Asus Surprises by Xonar U3 Plus External Sound Card

Asus always makes people stare at its gadgets, PC devices, and hardware components. Its latest external sound card, entitled Xonar U3 Plus, is no exception. It boasts a small-sized flash-like design, receiving power via a standard USB port. According to Asus designers, the card is intended for those customers who look for a comprehensive solution for high-quality audio playback and recording.



Asus Xonar U3 Plus is furnished with an in-build amplifier for headphones with a variable gain level, compatible with different audio fittings of less than 150 ohm impedance. Therefore, this amplifier dramatically improves the playback of high and low frequencies, adding dynamics to high-frequency and low-frequency sounds (to reproduce multiple effects: steps, blasts, etc.).


To continue, this model supports microphone recording in real time by means of an integrated digital signal processor; the latter ensures minimal latencies on audio programming. It also boasts the availability of …

Buffalo Comes Out with HD-PLFU3 HDD Series

Buffalo Technology has invigorated its devotees by launching a new series of external HDDs, entitled Mini Station HD-PLFU3. The series embraces three models of 500 GB, 1 TB and 2 TB capacity to satisfy the needs of varied customer groups. All the devices are available in two color variations, black and white, offering a sleek and stylish design. Along with outstanding functional, the manufacturer offers a rather alluring pricing for the devices; hence, the 500 GB comes at the price tag of $98, the 1 TB model costs $140, and the 2 TB model — $208.



Buffalo Mini Station HD-PLFU3 are based on 2.5-inch drives and does not require additional power supply. All the drives employ a high-speed USB 3.0 interface that ensures truly marvelous data transfer speed characteristics. The maximal Read/Write speed on sequential operations is supposed to achieve 100-120 Mb/sec; this provides for trouble-free transfer of various types of data.


It should be noted that all the drives support …

Corsair to Release Hydro Series H5 SF Liquid Cooler

Taking into account the increasing number of cases when it’s impossible to install highly efficient air coolers on mini-ITX motherboards, Corsair has developed a universal low-profile liquid cooler. Entitled Hydro Series H5 SF, the unit shows compatibility with the majority of small-sized platforms for Intel LGA1366/115x and AMD FM1/FM2/AM2/AM3 sockets. Besides, this model is able to manage with up to 150 W of thermal power.



Corsair Hydro Series H5 SF is distinguished by an unusual framework. It employs dedicated props which hover the heatsink over the motherboard; thus, the system does not require additional space within the case. The base is made of polished copper.


The aluminum heatsink (167x40x57) is accompanied by a 120-mm fan that drags out hot air from heat-generating components. Its rotation speed varies from 1000 RPM to 1800 RPM, producing 12-24 CFM airflow. Still, the fan appears to be rather noisy with the peak levels of 36-42 dB.


Corsair bundles the …
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