The SilverStone FPS01 Device Returns the Optical Drive Bay into Game

Optical carriers are not popular anymore. Nowadays they are mostly used as license movies carriers, and not as user data storage media. SilverStone offers an alternate variant for those having an unexploitable optical drive of the Slim type.



The new device, called FPS01, is released in two variants, which differ in USB types only: the SST-FPS01 model offers a pair of standard А type ports, and SST-FPS01-C possesses only one С type port. FPS01 is compatible with the standard 12.7 mm Slim ODD optical drive bay and is installed in place of the needless DVD or Blu-ray bay. Though this is not the whole scope of the module’s functionality.


This device features the built-in SD and microSD card reader supporting SDHC and SDXC cards, and the place to install M.2 drive with 6 Gbps SATA interface of 2280 typical size. Unfortunately, the use of FPS01 in laptops can bring some trouble as far as there’s a need to connect the module through standard Molex jacks, USB 3.0 and SATA. …

New Gaming PC Chassis Versa G2 from Thermaltake

Thermaltake, a renowned Taiwanese PC hardware developer, has officially divulged the specifications of its new gaming chassis, codenamed Versa G2. The belonging to the gaming echelon is vindicated primarily by an eye-catching design. The casing is developed in mid-tower form factor, and is made of a durable steel (SGCC) and plastic. Its side plate contains an acrylic window with a few ventilation grids that showcase the internal layout of the chassis.



Thermaltake Versa G2 features 481x196x429 mm dimensions and is alloted for seven PCI/PCI Express expansion cards. It supports motherboard of ATX and micro-ATX standard and is notable by lower PSU localization. The internal spacing within the enclosure is sufficient for the installation of CPU cooler not more than 155 mm in height and of graphics card not more than 320 mm in length. The model is equipped with three external 5.25-inch drives and a single 3.5-inch drive, as well as with five internal 3.5-inch and a single 2.5-inch …

Overclocked Asus Strix R9 380 OC Graphics Card Review

AMD has recently updated its lineup of graphics cards, offering solutions for any taste and budget. Its Radeon R9 380 adapter is an appropriate balance of quality and price. Hence, there is small wonder that all company’s partners rushed into introducing their own versions of the card. The Strix R9 380 OC from Asus is undoubtedly one of the most outstanding interpretations. Let’s see what privileges it boasts.



General Specs


Asus Strix R9 380 OC is based on Antigua Pro GPU (28 nm) that entails 1792 CUDA cores, 32 ROPs and 11 TMUs. In contrast to the etalon model running at 970 MHz frequency, this card features 990 MHz nominal clock frequency. The codename – Strix-R9380-DC2OC-2GD5-Gaming implies that this item comes equipped with 2 GB of GDDR5 memory, operating at 5500 MHz efficient frequency. However, it is assumed that Asus will introduce the version with 4 GB memory to satisfy the needs of a wider audience.


PCB Layout


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