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.

Chief Peculiarities

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, …

Intel Debuts with 5th Gen Core Mobile CPUs

Within the confines of CES 2015, Intel has officially introduced the fifth generation of Intel Core mobile processors. The lineup is targeting traditional laptops, ultrabooks, 2-in-1 devices, chrome-books, all-in-one items as well as mini-PCs. Besides, the company pin hopes for their CPUs to be additionally implemented within ‘All-inclusive Internet/Internet of Things’ embedded device concept.

New processors are designed according to 14-nm Intel Broadwell architecture. Due to the transition to a brand new technological process, the number of transistors has increased by 35%; herewith, the core area has reduced by 37%. Such innovative move provided for the enhancement of efficiency with simultaneous cut of power consumption. As a result, devices with the integrated Intel Core CPUs are called to run 1.5 hours longer in standalone mode.

The 5th generation lineup might boast the support for the latest codecs (HEVC, VP9, VP8), technologies (Intel WiDi 5.1, Intel RealSense …

Asus to Release Entry-Level Radeon R7 250 Graphics Card

Asus has added a new entry-level graphics card based on Radeon R7 250 adapter to its inventory. Codenamed R7250-OC-2GD3, it is predestined to be employed in corporate and multimedia systems, which are bound to support graphics interface of various applications, play back video, edit photos, and to start unexacting games. The model features a bright design and some remarkable facilities that promise to make work and entertainment experience a delight.

Asus Radeon R7 250 is based on 28 nm GCN chip (AMD Radeon R7 250) that contains 384 stream processors. It runs at the nominal 1060 MHz frequency but can be overclocked to 1110 MHz; that makes 60 MHz more if compared with the etalon adapter. Memory subsystem is introduced by 2 GB of DDR3 memory chips with 128-bit rail. Their nominal clock frequency starts at 900 MHz with the possibility to reach 1800 MHz effective margin.

This graphics card employs a modified PCB that comes with Super Alloy Power hardware base. All the included …
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