ASRock Unveils Sub-$100 LGA 1151, CrossFire Supporting Motherboard
ASRock, commonly known for its cost-effective motherboards, just unveiled one of the world’s first sub-$100 LGA1151 socket motherboards equipped with USB 3.1 ports. The motherboard, Z170A-X1/3.1 features a narrow ATX design that is not only capable of housing Intel’s Skylake processors but also supports up to 64GB of dual-channel DDR4 RAM with max speeds of 3400MHz (after overclocking).
The board draws power from a combination of 24-pin ATX and 8-pin EPS power connectors, and uses a simple 5-phase VRM to condition it for the CPU.
In terms of expansion, there are a total of 4 memory module slots, one PCI-Express 3.0 x16 wired to the CPU, one PCIe 3.0 x16 wired to the Z170 PCH and three other PCIe 3.0 x1 slots. For storage, there are a total of six SATA ports capable of 6Gb/s and a pair of USB 3.1 ports capable of 10Gb/s, including a Type-A and a Type-C as well as eight USB 3.0 ports.
Since the motherboard has two PCIe x16 slots, it also features dual GPU functionality through AMD’s CrossFire technology allowing users to connect up to two same model GPUs for extra visual performance.
Gigabit Ethernet, driven by an Intel-made controller, and 6-channel HD audio with ground layer isolation, make for the rest of it.
There is no release date or fixed price tag for the motherboard yet but it is certain that ASRock, which was once a part of Asus, will be launching it at under $100.