First SSDs from Asus to be Released Already in May

First seen at CES 2013 exhibition, Asus ROG RAIDR solid-state drives are on their final stage of development before an official release in May. Unlike the majority of contemporary SSD solutions in the market, the product from Asus features quite distinct form-factor, similar to expansion cards. The new drive is known to employ PCI Express 2.0 x2 interface with the support of x16/x8/x4 slots.



According to the preliminary data, ROG RAIDR solid-state drives will be available in two capacity variations – 120 GB and 240 GB. Both models will run under a couple of SandForce SF2281 controllers, comprised into RAID 0 array. MLC NAND flash-memory chips from Toshiba (designed under 19 nm technological process) will be the heart of revolutionary SSDs. Irrespective of the overall differentiation, ROG RAIDR will support a range of technologies traditional SSDs support, including S.M.A.R.T., TRIM and NCQ.


With the respect to the performance, both drives will be able to demonstrate …

Meet Coolbay TX Casing from Nox

The segment of Mid-Tower casings has just replenished with a new product from Nox manufacturers – Coolbay TX. This model is primarily oriented on customers who put design, layout and performance in the foreground, and who appreciate the possibilities of ‘individual arrangement’ pertained to separate components. The latter concerns mostly the nominal delivery set which is void of fans. Each customer is able to install up to six fans manually and monitor their work (the fans rotation speed) by means of the integrated controller.



Nox Coolbay TX casing is made of steel and goes in black color. Its weight reaches up 9.5 kg which is considered to be quite a lot for the casings developed in Mid-Tower form factor. The casing is equipped with a metallic array, a large transparent window on the side plate, and a handled blue LED. The top plate accommodates an integrated dock-station for a single 3.5 inch or 2.5 inch drive. Coolbay TX stipulated the availability of removable …

SilverStone Launches 4-Port ECU01 PCI Expansion Card

Taking into account an ever increasing demand for USB 3.0 interfaces, SilverStone has elaborated a dedicated PCI expansion card, entitled ECU01. The card is designed in a low-profile form-factor with the support for PCI Express 2.0 x2 bus. It features a pair of 19-contact USB 3.0 sockets, each of which offers two USB 3.0 ports.



In keeping with the manufacturer, this comprehensive model is called to satisfy the need for high-speed interfaces, absent with old-fashioned systems. For sure, the amount of connectivity ports integrated within the motherboards (usually of entry-level/budgetary standard) is not always enough for enthusiasts and gamers. Hence, there can appear an acute need for additional expansion cards, like ECU01.


SilverStone ECU01 is based on Etron EJ198 controller, featuring an additional SATA interface that is responsible for an efficient power supply. Moreover, the model supports UASP protocol that accelerates data transfer speed. If the current OS does not …
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