is best known for their innovative computer cases, but every once in a while they release a product outside their main area of expertise. From fan controllers
to notebook coolers
, they always manage to apply their design skills and sense of what enthusiasts might want to things other than cases.
This time around we have another unique product from NZXT, and this one isn't like anything they've done before. The IU01 USB expander is a compact PCB designed to be installed inside your computer case which provides a few appealing benefits all related to USB connectivity. You get extra power for front panel USB connections, extra headers for internal USB connections, and you even get a pair of external USB ports so you can install permanently connected USB items inside your case.
Before taking a closer look at the sample provided for review, let's look at some published data on the IU01, as taken from the official product page
on the NZXT website.
The IU01 addresses an issue common to most gaming PCs that is a lack of substantial power and expandability from the front-panel USBs. The IU01 enhances control and boosts power for front-panel USB devices by connecting them directly to the power supply as opposed to the motherboard, ensuring that there's always enough power to control your accessories and peripherals. The IU01 also adds six internal USB ports that are great for powering items that you don't need constant access too like a Bluetooth module or USB wireless router allowing you to free up the external ports for additional accessories.
» 6 Internal USB expansion
» 2 External USB expansion
» Dedicated power from power supply
» Plug and use, no drivers needed