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 …

SilentiumPC Launches All-Powerful Grandis XE1236 CPU Cooler

SilentiumPC has announced the release of its newest cooling solution – an all-powerful Grandis XE1236 CPU cooler. The model features 130x105x158 mm dimensions and weighs 1160 g. According to the manufacturer, it is able to manage heat on top loading, preserving CPU in sober thermal conditions. The cooler is backed by a 2-year’s warranty and comes at $49.

SilentiumPC Grandis XE1236 consists of a copper base, six U-shape heatpipes (6 mm), a two-section aluminum heatspreader with a polished base, and a pair of fans of 120 mm dimensions. The GF12-25 fans are based on a fluid-dynamic bearing that is set to demonstrate up to 50 thousand hours of fool-proof operation.

To continue, the connection to the motherboard is realized via 4-pin connector. The fans might operate at +12V voltage, accelerating speed from 500 RPM to 1500 RPM due to PWM technology support. On the maximal speed the noise level does not exceed 21 dB. Upon the whole, the blades can produce up to 55 CFM …

Google Unveils Some Facts about the New Brainchild Project Glass

One can hardly imagine a day without the news from the giant Google about its plans on development and upcoming acquirements. The company’s representatives have recently claimed about the initiation of the work on their new creation Google Project Glass. They also underlined that this project is of heightened importance for the company for the forthcoming future. The main information about the project is still shrouded in mystery, although certain facts about the future release have been highlighted.

Currently it is known beyond all doubt that the developers of Project Glass have already taken out a patent for their new product. This is an obligatory measure targeted at the prevention from the imitation by the competitors. In accordance with the existing patent, Google Project Glass is the universal device with the display for data projection. This device will be allegedly designed in the form of glasses and will have the integrated transceiver which will enable data reception …
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