External HDD Adata DashDrive Durable HD710 Review

The situation in the segment of external hard drives can nowadays be viewed twofold. On the one hand, the customers are able to choose the device according to all their requirements, as the range of HDD counts up hundreds of high-end and budgetary models. On the other hand, such wide spectrum of devices triggers violent competition among manufacturers which would like to win their customers by unique design or new developments in framework. Adata decided to win its customers by the unusual design, as well as unmatched durability and reliability. Thus, Adata DashDrive Durable HD710 series is distinguished by both, design and performance.

General Peculiarities and Layout

Adata HD710 is attributed to the protected external HDs which comply with the dust-, water-, and moisture protectability international standards. Those standards usually include a few dozens of sub-standards and research methods which allow the manufacturer to test their products in different conditions. …

Nvidia to Showcase Its Newest GeForce GTX 650 Ti Boost Graphics Adapter

Today, 26 March, Nvidia is going to officially introduce its newest graphics adapter, codenamed GeForce GTX 650 Ti Boost. The release is a counter-move in response to the recently launched AMD Radeon HD 7790 adapter. With the purpose to enhance the competition, Nvidia equipped its graphics card with GPU Boost technology for a dynamic overclocking process.

Galaxy is the first to respond to the fresh release with its brand new product – Galaxy GeForce GTX 650 Ti Boost adapter. This model is furnished with 2 GB memory of GDDR5 standard (192-bit memory rail) and GK106 GPU with 786 CUDA cores. Frequency index for GPU equals to 980 MHz (boost frequency increases to 1033 MHz), for memory – 6008 MHz. Memory bandwidth is claimed to gain 144.2 Gb/sec.

Graphics card from Galaxy is thought to have a single SLI socket, one 6-pin PCI Express Power socket (additional power supply), and three different video interfaces: D-Sub, HDMI, and DVI. Cooling system consists of a two-slot …

Solid-State Drive OCZ Agility 4 Review

Up-to-date SSD manufacturers are inclined to employ MLC flash-memory with synchronous interface in their product lines. The implementation of exactly such memory interface allows balancing the advanced performance with moderate price. This is especially vital for SSDs with SATA 3 6Gb/sec interface. Nevertheless, some producers take the challenge to implement flash-memory with asynchronous interface in their drives. As a result, the final products go at more attractive price but with more modest speed characteristics. OCZ dared to overcome this speed drawback by releasing SSD Agility 4 series. The models included in the series are based on asynchronous flash-memory interface and, according to the company's words, prove to show quite decent speed index.

Chief Peculiarities

Despite the prevalence of SandForce controllers implemented in SSDs, OCZ decided to use quite different platform for its new series. Agility 4 employs Indilinx Everest 2 controllers which, in some way, …
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