Thermaltake Toughpower Grand: PSUs for Multi-GPU Systems

Taking into account increasing needs of gamers and enthusiasts in a reliable power supply for gaming and multi-GPU systems, Thermaltake decided to replenish its Toughpower Grand series of PSUs with two new models. The 1050 W and 1200 W units feature a totally modular design and boast 80Plus Gold certificate, demonstrating up to 93% efficiency on workload. In order to vindicate durability, the company delivers the couple with a 7-year’s limited warranty.

Thermaltake Toughpower Grand devices accommodate high-quality hardware base, including 100% Japanese solid-state capacitors with a vast range of operational temperatures (up to 105 degrees). Both models come with a single +12V bus and handy ribbon cables. The 3 OZ Copper PCB implies the implementation of triple copper layer in the base of the PCB; this reduces heating and simultaneously enhances performance.

Both units are known to support C6 and C7 power-saving modes for Intel Haswell processors. In addition, they are …

Zalman Introduces Three New Fan Series for PC Cases

Zalman, a highly-acclaimed designer of miscellaneous hardware pieces, has elaborated three completely new series of low-noise fans: ZM-FDB(SF), ZM-LED(SF) and ZM-Plus(SF). The ‘triple’ embraces the models of 80 mm, 92 mm and 120 mm dimensions. The fans do not support PWM technology, thus feature a stable rotational speed. The most peculiar feature is low noise level (not more than 23 dB), despite the range of speed.

Zalman ZM-FDB(SF) are characterized by the implementation of high-quality fluid-dynamic bearings. Their lifespan is estimated as 150.000 hours. The other two fan series – Zalman ZM-LED(SF) and Zalman ZM-Plus(SF) — involve long-life bearings, which are thought to be quite reliable and effective. Their framework features dust-repelling mechanisms and this promotes for the elongated lifespan.

Certainly, the ‘triple’ enjoys similar features. For instance, all the fans employ an original Shark Fin blades design. It allows for the decrease of airflow …

ASRock Outs N3150DC-ITX Mainboard

ASRock has gladdened all devotees of small-sized, power-efficient & sustainable PC/multimedia systems by the introduction of a mini-ITX motherboard, entitled N3150DC-ITX. The model comes equipped with a 4-core Intel Atom N3150 CPU, running at 1.6 GHz basic frequency with the possibility to overclock up to 2.08 GHz frequency. Its key privilege is a sparing TDP level – 6 W only.

ASRock N3150DC-ITX boasts a totally passive cooling: the PCB houses a noiseless heatspreader without a fan. Memory subsystem is represented by two SO-DIMM slots which support the installation of DDR3/DDR3L-1600 MHz modules. The PCB teases only top-tier hardware components, including solid-state capacitors, ELNA audio caps, etc.

Storage might be organized due to a pair of SATA III 6 Gb/sec ports and the same number of SATA II 3 Gb/sec ports. A single PCI-e 2.0 x1 slot is intended for an expansion card, while mini PCI-e Express slot – for a wireless network interface module.

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