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 …

Chassis Gigabyte Luxo X10 Review

Gigabyte developers aren't beat up by a variety of product lines and the necessity to compete with multiple rivals. Their hard work results in a large number of hardware items enjoyed by millions of customers throughout the world. Moreover, Gigabyte has assured to provide high-quality products at an appropriate price. PC chassis Luxo X10 is a bright example of a correlation scheme 'accessible luxury', which is displayed in the implementation of up-dated technologies and absolutely optimal price.


Gigabyte Luxo X10 is characterized by the following specifications:

— employed form-factor: ATX (mid-tower), 180x430x480 dimensions;

— supported motherboards: micro-ATX, ATX;

— compatibility: PSUs up to 295 mm, graphics cards up to 295 mm in length, CPU coolers up to 160 mm in height;

— external ports: two 3.5 mm slots, a single USB 2.0 and a single USB 3.0;

— drive bays and slots: 7 expansion slots, 4 external bays for 5.25-inch drives, 4 …

New Riing Silent 12 Pro Cooler from Thermaltake Was Spotted

Thermaltake hit the market with an exceptional CPU cooler, entitled Riing Silent 12 Pro. The model is available in two color palettes: blue & red. There the differentiation dropped. Both greenhorns support the majority of modern PC platforms, including Intel Socket LGA2011-3/775/115x/1366/2011 & AMD Socket FM1/FM2/AM2/AM2+/AM3/AM3+.

Thermaltake Riing Silent 12 Pro coolers are able to cool down CPUs with the maximal TDP of 170 W. Their framework consists of 6 nickel-plated copper heatpipes, a voluminous heatsink with aluminum fins as well as a single 120-mm fan. The latter is based on hydraulic bearing, estimated for 40.000 hours of foolproof operation.

The included fan might rotate within the range from 500 to 1400 RPM. Its blades are sure to provide for up to 53 CFM airflow at up to 19 dB noise. The connection of a fan is realized via a 4-pin connector. Furthermore, the user is free to employ an additional LNC adapter which reduces fan rotational range (300-700 RPM) and …
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