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 …

Cooler Master N300 and N500: PC Cases of Medium Price Tier

Cooler Master announces a release of two new PC cases of mid-tower form-factor. Codenamed N300 and N500, the couple belongs to the medium price tier products and is differentiated by a laconic design combined with a thoughtfully elaborated cooling. Each model features a totally black coating and grid-like frontal panel. In retail market these cases will be offered in two framework variations: with blind side panels and with a large transparent window on one of the panels.

Both models are thought to support motherboards of standard ATX and micro-ATX dimensional type. The most notable peculiarity is the cooling system that primarily consists of two pre-installed 120 mm fans (in the frontal and rear parts of the case); however, this pair might be easily supplemented by seven (with blind construction) or five (with windowed construction) fans more. Moreover, there is a feasibility of incorporating a liquid-cooling system. Some key specifications of both novices are featured below.

Meet WinFast GTX 960 Hurricane Adapter from Leadtek

Leadtek expands its production line with a brand version of GeForce GTX 960 videocard. Entitled WinFast GTX 960 Hurricane, the model is differentiated by factory overclocking and a powerful dual fan cooling system. Initially, the company will launch a 2 GB version but later on there might appear a 4 GB version.

Leadtek WinFast GTX 960 Hurricane is based on GM206 GPU with 1024 CUDA cores, 10 SMM, and 64 ROPs. It runs at 1228 MHz frequency but might be overclocked to 1291 MHz frequency. The integrated 2 GB GDDR5 memory with 128-bit interface operates at 7010 MHz index. Furthermore, this videocard consumes up to 120 W power.

Cooling system consists of two fans and a voluminous heatsink. All integrated video interfaces found their place at the rear panel: three DisplayPort ports, one HDMI 2.0 and one DVI-I. By the way, the nominal delivery set offers a dedicated DVI to VGA adapter.

What is more, similar to other GTX 960 solutions, Leadtek’s graphics card is known to …
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