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 Refined Envy 34 All in One PC from HP

At the CES 2017 event in Las Vegas, the HP Company has presented its new AIO type PC – Envy 34.



All the key electronic components are located in the base, which also holds speakers. This peculiarity makes the device thin and adds showiness to its layout. The display is curved and possesses a 34” IPS-panel with wide viewing angles and a resolution of 3440 × 1440 pixels. The aspect ratio is 21:9.


This product is equipped with the 7th generation Intel Core CPU and up to 16 GB of DDR4 RAM memory. Optionally a discrete NVIDIA GeForce GTX 950M or an AMD RX 460 graphic accelerator can be installed. One can choose to use either a 1 TB hybrid hard disk or a standard 1/2 TB HDD and a 256 GB SSD for data storage.


Among highlights, we may distinguish a webcam, which can be put out of sight into the framework, and Qi, the inbuilt system of wireless gadgets charging.


The initial cost of this all-in-one PC is $1750.

Fractal Design Updates Its Core 1000 Chassis to USB 3.0 Version

Fractal Design, an outstanding Swedish PC cases developer, decided to update its mini-tower Core 1000 chassis model with the purpose to heighten its competitive power. Released in 2011, this case has not undergone major design renovations but its layout has been a bit modernized: the manufacturers integrated a single super-speed USB 3.0 port to provide for a better performance.



Codenamed Core 1000 USB 3.0, this chassis features 175x355x420 mm dimensions and supports mini-ITX/micro-ATX motherboards. It’s housed in a totally black, austere casing and has got a grid-like frontal panel with removable anti-dust filters. Internal layout is predestined to accommodate two 5.25-inch drive bays, two 3.5-inch HDD bays or three 2.5-inch SSD/HDD bays, four PCI expansion cards, CPU coolers of up to 148 mm in height, PSUs of up to 185 mm in length, as well as graphics cards of up to 350 mm in length (without HDD bay) or up to 210 mm in length with an installed HDD bay.


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