Gigabyte Showcases GA-Z170X Gaming 3 Mainboard

Gigabyte expands its line of gaming products with a new ATX motherboard, entitled GA-Z170X Gaming 3. The key peculiarity ascribed to the model is the support for the latest Intel Skylake-S CPU (14 nm) with LGA 1151 socket. The new-comer takes Intel Z170 chipset as the basis and draws power via 24-pin ATX as well as 8-pin EPS power sockets. Besides, the board belongs to the mainstream customer segment, so its price won’t go higher than $188.



Gigabyte GA-Z170X Gaming 3 is furnished with 7-phase VRM, four slots for DDR4-3400 MHz RAM (two-channel) of up to 64 GB capacity, a pair of PCIe 3.0 x16 slots for the installation of graphics cards (support for CrossFireX and SLI configurations), a single PCIe 3.0 x4 slot, and three PCIe 3.0 x1 slots.


Storage subsystem might be organized due to six SATA III ports (bandwidth – 6 Gb/sec), three SATA Express ports (bandwidth – up to 16 Gb/sec), and a couple of M.2 slots with bandwidth index up to 32 Gb/sec.


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The Id-Cooling Auraflow 240 Is Compatible With All Advanced CPU Sockets

The ID-Cooling manufacturer keeps enriching its liquid cooling systems product range aimed at processing units. This time we are speaking about the closed-type ID-Cooling Auraflow 240 system, which stands out for its RGB LED-lighting, being able to synchronize colour and effects with the Asus Aura solution.



The water block is equipped with a C-shaped light diffuser. The heatsink fans are also illuminated; and the backlighting is powered through a stand-alone 12 V connector on the baseboard.


The 65x36 mm water block is backed by a copper cooler with scaled-down submerged ribs, which enlarges the overall heat transfer area. Ceramic bearings’ projected service life is up to 50,000 hours at the 2,100 rpm rotary velocity. Meanwhile, the noise level doesn’t exceed 25 dBA.


ID-Cooling Auraflow 240 features an aluminium heat dissipator, two 120 mm SF-12025 fans, 315 mm long sleeves, protected by the textile braiding. At the initial 7 V loading fans rotate at the 700–1,800 …

Seven-Port USB 3.0 Hub H7988-U3 from Orico

Chinese company Orico has just voiced good news for all people craving for a comprehensive device which enables numerous USB 3.0 connections. Its new seven-port hub H7988-U3 is able to satisfy the needs of any customer who feels the need for several simultaneous USB 3.0 connections. This is not the first Orico's attempt to produce a really multi-functional device. The company has recently introduced PC expansion chip with PCI Express x1 interface which involved seven ports as well. Analogous functionality has been implemented in a new external hub H7988-U3.



Orico H7988-U3 goes in two color variants (black and white) and is based on VIA VL801 controller. The framework of the hub is rather suitable for the multi-connection operations. All available USB 3.0 ports are located on the side plates: three ports on the frontal plate, and two in each side plates. The rear plate accommodates the switch, USB 3.0 port to be connected with PC, and input to be connected with the power network …
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