Gigabyte GA-Z77MX-D3H: plus two ports Thunderbolt, plus 40 euros

Gigabyte has released the first motherboard form factor microATX, equipped with two ports Thunderbolt — GA-Z77MX-D3H TH. Taking into account the availability of the precursor (Z77MX-D3H), it’s interesting to compare the design and price of these models. First, about the cost of the product. The novelty is estimated at € 150, and its «little sister» — at € 108,50. If to subtract 10 euros from each of two amounts, there will be the minimum for which the cards will be available soon.

Gigabyte GA-Z77MX-D3H TH

What causes the difference in more than 40 euros? In general, the presence of two ports Intel Thunderbolt 10 Gb / s, which are implemented by the controller Intel DSL3510L. A high-speed connection can simultaneously serve several drives and a monitor. Minor changes were made to the design of the CPU power supply subsystem, which, nevertheless, remained a 6-channel. One of the long PCI Express slots was replaced by the second PCI-E 2.0 x1.

By and large, …

Enermax Starts Selling Chassis Hoplite ST

Enermax Technology Corp. has voiced good news about the appearance of its new chassis Hoplite ST in the European market. The basic destination of Hoplite ST model is the creation of gaming PCs of the entry and middle level. The chassis is developed in midi-tower form factor and is compatible with motherboards of micro-ATX and ATX standards. Hoplite ST is delivered in two colors: models with black casings were codenamed ECA3261-B, while models with white casings – ECA3261-W.

The casing is made of SECC steel and has got rather convenient framework. The chassis contains four external 5.25 inch bays and six internal ones destined as for 3.5 inch drives, so for 2.5 inch drives. It is also equipped with seven expansion slots, and ready to accommodate graphics cards of up to 403 mm in length, as well as, CPU coolers of 167 mm in height.

The nominal delivery kit of Hoplite ST chassis involves two 120 mm fans. The frontal fan goes with LED lighting; the other fan is located at …

Lian Li PC-B12 - Aluminum chassis for silence devotees

Lian Li engineers have decided to diversify the range of branded chassis with “quiet” PC-B12. This Mid-Tower model is designed in such a way as to minimize the noise coming from the system unit. To do this, the anterior wall of the chassis is made solid and in construction added the cover for the rear fan, included damping pad for hard drives and fans, as well as 'soft' feet, on which the hull stands.

Lian Li PC-B12 is currently available only in black version. Its dimensions are 498 (L) x 210 (W) x 472 (H) mm, weight — 6.4 kg. Inside can be placed the motherboard form factor ATX or microATX, a maximum of 8 cards PCI-E expansion up to 360 mm, the CPU cooler up to 160 mm, power supply, three hard disk format 3.5 «and one 2.5». The pair of «external» 5.25-inch bays should as well be considered.

New model doesn’t have vent on the front panel; it is migrated to the lower bound of the chassis and serves two 140 mm fan located opposite basket for storage. Blow-out …
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