Motherboard ASRock Z87 Extreme6 (LGA1150 Platform) Review

Intel Z87 platform is masterfully penetrating into all global markets. ASRock is the company that has already managed to introduce a set of products based on this platform, including Z87 Extreme6 model. The very board is supposed to be an advanced solution for enthusiasts, containing all necessary for specific usage attributes: POST-indicator, a powerful VRM system with a massive heatsink, and a lot of other facilities mentioned below.



Design and Layout


ASRock Z87 Extreme6 is designed in ATX form-factor with 305x244 mm dimensions. Its top side accommodates a large number of components, while the reverse side revels in three driver-doublers (ISL6611A) of CPU power rails only. Intel Z87 chipset is cooled down by a voluminous heatsink. A couple of additional ASM1061 controllers are soldered right to the system logics; they allow for the usage of up to ten devices with SATA 6 Gb/sec connectivity interface. The board comes with an integrated Intel HD Graphics 4600 graphics core. …

Graphics Card Asus Radeon HD7790-DC2OC-1GD5 Review

The state of business in graphics market is becoming more intense, due to a prompt increase of new items and a violent rivalry between the two major players: AMD and Nvidia. Each of them regularly gladdens customers with new adapters, as well as with new technologies, which make video and gaming experience a pleasure. In their turn, graphics cards manufacturers try not to lag behind in implementing these technologies into their own products. Asus, is one of such manufacturers. Its card HD7790-DC2OC-1GD5 is a bright evidence of a skilful incorporation of all novelties offered by an improved GCN architecture.



Layout


Graphics card Asus Radeon HD7790-DC2OC-1GD5 is delivered in a small-sized cardbox stuffed additionally with CrossFire bridge and DVI/D-Sub adapter. The length of PCB equals to 17 cm, while the overall length of the adapter achieves 22 cm. Power supply socket snap is turned upwards in order to prevent the hanging heatsink from interfering with power cord …

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 …
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