First SSDs from Asus to be Released Already in May

First seen at CES 2013 exhibition, Asus ROG RAIDR solid-state drives are on their final stage of development before an official release in May. Unlike the majority of contemporary SSD solutions in the market, the product from Asus features quite distinct form-factor, similar to expansion cards. The new drive is known to employ PCI Express 2.0 x2 interface with the support of x16/x8/x4 slots.



According to the preliminary data, ROG RAIDR solid-state drives will be available in two capacity variations – 120 GB and 240 GB. Both models will run under a couple of SandForce SF2281 controllers, comprised into RAID 0 array. MLC NAND flash-memory chips from Toshiba (designed under 19 nm technological process) will be the heart of revolutionary SSDs. Irrespective of the overall differentiation, ROG RAIDR will support a range of technologies traditional SSDs support, including S.M.A.R.T., TRIM and NCQ.


With the respect to the performance, both drives will be able to demonstrate …

AMD Officially Launches FreeSync Technology

The much-talked about graphical technology from AMD – FreeSync – is already out. Its privileges over rival solutions might be seen from different angles. To begin with, it dramatically optimizes the gameplay by improving image smoothness, reducing lag time, and eliminating splitting. FreeSync enables the synchronization of screen refresh time with GPU refresh time in real time; hence, images are updated only when the graphical adapter shapes the frame.



To continue, AMD FreeSync, is an open standard which does not require calculations, since it is integrated within an updated DisplayPort 1.2a interface. As distinct from Nvidia’s G-Sync, there is no need to equip the monitor with a dedicated module. Moreover, this technology supports the widest refresh range: 9-240 Hz; therefore, monitors manufacturers receive a tool for a standalone definition of operational limits for a particular model.


Currently, FreeSync is implemented within six graphics adapters and within …

Be Quiet! to Release the Second Generation of Pure Wings Fans

Listan GmbH & Co. KG, a well-known German manufacturer that releases its hardware products under Be Quiet! brand, is going to introduce the second revision of Pure Wings series of system fans. Entitled Pure Wings 2, the new series includes two models: 120 mm model, featuring 120x120x25 mm dimensions, and 140 mm model, featuring 140x140x25 mm dimensions. Both fans are characterized as entry-level low-noise solutions, which can easily cope with the cooling of all vital system components.



Fans Be Quiet! Pure Wings 2 differ from their predecessors by the doubled number of blades. The latter have got original salient framework that considerably reduces the noise and produces efficient airflow. The fans are based on slide bearings and are estimated for 80.000 hours of trouble-free operation.


Both new-comers draw power via 3-pin connectors and are mounted by means of four screws. The 120 mm model rotates at 1500 RPM speed, producing up to 51 CFM airflow and not more than 19.2 dB …
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