Lifting the Veil from USB Type-C Bus

Since the launch in 1995, Universal Serial Bus (USB) has proved itself as the most successful ever computing interface. Nowadays tens of billions of electronic devices are connected together due to it. It goes without saying that this bus has outlived a few modifications, each distinguished by higher speed and reliability. Thus, today the community is able to revel in a completely new modification – USB Type-C – that forecasts a lot privileges of connectivity process. Let’s see what users will get with a new bus.

Layout and Connectivity

In physical terms, Type-C is a bit larger than USB 2.0 Micro-B but a bit tinier than binary USB 3.0 Micro-B, featuring 8.34x2.56 mm. Such dimensions enable its connection to the devices of any type, including the thinnest smartphones/tablets. The oval-shaped socket houses 24 contact outputs (to compare: USB 3.0 sockets feature only 9 outputs).

The most outstanding physical peculiarity of Type-C is a symmetric connector that …

Sapphire Radeon RX 480 Nitro OC is Available for Preorder

Sapphire is about to launch the first modification of AMD’s graphics adapter – the Radeon RX 480. The new-comer, entitled Radeon RX 480 Nitro OC, is already available for preorder at the price tag of $322. The PCB, as well as the integrated cooling system, employs a modified design. The ‘OC’ postfix implies that the card has been overclocked to provide for a better performance.

Sapphire Radeon RX 480 Nitro OC comes equipped with AMD Polaris 10 GPU (14 nm, FinFet, GCN). It features 2304 stream processors, 32 ROPs & 144 TMUs. The presumptive GPU clock frequency might achieve 1350 MHz. At the same time, memory subsystem hasn’t been modified: 8 GB of GDDR5 are supposed to run at 2.0/8.0 GHz (base/dynamic) frequency.

The 2-slot cooling system employs a few heatpipes, a large aluminum heatsink, a stiffening plate at the reverse side, and a couple of 100-mm fans. The latter are able to operate in passive mode when GPU temperature is low. Moreover, the model boasts the …

MSI Motherboard MS-9893 in Mini-ITX Form Factor

MSI, worldly-known producer of computer hardware and consumer electronics, does not allow its competitors to recover breath and rest on their laurels. Its new motherboard MS-9893 has been already presented to the public and is supposed to exceed the rival products in video performance and power consumption aspects. The new model is based on Intel Atom platform which is known for its power-saving characteristics and advanced performance. MS-9893 is able to work with the two models from Intel Atom line (considering the type of modification): Intel Atom N2800 and Intel Atom D2550.

MS-9893 is developed in mini-ITX form factor and is equipped with VGA, HDMI, and LVDS video outputs. The support of high-quality video in 1080P resolution standards is considered to be the major privilege of a new model from MSI. RAM memory is presented by a single 204-contact SO-DIMM slot which can accommodate DDR3 memory module of 4 GB in volume capacity and 1066 MHz frequency.

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