PSU Seasonic S12II-520 Bronze Review

Seasonic Electronics has already indulged the community with its PSU solutions of M12II and S12II series. Currently, all the models included to those lineups are marked by 80 Plus Bronze certificate that testify their belonging to the high-end echelon. This year the company has completed the modernization of S12II series to add some advanced characteristics to its products. PSU S12II-520 Bronze is delivered with the nominal power of 520 W and is primarily designated to be employed in gaming PCs with a single high-performance graphics adapter.

Design Peculiarities and Cable Set

Power supply unit Seasonic S12II-520 Bronze goes in ATX 12V form-factor and boasts 80 Plus Bronze standards. The nominal delivery kit is not differentiated by any peculiar components, since the manufacturer included only a detailed user manual, four screws, network power cable, power adapter from PATA to a couple of sockets for FDD connection.

PSU casing is developed in black coloring with the …

SilverStone TS433-TB: 4-Bay NAS with Thunderbolt 2 Connectors

SilverStone has replenished its inventory with a 4-bay NAS, entitled SST-TS433-TB. The new-comer is housed in a black aluminum case with an integrated zinc handle (124x166x248 mm dimensions). The storage allows to install high-capacity 3.5-/2.5-inch drives; each bay supports hot swapping functions and features a dedicated lock with LED activity indicator.

The heart of SilverStone SST-TS433-TB is Marvell 88SE9030 controller that is responsible for JBOD and RAID 0 operational modes. In the first case the drives function independently, whereas in RAID 0 mode they operate as a unified whole, evenly distributing information across the disc space.

The connection of NAS to the PC or other computing device is realized via a pair of Thunderbolt 2 ports which are characterized by the maximal bandwidth of 20 Gb/sec. These ports are known to support Daisy Chain function. Cooling of all internal components is entrusted to a single 90-mm fan.

The SST-TS433-TB is ready to …

A New Series of Haswell-Based Gigabyte Brix Mini-PCs

The appearance of Brix mini-PCs last spring was Gigabyte’s debut in this market segment. The first products were elaborated specifically for Intel Ivy Bridge processors. However, the company decided to update the line of ultra-compact PCs with four new models. Entitled GB-BXCE-2955, GB-BXi7-4500, GB-BXi5-4200, and GB-BXi3-4010, the products are characterized by the support of power-efficient Intel Haswell CPUs.

The most efficient model is Gigabyte GB-BXi7-4500 with the integrated Intel Core i7-4500U processor (1.8/3.0 GHz), whereas the least efficient turns to be Gigabyte GB-BXCE-2955, based on Intel Celeron 2955U (1.4 GHz). At the same time, Gigabyte GB-BXi5-4200 is equipped with Intel Core i5-4200U CPU (1.6/2.6 GHz) and Gigabyte GB-BXi3-4010 comes with Intel Corei3-4010U solution (1.7 GHz).

Except for diverse CPUs, all four Brix mini-PCs feature practically analogous specifications:

— dimensions: 114.4x107.6x29.9 mm;

— memory: two DIMM slots, support for 16 …
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