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.

Low-Profile Cooler Noctua NH-L12 Review

Noctua, an Austrian developer and supplier of high-end cooling systems, is well-known for the design of versatile products which are able to satisfy the needs of any consumer, starting from average home users and finishing with devotees of overclocking. The recent Noctua creation is the low-profile CPU cooler destined to be employed in HTPC systems and other compact chassis. This cooler is characterized by the horizontal localization of radiator that allows its installation into a quite narrow casing. At the same time, the model is efficient enough to manage high-performance advanced processors.



Design and Framework


Noctua NH-L12 is notable for the classic design and framework. It features 150x128x93 mm dimensions (with two fans) which barely speak of low-profile form factor. NH-L12 is compatible with different CPU sockets, including Socket AM2, AM2+, AM3, AM3+, LGA 2011/1366/1156/1156/775. This cooler consists of horizontal radiator, four copper heat pipes which pierce …

New Gaming Chassis PGS-V VS-92 from Aerocool

A new gaming chassis, entitled VS-92, has joined the ranks of a renowned PGS-V series of gaming PC cases from Aerocool. The ‘greenhorn’ comes in two color variations (black and white), as well as in two framework variations: Mesh Edition with a metallic grid on the side facet and Window Edition with a plastic window on the side facet. Hereby, the customers are able to choose the model that suits their technical and design requirements the most.



Chassis VS-92 is elaborated in mid-tower form-factor and features 455x200x460 mm dimensions. Both variations, Mesh and Window Editions, are thought to support motherboards of ATX and micro-ATX standard.


Their internal layout is able to house seven expansion slots, a standard power supply unit, CPU coolers of not more than 158 mm in height, and high-performance graphics adapters of up to 400 mm in length. Additionally, the cases accommodate eight bays for the installation of 5.25-inch drives (three of which boast a tool-free …
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