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 …

Kingston Showcases New SSDNow KC300 Series

Kingston Digital, an established developer and supplier of highly efficient storage solutions, has officially introduced its new line of solid-state drives that entered SSDNow series. Entitled KC300, this line is targeted at a vast audience, starting from corporate clients and finishing with average customers. KC300 includes five models of 60 GB, 120 GB, 180 GB, 240 GB, and 480 GB capacities. According to Kingston, the new entries are supposed to substitute the two preceding SSD lines: Kingston KC100 and Kingston V+200.



SSDs KC300 are designed in 2.5-inch form-factor and feature SATA III 6 Gb/sec interface. LSI SandForce SF-2281 controller is the heart of each drive model. All items included in the series support DuraClass, DuraWrite, S.M.A.R.T. and RAISE technologies that substantially enhance their efficiency. The same way, all the drives are able to complete an automatic data encoding by means of two integrated encoding engines, which work with AES-128 and AES-256 algorithms. …

Graphics Card MSI GTX 770 Gaming Review

MSI Gaming product line has already managed to win the hearts of inveterate gamers, overclockers and enthusiasts, due to remarkable performance and a perfect overclocking potential. Gaming series includes a set of high-end motherboards, as well as graphics solutions. The first ones come with automatic overclocking facilities and network controllers that improve the quality of connection while gaming; the second ones, with MSI GTX 770 Gaming in particular, bring gaming experience to a new, higher level. However, let’s come closer to the deal and give a detailed review of GTX 770 Gaming model.



Framework and Hardware Base


Graphics adapter MSI GTX 770 Gaming is based on an original PCB with an enforced power supply system. The heart of the item is GK104 chip that features 1536 stream processors, 32 ROPs and 128 TMUs. A black aluminum plank covers almost the whole PCB surface; it is fixed by eight screws at the back and two screws at one of the side panels. This plank contains …
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