Meet New Nifty Qs-240 Chassis from Aerocool

The lineup of Aerocool’s chassis has been replenished by a new classy PC case – the Qs-240. The model is designed in mini-tower format targeting micro-ATX or mini-ITX motherboards with maximum of 4 expansion slots. The inventory of external interfaces entails a pair of audio ports, the same number of USB 2.0 ports as well as a single USB 3.0 port.



Internal layout of Aerocool Qs-240 provides for two 3.5-inch drive bays & three 2.5-inch drive bays. Absence of high storage cages allows installing quite lengthy videocards (up to 320 mm) and quite high CPU coolers (up to 160 mm). ATX-compatible power supply unit is to be located in the bottom section of the chassis.


The case comes equipped with one 120-mm fan (rear). In addition, it’s feasible to integrate a pair of top fans and a pair of front ones (all of 120-mm dimensional type) which are accompanied by dust filters. Instead of frontal fans the customer might install 240-mm heatsink that is a part of a liquid cooling …

Gigabyte Showcases a Couple of Gaming Mainboards with Onboard Liquid Coolers

Gigabyte teamed up with EK Water Blocks in order to develop a pair of off-beat motherboards. The GA-X99-Ultra-Gaming-EK and the GA-Z170X-Gaming 7-EK are differentiated from their predecessors by the integration of EK-Supremacy EVO X99 & EK-FB GA-Z170X waterblocks. The latter is sure to cool down not only the CPU and its environment but also key components of the power subsystem.



Gigabyte GA-X99-Ultra Gaming-EK is developed on Intel X99 chipset, targeting Intel Core i7 CPUs for Socket LGA2011-3 platform. The PCB offers 8 DIMM slots for DDR4-3600 MHz memory (up to 128 GB), four PCIe 3.0 x16 expansion slots and a single PCIe 2.0 x1 slot. The ATX motherboard features 305x244 mm dimensions.


Storage subsystem of the model is represented by one M.2 Socket 3 slot, one U.2 slot, one SATA Express port as well as eight SATA III (6 Gb/sec) ports. One more M.2 Socket 1 is occupied by Wi-Fi/Bluetooth adapter. 7-1 channel audio subsystem is based on Realtek ALC1150 controller, whereas …

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 …
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