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 …

Meet New Series of 120-/140-mm SilentWings 3 Fans from Be Quiet!

Be Quiet! announces the upcoming release of a new series of fans, entitled SilentWings 3. The lineup will consist of 4x 120-mm & 4x 140-mm items. All greenhorns are based on fluid dynamic bearing, estimated for 300.000 hours of foolproof operation. The fans employ either 3-pin or 4-pin power connectors and might run at 12V voltage index.

Be Quiet! SilentWings 3 items have a dual purpose: they can be used as system fans and as a part of CPU cooling. The 3-pin models come equipped with an adapter for the reduction of voltage from 12V to 7-5V; due to this, their noise level dwindles down to the minimal level. In contrast, the 4-pin solutions support PWM technology.

All models are fitted with a 3-phase 6-polar motor which ensures low power consumption & inconsiderable vibrations. A unique shape of blades allows for the enhancing of airflow volume; at the same time, the incorporation of a slash frame promotes for the increase of the static pressure. Moreover, new mounts help in …

SilentiumPC Launches a Sleek Gladius M35 Pure Black Chassis

SilentiumPC, a renowned designer of top-notch coolers & other hardware components, enters the market with a new creation – a mid-tower chassis, entitled Gladius M35 Pure Black. As the name implies, the case, featuring 486x502x200 mm dimensions, boasts purely black exterior and interior layout. The retail price makes up $55.

SilentiumPC Gladius M35 Pure Black is targeting as mini-ITX so full-format ATX systems. The chassis is made of a high-quality Japanese steel with matted coating as well as ABS plastic. The front panel is distinguished by a perforated finish. The top facet accommodates I/O panel with USB 3.0, USB 2.0 and 3.5 mm audio ports.

The internal layout is estimated for the installation of two 5.25-inch drives, four 3.5-inch drives, and a pair of 2.5-inch drives. All bays are equipped with a dedicated anti-vibration system. As far as expansion facilities are concerned, the case offers 7 slots for PCI cards. The available room is enough for 415 mm long graphics …
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