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 …

SilverStone Announces a Powerful CPU Fan FHP141

SilverStone Technology, a well-known Taiwanese designer of PC peripherals, announces the release of its new powerful fan codenamed FHP141. The model features 140 mm dimensions and weighs not more than 220 g. It is chiefly intended at the integration into highly efficient CPU cooling systems to provide for the utmost cooling effect. However, the manufacturer hasn't voiced the exact release date or recommended price yet.



Fan SilverStone FHP141 is enclosed into a black frame and houses wide impeller section with seven blades. It is based on a durable dual ball bearing and is estimated for one hundred fifty thousand hours of foolproof operation in average; that is considered to be a good ratio for such type of fans. This model is distinguished by the implementation of PWM speed monitoring system that adjusts rotational speed on changeable conditions.


The manufacturer has presumed dual rotational template for its FHP141 fan: Quiet and Power modes. The alteration of modes is …

EK to Start Selling FC7970 Matrix Waterblock in Early March

EK Water Blocks is about to put on sale its VGA waterblock, designed specifically for Asus ROG Matrix HD 7970 graphics card. Codenamed EK-FC7970 Matrix, the product will become available in retail sale already on 8 March and will cost approximately €110. Such price is justified by the utmost heat management facilities that ensure 100% percent reliability.



EK-FC7970 Matrix belongs to the echelon of waterblocks with full coverage. Its base is made of nickel-plated copper, its rear backplate – of anodized aluminum, and its lid – of acetal. The model shows compatibility with all standard fittings of G1/4 dimensional type.


It should be mentioned that EK Water Blocks furnished its new creation with all necessary fastenings, a backplate, and a mounting plate; the latter takes only two slots, unlike a nominal Asus ROG Matrix HD 7970 plate which takes three slots. Such switch of plates will be useful on simultaneous installation of several expansion cards.


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