MSI Shared the First Shot of Z170A Gaming Pro Mainboard

First displayed at Computex 2015, the Z170A Gaming Pro motherboard from MSI is now available for the web community. The company teases the first shot of the extended ATX model, showing off its main privileges. The new-comer is based on Intel Z170 chipset, intended for Socket LGA 1151-compatible Intel Skylake CPUs. Its key visual attraction is the availability of a stripe with RGB illumination on the right side. The stripe supports 8 working modes and is able to display up to 16.5 million colors.



MSI Z170A Gaming Pro comes equipped with 4x DIMM slots for the integration of DDR4-3300 MHz memory modules (maximum capacity – 64 GB). Storage subsystem is introduced by four SATA 6 Gb/sec ports and a single SATA Express port (compatible with two SATA 6 Gb/sec ports). The socket is powered by a 8-pin connector, whereas the PCB draws power from a 24-pin ATX one.


Furthermore, the connection of graphics cards might be realized via two PCIe 3.0 x16 slots; other expansion cards are …

Water-Cooling System EK-Supremacy KIT H3O 360 HFX Review

Water-cooling systems have been always supposed to be an efficacious means of managing hot temperatures within PC chassis. EKWB, a Slovenian manufacturer of cooling equipment, currently supplies not only fluid-cooling components separately (waterblocks, fans, heatsinks, etc.), but also the entire kits as ready-made solutions to be integrated within PC enclosures. Not so long ago the company introduced a flagship kit, EK-Supremacy KIT H3O 360 HFX, that belongs to the high-end solutions and involves all necessary details for hassle-free employment.



Delivery Kit


EK-Supremacy KIT H3O 360 HFX is delivered in a large cardbox that consists of several sections with a comprehensive kit of water-cooling elements. One can find here a voluminous heatsink with a set of fixing screws, three 120 mm fans, a pump fixing kit, a waterblock, an expansion tank, branded TUBE Masterkleer hosepipe (2 meters in length), eight nickel-plated compression fittings (EK-PSC), and 100 ml of coolant …

Affordable Motherboard Asus Vanguard B85 Review

Nowadays customers don’t find it difficult to acquire the motherboard which would absolutely correspond to their needs. This is primarily explained by the fact that each manufacturer tries to pack its production lineup with models of various calibers. Asus is one of the few companies that restlessly enlarge their motherboard inventory with variegated items, and Vanguard B85 (TUF series) is yet another item for saving users. The key to ‘affordability’ of Intel B85 chipset-based board lies mainly in the reduction of connectivity facilities, where the chipset supports not six but four SATA 6 Gb/sec + four USB 3.0 devices. However, the model is rich in other facilities that are vital for a contemporary multimedia PC.



Design and Layout


To begin with, Asus Vanguard B85 is designed in an uncommon uATX form-factor and supports Pentium/Xeon/Corei3/Corei5/Corei7 CPUs (Haswell gen.) for Socket LGA1150. The motherboard inventory involves 4 DIMM slots for the installation up to 32 …
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