Hard drives still confidently dominate on the notebook market, according to analysts

SSDs are gradually penetrating into mobile computers, but can not yet can become a serious competitor of hard disk drives. Even recently observed slowdown in demand for notebooks with hard drives will not lead to a decrease of the part pf these models in favour of laptops, where SSD is the main storage, analysts believe.



According to the first quarter of this year, models from the HDD larger than 500GB, offered at $ 450-550, formed the largest segment of the market at a rate of 32% of total deliveries. Second place with 26% take laptops with HDD capacity over 320GB, which cost $ 350-450. They are followed by models with HDD larger than 640GB ($ 550-650 price range), than go HDD larger than 750GB ($ 650-750), they are followed — with 250 GB HDD (price less than $ 350), next — the HDD larger than 1 TB ($ 750-900). And only in last place, relevant to market by about 3%, are laptops with SSD volume 128GB or HDD with very large volume (price — $ 900 or more).


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Gigabyte to Start the Sales of G1.Sniper B5 Motherboard

Gigabyte is planning to start the sales of its newest motherboard that entered G1.Sniper series. Codenamed G1.Sniper B5, the ATX model features 30.5x22.5 mm dimensions and is based on Intel B85 Express chipset. It is equipped with socket LGA1150, supporting latest Intel Haswell (Core line) CPUs. The layout and incorporated facilities prove the motherboard’s orientation on advanced gamers’ segment.



Gigabyte G1.Sniper B5 has been elaborated in compliance with a brand Gigabyte Ultra Durable 4 Plus design concept. The latter is called to elongate the lifespan of all the components and enhance their productivity by providing the utmost security measures. Hence, key components, including high-end solid-state capacitors, are protected from high temperatures, static voltage, humidity, and voltage fluctuations. This board takes use of Nichicon capacitors, which are targeted audio devices; they promote for a more immersive sounding and audio effects while on game.


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Thermalright Launches New Low-Profile CPU Cooler AXP-200

Thermalright, a Taiwanese developer of advanced cooling solutions, enters into the market with a new low-profile CPU cooler – the successor of the last year’s model AXP-100. Codenamed AXP-200, the product features 150x140x60 mm dimensions and is intended to be incorporated into HTPC systems, as well as in compact PC chassis with the support of mini-ITX motherboards. This cooler is compatible with the majority of up-dated platforms, including Intel LGA 1150/1155/2011/1156/1366/775 and AMD Socket AM3/AM3+/AM2/AM2+/FM2/FM1.



The first thing that should be noted about AXP-200 is that it’s a more powerful version of the predecessor, ready to dissipate heat even without the fan from all processors with TDP level of up to 35 W. The other peculiar thing is that the model comes at an attractive price of approximately €50. And finally, framework is one more feature that differentiates AXP-200 from rival products.


Thereby, the cooler from Thermalright has got C-shape framework …
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