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 …

Goodram Enters the Market with CX100 SSD Line

Wilk Electronic SA has just released a new line of solid-state drives under Goodram brand name. Entitled CX100, the drives are available in four capacities: 120 GB, 240 GB, 480 GB and 960 GB. All of them feature 7 mm depth and support 2.5-inch form-factor. Besides, they employ SATA III interface with 6 Gb/sec bandwidth. As far as pricing is concerned, the junior model (120 GB) costs 55 EUR, the two medium models – 84 EUR and 162 EUR respectively, while the senior one (960 GB) – 348 EUR.



The nominal delivery kit contains a dedicated adapter to fit 9.5 mm slots. These SSDs are known to support TRIM & SMART options as well as Garbage Collection technology. The latter protects the drive from the failure of power supply, optimizing the boot time and ensuring overall operational stability.


Goodram CX100 models are estimated to operate some 2 million hours in a failure-proof mode. Average power consumption makes up 0.105 W (and 0.3 W in idle mode). The new-comers also support …

Deepcool Releases CPU Cooler Gammaxx 400

The assortment of products designed by Deepcool Industries company has been replenished with a high-end processor cooler Gammaxx 400. The new arrival is differentiated by an outstanding efficiency and minimal noise level. Cooler’s dimensions (which equal to 135x76x159 mm) facilitate its installation into any standard casing of ATX form-factor.



Gammaxx 400 is equipped with four sintered U-shaped heat pipes that have direct contact with the processor surface. This promotes for the improved cooling activity. The solid aluminum radiator accommodates fifty edges to ensure the appropriate heat dissipation. The radiator comprises 120 mm fan with a hydrodynamic bearing and four blue LEDs. The average rotation speed achieves the index of 900-1500 r/min, while the noise level does not exceed the margin of 32.1 dB.

Cooler Deepcool Gammaxx 400 is activated by means of 4-contact socket which provides for the revolution monitoring and noise level reduction via PWM option. This model is …
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