Kingmax Introduces New mSATA SSDs for Small-Sized Devices

Kingmax, a global supplier of high-end storage solutions, yesterday introduced a new mSATA SSD, codenamed MMP30. The model features SATA 3 6 Gb/sec interface and is intended specifically for the integration into small-sized devices and embedded systems. Its outstanding specifications are called to improve general system performance, as well as provide for its power-saving characteristics. MMP30 is going to satisfy the needs of ultrabook, laptop, and other compact devices manufacturers, along with system integrators looking for stable performance.



SSD Kingmax MMP30 is based on high-speed LSI Sandforce controller that demonstrates truly striking speed showings. The drive is delivered in three capacity variants (32GB, 64GB and 128GB) which are characterized by quite compact dimensions (50.8x29.8x4.81 mm) and unbelievable weight (7g). All three SSDs comply with JEDEC MO-300D specifications and can be integrated into small-sized systems with the aim to improve data Read/Write speed, …

Modular Power Supply 650W Chieftec A80

Evaluating the effectiveness of modern computer power supplies, the most attention is paid to their coefficient of performance (COP) at a given load — usually means of 20%, 50% and 100%. At the same time, not less important requirement, established by standard 80PLUS should be considered. That means — the preservation of this level of performance for all occurring in the world supply voltage variations, that is in the range of 100-240 V.



The standard rules of 80PLUS at different levels (Basic, Bronze, Silver, Gold, Platinum, etc.) are performed for two voltage 115 V and 230 V. In both cases, the normalized PS should show the efficiency of not less than specified for each category level. Not usual power supply CTG-650C model of the new A-80 series from the Chieftec company is interesting in that it has officially claimed efficiency of 85% or more, but only for nets 220-240 V.


As the advantages of such solution can immediately be noted a lower price, due to less stringent …

Full-Tower Chassis Fractal Design Arc XL Review

Fractal Design approved itself as a reputable manufacturer of PC chassis long time ago. Nowadays, the company’s inventory embraces four lines of cases, intended for varied customer groups. Curiously enough, Arc series is a twin-brother of Define series in terms of framework, although it is differentiated by an improved ventilation. The Arc XL is a large-scale representative of the line, featuring a sleek design and offering huge integration facilities.



Basic Features


Fractal Design Arc XL is a full-tower chassis featuring 572x232x552 mm dimensions. The case is made of black steel with plastic inclusions. Its internal layout is ready to accommodate all types of motherboards, including the largest formats (XL-ATX, E-ATX, ATX, mini-ITX, micro-ATX). Storage section is rich in four 5.25-inch drive cages (external) and ten 3.5/2.5-inch cages (internal). The availability of nine expansion slots allows for the creation of various graphics and multimedia configurations.


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