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.



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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, …

QUMO Enters SSD Market with a New High-End Series

QUMO, a Japanese manufacturer of various PC components, decided to enter the SSD market to expand its production line. Its new SSD series is going to compete for potential customers throughout the world with already established and renowned suppliers to this industry. The series comprises 4 models of 60GB, 120GB, 240GB, and 480GB capacity. All of them are based on SandForce SF-2281 controller and use MLC NAND flash-memory (synchronous). Those SSDs are also known to support SATA III high-speed interface.



The advantage of QUMO drives is primarily seen in their reduced power consumption and heat dissipation. The drives are equipped with a range of dedicated technologies that protect them from overloading, humidity, and other unfavorable impacts. All models promote for the quick 'cold' activation, while traditional HDDs require some time for the spindle spinning. The user receives a chance to get quick access to a random sector, without the necessity of moving the head. Stable data …

Asus Comes Out with B85-Pro Gamer Motherboard

Thrifty enthusiasts willing to build up an efficient gaming system are given a chance to enjoy the privileges of a new motherboard from Asus: the B85-Pro Gamer. The model employs an affordable set of components, although it is highly competitive with more powerful solutions. This ATX board is based on Intel B85 Express chipset for Socket LGA1150 platform and supports Core i3/i5/i7, Celeron and Pentium (Haswell gen.) CPUs.



Asus B85-Pro Gamer comes with 4x DIMM slots that are ready to welcome up to 32 GB of DDR3-1600 MHz memory modules (two-channel). Storage section is represented by six SATA ports, four of which support 6 Gb/sec standard. Expansion of functional facilities might be realized due to three PCI slots, two PCI-e 2.0 x1, and two PCI-e x16 slots. The delivery of power supply is organized by means of 1x 24-contact socket and 1x 8-contact socket.


The hardware base also embraces network gigabit Intel I217V controller with an integrated GameFirst II technology; the …
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