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 …

SilverStone Comes up with Grandia GD10 HTPC Case

All devotees of full-scale systems might now revel in an opportunity to ‘locate’ ATX-motherboards into a small-sized elegant enclosure. SilverStone is glad to introduce a new HTPC case with horizontal orientation – the Grandia GD10. It is predestined not only for CEB and micro-ATX boards, but also for standard ATX models with the maximum of 8 expansion slots; that should become a major advantage of the new-comer.

SilverStone Grandia GD10 features 442x171x362 mm dimensions and draws attention by a stylish, compact design. The layout allows for creating diverse system configurations with multiple unique elements. Therein, the case accommodates a single slot for 5.25-inch drives that might be converted, if necessary, into a bay for a single 3.5-inch drive or two 2.5-inch drives. Additionally, there are two separate 3.5-inch bays and one 2.5-inch bay for hard drives.

Internal spacing is estimated for the graphics cards with the ultimate length of 309.88 mm and for the …

Motherboard Asus Maximus V Formula/ThunderFX Review

Latest Asus development, motherboard Asus Maximus V Formula, is notable for a rather high price. This is explained primarily by the implementation of high-end overclocking options and support of advanced brand technologies. Moreover, one might find this model at even higher price due to the availability of ThunderFX sound board in the nominal delivery set. Despite the pricing policy, this model is a desirable acquirement, since it provides unmatched performance and limitless facilities for overclockers.


Asus Maximus V Formula/ThunderFX is developed in XL-ATX form factor. The model is based on Intel Z77 chipset specifically for Socket LGA 1155 CPU slot. CPU supports Intel Turbo Boost 2.0 and Asus TurboV EVO technologies which give access to overclocking facilities. Dedicated facilities allow the customer to alter Bclk frequencies from 80 MHz to 300 MHz (with 0.1 MHz shot) and to change voltage index in CPU, memory chips, PLL, CSA.

This motherboard …
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