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 …

Processors Intel Haswell to Rival Accelerator NVIDIA Tesla

Intel Corporation has the intentions to introduce DDR4 memory into their server processors of Haswell series. The launch of such technological approach is planned for the 2014, however the developments in this sphere have already started. Intel’s server solutions will become a part of Grantley platform and the samples of their new series will allegedly be announced next autumn. The preview of new processors makes it clear that some of the chips will be distinguished by the increased heat generation performance which will reach 160 W.



Hence, 16-core processors Haswell-EP will rival parallel computing accelerator NVIDIA Tesla but not AMD server solutions. Intel is going to provide various working frequency options and options with different number of active cores. At the same time, TDP will fluctuate within ranges of 160, 145, 135, and 120 W. In its turn, accelerator NVIDIA Tesla, which is based on GK110 processor, consumes approximately 300 W.


In accordance with the …

PC Chassis Enermax Fulmo ST ECA3270 Review

Enermax, one of the outstanding players in the PSU and cooling market, has recently paid great attention to the development of other hardware pieces, including chassis and cases. Its Fulmo series vindicates that the company has plenty of shot in the locker to beat competitors and marvel customers. Enermax Fulmo ST ECA3270 is probably the most interesting model within the series, with a bit strict, aristocratic design but rich internal layout. But, is that truly so? Let’s find it out.



Design Peculiarities


First of all, it should be mentioned that Fulmo ST ECA3270 comes in two color variations: black and dark-gray. Color is not the only feature that diverges the couple, since black version is furnished with fan backlights. Upon the whole, the model is designed in mid-tower standard and features 244x485x513 mm dimensions. The frontal facet is covered by a steel grid, which hides a non-removable air filter. The facet is blind, except for three grid-like plugs for 5.25-inch …
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