ASRock Debuts with X99E-ITX/ac Haswell-E Mainboard

ASRock places itself on record with an offbeat solution – the first ever mini-ITX mainboard for Socket LGA2011-v3 platform. The X99E-ITX/ac is developed for the most efficient Haswell-E CPUs (Intel Core i7-5000 series). The Intel X99 chipset ensures the board’s functionality, though it was limited due to compact dimensions.



ASRock X99E-ITX/ac accommodates two slots for two-channel DDR4 memory modules. Storage subsystem offers four SATA III 6 Gb/sec ports, a single SATA Express, and one Ultra M.2 slot that uses four PCI-e 3.0 x16 lanes. Expansion is supported by one PCI-e 3.0 x16 slot only.


This mainboard comes equipped with mPCIe 3.0 x1 socket as well as a modular unit for Wi-Fi 802.11 ac and Bluetooth network connections. They are accompanied with a pair of gigabit Ethernet controllers from Intel. A set of external interfaces boasts two ultra-new USB 3.1 Type-A ports. Four USB 3.0 ports, a couple of USB 2.0 ports, one eSATA port, and five 3.5 mm mini-jacks for the …

Xigmatek to Launch Alfar Chassis This Month

Xigmatek is on the verge of launching its new series of chassis, codenamed Alfar. The series consists of three models which differentiate from each other by the color of insertions on the frontal grid (black, white and orange). The casing itself is made of steel and painted totally black. All three enclosures are designed in mid-tower form factor and are ready to accept motherboards of mini-ITX, micro-ATX and ATX dimensions.



Xigmatek Alfar houses seven PCI expansion slots, can accept CPU coolers of up to 160 mm in height, graphics cards of up to 320 mm in length, and a standard power supply unit. The chassis are furnished with three external 5.25-inch drive bays, four internal 2.5-inch bays, and analogous number of bays for 3.5-inch drives. Interface panel is located on the top board and accommodates a couple of USB 3.0 ports and standard 3.5 mm audio sockets.


The nominal delivery set of Xigmatek Alfar contains two 120 mm fans, located on the frontal and rear boards; …

Zalman Intros CNPS8X Optima CPU Cooler

Zalman is considered to be a key player in PC hardware field mainly due to a perfect combination of quality, functionality and price tags. CPU coolers are not an exception, since they ensure efficient and low-noise cooling of hard-hitting processors. The company’s latest CNPS8X Optima cooler is all about innovation that turns it around. Improved framework makes the model compatible with practically all platforms from Intel and AMD, save for Intel Socket LGA 2011/2011-v3/1366.



Zalman CNPS8x Optima employs a large heatsink, three copper heatpipes, and a single 92 mm fan. The latter is based on long-life bearing and features 4-contact connector. It is able to rotate at about 1200 RPM, producing not more than 30 dB noise.


The list of innovative technologies integrated into the cooler includes:


— Direct Touch Heatpipe (DTH) technology wherein all three heatpipes are in direct touch with a heatspreader. This accelerates heat dissipation process, enhancing overall …
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