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 …

Gigabyte Showcases a Couple of Gaming Mainboards with Onboard Liquid Coolers

Gigabyte teamed up with EK Water Blocks in order to develop a pair of off-beat motherboards. The GA-X99-Ultra-Gaming-EK and the GA-Z170X-Gaming 7-EK are differentiated from their predecessors by the integration of EK-Supremacy EVO X99 & EK-FB GA-Z170X waterblocks. The latter is sure to cool down not only the CPU and its environment but also key components of the power subsystem.



Gigabyte GA-X99-Ultra Gaming-EK is developed on Intel X99 chipset, targeting Intel Core i7 CPUs for Socket LGA2011-3 platform. The PCB offers 8 DIMM slots for DDR4-3600 MHz memory (up to 128 GB), four PCIe 3.0 x16 expansion slots and a single PCIe 2.0 x1 slot. The ATX motherboard features 305x244 mm dimensions.


Storage subsystem of the model is represented by one M.2 Socket 3 slot, one U.2 slot, one SATA Express port as well as eight SATA III (6 Gb/sec) ports. One more M.2 Socket 1 is occupied by Wi-Fi/Bluetooth adapter. 7-1 channel audio subsystem is based on Realtek ALC1150 controller, whereas …

Microsoft to Come Out with Surface Studio All-in-One PC

Microsoft has unveiled its first all-in-one PC – Microsoft Surface Studio. Featuring 28-inch PixelSense touch-screen with 4500x3000 pixels resolution, the new-comer is primarily targeting designers, animators and other graphics specialists. The display features 3:2 aspect ratio & 192 PPI. Besides, it offers multi-touch facilities (up to 10 simultaneous touches), supporting calibration in Adobe sRGB & DCI-P3 color environments (there is a possibility to switch between them).



It should be noted that the hardware is housed within the block’s base. The stand provides for multiple adjustments in order to achieve the ultimate viewing experience. The model is developed on Intel Core i5/i7 Skylake CPU which is accompanied by 8/16/32 GB RAM and either Nvidia GeForce GTX 965M (2 GB) or Nvidia GeForce GTX 980M (4 GB) GDDR5 graphics.


To continue, Microsoft Surface Studio comes equipped either with 1 TB or 2 TB hybrid drive, and SDXC card-reader. It is run by Windows 10 Pro OS …
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