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 …

Deepcool Intros Dual-Fan GamerStorm Assassin II CPU Cooler

Deepcool Industries comes out with the second revision of Assassin CPU cooler. The GamerStorm Assassin II is a dual-fan solution intended for hard-core users with thirst for utmost performance and noiseless operation. The model is compatible with most of AMD and Intel platforms, including AM2/AM2+/AM3/AM3+/FM1/FM2/FM2+ & LGA 775/1150/1155/1156/1366/2011/2011-v3.



Featuring 167x158x143 mm dimensions, the new-comer complies with all up-to-date requirements for high-end PC builds. Its framework comprises two aluminum heatsink blocks, consisting of 48 fins which are connected by means of eight nickel-plated heatpipes (6 mm each).


This cooler comes with two integrated fans, both based on fluid-dynamic bearing. The first 140 mm model is able to rotate at 300-1200 RPM with the maximal produced airflow of 70.08 CFM; it noise level fluctuates between 17.8-27.3 dB range. The second 120 mm fan might accelerate up to 1400 RPM, producing 68.06 CFM airflow and 27.3 dB noise.

Ultrabook Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon will debut on August 21

In May this year, Lenovo, HP, along with being the largest manufacturer of branded PCs, has announced plans to release 14-inch ultrabook premium-level ThinkPad X1 Carbon. In order to attract affluent buyers who are in search of a fashion mini-PC, the frame and lid are made of CFRP (carbon fiber) — lightweight and durable material that is used, including in the aerospace industry, and expensive cars. Due to this, the thickness of the laptop is reduced to 17.7 mm, and weights — up to 1.36 kg.



Screen of Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon has a resolution of 1600x900 pixels, a maximum brightness of 300 and wide viewing angles. Graphic system is presented by built Adapter Intel HD 4000 into the processor Ivy Bridge. RAM is 4 GB and can be expanded up to 8 GB. Keyboard ThinkPad Precision doesn’t have numeric keypad, but it has an LED backlight.


In addition, the novelty has a webcam 720p, battery with a resource of battery life of up to 6 h 20 min., fingerprint scanner, connectors …
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