Lifting the Veil from USB Type-C Bus

Since the launch in 1995, Universal Serial Bus (USB) has proved itself as the most successful ever computing interface. Nowadays tens of billions of electronic devices are connected together due to it. It goes without saying that this bus has outlived a few modifications, each distinguished by higher speed and reliability. Thus, today the community is able to revel in a completely new modification – USB Type-C – that forecasts a lot privileges of connectivity process. Let’s see what users will get with a new bus.



Layout and Connectivity


In physical terms, Type-C is a bit larger than USB 2.0 Micro-B but a bit tinier than binary USB 3.0 Micro-B, featuring 8.34x2.56 mm. Such dimensions enable its connection to the devices of any type, including the thinnest smartphones/tablets. The oval-shaped socket houses 24 contact outputs (to compare: USB 3.0 sockets feature only 9 outputs).


The most outstanding physical peculiarity of Type-C is a symmetric connector that …

PC Chassis Zalman Z12 Plus Review

Zalman is always highly praised for the launch of prime-quality and customer-friendly hardware, whether it is power supply units or PC cases. For example, a renowned Z series of cases won popularity thanks to an appropriate correlation of quality and price. With every new model, the overall amount of which now reaches 11 items, the manufacturer tried to offer some unique or improved facilities. The latest representative of Z series — PC chassis Zalman Z12 Plus – can boast not only changes in design but also changes in framework. Hence, it shows the newcomer to the best advantage.



Design


Trapezium-shaped figures found on all facets are considered to be a central design concept applied to Z12 Plus. This creates an enigmatic illusion of asymmetry. Internal and external surfaces of the case are painted in opaque black, still there are some glossy elements on the external face. The large part of the front facet consists of a perforated grid; the leftover spacing is assigned …

Thermaltake Releases a New Toughpower DPS PSU Series

Thermaltake, a well-known Taiwanese hardware manufacturer, announces an official release of a new PSU series, entitled Toughpower DPS. The series includes two models of 750 W and 850 W capacities. Their major peculiarity is an advanced monitoring system that is run due to USB-connection and Smart DPSApp application.



Both models correspond to EPS12V v2.92 and ATX12V v2.31 standards and are marked by 80Plus Gold certificate due to a high efficiency rate. Moreover, they support the newest Haswell platform and own Haswell Ready certificate.


Thermaltake Toughpower DPS power supply units are furnished with dedicated sockets for the connection of modular cables. Their cable inventory allows for supplying power to several graphics adapters simultaneously. The 750 W model houses four PCI Express Power (6+2) cables, whereas the 850 W model boasts six of them.


The layout of each power supply unit consists of heat-resistant high-quality Japanese capacitors, DC-DC converter, and …
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