SilverStone Launches 4-Port ECU01 PCI Expansion Card

Taking into account an ever increasing demand for USB 3.0 interfaces, SilverStone has elaborated a dedicated PCI expansion card, entitled ECU01. The card is designed in a low-profile form-factor with the support for PCI Express 2.0 x2 bus. It features a pair of 19-contact USB 3.0 sockets, each of which offers two USB 3.0 ports.



In keeping with the manufacturer, this comprehensive model is called to satisfy the need for high-speed interfaces, absent with old-fashioned systems. For sure, the amount of connectivity ports integrated within the motherboards (usually of entry-level/budgetary standard) is not always enough for enthusiasts and gamers. Hence, there can appear an acute need for additional expansion cards, like ECU01.


SilverStone ECU01 is based on Etron EJ198 controller, featuring an additional SATA interface that is responsible for an efficient power supply. Moreover, the model supports UASP protocol that accelerates data transfer speed. If the current OS does not …

PSU Fractal Design Newton R3 600W Review

Fractal Design plunged into PSU market comparatively not so long ago, and nowadays its product line counts only three PSU series, naming Tesla R2, Integra R2 and Newton R3. The latter consists of three models and is supposed to belong to the top-segment of products. The entry-level model in this series, codenamed Fractal Design Newton R3 600W, is estimated for the maximal output power of 600W (as suggested by the codename), produced via +12VDC rail. Generally, this power supply unit has got 80Plus Platinum certificate due to high level of efficiency. Let’s see what other privileges this product might offer.



Basic Peculiarities


PSU Newton R3 600W features 150x86x165 mm dimensions (w/h/d) and goes in two color variations: black and white. The case itself has got matte coating that prevents visible fingerprints or stains. Some facet edges are skewed a bit to add elegance to the design. The model complies with EPS 2.92/ATX 2.31 standards and is estimated for one hundred …

ASMedia to Introduce USB 3.5 Controllers in 2014

ASMedia, an auspicious designer of PCIe bridges, USB 3.0 controllers and Switch IC items, announces the development of a new USB 3.5 controller. According to the preliminary information, this controller is going to support 10 Gb/sec data transfer speed, which is nearly twice higher than current USB 3.0. Earlier the launch of an advanced component was scheduled for late 2014, however, now the company is intended to officially introduce it early next year.



The decision to elaborate a speedier controller is explained by ASMedia in two ways. Firstly, the company is currently receiving more orders from motherboard manufacturers for the development of USB 3.0 hubs, due to the recent launch of Intel Haswell CPUs. Nonetheless, an enforcement of platform will sooner or later require an enforcement of various facilities, including connectivity and data transfer.


Secondly, USB 3.5 is called to rival Thunderbolt interface. It should be stressed that both interfaces feature analogous …
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