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 …

Enermax Unveils Ostrog ADV Chassis with Off-Beat Backlight

Enermax has designed a new PC case, targeting demanding customers. The Ostrog ADV is differentiated from all rival chassis by the implementation of a brand MaxBriteTM LED Technology backlight. It ensures bright and even illumination along the outline of the case. Enermax offers models with three colors of backlight (green, red & blue) which can operate in six different modes (All on, Off, Flash, Sparkle, Vegas, Dimmed).

The new-comer is developed in a mid-tower form-factor, featuring 516x493x215 mm dimensions. The layout is estimated for the mounting of mini-ITX/micro-ATX/ATX motherboards with the maximum of 7 expansion slots. There is a possibility to install quite long videocards (up to 414 mm), standard ATX PS/2 power supply units, and a quite high CPU cooler (up to 174 mm).

Enermax Ostrog ADV is able to accommodate three external 5.25-inch drives as well as six internal 3.5-/2.5-inch drives. Cooling is ensured by a set of pre-installed/optional air fans. A pair of …

Graphics Card MSI GTX 770 Gaming Review

MSI Gaming product line has already managed to win the hearts of inveterate gamers, overclockers and enthusiasts, due to remarkable performance and a perfect overclocking potential. Gaming series includes a set of high-end motherboards, as well as graphics solutions. The first ones come with automatic overclocking facilities and network controllers that improve the quality of connection while gaming; the second ones, with MSI GTX 770 Gaming in particular, bring gaming experience to a new, higher level. However, let’s come closer to the deal and give a detailed review of GTX 770 Gaming model.

Framework and Hardware Base

Graphics adapter MSI GTX 770 Gaming is based on an original PCB with an enforced power supply system. The heart of the item is GK104 chip that features 1536 stream processors, 32 ROPs and 128 TMUs. A black aluminum plank covers almost the whole PCB surface; it is fixed by eight screws at the back and two screws at one of the side panels. This plank contains …
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