ASRock Launches Z170M-PIO2 Mainboard with Unusual Layout

ASRock has stricken the general public by the development of a motherboard with an extraordinary layout. As a rule, mainboards targeting all-in-one solutions are void of expansion slots for graphics cards, due to lack of space. However, ASRock has designed a space-efficient model with an integrated PCI Express 3.0 x16 slot. Yet, it’s localized parallel to the PCB as against standard items with perpendicular slot orientation.

ASRock Z170M-PIO2 is based on Intel Z170 chipset for Socket LGA1511 platforms. It supports Intel Celeron/Pentium/Core i3/Core i5/Core i7 CPUs. The PCB features a pair of DIMM slots for the installation of DDR4 memory modules with the maximum clock frequency of 3466 MHz (up to 32 GB of capacity). Storage subsystem is introduced by 4 SATA 6 Gb/sec ports as well as a single Ultra M.2 x4 slot.

As far as expansion is concerned, the model accommodates a single PCIe 3.0 x 16 slot and one M.2 2230 slot, occupied by Wi-Fi/Bluetooth adapter. The 7.1-channel …

Review of GeminII S524 from Cooler Master

Cooler plays a vital role in the computer operation activity and it’s necessary that every person should choose the appropriate model. This is not an easy task to select the cooler which would comply with the computer’s design, framework, and, at the same time, which would show good performance rate. The market of coolers for HTPC and low-profile computers is not pampered by the abundance of products from cooler manufacturers. However, Cooler Master company takes the challenge to satisfy the needs of contemporary customers and offers an efficient solution for PCs of such a kind in the form of their cooler GeminII S524.

Basic Peculiarities

Cooler GeminII S524 corresponds to the aggregation of a high-end radiator and a fan. Radiator is responsible for the effective cooling of all elements; in its turn, fan is responsible not only for the cooling activity but also for good performance. The availability of five heat-conducting pipes, which are called to secure an additional …

Thecus Adds N2810 NAS to Its Rich Portfolio

Thecus Technology Corp. marked the beginning of a new production year by launching an offbeat multi-task NAS – the N2810. The model is targeting to solve a wide spectrum of assignments; however, it might become an ideal solution for a demanding multimedia system. The all-black case is estimated for two 3.5-inch HDD drives which can be swapped thanks to dedicated buttons on the front panel. Sales are scheduled for February 2016.

Thecus N2810 is developed on Intel Celeron N3050 (Intel Braswell, 14 nm) CPU with 6 W TDP. Its base clock frequency makes up 1.6 GHz, while efficient index might achieve 2.16 GHz. The CPU cooperates with 2 GB of DDR3 memory. Interestingly enough, the customer is free to expand RAM to 8 GB, if necessary.

The frontal panel accommodates Start button as well as a set of interfaces: three USB 3.0 ports, a pair of RJ45 LAN ports, and a single HDMI video port. Such assembly provides for the connection of external drives, peripherals and multimedia …
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