PSU Gigabyte GreenMax Plus 550W Review

Gigabyte, being one of the major players in the motherboards and graphics markets, quite rarely replenishes its production line with PC chassis and power supply units. Rarely, but right on target! Its GreenMax Plus PSU series is an evidence of the company’s versatile maturity. The series includes three models of 450W, 550W and 650W power. Let’s see what Gigabyte has to offer to all ‘high-fed’ by multiple products customers by the example of GreenMax Plus 550W (codename: GZ-EMS55A-C1) model.



General Features


The GreenMax Plus 550W is delivered in a handheld cardbox with a convenient holder. The unit itself is housed in a typical case with a black semi-gloss coating and a large ventilation grid. All basic specifications are marked on its side facet. The manufacturers claim the power of 504W (42A) for the +12VDC bus. Thereat, the correlation of power on the bus with the total power reaches the index of 0.916, which is considered to be an average benchmark for such type …

Thermaltake Showcases Tailor-Made Versa N25 Chassis

Thermaltake has added to its Versa lineup of chassis a new-comer – the N25. The middle-tower case is targeting primarily extreme gamers who covet ultimate performance and one-off design. The case features 490x197x463 mm dimensions & weighs 4.6 kg. Its key attraction is the trimming of the front and top panels which resemble the armor of transformers. The other peculiarity is the side acrylic window. Upon the whole, all panels are painted black as outside, so inside.



Thermaltake Versa N25 is intended for standard ATX, mini-ITX and micro-ATX motherboards with 7 expansion slots. Storage subsystem offers four seats for 2.5-/3.5-inch drives (internal) as well as two external 5.25-inch drives & one external 3.5-inch unit. Drive mounting might be realized without any tools.


Base N25 comes with a single 120-mm rear exhaust fan that rotates at 1000 RPM. If necessary, users are free to install four other 120-mm fans on the front and top facets (dust filters are included). In …

AMD Officially Launches FreeSync Technology

The much-talked about graphical technology from AMD – FreeSync – is already out. Its privileges over rival solutions might be seen from different angles. To begin with, it dramatically optimizes the gameplay by improving image smoothness, reducing lag time, and eliminating splitting. FreeSync enables the synchronization of screen refresh time with GPU refresh time in real time; hence, images are updated only when the graphical adapter shapes the frame.



To continue, AMD FreeSync, is an open standard which does not require calculations, since it is integrated within an updated DisplayPort 1.2a interface. As distinct from Nvidia’s G-Sync, there is no need to equip the monitor with a dedicated module. Moreover, this technology supports the widest refresh range: 9-240 Hz; therefore, monitors manufacturers receive a tool for a standalone definition of operational limits for a particular model.


Currently, FreeSync is implemented within six graphics adapters and within …
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