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 …

Shuttle to Introduce a Small-Sized Budgetary Nettop DS47

Shuttle, an outstanding Taiwanese mini-PC and barebone-systems developer, is going to introduce its new nettop model DS47. The presentation will be realized within the boundaries of Computex 2013 exhibition which will take place in early June. According to the preliminary information, the product features 200x39.5x165 mm dimensions and weighs 2.05 kg.

Shuttle DS47 is based on Intel Celeron 847 processor, running at 1.1 GHz, and comes with an integrated Intel HD2000 graphics. CPU TDP level equals to 17 W. This model accommodates 16 GB RAM (SO-DIMM) of DDR3-1333 MHz type. Its internal layout is estimated for the incorporation of a single 3.5-inch HDD or a pair of 2.5-inch HDD/SSD with the support of SATA 6 Gb/sec interface.

The availability of mini-PCI Express connector with the support of mSATA interface gives the user a chance to expand the system with one more solid-state drive. In addition, Shuttle equips this nettop with a half-size mini-PCIe connector for the …

CPU Cooler SilverStone NT06-PRO Review

The tendency of assembling small-sized but efficient system units is becoming more apparent among all PC users. Nowadays the extensive occurrence of mini-tower chassis and mini-ITX motherboards requires the employment of corresponding pocket-size CPU coolers. Unfortunately, the latter are practically a rarity, however the demand for small but highly productive coolers is rising on daily basis. SilverStone is one of the few companies that elaborated such kind of products. Its latest NT06-PRO combines all advantages each full-sized model has and is ready to provide a truly efficient cooling.

Design and Framework

SilverStone NT06-PRO is a worthy representative of Nitrogen series. It features a bit unusual design with horizontal orientation. It consists of a voluminous heatsink, counting fifty-two aluminum plates, six C-shape heatpipes, and one fan, mounted underneath the heatsink. Such framework ensures a stable cooling of motherboard nodes and CPU environment. All aluminum …
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