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 Small-Sized QC5000M Mainboard from ASRock

ASRock enters the mainboard market with a new micro-ATX solution, entitled QC5000M. The greenhorn takes Kabini platform as the basis, featuring AMD A4-5000 hybrid processor (28 nm) with 4 Jaguar cores and 1.5 GHz clock frequency. The APU is accompanied by two slots for one-channel DDR3-1600 MHz RAM (up to 32 GB) and an integrated AMD Radeon HD 8330 graphics (500 MHz clock frequency, compatibility with DirectX 11.1 standard).

The implemented APU boasts 15 W TDP only, requiring a small-sized heatsink for efficient cooling. The model takes power via 24-pin ATX connector and is based on AMD A68 chipset. It is equipped with a single PCI Express 2.0 x16 slot, a pair of PCI Express 2.0 x1 slots, and the same amount of SATA III 6 Gb/sec ports.

Network and audio facilities are represented by Realtek RTL8111GR Gigabit Ethernet controller and 7.1-channel Realtek ALC887 codec respectively. Additionally, the PCB is furnished with ELNA sound capacitors. The rear side of the motherboard …

Asus Surfaces New Gaming Monitor VG245HE

Asus keeps on satisfying the needs of inveterate gamers. This time the company has introduced a 24-inch monitor, entitled VG245HE. The model is developed on TN panel, featuring Full HD resolution (1920x1080) & 16:9 aspect ratio. The panel ensures the fast response time – 1 ms only, the maximal brightness of 250 cd/m2 and the highest dynamic contrast index – 100M:1.

Of course, there are a lot more privileges of the new-comer. Asus VG245HE boasts the widest viewing angles (170/160 H/V degrees), replenished by 75 Hz refresh rate. The model is able to display 16.7 million of colors & produce the purest sounding thanks to the implementation of two 2-watt speakers.

The I/O panel houses two HDMI ports, one D-Sub port as well as a pair of audio ports. The integrated stand provides for tilt, swivel and pivot adjustments; besides, it’s possible to detach the stand and mount the screen with the help of 100x100 VESA bracket. It is estimated that the monitor consumes 40 W of …
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