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 …

Shuttle to Introduce a Small-Sized Budgetary Nettop DS47

Shuttle, an outstanding Taiwanese mini-PC and barebone-systems developer, is going to introduce its new nettop model DS47. The presentation will be realized within the boundaries of Computex 2013 exhibition which will take place in early June. According to the preliminary information, the product features 200x39.5x165 mm dimensions and weighs 2.05 kg.



Shuttle DS47 is based on Intel Celeron 847 processor, running at 1.1 GHz, and comes with an integrated Intel HD2000 graphics. CPU TDP level equals to 17 W. This model accommodates 16 GB RAM (SO-DIMM) of DDR3-1333 MHz type. Its internal layout is estimated for the incorporation of a single 3.5-inch HDD or a pair of 2.5-inch HDD/SSD with the support of SATA 6 Gb/sec interface.


The availability of mini-PCI Express connector with the support of mSATA interface gives the user a chance to expand the system with one more solid-state drive. In addition, Shuttle equips this nettop with a half-size mini-PCIe connector for the …

PSU Hiper K900 Review

The tendencies of the past several years prove that contemporary customers are rather demanding as to the overall characteristics of their PCs, so to their singular hardware components. Those demands primarily touch upon performance, efficiency and power-saving properties of products, however, design and ergonomics are given much attention as well. PSU devices are not an exclusion, and customers tend to choose not only high-end products with outstanding parameters, but also products with compact dimensions and attractive design. Thus, PSU manufacturers try to comply with the modern tendencies and release devices for people with various demands. PSU Hiper K900 is the product destined for customers with heightened requirements to the performance and moderate desires as to its design.



Design and Delivery Kit


Hiper K900 design is characterized by simplicity and observance of traditional forms. The casing is made of dull black plastic which combines with the silver-color fan …
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