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 …

The Launch of Motherboard Big Bang-ZPower from MSI is Round the Corner

On the threshold of international exhibition Computex ‘12, MSI has decided to boil up the interest of the potential customer audience to their new motherboard Big Bang-ZPower. So far, the company has highlighted only a few teasers, giving a superficial concept about their new product. There are not so many details revealed, but it’s definitely known that the motherboard will be based on Intel Z77 Express chips and support processors of Ivy Bridge and Sandy Bridge series.



The new Big Bang-ZPower is called to satisfy the needs of inveterate overclockers who appreciate might, functionality and framework. This model is intended to work with Intel Core i7/i5/i3 processors of the second or third generation in the implementation of Socket LGA1155. As seen from the teasers, the motherboard is equipped with the passive cooling system which employs heating tubes technology; in addition, this model will involve the enhanced power subsystem and UEFI with the diversified settings.

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AOC Gets Ready to Release u3477Pqu Monitor

AOC is glad to announce a new 34-inch PC monitor, codenamed u3477Pqu. The product is addressed, first of all, to movie fans, graphics designers, and enthusiasts as well, due to its unusual dimensions and a large viewing area. The release is scheduled for July, nonetheless pricing or shipping details are still unknown.



AOC u3477Pqu is based on an ultrathin AH-IPS panel, featuring 21:9 aspect ratio, LED backlit, and 3440x1440 resolution. The model is differentiated by high color rendering, high color gamut, and high pixel density. In addition, it boasts 5 ms response time, 178/178 viewing angles, 320 cd/m2 brightness index, 1000:1 static contrast, accompanying by 50M:1 dynamic one.


The list of integrated video interfaces includes DVI-D port, D-Sub port, dual DisplayPorts, as well as HDMI port with HDCP-compatible rail. Along with a standard power-saving backlight, the display is equipped with a white LED that covers the screen from top to bottom.


Furthermore, the …
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