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 …

PowerColor Outs an Overclocked Radeon R9 270 OC Graphics Card

Along with other AMD partners, PowerColor has elaborated its own version of Radeon R9 270 adapter. The PowerColor Radeon R9 270 OC is differentiated from rival products by an improved cooling system and factory overclocked frequencies. Its release is scheduled for late November and the retail price won’t hit over $180.

To begin with, this graphics card is naturally based on AMD Curacao Pro GPU, developed under 28 nm technological process. It consists of 1280 current processors, 32 ROPs and 64 TMUs. The core runs at 930 MHz frequency and is able to gain 955 MHz frequency on overclocking. The incorporation of GDDR5 memory (2 GB) with 256-bit bus interface ensures some striking bandwidth of 180 Gb/sec; this provides for the support of gaming applications with high resolution. Memory chip operates at 1400 MHz nominal frequency but might gain the index of 5600 MHz of effective frequency on overclocking.

Cooling system, implemented within Radeon R9 270 OC, cannot be called …

SilentiumPC Debuts with Pax M70 Pure Black Chassis

SilentiumPC enters the market with a new mid-tower case, entitled Pax M70 Pure Black. The model features 467x230x483 mm dimensions and weighs 8.55 kg. As seen from the title, the case boasts purely black paintwork that adds elegance to the styling. The chassis is made of SECC steel; side panels as well as decorative lid are coated in soundproof dual-layer materials. Pricing is set at $80.

SilentiumPC is targeting mini-ITX/micro-ATX/ATX systems. Front and top panels are rich in perforated surfaces, while one of the side panels accommodates a transparent acrylic window. Interior layout offers a couple of bays for 5.25-inch drives, the same number of bays for 3.5-inch drives, and three bays for 2.5-inch storages. All cages boast the implementation of anti-vibration system. Expansion is ensured due to seven PCI-slots.

To continue, the chassis is roomy enough for CPU coolers of 175 mm in height, graphics cards of 415 mm in length and liquid cooling heatsinks of 280 mm in …
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