ASRock to Officially Introduce Z87 Extreme 4/Z87 Pro 3 Motherboards in Early June

ASRock is going to officially introduce its two budgetary motherboards (compatible with Intel Haswell processors) in early June. Codenamed ASRock Z87 Extreme 4 and ASRock Z87 Pro 3, these products will cost around $170 and $100 correspondingly. Such attractive price makes them one of the most affordable solutions involving high-efficient CPUs of the next generation.

The more costly motherboard, Z87 Extreme 4, is known to feature only high-quality layout components, including PCB with dual copper layers, chokes with ferrite hub, and durable solid-state capacitors. This model supports DDR3 memory modules of up to 2600 MHz frequency and up to 32 GB capacity. Expansion slots consist of two PCI connectors, two PCI Express 3.0 x1 connectors, and three PCI Express 3.0 x16 connectors.

The connection of internal drives becomes possible due to the availability of eight SATA III sockets. Audio subsystem is realized with the help of 8.1-channel Creative Sound Blaster codec. External …

Graphics Card HIS 7850 IceQ X Turbo X Review

The number of graphics solutions designed by HIS cannot be figured from a cursory calculation only. Indeed, the company's product line counts dozens of cards destined at various audiences, with various needs and budgets. Take HIS HD 7850 series alone: it consists of ten models (three with 1GB memory and seven with 2GB memory). The latest HIS 7850 IceQ X Turbo X belongs to '2GB echelon' and is distinguished by the heightened GPU and memory frequency. Upon the whole, this graphics adapter features outstanding cooling and overclocking facilities.

Design and PCB

Graphics adapter HIS 7850 IceQ X Turbo X is a standard representative of the second HD 7850 revision. It is housed on a short printed circuit board and is equipped with only a single power socket, two heatpipes and a large fan. HIS developers advanced the heatpipes outside the board to elongate its contours; nevertheless, this card can't be considered voluminous, since its width hasn't been touched at all. The top part …

Network Storage Iomega StorCenter ix2-200 Cloud Edition Review

Network storage solutions have become an integral assistant not only in large corporate systems but also in compact home-based platforms. They are a perfect match for people who need to work with a huge amount of information and who care about performance and safety. Iomega is one of the companies that frequently introduces ever newer storage solutions. Thereby, the manufacturer has recently upgraded its two-disk network storage StorCenter ix2-200 to Cloud Edition and equipped a new product with an advanced firmware. According to the claimed characteristics, StorCenter ix2-200 Cloud Edition boasts easy adjustment of remote access, possibility to share files with other users, and many more benefits.

Design and Layout

It should be noted that the upgrade didn't touch upon design of the network storage. StorCenter ix2-200 Cloud Edition has got aluminum external casing, plastic rear and frontal panels, and three LED indicators. The clipboard also accommodates a couple of …
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