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 …

ASRock Surfaces J3355B-ITX Mainboard

ASRock enters the market with a mainboard, targeting new Intel Apollo Lake CPUs (14 nm, Intel Goldmont micro-architecture). The J3355B-ITX model is thought to be integrated within laptops or entry-level all-in-one solutions. As seen from the codename, the board is developed in mini-ITX form-factor. It comes equipped with Intel Celeron J3355 processor, operating at 2.0-2.5 GHz frequency. The CPU features 10 W TDP; hence, cooling is backed by a noiseless passive cooler.

ASRock J3355B-ITX accommodates a pair of SO-DIMM slots for DDR3/DDRL3 modules with 1866 MHz frequency (up to 16 GB). The board comes with an integrated Intel HD Graphics 500 GPU that runs at 700 MHz. The connection of drives is realized via two SATA III ports. The incorporated PCIe 2.0 x16 slot is optimal for expansion cards, rather than a VGA card.

To continue, audio subsystem is based on 7.1-channel Realtek ALC887 controller, whereas network facilities are ensured with the help of Realtek RTL8111GR …

Biostar Intros a New Affordable Motherboard Hi-Fi A75S3

Biostar starts the sale campaign of its new motherboard model codenamed Hi-Fi A75S3, which belongs to PURO Hi-Fi flagship line. It is developed in micro-ATX form-factor and is based on AMD A75 system logics. The board supports all contemporary AMD CPUs that are compatible with FM2 socket, including the series A10, A8, A6, E2, A4, and Athlon II X4 (all with TDP level not more than 100W). The new model is targeted to operate under Windows OS (versions XP, 7, Vista and 8).

Motherboard Hi-Fi A75S3 houses two DIMM slots for a two-channel DDR3 memory that is estimated to work at 800MHz, 1066MHz, 1333MHz, 1600MHz, and 1866 MHz frequency. The overall volume of the integrated memory might achieve 32GB. The model employs GPU of Direct X11 class that secures efficient performance in the majority of updated 3D games and applications. Still, the manufacturer reserves the right to enhance the performance of graphics subsystem thanks to the implementation of a single PCI Express 2.0 x16 slot …
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