The Forthcoming Switch to 5 mm HDD Models

Nowadays HDD segment is represented by various products from various companies. However, with the development and release of ultrabooks, manufacturers directed their production to the hybrid-type drives. This resulted in the predominance of hybrid solutions in the market.



Recently Itel has advanced a motion to digress somehow from the production of hybrid drives and switch to the decrease of traditional HDDs dimensions to 5 mm in casing depth. According to the company's assumptions, such change could moderate the price for drives and provide the necessary volume capacity for ultrabooks.


Some manufacturers have already directed a part of their technological powers to the design of HDDs with 5 mm casings. Nevertheless, there appeared a couple of obstacles on their way: the necessity to stabilize data reading and writing activities, and increase of costs spent on drives' production. This will result in the rise of end price.


IT professionals and analysts forecast the …

GeIL Officially Introduces Zenith S3 SSD Series

GeIL, which is known for its high-end memory modules, drives, and other PC components, is going to release a new SSD series, codenamed Zenith S3. The series will embrace three models of 60GB, 120GB and 240GB capacity. All of them will be developed in 2.5-inch form-factor and will employ SATA III 6Gb/sec interface. The differentiation between the models is seen not only in their capacities but also in their speed performance, the index of which will be uncovered below.



Zenith S3 line is based on MLC NAND flash-chips designed under 25 nm technological process. As for the speed characteristics, all models in the series prove to demonstrate the maximal performance on random Write operations (4KB) – up to 70000 IOPS. When touching upon sequential speeds, each model shows different indeces:

— GZ25S2L-60G: maximal sequential Read speed – 500MB/sec, maximal sequential Write speed – 480MB/sec (recommended price — $70);

— GZ25S3L-120G: maximal sequential Read speed – …

Entry-Level PC Chassis Sharkoon REX3 Series

After the release of REX8 series, Sharkoon decided to replenish its line of chassis with a new entry-level series. The series has been entitled REX3 and is currently represented by Value and Economy models. Both models are designed in Midi-Tower form factor and are ready to accept the motherboards of micro-ATX/ATX dimensional type. The other distinctive feature of the upcoming models is their price, which is targeted to attract the customers with modest and medium financial possibilities.



Chassis REX3 Value and REX3 Economy differ from their predecessors, REX8 models, by the availability of three instead of four bays for 5.25-inch drives which have the output to the frontal panel. The fourth bay is predestined for 3.5-inch drive; at the same time, the number of internal 3.5-inch bays remained the same and equals to four items. The length and capacity of casing is about to accommodate seven expansion slots of up to 29 cm in length; the height of casing allows for the …
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