Be Quiet! Adds a Couple of Dark Base 900 Cases

Be Quiet! has supplemented its lineup of PC cases with two Super-Midi Tower models: the Dark Base 900 & the Dark Base Pro 900. Both new-comers allow for the installation of ATX/XL-ATX/E-ATX motherboards with the maximum of 8 expansion slots. The chassis is made of SECC steel with a mixture of ABS-plastic inserts. The Pro version comes with a side window made of a quenched glass.



Be Quiet! Dark Base 900 cases (585.5x577.2x242.7 mm) feature a pair of 5.25-inch drives bays, seven 3.5-inch bays as well as fifteen 2.5-inch drive bays. They are ready to accommodate CPU coolers of up to 185 mm in height, PSU of up to 284 mm in length, and graphics cards of up to 325 mm (with the drive bay)/470 mm (without the drive bay) in length. The range of external interfaces includes a single HD audio port & four USB ports (2x v 2.0, 2x v 3.0).


The difference between the two lies in the implemented cooling system. Both chassis come with an integrated fan controller. The controller inbuilt …

Lifting the Veil from USB Type-C Bus

Since the launch in 1995, Universal Serial Bus (USB) has proved itself as the most successful ever computing interface. Nowadays tens of billions of electronic devices are connected together due to it. It goes without saying that this bus has outlived a few modifications, each distinguished by higher speed and reliability. Thus, today the community is able to revel in a completely new modification – USB Type-C – that forecasts a lot privileges of connectivity process. Let’s see what users will get with a new bus.



Layout and Connectivity


In physical terms, Type-C is a bit larger than USB 2.0 Micro-B but a bit tinier than binary USB 3.0 Micro-B, featuring 8.34x2.56 mm. Such dimensions enable its connection to the devices of any type, including the thinnest smartphones/tablets. The oval-shaped socket houses 24 contact outputs (to compare: USB 3.0 sockets feature only 9 outputs).


The most outstanding physical peculiarity of Type-C is a symmetric connector that …

Asus Teases New MG278Q Gaming Monitor

Asus’ famous Republic of Gamers series (ROG) of PC products will soon be replenished with a new 27-inch monitor, entitled MG278Q. As far as exterior is concerned, it’s a classic display housed on a central stand with multiple adjustments (height, tilt, angle, pivot mode). Being a representative of gaming-oriented devices, the model features a bunch of advanced facilities, including an top-notch AMD FreeSync technology that is called to synchronize GPU with display refresh rates for the production of a seamless visual stream.



Asus MG278Q is based on TN panel with a frosting coating. It is known to support QHD resolution (2560x1440), WLED backlight & 144 Hz refresh rate. The panel secures that gamers could get only the best imaging, offering: 1 ms response time (GtG), 350 cd/m2 brightness, 170/160 degrees viewing angles, 16.7 million of displayed colors, and 1000:1 static contrast.


To continue, the rear part of the panel accommodates a pair of HDMI ports, 1x DL DVI-D …
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