With the release of their new operating system, Windows 10, Microsoft has been keen on getting users to use their new software. Not just their operating system is new, though, with Edge replacing the demonised Internet explorer. One thing that has kept users from accepting and using the new browser is its lack of extensions, something that is set to change this year thanks to a tool Microsoft is currently working on.
It’s been clear for a while that rather than open another market for extension developers to create their tools in, Microsoft would look to bring Chrome’s extensions to Edge. In a tweet from Jacob Rossi, an engineer working on Edge, the picture becomes a little clearer on how they want to do this.
Lots of questions on this: yes we're working on a porting tool to run Chrome extensions in Edge. Not yet finished and not all APIs supported
So it would appear that they are working on a tool that will enable you to port your favourite Chrome extensions over to the Edge browser. While a further response showed that they would still be working on creating a list of extensions directly for Edge.
@jacobrossi extn's in Store will at first be a carefully selected set covering top scenarios and API coverage, opening up to more in future
In this day and age, people enjoy customizing their experience with everything. The same goes for their experience when browsing online and with the likes of Mozilla’s Firefox and Google’s Chrome offering countless extensions Microsoft’s latest browser, Edge, seems to be lacking the feature. That looks to change with Microsoft looking to test browser extensions for Edge soon.
The revelation comes from a change on their Edge extensions website, giving us an idea about now just what’s going to happen with their extensions but also what the first three will be.
First up will be a translation tool, followed by an extension for Reddit and finally an extension based on mouse gestures. If this doesn’t interest you the next part may, with the extensions compatible with Chrome as well.
Given their recent decision to end porting of apps from Android to Windows phones, the ability to use the same app’s on Edge and Chrome could entice people to explore the browser a little more, even if it does come with Windows 10.
Using extensions may have to wait though with the feature looking to be inserted into a future insider preview meaning that those of you who want to keep running a “stable” operating system may have to stick to Firefox or Chrome for that personal web feeling.
The Bitcoin exchange portal Bitstamp warned users over the weekend that a Google Chrome browser extension had been caught stealing Bitcoin and users should avoid the BitscoinWisdom Ads Remover extension that at the time still was available in the Play store. The good news is that Google since banned the app from the store, but you’ll probably still need to remove it from your browser yourself if you were a user of this extension.
The Chrome extension was caught stealing Bitcoin when users made transfers. The extensions malicious code would redirect payments made to their own Bitcoin address instead of the intended target without the user noticing anything until it was too late. What Bitstamp discovered was later confirmed by Bitcoin app developer Devon Weller.
@bitstamp Confirmed. I looked at the source code. It replaces QR code images on bitcoin exchanges with its own addresses.
The method used to steal your Bitcoin is essentially very easy. Bitcoin addresses, sometimes referred to as wallets, use a very long string in order to identify themselves. That’s something that is both hard to remember and difficult to enter. After all, it’s about money and you wouldn’t want to send that to the wrong destination. QR codes can solve this with ease as you’ll just have to scan a code presented with your smartphone that contains a Bitcoin app and you’re good to go. This is what the malicious browser extension took advantage of by simply replacing displayed Bitcoin QR codes with their own in the displayed website.
On further investigation, Devon Weller discovered that the code only targeted users of the Bitstamp, BTC-E, and Hashnest Bitcoin services.
This isn’t the first time that the same extension has been caught doing so. Back in July last year, Reddit users reported similar issues with the same extension. We can only hope that it is gone for good now. This also shows that you should be very careful what browser extensions you install, they might do more harm than good.
In this day and age, most laptops and devices come with a wireless adapter built-in, even the latest Raspberry Pi includes wireless. This is lucky for when you can’t get to the router in your house, or the cable just won’t reach your favourite seat, or when your ethernet connection is disabled by an update.
Some people found this out the hard way this morning when Apple published an update over the weekend which disabled the ethernet port in the El Capitan distribution of their operating system. The reason for the disabled port? An update for the System integrity protection system, a system designed to keep your computer secure by disabling malicious kernel extensions (kext) (the equivalent of drivers for Windows or Linux users). Sadly a small update blacklisted the ethernet ports kext.
While an update was quickly released to fix the issue, some people still had the issue of it disabling their system before they were able to update to the latest version. The idea is that it’s all done behind the scenes, without you having to select the update or even know about it, kexts are updated silently. These updates run even if you have disabled the standard automatic update.
Do you use cabled connections or are you constantly on the wi-fi? Could you live with the other? What would you do if someone accidentally disabled the wireless in your computer, laptop or even your phone?
The Web TuneUp tool is available for download from Chrome’s extension store, which sent the web addresses where they were compared against known malicious sites, in hopes that they could warn you before you land on one of those bad sites. The way the plugin was created though reportedly left the information open to exploits as reported by Google Security researcher Tavis Ormandy on December 15 in an issue report. In the report, he describes it by stating that it “exposes browsing history and other personal data to the internet”.
Ormandy was less than pleased about it, stating that he was unsure if he should contact AVG (an action that he did do) or if he should ask the extension abuse team to investigate it as a PuP (Potentially unwanted program, a term often used to describe pieces of software that could also be described as viruses or malware).
As of December, 28th AVG has completed a secure patch for the plugin while it has been reported by Ars Technica that the plugin was frozen while the plugin was investigated for policy violations.
Star Wars the Force Awakens is set to be one of the largest films of the year and with generations of followers waiting for the big release this Thursday it was only a matter of time before people started posting spoilers or concepts that could ruin the film if you can’t make it to the cinema in time. The BBC posted an article explaining several ways to avoid spoilers (or the film altogether), ranging from moving country to retreating from the online world as a whole.
We at eTeknix understand that this may not always be possible (who can go without their memes these days?). One approach someone has taken is a similar one to something people use every day, an adblocker. Adblockers detect ad’s on a website and unless whitelisted, stop them from loading avoiding the onslaught of sounds and videos that loud on most web pages. Force Block, a chrome extension, aims to do the same but with spoilers for the highly anticipated film.
With a white list function you can add websites you think are being flagged incorrectly but otherwise upon loading a page you are met with a dimmed web page and a warning stating that you could be ruining the film in one of many different messages inspired by the films.
Popular Chrome and Safari browser extension AdBlock has been quietly sold, and no one seems to know who the new owner is. Yesterday, users of AdBlock – rebranded from its former guise as AdBlock Plus – may have seen a pop-up announcing that, in contravention of the entire principle of the extension, that advertisers were now able to buy themselves on to the AdBlock whitelist, through EyeO’s acceptable advertising, allowing their adverts to circumvent the block. A footnote at the bottom of the post, though, revealed that AdBlock is under new ownership. The name of the new owner was not revealed.
Requests submitted to AdBlock, asking for the name of the new owner, have been met with a flat refusal, with the company revealing that the buyer wishes to remain anonymous. All the company was willing to reveal is that former CEO Michael Gundlach was no longer with AdBlock, the tool he created.
Couple the lack of transparency with the new policy of allowing rich companies to pay for their adverts to be forced upon AdBlock users, and we have a company that, within the space of a day, has done everything it can to erode the trust of its users.
Thank you The Next Web for providing us with this information.
A few months ago, I reviewed the gorgeous Phanteks Enthoo EVOLV Micro-Tower Chassis and I loved it enough to award it with our Editors Choice Award. This week, we’ve gone a lot further up the Phanteks range, to take a look at their mighty Mini XL Now, the world mini might not imply that this is a big chassis, but it certainly isn’t mini at all, and we’ll show you why that is in just a moment.
Enthoo Mini XL includes 2 x 140mm fan in front and 1 x 140mm fan in the rear. Ability to upgrade to additional fans is possible. All fans included are Phanteks’ new redesigned and better performing SP series fans.
Sandblasted aluminum faceplates with matte finish
Multi-color LED light strips
Stealth interior design
Extreme cooling capacity
Support for up to 14x 120mm / 8x 140mm
Comes with 3 Phanteks premium fans
PWM fan hub plus 2x y-splitters allow for 8 fan connections* (11 fans max with additional y-splitters sold separately)
Extensive water cooling support. Provides up to 5 different installation areas for slim and thick radiators varying from single to triple (120mm and 140mm form factors). Clearance for push-pull fan configurations.
Dual removable harddrive cages
2x removable Drop-N-Lock SSD brackets
Fully equipped with dustfilters (1x top, 1x front, 2x bottom)
Removable top panel for easy fan installation and dust filter cleaning
Compartment for fan installation in top panel
Clean cable management using Phanteks’ preinstalled Hoop-N-Loop cable ties
Mod friendly structure uses screws NOT rivets
10 color ambient lighting controller
2x USB 3.0, microphone, 3.5mm audio jack
The Mini XL comes with support for Micro-ATX motherboards, despite being a little bigger than most mid-towers and almost as tall as some full-towers. It also comes with support, through the purchase of some additional brackets which I have at my disposal today, for mini-ITX motherboards. What’s important to mention is that this isn’t an either-or situation, as it’ll support both a Micro-ATX and a Mini-ITX motherboard simultaneously!
“The MINI XL introduces a new form factor, super micro ATX. With its unique power supply location, the Mini XL case has been redesigned with optimal cooling in mind. Resembling the Enthoo Primo, it offers extensive water-cooling possibilities and supports the thickest radiators in the market (80mm). The case brings modularity to a new level. Almost every single panel or bracket can be removed or relocated to serve different purposes. For the ones who desire even more, the Mini XL leaves options for additional upgrades. Pherhaps the most interesting one is the possibility to transform the MINI XL into a dual motherboard system.” –Phanteks
One of the biggest features of this chassis is its water cooling support and the best way to demonstrate this would be the video below. It’s obvious that water cooling enthusiasts are going to love this chassis!
In the box, you get everything you need to get you started, from hard drive and water cooling adaptor brackets, as well as a lovely mini component box for all the screws you’re ever likely to require.
First things first, I’m pretty sure this chassis is coated in some kind of military grade paint used for stealth jets. In a well-lit room with a camera flash for extra light, it still manages to look dark black; that’s not a bad thing, but it’s terrible for some of my photographs. The left side panel features two windows, the larger one on the left, then a smaller one on the right to show off two extra SSD mounts and the Phanteks logo on the inside of the chassis; a great way to show off your fancy SSDs.
The right side panel comes with two ventilated sections with magnetic dust filters on the interior. The one near the front can be used for cooling fans or radiators, or just passive cooling for the hard drive bays dependent on your internal configuration of choice. The section at the rear is for the PSU, which is side mounted in the top right of the chassis.
The front panel looks really cool, with a mixture of curved edges and bold shapes. You can see that the has an extended took to it, with the main section sort of floating from the bottom and right sides of the chassis, which comes with a ten colour LED light strip, further adding to that “floating” effect. This extended design means the chassis is quite wide, but that will help drastically with radiator support, as well as the dual motherboard configurations that are compatible.
Around the back, you’ll see all kinds of crazy things going on. There’s a PSU mount in the top left corner, a universal 120/140mm spacing fan and radiator mount on the right, then down at the bottom you have your Micro-ATX motherboard mounting. Now, it’s worth mentioning that the radiator panel as well as the small panel in the bottom right corner can be unscrewed completely, lifted out of the chassis and replaced with an alternative panel to allow you to install an SFX PSU and Mini-ITX motherboard on top of all the usual hardware; don’t worry, we’ll be doing that shortly.
The top panel is vast, allowing huge amounts of ventilated airflow for a wide range of fan and radiator configurations as you saw in the video at the start of this review.
The front panel is tucked to the right side of the top of the chassis and comes with the usual power controls, two USB 3.0 ports and HD Audio jacks.
Instead of smaller feet, the chassis has two long feet that run the full length of the chassis, giving it extra stability; There are six tough rubber pads to help keep it firmly planted on your surface of choice. There are two dust filters that cover the full length of the chassis, and what’s really nice is that these filters can be removed from the left side of the chassis, making maintenance a much easier task.
TunnelBear, one of the most intuitive and best-looking VPNs on the market, is now available in the form a very handy Google Chrome extension. TunnelBear for Chrome works within the browser itself to mask the user’s location with a false location, ideal for citizens of countries that, say, don’t have access to Netflix or Spotify.
Although TunnelBear offers an entry-level free service alongside paid options, it still offers an impressive 500MB allowance with its free membership, which can be upgraded to 1GB with a single endorsing Tweet. Though free TunnelBear for Chrome currently tops out at 750MB, the makers insist that the figure will soon rise to 1GB. Paid subscribers will be able to use the extension unrestricted.
“Our goal is to make [using a VPN] as easy and accessible as possible,” Ryan Dochuk, co-founder of TunnelBear, told TechCrunch. “The extension is so fast and so easy that you should be using it in your everyday internet activity.”
Since the TunnelBear for Chrome extension is designed for convenience, it drops some of the main program’s privacy options, but the 14 global VPN destinations remain.
“For people who didn’t feel ready to use a full VPN, we think that this is the easiest option,” Dochuk added.
Thank you TechCrunch for providing us with this information.
It looks like Google is working on a new meetings and conferencing service called Google Meetings, or GMeet for short. The app seems to allow users to schedule and join teleconferencing calls using their Google account, having the app work similar to its Hangouts messaging app.
Users are able to create a meeting topic and send out invitations to whomever they want to join the meeting. Once the invitation is received, it takes one click and the user(s) are redirected to the newly created conference call.
This functionality looks pretty much similar to how Hangouts works, but with additional enterprise features added. Phanandroid also reports that GMeet and Google Meetings date back to 2011, indicating that Google was working on it even before Hangouts rolled out.
“Most of the code references things we already have access to in the latest rendition of Hangouts, such as whiteboards, screen sharing, and integration with Google Calendar”
Google is most likely going to add its service to the Google Apps for Work bundle, having the leaked screenshots display a working Android app interface. In addition to the latter, Google is rumoured to be working on a GMeet extension for Chrome as well.
The app seems to be currently in testing at Google, but it is said that the app will be released to more users in the near future.
Thank you 9to5 Google for providing us with this information
Asus has announced a new access point and media bridge, the EA-AC87, which is a dual-purpose wireless AC-1800 that uses a 4×4 MIMO antenna array. The company states that when it is paired with a 4×4 router, the EA-AC87 is able to deliver the world’s fastest 5GHz speeds of up to 1734 Mb/s.
The EA-AC87 also features the Asus AiRadar, a universal beamforming technology that helps the device ensure a reliable and fast connection over an area of 465 m² or 5000 ft. This means that the latest device has a 33% performance increase compared the previous Wi-Fi antenna generations that use 3×3 antennas.
In terms of connectivity, the EA-AC87 provides five Gigabit Ethernet ports, giving it the ability to connect to a wide range of devices. In addition to the latter, Asus states that future firmware updates will add support for multi-user MIMO, enhancing the product performance in multi-device environments.
In access point mode, the EA-AC87 is said to provide the ultimate 802.11ac standard extension, extending the capacity to handle more devices as well as extending the wireless coverage of the router it is coupled to. The EA-AC87 is the perfect solution for a single-band 2.4 GHz router, having it add the benefit for 5 GHz connectivity which adds ultra-fast speeds and less interference than in congested 2.4 GHz environments.
In media bridge mode, the EA-AC87 provides five LED indicators on the front panel which act as signal quality indicators. This provides real-time feedback upon the wireless signal quality and ensures that the user benefit from the optimum connection speeds and reliability.
Asus is making the EA-AC87 available in May 2015, having set a recommended price tag of €159.
Thank you Guru3D for providing us with this information
Toshiba has announced a 6TB capacity version of its Canvio Desk 3.5″ External USB 3.0 Hard Drive and Desk 3.5″ Internal Serial ATA 3.0 Hard Drive series, both of which are designed to extend capacity of your storage either as an upgrade or extension.
“Toshiba has been developing and manufacturing hard drives for more than 20 years,” said Maciek Brzeski, Vice President of Branded Storage Products, Toshiba Digital Products Division. “The time is right to upgrade our offerings not only to meet, but to exceed consumers’ expectations by expanding the offerings of our internal and external 3.5″ hard drives.”
The Toshiba Canvio Desk 3.5″ Internal and External Hard Drives will be available on the market in May 2015 at select retailers and on Toshiba’s Website. Both internal and external drives are set to come with a price tag of $369 and be accompanied by a three-year Standard Limited Warranty in the Americas.
Thank you Guru3D for providing us with this information
Big user of Dropbox? Well thanks to a new Chrome extension, it is now easier to share Dropbox files in Gmail. The extension is only in beta stages, but works similarly to adding files from Google Drive. Simply select the file with the Dropbox menu will attach it, and add a link to the body. Just like adding a file from Google Drive, this allows for sharing of larger files than Gmail’s attachment limit.
Finding the right peripheral for your personal gaming or work needs is a tricky task, it’s not like we can all just order a dozen premium quality gaming mice and work out which one is our favourite; unless you’ve got a lot of time and money to waste. To solve this trial and error conundrum, GAMDIAS have created the HADES Extension Laser Gaming Mouse; a typical high-end gaming mouse that’s packed full of features, but with a few extra tricks up its sleeves. This mouse is not only ambidextrous, but you can literally change its shape and size to better suit your own personal needs and taste.
GAMDIAS may be relatively new to the gaming market, but they’ve already earned themselves a solid reputation for creating unique products that are packed full of premium features and performance. The GAMDIAS Hermes mechanical keyboard and the Hephaestus gaming headset which we reviewed recently were both very impressive; so I’m hoping to see similarly impressive performance from the HADES.
The HADES comes well equipped with a long braided cable, 7+1 customisable buttons, an 8200 DPI laser sensor, adjustable polling rate and a customisable chassis.
The packaging is fairly straight forward. There are a few specifications and features detailed around the box, as well as a large clear window that gives you a preview of the design.
In the box you’ll find a hard wired mouse with a fully braided cable, two extra sets of side panels and a GAMDIAS sticker set.
We’ve teamed up with the legendary peripheral manufacturer Gamdias to bring you this incredible competition. Not only do we have their stunning Hephaestus gaming headset to give away, but also their high-end Hades gaming mouse. The Hephaestus may be hard to pronounce, but the powerful drivers housed within it have to be heard to be believed, and the vibrational units have to be felt to be believed, as they add a literal thump to your music, movies and gaming. The Hades mouse is really unique too, offering an extending side grip, high-end laser sensor and all the usual bells and whistles you would expect from a eSports friendly gaming mouse.
We’ll be picking two lucky winners this time around, second place will take away the mouse and first place will get the headset, although really they’re both awesome prizes regardless.
If you would like to know more about the Gamdias Hephaestus, then you can always check out our full review right here. Or you can check out the official product pages for the headset and the mouse here and here.
All you have to do is follow the instructions below, it couldn’t be much simpler than that. Good luck!
Qualcomm is said to be launching the latest high-performance Adreno 420 GPU along with the Snapdragon 805 on Wednesday at Google’s annual I/O developer conference, having it be the first addition to Qualcomm’s next-gen SoC GPU series to actually become a final product.
It is said that the Adreno 420 GPU will boast OpenGL ES 3.1 and Direct3D 11 features, having Samsung adding the SoC to its later Samsung Galaxy S5 Broadband LTE-A handset. Also, Qualcomm’s Adreno 420 is the first SoC from the Adreno 400 architecture and the first one to slightly achieve desktop GPU performance by integrating Direct3D 11.2 functionality along with the OpenGL ES 3.1 feature.
Qualcomm apparently has even surpassed NVIDIA’s GPU standards by integrating the FL 11_2 architecture, compare to NVIDIA’s FL 11_0, using a fully unified shader architecture in addition to the appropriate feature implementations. A new feature present in the Adreno 400 architecture is support for tessellation, including the hull and domain shader stages, as well as compute shaders and draw indirect support.
While OpenGL ES 3.1 is limited compared to Direct3D 11, this does not mean that it will be useless. The ES 3.1 is said to provide its functionality alongside a number of Direct3D features as extensions. Mobile developers should also be pleased to know that the Adreno 420 is the first Qualcomm SoC to support Adaptive Scalable Texture Compression (ASTC), which is the next generation OpenGL compression technology.
Qualcomm is expected to praise the Android gaming possibilities at Google’s I/O Developer Conference, along with the low-power nature of mobile devices as well as the SoCs which power them. However, while the Adreno 420 and Snapdragon 805 will not match the desktop variants in performance (only in features), it does bring mobile computing a step forward compared to the previous Adreno 330 GPU.
Encrypting emails is one of the best practices to ensure that users’ email correspondence will remain private and secure. This is why Google is working on an end-to-end email encryption web plug-in in order to deliver a simple way to secure user email correspondence.
The task is usually performed by advanced tools such as GnuPG or PGP, but Google is aiming to give everyone just another notch of security compared to what is already offered by traditional email services. Google’s extension goes by the name of “End-To-End” and is designed to be a Chrome extension which helps in decrypting, encrypting, digitally signing and verifying signed emails within the browser with the help of the OpenPGP encryption standard.
After installing the web plug-in, Google states that all further ongoing and incoming emails accessed within the browser will be processed with the help of the extension. This may or may not be required, however users wanting a little more protection between their correspondence could consider the plug-in a satisfactory addition to a more secure email transaction.
The Google extension is currently in alpha stage, therefore bugs and flaws are likely to be present. People interested in giving the extension a try can visit Google’s Blog for more information on the extension. The company said that it will not release it to the Google Web Store just yet, but it will most probably be available as soon as the major bugs are dealt with and the extension hits at least beta stage.
Thank you Tech Spot for providing us with this information
Sometimes it is frustrating to watch a foreign film, especially when you have to read between the lines and make sense of a minimally translated dialog. A father and son thought about it and came to the same conclusion, so they went on developing a piece of software which will change all this.
The software resulted is called Alugha, which translated from Swahili means ‘one language’, having the software currently be in beta. Bern and Nikolas Korz, the people behind the software, are working to achieve native-language translation of movies, available within the original file, helping viewers concentrate more on the movie’s action. The idea behind Alugha was born when Bern was doing videos on YouTube and his own Channel, at which point he was asked to translate them in English. He later found out that the process was hard and time-consuming, therefore another alternative needed to be found. While searching for some piece of software to translate his movies, he found out that there was nothing of the sort available.
Bernd and his son Nikolas then set out to solve the problem at hand and came up with the current software, Alugha, concentrating at first on YouTube. The piece of software comes under the shape of an extension for all browsers. Furthermore, with the help of their HTML5 player, users can embed their own videos without the need of using the YouTube service. Producers can create and upload audio files in any language to the Alugha servers, having them connect to the same video on the back-end. Also, description and titles are translated to help viewers read them in their own language without the need of third-party software.
Alugha accepts audio files limited to 20 MB, having users restricted to upload them under the MP3 or WebM format. The audio file specs have been set to 160 Kbit/s or 190 Kbit/s rates for MP3 or full HD rates for WebM formats. Users can choose to switch languages in real-time, even when the video is playing, and Korz seen the piece of software a benefit to motion pictures, games, trailers, speeches and product demos. Having support only for YouTube at the moment, it is said that popular platforms such as Facebook and Vimeo are considered in the future, as well as support for iOS, Android and Windows Phone applications.
In terms of language support, Alugha features most registered ISO-638-3 languages, focusing on the 50 most popular ones. Korz adds his opinion towards Alugha, stating it is a ‘massive energy saving’ piece of software when producing a movie, giving the option to attach different language tracks and increasing traffic to a single video while adding additional benefits to those using AdSense and Advertisements in their videos.
Alugha is said to come out of beta in August, bearing various extensions and a download section on the product’s website with links to different platforms and browsers. The software will have a free scheme for producers, providing the most basic support, with additional charges for those who want more features.
Google has released an extension which brings the automatic voice search mobile feature to the desktop. It is triggered whenever you say the key phrase “Okay, Google.” The company also referenced it being available on Google+ for US English users.
Other previous speech software used were available for web the web, but the user has to click a button in order to have the browser listen to the input command. With the new extension, so long as you have the extension installed, you should be able to trigger the command anywhere just by saying “Okay, Google” in any opened tab.
However every software has its limitations, and in this case a Google search page has to be the active tab in order for the extension to work. Users are able to tell if the function is active or not just by looking at the microphone icon, which should be filled in order to display its available for use. The feature is said to be available in any search results screen as well, providing you don’t navigate away from it.
Reviews mark the recognition software as pretty accurate and it can even provide spoken results for measurements and currency conversions. You can download the software from the Chrome Web Store, found under the name Google Search.
While I’m sure many of you love our big, in-depth technical reviews of hardcore graphics cards, extreme cooling solutions, gaming systems and more, I personally think it’s great to slow down and take a look at some of the finer details of system building, the finishing touches and the visual treats that can really complete your system. The Silverstone PP07 cables are just one of those type of components and if you love to get a clean-looking finish on your system, while also adding some practicality of extending your PSU cables then these could be the ideal product for you.
Silverstone have a great reputation for aftermarket solutions with their power supplies and cooling products and the PP07 are just the latest edition to their collection and I would expect they carry the same high level of quality that can be found across the entire Silverstone product range.
The cables are all sold separately and as you can see they each come in individual clear packets. There are more cables in the range, but we feel this is about all we really need for you day to day build and to get a general feel for the quality of the cables themselves.
First up we have the PP07-MBB 24pin motherboard cable. It’s worth pointing out all cables are female to male connections intended to be extensions, not replacement cables. The cable has a glossy black sleeving and as you can see it’s cables are individually braided giving a sleek premium effect but also making the cable easy to manipulate.
Next up we have the PP07-PCIB PCI-E 8pin to 8pin (6+2) cable, perfect for hooking up a graphics card and the 6+2 pin format makes is widely compatible with the bulk of GPU’s on the market today, just keep in mind that you will likely need more than one of these cables per GPU as many graphics cards these days feature a 6+6 / 6+8 / 8+8 power configuration.
The PP07-IDE6B is a straight forward 6pin to 6pin PCI-E cable, similar to the one above, but obviously more specific in that it only works on 6pin connections.
The PP07-BTSB is a SATA connection that takes 1 x 4pin MOLEX and gives you 4 x SATA power connections, extremely handy for cutting down on excess cables inside the chassis by converting a single power cable to run four HDDs or similar SATA powered devices.
Finally we have the PP07-EPS8B 8pin to 8pin (4+4) EPS12V motherboard cable, which should be compatible with the bulk other consumer motherboards thanks to the 4 + 4 pin design, typically we find that lower performance boards or smaller boards such as M-ITX feature only 4 pins, while many desktop solutions need 8pins, so it’s handy that this cable caters to both.
I’ve been using these cables as a complete set, sometimes just a few of them and other times the complete set for out chassis reviews here at eTeknix over the last two months, over that time I have had a lot of experience bending, flexing and generally giving these cables a hard time as I strive to get clean-looking builds for the review photos.
One thing I have noticed is that compared to some other extension cables I’ve used, the Silverstone cables are really stiff, this isn’t a bad thing, but it makes them handle very different to the often soft flex of other brands. This also means that they feel very durable and that is no bad thing, but it also makes them possitionable and much like a stiff pipe cleaner they can be bent to an angle of your desire and will typically stay bent. The cables are quite glossy and this gives them a nice premium look compared to the mostly matt finish or softer look of many other extension cables.
Of course there isn’t really a whole lot to say about this product, it has a simple task to complete in offering an extension to your current PSU cables and that is exactly what it does. There are many reasons why you may want to do such a thing, given that some older PSU designs have shorter cables, or at least cables that are too short for some of the larger full-tower chassis now that power supplies are often mounted in the bottom of a chassis meaning the 12v cable may not reach the top of the motherboard. There are also many visual reasons to add pro cables, as the effect of sleek black cables can really make or break the design of a build, especially those who favour modding their systems or having a side panel window to show off their components.
Silverstone are well-known for their high quality designs and build quality and these cables don’t disappoint on both those aspects, they’re really well made, they feel durable, they haven’t suffered any damage in the two months I’ve been using them even though I take them in and out of systems on a regular basis and I certainly intend to keep on using them for the forseeable future alongside several other pro cable kits that I use on a day to day basis.
If you want high quality cable extensions that look great, then you can’t go wrong with the Silverstone PP07 extensions, overall a very simple but effective product.
Thank you Silverstone for providing us with this sample.