Asrock has quietly unveiled a unique mainboard for Intel Corp.’s latest processors code-named “Skylake”, which features both DDR3 and DDR4 memory slots. The motherboard is an affordable platform, but it can be used to build rather high-performance personal computers for gaming.
The Asrock B150M Combo-G mainboard for Intel “Skylake” processors in LGA1151 packaging is based on the Intel B150 core-logic, which features modern functionality, but does not support overclocking of central processing units. The micro-ATX motherboard is built on high-density glass fabric printed circuit board and features six-phase digital voltage regulator module with high-quality solid-state inductors.
The new motherboard from Asrock can work with DDR3/DDR3L and DDR4 memory modules, but not simultaneously. Compatibility with two types of dynamic random access memory is the key feature of the platform.
The B150M Combo-G mainboard is equipped with two PCI Express x16 slots, one PCI Express x1 slot, six Serial ATA-6Gb/s ports, one SATA Express port, six USB 3.0 connectors, Intel Gigabit Ethernet controller, 7.1-channel audio based on the ALC887 audio codec with ELNA capacitors and so on.
Exact pricing of the Asrock B150M Combo-G is unknown, but given rather modest functionality, the platform will not be expensive. It is expected that the mainboard will hit the market shortly.
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KitGuru Says: Keeping in mind that DDR4 memory is still more expensive than DDR3, it makes a great sense to use the latter for inexpensive systems running Intel “Skylake” microprocessors. Such PCs can be upgraded with DDR4 memory modules later.