ASMedia to Introduce USB 3.5 Controllers in 2014

ASMedia, an auspicious designer of PCIe bridges, USB 3.0 controllers and Switch IC items, announces the development of a new USB 3.5 controller. According to the preliminary information, this controller is going to support 10 Gb/sec data transfer speed, which is nearly twice higher than current USB 3.0. Earlier the launch of an advanced component was scheduled for late 2014, however, now the company is intended to officially introduce it early next year.



The decision to elaborate a speedier controller is explained by ASMedia in two ways. Firstly, the company is currently receiving more orders from motherboard manufacturers for the development of USB 3.0 hubs, due to the recent launch of Intel Haswell CPUs. Nonetheless, an enforcement of platform will sooner or later require an enforcement of various facilities, including connectivity and data transfer.


Secondly, USB 3.5 is called to rival Thunderbolt interface. It should be stressed that both interfaces feature analogous …

Corsair Hydro H100i GTX: Ambitious Liquid Cooler for High-End Systems

Enthusiast-targeted company Corsair is coming to the market with a new high-performance CPU liquid cooler that replenished Hydro Series. Entitled Hydro H100i GTX, it boasts a tool-free mounting and trouble-free maintenance. The model is compatible with all CPUs which support Intel LGA 115x/1366/2011/2011-3 and AMD FM1/FM2(+)/AM2(+)/AM3(+) platforms. Pricing is set at $120, backed by a 5-year’s limited warranty.



Featuring 276x125x30 mm dimensions, Corsair Hydro H100i GTX consists of a small-sized waterblock with a copper plate, 240 mm dual heatsink, and a pair of 120 mm fans (Air Series SP120L). The latter support PWM technology that allows the blades to accelerate up to 2435 RPM depending on the CPU temperature. Both fans produce 70.69 CFM airflow at 37.7 dB noise level.


Along with H100i GTX, Corsair launches Hydro H80i GTX liquid cooler. It features 154x123x49 mm dimensions but boasts analogous range of features. The new-comers are thought to support Corsair Link …

Fractal Design Updates Its Core 1000 Chassis to USB 3.0 Version

Fractal Design, an outstanding Swedish PC cases developer, decided to update its mini-tower Core 1000 chassis model with the purpose to heighten its competitive power. Released in 2011, this case has not undergone major design renovations but its layout has been a bit modernized: the manufacturers integrated a single super-speed USB 3.0 port to provide for a better performance.



Codenamed Core 1000 USB 3.0, this chassis features 175x355x420 mm dimensions and supports mini-ITX/micro-ATX motherboards. It’s housed in a totally black, austere casing and has got a grid-like frontal panel with removable anti-dust filters. Internal layout is predestined to accommodate two 5.25-inch drive bays, two 3.5-inch HDD bays or three 2.5-inch SSD/HDD bays, four PCI expansion cards, CPU coolers of up to 148 mm in height, PSUs of up to 185 mm in length, as well as graphics cards of up to 350 mm in length (without HDD bay) or up to 210 mm in length with an installed HDD bay.


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