Area Claims the Development of Four New Expansion Cards

Area, a Japanese hardware retail company, has voiced its intentions to release four new expansion cards with SATA III interface and USB 3.0 ports. The announced products are called to present additional expansion facilities to PC systems. According to the present-day data, the release will include four models: PE4U3E-3E1 Sport Quattro, D-EP34U3R-S3, SD-PEU3R-2T2IL, and S-PESA3ES2L.



The first model, codenamed PE4U3E-3E1 Sport Quattro, will be based on Etron EJ188 controller. It will accommodate four USB 3.0 ports, three of which are external and the other one – internal. This expansion card will employ PCI Express 2.0 x2 bus for the connection to the PC interface.


The second model, codenamed D-EP34U3R-S3, will operate under the supervision of Renesas D720202 controller. The model will include two external and two internal USB 3.0 ports. The third model, SD-PEU3R-2T2IL, will employ Renesas D720201 controller as the basis and will contain also four USB 3.0 ports (two …

NZXT to Release Revolutionary Manta Chassis

NZXT has been always differentiated by an extraordinary design of PC chassis. This time the company decided not to drift off the course and introduced a revolutionary mini-ITX case. The Manta features 450x426x245 mm dimensions only, but it can accommodate an advanced system with quite powerful components. Exterior (black-and-white or black-and-red coloring) is notable for salient shapes and a stylish transparent window.



NZXT Manta offers enough internal space to build up a record-breaking mini-ITX system. It is ready to house a two-slot videocard of 363 mm in length, standard ATX power supply unit as well as a typical CPU cooler of 160 mm in height. The case boasts two expansion slots and promotes for brilliant opportunities to build a voluminous storage subsystem, consisting of two seats for 3.5-inch drives and three seats for 2.5-inch drives.


The connection of external peripherals is realized via two USB 3.0 ports & a couple of 3.5-mm audio ports.


Cooling system …

Power Module Chieftec A80 650W Review

The requirements of customers towards contemporary power modules are quite tough. They should own good performance characteristics and high coefficient of efficiency level, as well as 80Plus marker. The latter speaks about quality and ability to satisfy the needs of any PC. However, all PSU are classified according to different criteria, so one can find appropriate product even without 80Plus standards. The compliance with those standards is realized on 115V and 230V conditions but there are a number of standards applied to 220V-240V. Power module Chieftec A80 650W doesn’t belong to the army of 80Plus products, though can boast outstanding performance and efficiency. It is primarily targeted at the segment of affordable PSU solutions.



Design and Framework


Chieftec A80 650W design is developed in a classical template common for the models with a solid frontal fan. The casing consists of a ventilation perforation, decorative grid with the brand logo, sockets for module …
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