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 …

G.Skill Showcases New RAM Memory Modules TridentX DDR3

Long-awaited Computex 2013 has brought to light the whole galaxy of innovative hardware ideas. RAM market has also replenished with new entries, partially due to G.Skill International. Its new RAM modules, codenamed TridentX DDR3, are an embodiment of utmost performance, reliability and compatibility. The new-comers have been developed to support the latest Intel’s Haswell-based CPUs i3/i5/i7, integrated into Intel Z87 Express chipset.



TridentX DDR3 are introduced by sets of two and four 240-contact DIMM modules, the total capacity of which achieves 8 GB, 16 GB and 32 GB. All of them are equipped with original in design heatspreaders. They are also known to support Intel XMP overclocking profiles and to operate at 1.65 V power voltage.


Detailed Specifications


TridentX DDR3-3000 modules will be available in 4x8 GB kits (32 GB). Their effective frequency showings make up 3000 MHz with 12-14-14-35 latencies.


TridentX DDR3-2933 modules will be available in 2x4 …

Plextor Refreshes The Line of M5 Pro SSDs

Plextor, a well-known manufacturer of multifarious consumer electronics, is preparing for the release of its updated high-performance M5 Pro SSD series. Similar to the older version, new drives are targeted basically at business and gaming spheres. The manufacturer does not voice the precise information concerning the release date or pricing guidelines. Nevertheless, the preview of new M5 Pro specifications has already aroused interest of many analysts and average consumers.



According to the preliminary data, M5 Pro SSDs are developed in 2.5-inch form-factor and employ Marvell 88SS9187 Monet controller as the basis of their operation. The updated drives use high-speed SATA III interface to provide for the maximal speed and reliability of all operations. Testing results show that these products are estimated for about 2.4 million hours of trouble-free operation. In addition, Plextor will ensure that all drives are delivered with a 5-year limited warranty.


Plextor M5 Pro …
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