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, …

ASRock Fatal1ty Z87 Killer: Motherboard for Fastidious Gamers and Overclockers

Hardware solutions from Fatal1ty series have been enjoying great popularity among gamers and overclockers since the first product came out. ASRock continues gladdening its fastidious devotees by introducing one more representative of Fatal1ty series – motherboard Fatal1ty Z87 Killer. It attracts potential customers by a powerful VRM system, prime-quality hardware base, and the implementation of KillerLane 2200 network chip that eliminates lags in online games.



ASRock Fatal1ty Z87 Killer is designed in ATX form-factor and is based on Intel Z87 chipset, targeted Intel Haswell processors (Core i3/i5/i7, Celeron, Pentium) for Socket LGA1150 platform. Memory subsystem supports up to 32 GB of two-channel DDR3 memory chips that run at the maximal 3050 MHz frequency. Power subsystem is organized according to 8-phase scheme; it consists of special MOSFET-transistors that are characterized by a low TDP level.


To continue, this motherboard accommodates three high-speed PCIe 3.0 x16 …

MSI Adds a Pair of GTX 1070 Quick Silver 8G Graphics Cards to Its Portfolio

It feels as if MSI never stops experimenting with its PC solutions. This time the company decided to tinker with color gamut of the graphics cards. Therewith, it introduced a couple of comic-colored video cards, entitled GeForce GTX 1070 Quick Silver 8G & GeForce GTX 1070 Quick Silver 8G OC. The black-and-gray coating might become a stylish add-on to any gaming rig.



Both video cards are based on Nvidia GP104-200 GPU (16 FinFET, Pascal) with 1920 CUDA, 120 TMUs & 64 ROPs. The models are able to operate in three modes: Silent, Gaming and OC; hence, the core’s clock frequencies depend on the mode. MSI GeForce GTX 1070 Quick Silver 8G operates at 1506/1683 MHz (base/dynamic) in Silent mode; 1518/1708 MHz in Gaming mode and 1531/1721 MHz in OC mode. The accompanying 8 GB of GDDR5 video memory (256-bit) runs equally on any conditions – 8008 MHz.


In its turn, MSI GeForce GTX 1070 Quick Silver 8G OC is able to demonstrate the following performance index: 1506/1683 MHz in …
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