ASRock Unveils Z170M OC Formula Mainboard

ASRock came into the market with a new small-sized overclocking-oriented mainboard. Entitled Z170M OC Formula, the model is designed in micro-ATX form-factor on the basis of Intel Z170 chipset. The latter is ready to cooperate with Intel Skylake CPUs for Socket LGA1151. The PCB offers a pair of DIMM slots for DDR4-4500 MHz RAM (up to 32 GB capacity).



ASRock Z170M OC Formula accommodates three PCIe 3.0 x16 expansion slots, enabling the creation of various graphics configurations (including Nvidia SLI & AMD CrossFireX). Storage subsystem is introduced by a pair of SATA Express ports (10 Gb/sec) as well as four SATA ports (6 Gb/sec) and one Ultra M.2 slot (32 Gb/sec).


This motherboard boasts a high-quality audio subsystem; it is based on Realtek ALC1150 controller, generating 7.1-channel sounding (Purity Sound 3). The 10-layer PCB comes with an integrated 14-phase power subsystem with dual-stack MOSFETs, premium choke coils, and solid-state capacitors Nichicon 12K Platinum. …

MSI Outs ECO Motherboards for Socket LGA1151

Launched first in 2014, ECO lineup of motherboards from MSI has recently been replenished by a triplet of models for socket LGA1151. The new-comers boast a wide range of power-efficient facilities as well as an optimal performance level. Thus, the users will enjoy the most advanced technologies without sacrificing performance. All three mainboards are developed in micro-ATX form-factor and employ Military Class 4 hardware base, although their other specifications differ.



MSI H170M ECO is designed on Intel H170 chipset, ready to accept Intel Core i3/i5/i7, Pentium & Celeron CPUs for socket LGA1151. The PCB accommodates two DIMM slots for the installation of DDR4-2133 MHz memory modules (up to 32 GB capacity). Storage subsystem offers 6x SATA III ports, while expansion is supported by 2x PCIe 3.0 x1 and one PCIe 3.0 x16 slots.


Audio subsystem is based on 7.1-channel Realtek ALC887 controller. The organization of network is entrusted to Intel I219V controller via LAN port. The …

Acer Debuts with Predator XB241YU Monitor

Acer comes out with another gaming monitor which replenishes the framework of Acer predator lineup. The XB241YU boasts a balance of functional & price (about $499). Featuring 541x530x259 mm dimensions, the 23.8-inch display offers QHD display resolution (2560x1440) and 1 ms response time. The heart of the model is TN panel with 16:9 aspect ratio.



Acer XB241YU offers 250 cd/m2 brightness as well as 144 Hz of nominal refresh rate. If there is a need, it’s possible to enable an overclocking mode to achieve 165 Hz of refresh rate. The support for Nvidia G-Sync technology is called to eliminate any image artifacts.


To continue, the monitor brags about 100% coverage in Adobe RGB environment. It is able to display up to 16.7 million of colors, providing for the best rendering. Flicker-Free technology is sure to relieve eye strain during prolonged gaming sessions. The integrated stand allows for the adjustment of height (up to 150 mm), swivel, pivot, and angle of slope.


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