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 …

Crucial officially introduced a series of SSD-drives v4

Solid State Drives Crucial v4, informal shipments of which began in May, the day before were added to the price lists of dozens online stores across Europe, as well as clearly stated on the website crucial.com. This series is designed as a compromise between high performance devices Crucial m4 and slow by today's range hard drives.



Developer (Micron) is positioning 2.5-inch drives v4 as an inexpensive solution for computer systems of class mainstream and PCs, collected before 2011, when it received widespread Interface SATA 6 Gb / s. New items have the connector SATA 3 Gb / s and are characterized by maximum read / write speeds in the range 230/190 MB / s. The claimed amount of IO operations per second (IOPS, 4 KB blocks) is small — 10,000 for reading and writing at up to 4000. Retain the support TRIM operation, operating systems Windows, Linux and Mac.


Technical details are set out by the manufacturer rather sparingly, and yet such information as the controller model and …

Foxconn has changed specifications of nettop Nano AT-5250

Due to a sudden «retirement» of the processor Intel Atom D2700, Foxconn company was forced to make adjustments in the equipment of its compact desktop PC Nano AT-5250 on Intel platform. As a result, in its specifications, instead of old CPU, a new dual-core chip Intel Atom D2550 with a frequency of 1.83 GHz has been implemented. As for the version of the nettop, built on a platform of AMD, it is worth noting that its specifications remain the same. It should be mentioned, that here a dual-core accelerated processor AMD E-450 is a “heart” with 1.65 GHz of clock frequency. Its integrated graphics is AMD Radeon HD 6320.



Mini-PC weighs 600 grams, is performed in a black hull with dimensions of 190 x 135 x 38 mm, and is passively cooled.


Among other specifications, its arsenal can boast:

— 4*USB 2.0 ports, 2*USB 3.0 ports, one DVI port and HDMI;

— One SO-DIMM slot for location up to 4 GB of RAM DDR3;

— Bays for installation of one 2.5-inch and one 1.8-inch …
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