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, …

Bending Chassis PC-Q30 from Lian Li to Amaze all Customers

Lian Li, a famous Taiwanese PC chassis designer, unveils its new, extraordinary mini-tower chassis, codenamed PC-Q30. Its extraordinary nature is manifested in an atypical framework: a bending tower with a large transparent window in the front. This model features 368x284x421 mm dimensions and is earmarked specifically for mini-ITX and mini-DTX motherboards.

Lian Li promises to start the sales in June for a recommended price of about $150. In order to serve the needs of various customer audiences, the manufacturer will offer the case in two color variations: silver and black.

PC chassis from Lian Li is ready to accommodate four hard drives and/or solid-state drives of 2.5-inch form-factor, a couple of PCI/PCI Express graphics adapters of up to 200 mm in length, a low-rise CPU cooler of up to 130 mm, and a power supply unit of SFX form-factor (up to 125 mm in length). The latter is located on rubber holdups in the bottom part of the case. Unfortunately, there are no …

Goodram Enters the Market with CX100 SSD Line

Wilk Electronic SA has just released a new line of solid-state drives under Goodram brand name. Entitled CX100, the drives are available in four capacities: 120 GB, 240 GB, 480 GB and 960 GB. All of them feature 7 mm depth and support 2.5-inch form-factor. Besides, they employ SATA III interface with 6 Gb/sec bandwidth. As far as pricing is concerned, the junior model (120 GB) costs 55 EUR, the two medium models – 84 EUR and 162 EUR respectively, while the senior one (960 GB) – 348 EUR.

The nominal delivery kit contains a dedicated adapter to fit 9.5 mm slots. These SSDs are known to support TRIM & SMART options as well as Garbage Collection technology. The latter protects the drive from the failure of power supply, optimizing the boot time and ensuring overall operational stability.

Goodram CX100 models are estimated to operate some 2 million hours in a failure-proof mode. Average power consumption makes up 0.105 W (and 0.3 W in idle mode). The new-comers also support …
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