, 28HPL (HKMG) for use in low power applications, 28HP (HKMG) for high-performance chips and 28HPM (HKMG). The latest version combines elements of high-performance chips with high efficiency …
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