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.

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GeForce GTX 660/650 Ti/650 will be released in one week

An American website presented its version of the sequence of announcements of mainstream and mid-range graphics card Nvidia Kepler. It was reported earlier that the model GeForce GTX 660 will debut at retail simultaneously with the GTX 660 Ti (August 16), but as it turned out, this is not the case: despite the inclusion of systems into packages, this adapter will be available for purchase as a separate product only on the third week of September, ie from 17 to 23.

Preliminarily, GeForce GTX 660 is based on a 28-nm core Nvidia GK106-200-A2, which includes 960-1152 stream processors and 192-bit memory bus that connects the GPU with chips GDDR5 in the amount of 1.5-2 GB. The recommended price is expected to be around $ 230.

From 17 to 23 September also will be available in sale the GeForce GTX 650 Ti and GeForce GTX 650. The first is based on the graphics core GK106, but with 4-5 streaming multiprocessors SMX or 768-960 shader blocks. The total volume of GDDR5 chips will be 1 …

Meet New Series of 120-/140-mm SilentWings 3 Fans from Be Quiet!

Be Quiet! announces the upcoming release of a new series of fans, entitled SilentWings 3. The lineup will consist of 4x 120-mm & 4x 140-mm items. All greenhorns are based on fluid dynamic bearing, estimated for 300.000 hours of foolproof operation. The fans employ either 3-pin or 4-pin power connectors and might run at 12V voltage index.

Be Quiet! SilentWings 3 items have a dual purpose: they can be used as system fans and as a part of CPU cooling. The 3-pin models come equipped with an adapter for the reduction of voltage from 12V to 7-5V; due to this, their noise level dwindles down to the minimal level. In contrast, the 4-pin solutions support PWM technology.

All models are fitted with a 3-phase 6-polar motor which ensures low power consumption & inconsiderable vibrations. A unique shape of blades allows for the enhancing of airflow volume; at the same time, the incorporation of a slash frame promotes for the increase of the static pressure. Moreover, new mounts help in …
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