Overview of the ASRock Z270 Pro4 Motherboard

The native retail has already got all kinds of Intel Z270-based models from different manufacturers. In particular, the entry-level category has as well been represented by all of them. And ASRock Z270 Pro4 seems to be the best-equipped one having 6 SATA sockets, 3 M.2 ports, an Intel network adapter and an ALC892 codec.


Features


The presence of a PCI slot should be separately noted as it quickly disappears from the surface of many boards. The full range of options is as follows:


• Chipset: Intel Z270 • Processor socket: Socket 1151 • Processors: Core i7, Core i5, Core i3, Pentium, Celeron (Skylake-S, Kaby Lake-S) • RAM: 4 DIMM DDR4 SDRAM 2133/2400/2800 * / 2933 * / 3200 * / 3600 * / 3733 * (OC), a maximum of 64 GB • PCI-E slots: 1 x PCI Express 3.0 x16 (x16) 1 x PCI Express 3.0 x16 (x4) 3 x PCI Express 3.0 x1 • M.2: 2 x PCI Express 3.0 x4 (Key M, 2242/2260/2280) 1 x PCI Express 3.0 x1 (Key E, 2230) • Integrated graphics core (processor): Intel HD …

ASRock Unveils Z170M OC Formula Mainboard

ASRock came into the market with a new small-sized overclocking-oriented mainboard. Entitled Z170M OC Formula, the model is designed in micro-ATX form-factor on the basis of Intel Z170 chipset. The latter is ready to cooperate with Intel Skylake CPUs for Socket LGA1151. The PCB offers a pair of DIMM slots for DDR4-4500 MHz RAM (up to 32 GB capacity).



ASRock Z170M OC Formula accommodates three PCIe 3.0 x16 expansion slots, enabling the creation of various graphics configurations (including Nvidia SLI & AMD CrossFireX). Storage subsystem is introduced by a pair of SATA Express ports (10 Gb/sec) as well as four SATA ports (6 Gb/sec) and one Ultra M.2 slot (32 Gb/sec).


This motherboard boasts a high-quality audio subsystem; it is based on Realtek ALC1150 controller, generating 7.1-channel sounding (Purity Sound 3). The 10-layer PCB comes with an integrated 14-phase power subsystem with dual-stack MOSFETs, premium choke coils, and solid-state capacitors Nichicon 12K Platinum. …

Qualcomm to Enter Into Contract with GlobalFoundries

Qualcomm, a world-known provider of chips for mobile gadgets, has entered into a contract with GlobalFoundries company with the intention to develop chips based on 28 nm technology. Such information has been voiced by an authoritative Chinese publication Commercial Times, referring to the reliable sources. It is presupposed that the manufacturer will start the first dispatches for Qualcomm in the end of this year. The previously voiced data claimed that Qualcomm had arranged orders of 28 nm chips from UMC with the similar dispatch dates.



The estimated reason for the cooperation with GlobalFoundries is the insufficient delivery of 28 nm chips by TSMC. Moreover, Nvidia is supposedly targeting at the cooperation with one more manufacturer except for the TSMC as well. It should be mentioned that the preliminary memorandum between Qualcomm and GlobalFoundries was concluded in 2010; according to this memorandum, the designer got the access towards 45 nm LP and 28 nm LP technological …
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