Intel Thunderbolt Ready Facilitates in Upgrading Your Desktop PC

Last week Intel announced a new instrumentality for upgrading desktop PC, called Thunderbolt Ready. This tool will help in incorporating Thunderbolt interface into the motherboards which initially do not have the support for it. However, only the motherboards with ‘Thunderbolt Ready’ marking and an inbuilt General-purpose I/O (GPIO) socket might fall under the upgrade. In addition to this feature, the user will have to acquire a dedicated card to enable the interface.



This card is installed into an appropriate PCI Express slot and is then connected to GPIO, as well as DisplayPort socket of the integrated/discrete GPU controller, due to the cables that go in batch. After this, the customer needs to upload dedicated software in order to activate the Thunderbolt. According to Intel, there are currently more than 100 alike products with Thunderbolt support; the majority of them are certified for the usage with PCs on Windows or Mac OS X platforms.


To continue, Asus is one …

Akasa Intros a Small-Sized AK-CC1101EP02 CPU Cooler

Following the release of a low-profile cooler, codenamed AK-CC7122EP01, Akasa is glad to introduce one more small-sized item. The AK-CC1101EP02 features 80x80x28.3 mm dimensions and is predestined to be employed as a part of a compact system within mini-ITX/micro-ATX chassis. The model is compatible with AMD FM1/FM2/754/939/AM2(+)/AM3(+) sockets only.



Akasa AK-CC1101EP02 involves an aluminum heatsink with cam-lever clip installation type, a thermal compound on the base, and a 80 mm fan. The latter is based on EBR bearing and equipped with PWM technology that adjusts the rotational speed from the minimal 600 RPM to the maximal 3000 RPM.


Its efficiency achieves 26.53 CFM, producing up to 27 dB noise. The estimated time of fail-proof operation equals to 40.000 hours. The fan is adjoined to the motherboard via a 4-pin connector and receives voltage power via 12VDC bus.


Just for comparison means, the predecessor — AK-CC7122EP01 – features 85.2x87.2x26 mm dimensions. …

Meet New Mammoth MM01 PC Chassis from SilverStone

SilverStone Technology is about to launch a new full-tower chassis, entitled Mammoth MM01 (codename: SST-MM01B). Featuring 597x271x542 mm dimensions, the greenhorn might fit any environment due to a sleek all-black design. Besides, the framework is engineered in a way to give no chance to the dust to penetrate into the layout. The integrated dust filters are a great facilitation in this blockade.



SilverStone Mammoth MM01 is known to support nearly all types of motherboards, starting from standard ATX and finishing with eATX, SSI-CEB, SSI-EEB ones. The layout offers room for two 5.25-inch drives, seven 3.5-inch drives and four 2.5-inch storage solutions. In addition, one of the 3.5-inch drive slots supports hot-swap options. The chassis is also ready to accommodate a couple of two-slot videocards of up to 337 mm in length, ATX-compatible PSU of up to 225 mm in length and CPU cooler of up to 183 mm in height.


To continue, MM01 comes with two preinstalled 120 mm frontal fans, …
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