PSU Gigabyte GreenMax Plus 550W Review

Gigabyte, being one of the major players in the motherboards and graphics markets, quite rarely replenishes its production line with PC chassis and power supply units. Rarely, but right on target! Its GreenMax Plus PSU series is an evidence of the company’s versatile maturity. The series includes three models of 450W, 550W and 650W power. Let’s see what Gigabyte has to offer to all ‘high-fed’ by multiple products customers by the example of GreenMax Plus 550W (codename: GZ-EMS55A-C1) model.



General Features


The GreenMax Plus 550W is delivered in a handheld cardbox with a convenient holder. The unit itself is housed in a typical case with a black semi-gloss coating and a large ventilation grid. All basic specifications are marked on its side facet. The manufacturers claim the power of 504W (42A) for the +12VDC bus. Thereat, the correlation of power on the bus with the total power reaches the index of 0.916, which is considered to be an average benchmark for such type …

Fractal Design Updates Its Core 1000 Chassis to USB 3.0 Version

Fractal Design, an outstanding Swedish PC cases developer, decided to update its mini-tower Core 1000 chassis model with the purpose to heighten its competitive power. Released in 2011, this case has not undergone major design renovations but its layout has been a bit modernized: the manufacturers integrated a single super-speed USB 3.0 port to provide for a better performance.



Codenamed Core 1000 USB 3.0, this chassis features 175x355x420 mm dimensions and supports mini-ITX/micro-ATX motherboards. It’s housed in a totally black, austere casing and has got a grid-like frontal panel with removable anti-dust filters. Internal layout is predestined to accommodate two 5.25-inch drive bays, two 3.5-inch HDD bays or three 2.5-inch SSD/HDD bays, four PCI expansion cards, CPU coolers of up to 148 mm in height, PSUs of up to 185 mm in length, as well as graphics cards of up to 350 mm in length (without HDD bay) or up to 210 mm in length with an installed HDD bay.


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Distinctive Features of Motherboard ROG Maximus V Extreme from Asus

The past several days were marked by the official presentation of a new motherboard from Asus company. The new product, codenamed ROG Maximus V Extreme, is based on Intel Z77 chip and supports Intel Core processors of the second and third generations. The major distinctive feature of the motherboard is the availability of the integrated Thunderbolt interface and a range of exclusive overclocking and monitoring attachments. ROG Maximus V Extreme is furnished with five PCI Express 3.0 slots and is able to support such graphics technologies as AMD CrossFire, LucidLogix Virtu MVP, and Nvidia SLI.



Asus designers have taken care about the multitask capabilities of their motherboards, so equipped their products with the controller of Thunderbolt interface. Its bandwidth capacity approximates 10 Gb/sec. This interface is predestinated to attach monitors and peripheral equipment to a single Thunderbolt port at full speed. The nominal delivery set embraces a supplementary OC Key device …
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