ASRock Launches Z170M-PIO2 Mainboard with Unusual Layout

ASRock has stricken the general public by the development of a motherboard with an extraordinary layout. As a rule, mainboards targeting all-in-one solutions are void of expansion slots for graphics cards, due to lack of space. However, ASRock has designed a space-efficient model with an integrated PCI Express 3.0 x16 slot. Yet, it’s localized parallel to the PCB as against standard items with perpendicular slot orientation.



ASRock Z170M-PIO2 is based on Intel Z170 chipset for Socket LGA1511 platforms. It supports Intel Celeron/Pentium/Core i3/Core i5/Core i7 CPUs. The PCB features a pair of DIMM slots for the installation of DDR4 memory modules with the maximum clock frequency of 3466 MHz (up to 32 GB of capacity). Storage subsystem is introduced by 4 SATA 6 Gb/sec ports as well as a single Ultra M.2 x4 slot.


As far as expansion is concerned, the model accommodates a single PCIe 3.0 x 16 slot and one M.2 2230 slot, occupied by Wi-Fi/Bluetooth adapter. The 7.1-channel …

APU AMD A10-4600M Review

Intel and AMD companies have established a good reputation for providing efficient hardware solutions for all customer groups. Each new product introduced by the two companies enters the top sales ranks and this promotes for the competition. AMD has recently produced a new APU solution based on Trinity architecture with graphics module VLIW4 and called it AMD A10-4600M. This model can boast the whole spectrum of improvements and advanced features as compared with its predecessor APU Llano, and is intended to beat its rival Intel in efficiency and performance.



Trinity Architecture


CPU Trinity is based on Piledriver micro architecture which superseded Bulldozer from AMD. The distinctive feature of Piledriver is that it’s primarily integrated in a mobile APU. Quad-core Trinity chips utilize two Bulldozer modules, each of which is equipped with two execution cores. Each APU module employs 2 MB of L2 cache, so the entire module architecture approximates to 4 MB of L2 cache; …

SSDs Corsair Neutron and Corsair Neutron GTX Review

Current conjuncture in the market of drives proves that SSDs do not require special advertising. Their demand index rises every single day, along with the increasing supply. Corsair, a well-known manufacturer of various PC hardware solutions, has successfully 'assimilated' advanced LAMD LM87800 controllers, and developed two SSD items at once based on this controller. Codenamed Corsair Neutron and Corsair Neutron GTX, these drives are intended at different customer audiences. Both models feature similar internal layout, but differ in the integrated interfaces and memory types.



Specifications


Model Corsair Neutron is considered to be cheaper than GTX version, so its specifications are more modest. It employs MLC flash-memory type with ONFI interface developed under 25 nm technological process. Its companion, Corsair Neutron GTX, belongs to the high-end SSD echelon and employs MLC flash-memory type with Toggle Mode interface designed under 24 nm technological process. Both …
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