Gigabyte GA-Z77MX-D3H: plus two ports Thunderbolt, plus 40 euros

Gigabyte has released the first motherboard form factor microATX, equipped with two ports Thunderbolt — GA-Z77MX-D3H TH. Taking into account the availability of the precursor (Z77MX-D3H), it’s interesting to compare the design and price of these models. First, about the cost of the product. The novelty is estimated at € 150, and its «little sister» — at € 108,50. If to subtract 10 euros from each of two amounts, there will be the minimum for which the cards will be available soon.

Gigabyte GA-Z77MX-D3H TH

What causes the difference in more than 40 euros? In general, the presence of two ports Intel Thunderbolt 10 Gb / s, which are implemented by the controller Intel DSL3510L. A high-speed connection can simultaneously serve several drives and a monitor. Minor changes were made to the design of the CPU power supply subsystem, which, nevertheless, remained a 6-channel. One of the long PCI Express slots was replaced by the second PCI-E 2.0 x1.

By and large, …

Lian Li Announces PC-B16 and PC-A61 Aluminum PC Cases

Lian Li Industrial Co., an outstanding Taiwanese hardware developer, offers to the UK enthusiasts a pair of fresh PC cases, codenamed PC-B16 and PC-A61. Both are housed in aluminum cases, ready to accommodate ATX, micro-ATX and mini-ITX motherboards. The products are already available at the price of 144 £ and 119 £ correspondingly.

Lian Li PC-B16 features 230x490x530 mm dimensions and comes in entirely black, as well as bare aluminum versions. The frontal panel is equipped with a dedicated lid that hides a ventilation grid and access to four external ODD drives (5.25-inch). Internal layout provides seven PCI slots for expansion cards, seven detachable bays with individual brackets for 3.5-inch drives. Besides, each of these bays might hold two 2.5-inch drives of 9.5 mm depth.

Area over the motherboard tray offers 30 mm space for an efficient cable management. The case’s dimensions allow for the integration of 420 mm long graphics adapters, 170 mm high CPU coolers, and …

Meet New Strike-X Coupe Gaming Chassis from Aerocool

Enthusiasts and gamers are pleased to learn that Aerocool has launched a new professional PC case, entitled Strike-X Coupe. The high-end invention features 448x180x460 mm dimensions (mid-tower form-factor) and is differentiated by a strict aggressive design with a top X-shape ventilation grid, a qualitative steel chassis, and a side acrylic window. The model is already available in retail stores at the price tag of $54.

Aerocool Strike-X Coupe comes equipped with a red LED backlight at the frontal panel. The chassis accommodates three external 5.25-inch drives, the same number of internal 3.5-inch drives and a single internal 2.5-inch drive bay. It should be noted that some drives have to be fixed with the help of screws at an angle of 90 degrees to the bottom. Seven expansion slots add to the enhancement of PC’s functionality.

The model is ready to house as mini-ITX/micro-ATX motherboards, so full format ATX items. There is a possibility to install three two-slot …
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