Asrock's new board is trying to bring the 3.1 USB to the masses

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The Taiwanese manufacturer's new competitive motherboard offers a pair of connections 2, at a price that does not rip the pocket

This will probably happen in the next generation, but in the meantime, unfortunately, there is still no built-in support In the new USB 3.1 standard, Which is supposed to offer much needed modernization to connect the most popular computer world, not in Intel products and not in the products of Intel - and this means that any combination of them on one motherboard or another comes from third-party chips installed on it in a designated manner, which usually "inflates" the hardware price considerably.

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Those who claim to change the trend somewhat is Asrock Corporation, Which now displays a new motherboard for The Skylake processors Based on Intel 's Z170 chipset And includes the 3.1 speakers, next to a relatively modest price tag.

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The Z170A-X1 / 3.1 board supports the LGA 1151 socket processors with four DIMM slots with maximum 64GB support and up to 3,400MT / s, one PCI-Express 3.0 X16 slot that is routed directly to the processor, another PCI-Express 3.0 X16 slot Has a physical interface of X4 bandwidth channeled to the PCH controller, three PCI-Express 3.0 X1 connections for expansion cards, an I219V-based Giagbit Ethernet connection , Built-in 7.1 audio channels based on Realtek's ALC892 codec and eight connections 3.0 and six 3 SATA connections. The compact M.2 slot is not here, by the way.

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Above all, the highlight is a pair of USB connections in the new 3.1 standard (based on ASMedia ASM1142 chip) which can operate At speeds of up to 10 gigabits per second - one of them in the old and familiar Type A configuration, and the other in the more symmetrical and compact Type C, which is gaining momentum recently.

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The Z170A-X1 / 3.1 should cost less than 100 dollars, which could translate into a price in the 500 area of ​​the Israeli market - that is, somewhere between the cheapest Z170 panels when it offers the important bonus of connections More up-to-date. Worth it, or not really?