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 …

Solid-State Drive Intel 330 Series 180GB Review

Some two-three years ago solid-state drives were supposed to be a luxury rather than a necessity. Not every enthusiast showed predisposition to spend a few hundreds dollars to enhance his PC performance. Nonetheless, time passed and SSD technologies rapidly erupted into corporate and home fields, serving as a mighty storage means to replace traditional HDDs. They are currently the most wanted piece of hardware that offers better reliability, faster speeds, as well as larger volumes. Besides, their today’s price falls within average customer’s possibilities. Intel keeps the wave in this industry too, delivering high-end products for various audiences. Intel 330 Series 180GB SSD, one of its latest releases, is a direct image of quality and volume combined with a reasonable price.



General Peculiarities


Intel 330 Series 180GB is predestined for advanced users with modding/overclocking activities in mind and owners of powerful laptops. It is characterized by 1.200.000 hours …

Raidmax Comes Up with Viper GX II Gaming Chassis

Raidmax came to light with a new mid-tower case, entitled Viper GX II. Intended for hard-core gamers, it is available in a totally black, aggressive design with orange inclusions in the frontal panel. The model features 507x240x539 mm dimensions, thus, is targeting micro-ATX as well as ATX motherboards. The recommended by the manufacturer retail price makes up 64.99 Euro.



Raidmax Viper GX II is quite roomy with sufficient space for three 5.25-inch drives, seven 3.5-inch drives, and three optional 2.5-inch drives. Besides, there is place for seven PCI expansion cards. As far as graphics cards are concerned, their maximal admissible length should not exceed 415 mm; at the same time, the ultimate height of compatible CPU coolers makes up 165 mm.


The top facet accommodates a standard interface panel with four USB ports (both 2.0 and 3.0 are available) and a pair of 2.5 mm audio slots.

To continue, the chassis is differentiated by an optimized air-cooling system. Hence, it …
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