Real premium-class: motherboard ASUS P8Z77-V Premium review

Most motherboards do not just resemble each other, they are exactly the same devices that for the vast number of users differ only in colour. But this time, a truly interesting product — ASUS P8Z77-V Premium is displayed for users. By appearance it has no different features to other models. However, when looking closer, a 'regular' SSD is noticed right on the board. The motherboard is packed into a standard series box. Of course, the box has many kinds of logos and icons that tell about the characteristics of the product.



Delivery kit of the motherboard ASUS P8Z77-V Premium includes: user manual, user guide of Wi-Fi module, CD with software, plug for the rear panel, card for connecting complete Wi-Fi and Bluetooth, the module Wi-Fi, module Bluetooth, Quad-Sli, Triple-SLI, CrossFireX, cables SATA 3, an external unit with two ports USB 3.0.


Remote power USB 3.0 — is much more useful component than it might seem at first glance. The fact is that there are a lot of …

Seagate Launches the 5th Generation FireCuda SSHD

Seagate has expanded its lineup of hybrid drives with the 5th-generation FireCuda SSHD. The greenhorns are based on shingled magnetic recording technology (SMR), rather than perpendicular magnetic recording (PMR). The SMR enables the partial superposition of data tracks; it ensures the ultimate record density. The models are backed by a 5-year’s limited warranty.



Seagate FireCuda series is introduced by 5 models, developed in 2.5-inch and 3.5-inch formats. Their capacity varies from 500 GB to 2 TB. The drives employ MLC flash memory (8 GB) as well as SATA 6 Gb/sec external interface. The spindle rotates at 5400 RPM.


The average data read speed makes up 140 MB/sec with 2.5-inch models & 156 MB/sec with 3.5-inch items. The latter offer also up to 190 MB/sec of the average read speed from flash memory; besides, it takes only 8.5-9.5 ms for the chips to search for the needed data on Read/Write operations. To add, the new FireCuda is thought to consume between 1.7-6.7 W power.

AMD Officially Launches FreeSync Technology

The much-talked about graphical technology from AMD – FreeSync – is already out. Its privileges over rival solutions might be seen from different angles. To begin with, it dramatically optimizes the gameplay by improving image smoothness, reducing lag time, and eliminating splitting. FreeSync enables the synchronization of screen refresh time with GPU refresh time in real time; hence, images are updated only when the graphical adapter shapes the frame.



To continue, AMD FreeSync, is an open standard which does not require calculations, since it is integrated within an updated DisplayPort 1.2a interface. As distinct from Nvidia’s G-Sync, there is no need to equip the monitor with a dedicated module. Moreover, this technology supports the widest refresh range: 9-240 Hz; therefore, monitors manufacturers receive a tool for a standalone definition of operational limits for a particular model.


Currently, FreeSync is implemented within six graphics adapters and within …
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