ASRock FM2A88M-HD+ to Support the Latest AMD Kaveri APUs

ASRock has recently announced a new series of motherboards that are based on the prime-class AMD A88X chipset, targeting Socket FM2(+) CPUs of Trinity and Richland generation. Moreover, they are supposed to support the new-gen AMD Kaveri APUs with Steamroller microarchitecture. One of the most outstanding models within the series is FM2A88M-HD+ motherboard, which features a large amount of slots and sockets. At the same time, it remains a cost-efficient solution.



ASRock FM2A88M-HD+ is designed in a micro-ATX form-factor, featuring 234x183 mm dimensions. The company claims that this model is able to accommodate DDR3 RAM with 2133 MHz frequency, housed in two DIMM slots. Therein, the maximal memory capacity might achieve 32 GB. Hardware base consists of prime-quality solid-state capacitors and durable chokes. Three expansion slots are introduced by one PCI, one PCIe 2.0 x1, and one high-speed PCIe 3.0 x16; the latter demonstrates up to 15.75 Mb/sec bandwidth.


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OCZ Announces a New Vertex 460 SSD Series

OCZ Storage Solutions, a newbie integral part of Toshiba Group Company, announces the release of a new SSD series, entitled Vertex 460. The series is represented by three 2.5-inch models of 480 GB, 240 GB, and 120 GB capacity. In order to facilitate with the installation and further utilization, the manufacturer equips all drives with a dedicated 3.5-inch adapter, as well as with Acronis True Image HD software package. Moreover, the models are backed by 3-years limited warranty that guarantees durable reliability.



OCZ Vertex 460 drives are based on Toshiba NAND MLC flash chips, elaborated according to 19 nm technological process. All three models employ SATA III 6 Gb/sec interface and are equipped with OCZ Barefoot 3 M10 controller. Thanks to such fusion, these SSDs demonstrate unprecedented performance results, whatever type of data is concerned.


Therefore, an ultimate data Read/Write speed in sequential operations equals to 545/525 MB/sec, whereas in 4 KB random …

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 …
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