Motherboard Asus Maximus V Formula/ThunderFX Review

Latest Asus development, motherboard Asus Maximus V Formula, is notable for a rather high price. This is explained primarily by the implementation of high-end overclocking options and support of advanced brand technologies. Moreover, one might find this model at even higher price due to the availability of ThunderFX sound board in the nominal delivery set. Despite the pricing policy, this model is a desirable acquirement, since it provides unmatched performance and limitless facilities for overclockers.


Asus Maximus V Formula/ThunderFX is developed in XL-ATX form factor. The model is based on Intel Z77 chipset specifically for Socket LGA 1155 CPU slot. CPU supports Intel Turbo Boost 2.0 and Asus TurboV EVO technologies which give access to overclocking facilities. Dedicated facilities allow the customer to alter Bclk frequencies from 80 MHz to 300 MHz (with 0.1 MHz shot) and to change voltage index in CPU, memory chips, PLL, CSA.

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Chassis Corsair Carbide 300R Review

Nowadays one can hardly trace the launch of chassis targeting different audiences. Products for gamers appear with enviable regularity, making thousands of potential buyers thrill from impatience to acquire a new creation. Unfortunately, the attribute 'gaming', defining the chassis, implies higher costs due to the integrated advanced design and technological options. Corsair perfectly understands that not all gamers can afford buying high-cost products and released gaming chassis, Corsair Carbide 300R, for middle-class customer audience. Despite the reduced cost, R300 demonstrates appropriate layout and framework facilities necessary for creation of an efficient gaming system.

Design and Layout

Corsair Carbide 300R goes with totally back casing and a single color version. The casing is made of steel, while the clipboard is made of dull plastic; this panel is fixed to the main framework by six latches with metallic inclusions. Overall design is characterized by strictness …

SilverStone TS433-TB: 4-Bay NAS with Thunderbolt 2 Connectors

SilverStone has replenished its inventory with a 4-bay NAS, entitled SST-TS433-TB. The new-comer is housed in a black aluminum case with an integrated zinc handle (124x166x248 mm dimensions). The storage allows to install high-capacity 3.5-/2.5-inch drives; each bay supports hot swapping functions and features a dedicated lock with LED activity indicator.

The heart of SilverStone SST-TS433-TB is Marvell 88SE9030 controller that is responsible for JBOD and RAID 0 operational modes. In the first case the drives function independently, whereas in RAID 0 mode they operate as a unified whole, evenly distributing information across the disc space.

The connection of NAS to the PC or other computing device is realized via a pair of Thunderbolt 2 ports which are characterized by the maximal bandwidth of 20 Gb/sec. These ports are known to support Daisy Chain function. Cooling of all internal components is entrusted to a single 90-mm fan.

The SST-TS433-TB is ready to …
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