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 …

Motherboard ECS Z77H2-A2X (v1.0) Review

The inventory of motherboards designed by ECS is quite ample for the user to get confused. There are various series with a number of models in each, and each of these series is replenishing with new products at enviable frequency. Still, 'Black' series differentiates itself from all other lines by an eye-catching design and remarkable performance. Motherboard ECS Z77H2-A2X is an outstanding representative of 'Black' series that is notable by premium design, premium implementation, and premium performance.



Design and Layout


The first thing that stands out a mile is the delivery box which features goldish coverage and speaks of the motherboard's high-end destination. The board itself is packed in an antistatic box, while all other components found their places in a separate box. This box contains DVD with dedicated software and drivers, user's manual, I/O shield, LucidLogix Virtu MVP Technology usage guideline, a set of plugs for USB and video sockets, six SATA cables with …

Brand-New Nvidia GTX 1070 Graphics Adapter Review

Immediately following the release of a graphics adapter on a brand-new architecture (the Pascal) – Nvidia GeForce GTX 1080 – the company has launched another Pascal-based solution: the GTX 1070. The greenhorn positions itself as a great overclocking tool that adds power to any modern gaming application. As distinct from its companion, it boasts a more affordable price ($379-$449); thus, it might be haunted by a larger audience.



Key Specifications


Nvidia GeForce GTX 1070 features the following specifications:

— GPU: GP104-A1, Pascal microarchitecture, 16-nm technological process, 7200 million transistors, 64 ROPs, 120 TMUs;

— clock frequency: base – 1506 MHz, boost – 1683 MHz;

— memory: type — GDDR5, 256-bit bus, volume – 8 GB, efficient clock frequency – 8012 MHz, bandwidth – 256.3 Gb/sec;

— power: peak consumption – 150 W in 3D mode, minimum 500-watt PSU;

— interface: PCI Express x16 3.0;

— video outputs: DL DVI-D, HDMI 2.0, …
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