Motherboard ECS Z77H2-A2X (v1.0) Review

The inventory of motherboards designed by ECS is quite ample for the user to get confused. There are various series with a number of models in each, and each of these series is replenishing with new products at enviable frequency. Still, 'Black' series differentiates itself from all other lines by an eye-catching design and remarkable performance. Motherboard ECS Z77H2-A2X is an outstanding representative of 'Black' series that is notable by premium design, premium implementation, and premium performance.



Design and Layout


The first thing that stands out a mile is the delivery box which features goldish coverage and speaks of the motherboard's high-end destination. The board itself is packed in an antistatic box, while all other components found their places in a separate box. This box contains DVD with dedicated software and drivers, user's manual, I/O shield, LucidLogix Virtu MVP Technology usage guideline, a set of plugs for USB and video sockets, six SATA cables with …

Intel Thunderbolt Ready Facilitates in Upgrading Your Desktop PC

Last week Intel announced a new instrumentality for upgrading desktop PC, called Thunderbolt Ready. This tool will help in incorporating Thunderbolt interface into the motherboards which initially do not have the support for it. However, only the motherboards with ‘Thunderbolt Ready’ marking and an inbuilt General-purpose I/O (GPIO) socket might fall under the upgrade. In addition to this feature, the user will have to acquire a dedicated card to enable the interface.



This card is installed into an appropriate PCI Express slot and is then connected to GPIO, as well as DisplayPort socket of the integrated/discrete GPU controller, due to the cables that go in batch. After this, the customer needs to upload dedicated software in order to activate the Thunderbolt. According to Intel, there are currently more than 100 alike products with Thunderbolt support; the majority of them are certified for the usage with PCs on Windows or Mac OS X platforms.


To continue, Asus is one …

WD Showcases My Cloud EX2 Home-Based NAS

Western Digital is ready to launch another representative of My Cloud series – the EX2 targeting home-based systems. This NAS might be characterized by an expanded functional and the availability of two drive bays. The user is free to choose between various models: without HDDs and with pre-installed WD Red drives of 4, 6, 8 TB overall capacity. The latter are already adjusted to operate in RAID 1 array to provide for an ultimate performance.



The WD My Cloud EX2 is an ideal solution for a wide spectrum of tasks. First of all, it might serve the needs of a file server, offering all connected desktop/mobile devices access towards the saved data. Dedicated WD My Cloud software ensures that all iOS and Android products could receive unimpeded access towards the data. Second of all, the model can be employed as a part of a home-based multimedia center; cooperating with DLNA/UPnP-compatible devices, the NAS secures a correct operation with Smart TV.


Thirdly, the new-comer is …
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