WD Announces the Release of Innovative Hard Drives Series

Western Digital introduced its new hard drives series with SATA 6 Gb/sec interface. The new series, codenamed WD Red, has been developed specifically for the employment in NAS servers of basic level, which involve up to 5 bays and are destined for the home or office use. WD Red hard drives belong to the 'Power of Choice' series and are adapted exactly for the NAS servers of basic level. The company's designers understand the variety of requirements each customer might have and offer the most convenient approach to the home- or office-based solutions. WD has implemented a dedicated color-coded scheme to differentiate their line of 'Power of Choice' products: WD Blue, WD green, WD Black, and the innovative WD Red. Hence, the selection of the needed solution is facilitated by the color-coded approach.

WD red hard drives are developed in 3.5 inch dimension type and go in 1 TB, 2 TB, and 3 TB volume capacity. All the models have been thoroughly tested according to their compatibility …

Nvidia GeForce GTX 780 Ti Graphics Card Official Release

After a line of rumors and leaks, Nvidia has officially introduced its latest powerful graphics card, codenamed GeForce GTX 780 Ti. Thanks to the implementation of a full-fledged GK110 core and the increase of clock frequencies, the card is going to compete with GTX Titan model, as well as with a top-tier Radeon R9 290X from AMD. In view of such efficiency, its recommended price goes up to $700.

The GeForce GTX 780 Ti is equipped with GK110 GPU that contains 2880 stream processors (GTX Titan features 2688 of them), 7.1 billion transistors, 48 ROPs, and 240 TMUs with the support for FP16/FP32 trilinear filtration. The core operates at 875 MHz (nominal) and 928 MHz (overclocked) frequencies. All major components are allocated on a black PCB, equipped with PCI Express 3.0 x16 bus. The incorporated GDDR5 modules with 384-bit interface (overall capacity – 3 GB) run at 7008 MHz with the bandwidth of 336 Gb/sec.

Power supply is realized via a single 8-pin and a single 6-pin …

Greeting an Affordable Z170A-X1/3.1 Mainboard from ASRock

ASRock is known for developing high-quality hardware components for a relatively affordable price. Thence, its latest Z170A-X1/3.1 ATX mainboard is not an exception, since its price tag does not go beyond $100. In order to cheapen the prime cost, the manufacturer backed away SATA Express & M.2 connectors, limiting the PCB by six SATA III 6 Gb/sec ports.

To add, instead of a modern 8-channel audio controller it incorporated a well-known Realtek ALC892 item. The other boons of modernity remained unchanged. Thus, ASRock took Intel Z170 top chipset as the basis for the motherboard. The chipset is targeting the latest Intel Skylake CPUs for Socket LGA1151. The PCB accommodates 4 DIMM slots for dual-channel DDR4-3466 MHz RAM (up to 64 GB max. capacity).

Graphics facilities are ensured thanks to a pair of PCI Express 3.0 x16 slots, although there are three more PCI Express 3.0 x1 slots for the connection of other items. Network options are entrusted to gigabit Intel I219V LAN …
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