SilverStone Launches 4-Port ECU01 PCI Expansion Card

Taking into account an ever increasing demand for USB 3.0 interfaces, SilverStone has elaborated a dedicated PCI expansion card, entitled ECU01. The card is designed in a low-profile form-factor with the support for PCI Express 2.0 x2 bus. It features a pair of 19-contact USB 3.0 sockets, each of which offers two USB 3.0 ports.



In keeping with the manufacturer, this comprehensive model is called to satisfy the need for high-speed interfaces, absent with old-fashioned systems. For sure, the amount of connectivity ports integrated within the motherboards (usually of entry-level/budgetary standard) is not always enough for enthusiasts and gamers. Hence, there can appear an acute need for additional expansion cards, like ECU01.


SilverStone ECU01 is based on Etron EJ198 controller, featuring an additional SATA interface that is responsible for an efficient power supply. Moreover, the model supports UASP protocol that accelerates data transfer speed. If the current OS does not …

Chieftec Showcases Five New PSUs from Navitas Series

Chieftec, one of the largest German hardware manufacturers, has recently introduced a new series of power supply units, codenamed Navitas. The series is represented by 5 models: GPM-650C with 650W nominal power, GPM-750C with 750W nominal power, GPM-850C with 850W nominal power, GPM-1000C with 1000W nominal power, and GPM-1250C with 1250W nominal power correspondingly. All the products have won 80Plus Gold certificate, due to more than 90% efficiency in the high workloads.



Chieftec Navitas PSUs correspond to ATX12V v2.3 standard and support Intel Core 4th gen. processors that require little current strength on +12V rail in sleep mode. The models also support active power-factor correction option to provide for the maximal stability during operation. They are equipped with a composite cable system and a single +12V rail, estimated for the maximal current from 54 A to 104 A (this index depends on the unit’s power).


All five units are cooled down by 140 mm fans with PWM …

Asus Launches Overclocking-Oriented TUF Sabertooth 990FX R3.0 Mainboard

Despite the fact that Socket AM3+ platform is on its last legs, Asus still dares developing an advanced motherboard, designed for AMD FX processors. That is how TUF Sabertooth 990FX R3.0 board made appearance. The ATX model is built on the binder of AMD 990FX + SB950 bridges as well as a 8+2-phase Asus Digi+ VRM system. The PCB boasts the implementation of top-tier TUF Components hardware base.



Asus TUF Sabertooth 990FX R3.0 is furnished with a voluminous heatsink on key elements; it ensures stable operation even on overclocking. Functionality of the motherboard is realized thanks to M.2 Socket 3 slot with the bandwidth rate of 20 Gb/sec. There are three PCI-e x 16 ports for the connection of graphics cards and other expansion cards; there are also two PCI-e 2.0 x 1 slots & a single PCI-e 2.0 x16 slot.


The model features Realtek ALC1150 audio controller (+ 5x audio connectors) as well as gigabit Ethernet Intel I211 controller. The connection of peripherals is ensured via …
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