SilverStone Launches 4-Port ECU01 PCI Expansion Card

Taking into account an ever increasing demand for USB 3.0 interfaces, SilverStone has elaborated a dedicated PCI expansion card, entitled ECU01. The card is designed in a low-profile form-factor with the support for PCI Express 2.0 x2 bus. It features a pair of 19-contact USB 3.0 sockets, each of which offers two USB 3.0 ports.



In keeping with the manufacturer, this comprehensive model is called to satisfy the need for high-speed interfaces, absent with old-fashioned systems. For sure, the amount of connectivity ports integrated within the motherboards (usually of entry-level/budgetary standard) is not always enough for enthusiasts and gamers. Hence, there can appear an acute need for additional expansion cards, like ECU01.


SilverStone ECU01 is based on Etron EJ198 controller, featuring an additional SATA interface that is responsible for an efficient power supply. Moreover, the model supports UASP protocol that accelerates data transfer speed. If the current OS does not …

Thermaltake Toughpower Grand RGB Power Units with a capacity of 650–850 W

A new series of Thermaltake Toughpower Grand RGB power units is about to see the world. It hasn’t even been announced on the official site of the manufacturer yet. This series includes three models with a capacity of 650, 750 и 850 W, all of which feature one powerful +12V line, the up-to-date circuitry and the element base of high quality. That’s why these samples are effective and marked with a 80 PLUS Gold certificate.



The three models of the Thermaltake Toughpower Grand RGB series use fully modular cable system with handy flat sleeves. Besides, 650 W and 750 W versions are equipped with nine SATA and four 6+2-pin PCIe connectors. In its turn the 850 W model offers ten SATA and six PCIe connectors.


The cooling system embodies a 140 mm fan with 256-colour RGB-lighting, managed through the DPS G PC App. Thermaltake recommends to install these power units with a fan on the top. This is expected to lower the temperature inside the power unit and the chassis by 3°С. …

MSI works on development on three Mini-ITX motherboards based on chipsets A85, B75, and Z77

During August, MSI will release the two motherboards LGA1155 form-factor Mini-ITX, based on chipset Intel B75 and Z77. The first is positioned as a budget solution, the second is, in addition to support of overclocking Ivy Bridge K factor, will offer enhanced power system, and integrated Wi-Fi adapter and Bluetooth. Before the start of retail sales APU A-Series/Trinity (October) they will be joined by Mini-ITX motherboard based on chipset AMD A85.



From the pair of tiny “motherboards” B75/Z77 the greatest interest is for last one. The full codename of the model — MSI Z77IA-E53.


The upcoming model has seven power phases of processor socket with elements DrMOS and tantalum capacitors, power connector EPS12V 8-pin, two slots for RAM DDR3 (up to 16 GB of RAM) and a slot PCI Express 3.0 x16. Also, there are two SATA ports with a throughput of 3 and 6 Gb / s, single eSATA and mSATA (3 Gb / s). Jack mini-PCIe 5 GT / s is located directly above the mSATA — the original …
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