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 …

Greeting a Pair of Liquid Freezer 120 & 240 Coolers

Arctic announces a pair of liquid cooling systems entitled Liquid Freezer 120 and Liquid Freezer 240. They are targeting the most demanding CPUs designed by Intel & AMD. The first model perfectly matches processors with up to 250 W TDP, while the second one might cope with 300 W TDP. Pricing is set at 100 EUR and 130 EUR correspondingly. Both new-comers are shipped with a brand Arctic MX-4 thermal compound.



Arctic Liquid Freezer 120 accommodates a waterblock with a copper base, an efficient pump, 120-mm heatsink, long connecting hoses (326 mm), and a couple of 120-mm fans, based on a fluid dynamic bearing. They are monitored by means of PWM technology, enabling them to rates within 500-1350 RPM speed range. At the same time, the maximal noise level does not exceed 0.3 Sone.


To continue, Arctic Liquid Freezer 240 is distinguished by the implementation of a 240-mm heatsink and four 120-mm fans. Tests prove, that this cooler is able to maintain the temperature of Intel Core …

SilverStone to Out Kublai KL06 Chassis

SilverStone Technology is about to release a new PC chassis within the framework of Kublai series. The KL06 is a mini-tower solution, featuring 405x211x375 mm dimensions, made of stainless steel with an aluminum frontal panel and a ventilation grid. Along with a totally ‘blind’ model, the manufacturer offers a case with a side acrylic window (SST-KL06B-W). The recommended retail price will fluctuate within $92 mark.



SilverStone Kublai KL06 interior is differentiated by an unconventional location of the motherboard tray – on the left-side facet. The layout is ready to welcome micro-ATX, mini-ITX and mini-DTX mainboards with some high-performance parameters. In addition, there is space for two 5.25-inch drives, a single 3.5-inch drive, eight 2.5-inch drives as well as four PCI expansion cards.


The board supports the installation of two dual-slot graphics adapters of up to 342 mm in length and up to 177 mm in width, CPU coolers of up to 165 mm in height, and …
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