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.

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'Digital' PSU Corsair AX1200i Review

Power supply unit AX1200i designed by Corsair is a high-end product applied primarily in powerful desktop platforms. Its superior characteristics are currently widely spoken about, due to the promotion of the so-called 'digital' technology in PSU layout. 'Digital' PSUs employ digital signal processors instead of traditional analog controllers to provide for the utmost performance, efficiency, and facilities. Under Corsair's words, the implementation of digital options in the development of PC units, and particularly AX1200i model, is a justified measure viewed as from technological, so from economical prospect.

Basic Peculiarities

Corsair AX1200i is delivered in a large dual-base box, consisting of a paper cover and a corrugated cardboard. The box contains all basic information about the unit: +12VDC bus efficiency is estimated at 1204.8W/100A; the correlation between +12VDC bus and the overall power efficiency equals to 1.0 index that is supposed to be an excellent …

Chieftec Launches Flyer Series FS-01B-U3 Chassis

Chieftec, a well-known German designer of prime-class hardware pieces, advertises the launch of a new budgetary mini-tower PC chassis, entitled Flyer Series FS-01B-U3. The model features 420x175x360 mm dimensions and is ready to welcome mATX and mini-ITX motherboards. The case boasts a totally black exterior with a glossy frontal panel and metallic patches on it.

This chassis comes with a pre-installed iArena power supply unit of 350/450 W capacity. It is based on CWT platform. The inventory also includes a pair of 5.25-inch optical drive bays, four 3.5/2.5-inch HDD/SSD bays. The case accommodates four PCI expansion slots that support the installation of rather lengthy graphics cards (up to 320 mm). Internal layout allows for the employment of standard CPU coolers of up to 130 mm in height.

I/O panel is located on the frontal facet. It is represented by two USB 3.0 ports and two audio jacks. In terms of cooling, Flyer Series FS-01B-U3 provides for quite versatile fan …
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