WD Prepares Voluminous Re+ HDDs for Data Centers

Western Digital announces a new high-capacity 3.5-inch HDD for data centers. The WD Re+ will be available in versions of up to 6 TB. All of them are designed with power-saving ideas in mind; hence, their maximal power consumption index does not go above 6 W. The new-comer employs five-platter architecture and SATA 6 Gb/sec interface that guarantees the maximal efficiency level. Moreover, its MTBF index approximates 1.2 million hours on average workload index of 550 TB per year.



The WD Re+ is distinguished by the following advantages:

— the incorporation of dual actuator positioning system that improves the drive’s working efficiency;

— the implementation of RAFF technology that monitors HDD parameters in real time and compensates for the linear and angular vibration;

— the employment of StableTrac technology that reduces vibrations and stabilizes drive platters;

— the usage of TLER technology that prevents latencies or an abrupt destruction of RAID … …

Gigabyte GA-Z77MX-D3H: plus two ports Thunderbolt, plus 40 euros

Gigabyte has released the first motherboard form factor microATX, equipped with two ports Thunderbolt — GA-Z77MX-D3H TH. Taking into account the availability of the precursor (Z77MX-D3H), it’s interesting to compare the design and price of these models. First, about the cost of the product. The novelty is estimated at € 150, and its «little sister» — at € 108,50. If to subtract 10 euros from each of two amounts, there will be the minimum for which the cards will be available soon.



Gigabyte GA-Z77MX-D3H TH


What causes the difference in more than 40 euros? In general, the presence of two ports Intel Thunderbolt 10 Gb / s, which are implemented by the controller Intel DSL3510L. A high-speed connection can simultaneously serve several drives and a monitor. Minor changes were made to the design of the CPU power supply subsystem, which, nevertheless, remained a 6-channel. One of the long PCI Express slots was replaced by the second PCI-E 2.0 x1.


By and large, …

HIS submitted a non-reference card Radeon HD 7970 X

Hightech Information System Company has completed the development of its secret weapon — the video card HIS 7970 X. The relatively modest-looking product, according to producer’s statement, is equipped with a (18 +1 +1)-channel power supply system, high-performance cooler IceQ X2 and non-standard set of ports — four Mini DisplayPort, single DVI and HDMI. The technology AMD Eyefinity 6 is supported — simultaneous work with six monitors. Clock frequency speeds up model 1000/6000 MHz for core and memory respectively. Hong Kong vendor assigns a novelty to a class of graphics cards Radeon HD 7970 GHz Edition.



The cooler is composed by a copper base, three 6-mm and two 8-mm heat pipes, ribs (cooler chips on the VRM and RAM), an aluminum radiator. A pair of 90-mm fan cool the core of Tahiti XT (2048 shaders, 384-bit memory bus) which combines with 3072 MB of memory GDDR5. Additional power is provided by two 8-pin connectors PCI-E Power, in addition memory individually powered …
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