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.


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Kingston and Adata Come up with M.2 SSDs

Within the framework of Computex 2014 both Kingston and Adata are going to introduce their fresh SSD series of M.2 form-factor. In keeping with the manufacturers’ words, the products – SM2280S2 and SR1020NP — are differentiated by some spectacular performance. At present the companies provide only basic info about the drives, leaving their fans in suspense.



Kingston SM2280S3 is based on Phison PS3108 that supports SATA 6 Gb/sec interface only. It ensures 540 MB/sec and 514 MB/sec speed on sequential Read/Write operations. For sure, it’s not the performance innovative M.2 drives should demonstrate (about 10 Gb/sec), although the model considerably surpasses traditional HDDs in this respect.


This SSD series is represented by three models of 120 GB, 240 GB and 480 GB capacity. All of them employ DDR3 cache-memory with the minimal 256 MB capacity. Besides, the difference in efficiency between other M.2 offers Kingston promises to compensate by a more affordable price.

FSP Intros ‘Noiseless’ PSU Model Aurum Xilenser 500

FSP, a renowned developer and supplier of power supply units, introduces a new product that is widely recognized as ‘noiseless’ PSU. Codenamed FSP Aurum Xilenser 500 (AU-500FLD), it employs a passive cooling system instead of an air cooler, thus its dump operation is easily explainable. The unit also characterizes by a startling efficiency which provided for the acceptance of 80+ Gold certificate.



Aurum Xilenser 500 takes similar to Aurum Pro/CM models design with a totally black casing and a comb-like top grid enclosed in a golden stripe. The model is able to operate at the nominal 500W power and support the latest ATX12V/EPS12V standards. It should be noted that this unit utilizes a standard framework with all power connectors soldered on the printed circuit board. A set of connectors involves five SATA connectors, a single 4-contact FDD, four 4-contact Molex, and a pair of 6+2-contact PCI Express connectors. Naturally, it contains two main 24-contact and 4+4-contact …
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