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 …

Xigmatek to Launch Alfar Chassis This Month

Xigmatek is on the verge of launching its new series of chassis, codenamed Alfar. The series consists of three models which differentiate from each other by the color of insertions on the frontal grid (black, white and orange). The casing itself is made of steel and painted totally black. All three enclosures are designed in mid-tower form factor and are ready to accept motherboards of mini-ITX, micro-ATX and ATX dimensions.



Xigmatek Alfar houses seven PCI expansion slots, can accept CPU coolers of up to 160 mm in height, graphics cards of up to 320 mm in length, and a standard power supply unit. The chassis are furnished with three external 5.25-inch drive bays, four internal 2.5-inch bays, and analogous number of bays for 3.5-inch drives. Interface panel is located on the top board and accommodates a couple of USB 3.0 ports and standard 3.5 mm audio sockets.


The nominal delivery set of Xigmatek Alfar contains two 120 mm fans, located on the frontal and rear boards; …

Be Quiet! Unveils Dark Rock Pro 3 CPU Cooler

Be Quiet!, an outstanding designer of cooling solutions, is ready to release its newest CPU cooler – the Dark Rock Pro 3. The model is distinguished by an offbeat design, a voluminous heatsink section, and an invidious efficiency. Moreover, it is characterized by the support of practically all up-dated socket platforms, including AMD FM1, AM3, AM2, AM2+, 940, 939, 754, and Intel LGA 1150, 1155, 1156, 1366, 775, 2011. This wonderwork will soon be available for customers at the price tag of €79.90.



Be Quiet! Dark Rock Pro 3 features Tower design (122x132x163 mm dimensions) and consists of a copper base, a two-section aluminum heatsink with ninety plates, seven copper heatpipes, and a couple of fans. In order to enhance the cooler’s efficiency and eliminate corrosive effect, the manufacturer has implemented a nickel-plated coating for all framework elements.


The manufacturers decided to incorporate two different fans within the framework, though brand ones – …
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