A320M Grenade and A320M Bazooka Motherboards by Micro-Star International

Customers have an opportunity to put to the test two new motherboards from the Micro-Star International Company. These products, based on the A320 chipset and performed in the microATX form factor, are meant for the AM4 platform. They are called A320M Grenade and A320M Bazooka.



Both novelties are equipped with the six-phase CPU power system, two expansion slots, two PCIe 2.0 x1 slots and one PCIe 3.0 x16 slot. DDR4-2667 RAM of up to 32 GB (for the A320M Grenade model) and up to 64 GB (for the A320M Bazooka sample) capacity can be installed. Drives can be connected via four SATA 6 Gbps ports and one 32 Gbps M.2 slot. The Realtek RTL8111H controller ensures the wired network interface functioning; and the audio is delivered due to the Realtek ALC892 (ALC887 when referring to A320M Grenade) codec. HDMI, DisplayPort and D-Sub serve for the image output.


Considering aforesaid, one may conclude, that MSI A320M Grenade and A320M Bazooka motherboards are intended for …

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 …

Acute Angle K2 – a PC, Enclosed into a Keyboard

An up-to-date desktop can be performed in a shape, other than a customary PC with a system unit, a mini PC or an AIO. The Hong Kong Acute Angle Co. offers one more form factor, categorized as a computer, embedded into a keyboard. At present, fund raising for such a specialty under the K2 name is conducted.



K2 is a high-end computer, operated by Windows 10 Home operating system. VGA/HDMI connectors allow to link it to any display, projector or a TV-set.


The novelty by Acute Angle is based on the 4-core Intel Atom x5-Z8350 processor. It features 4 GB of LPDDR3 RAM and uses the 64 GB eMMC flash memory for data storage. There is an option to obtain the K3 modification, which is highlighted due to a more powerful Intel Celeron N3450 CPU, 8 GB of RAM and a 128 GB drive.


In the meantime, these computers do not differ exteriorly. Both of them are of 340 × 110 × 30 mm and weigh around 472 g. K2 is incorporated into a stainless steel case and has no fans in its construction. A …
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