Monday, August 26th 2013

Xigmatek Intros Accessor USB 3.0 Front-Panel Utility Consoles

Xigmatek rolled out Accessor, a new line of front-panel utility consoles that give you accessible USB ports, and multi-format card readers. The series include 5.25-inch Accessor Ultimate and 3.5-inch Accessor Pro variants, which fit into exposed drive bays in your PC case. Both use a USB 3.0 SuperSpeed internal standard header connection to your motherboard; the 5 Gb/s bandwidth is then used to drive downstream USB 3.0, USB 2.0/1.1 ports, and multi-format card readers. Power is drawn from a standard 4-pin Molex connector.

Accessor Ultimate offers one eSATA port (relayed from an internal SATA port), two USB 3.0 ports, four USB 2.0/1.1 ports, and a card reader that supports CF, SD, MMC, MS, xD, M2, and micro-SD formats. On its other end is a USB 3.0 standard internal header (for downstream USB 3.0 ports), a USB 2.0/1.1 internal header (for the USB 2.0 hub), a SATA cable (for the eSATA port), and a 4-pin Molex connection. The Accessor Pro, on the other hand, gets you one USB 3.0 port, and the same exact card-reader as the Accessor Ultimate. Unlike it, though, the Accessor Pro features a standard USB 3.0 type-A plug that runs to the rear panel of the motherboard, and a single-port USB 2.0/1.1 header for the card reader. Both are available in two color options - black and silver. Xigmatek didn't reveal pricing/availability information.
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