Crucial Teases New TLC-Based BX200 Solid-State Drive

Crucial has found a way to consolidate the needs of budget- and efficiency-oriented customer groups. Therefore, it developed a new series of SSDs, based on TLC memory. The BX200 2.5-inch drives (7 mm case depth) come equipped with 16-nm chips by Micron as well as Silicon Motion SM2256 controller. All the models share SATA III 6 Gb/sec interface and are compatible with Crucial Storage Executive & Acronis True Image HD utilities.



Crucial BX200 are available in three capacity versions: 240 GB, 480 GB and 960 GB. Their maximal sequential Read/Write speed makes up 540/490 Mb/sec, whereas the maximal random Read/Write index achieves 66.000 & 78.000 IOPS correspondingly. As far as one can see, there is no visible decrease in performance, if compared with MLC memory showings.


The new-comers are estimated for 72 TB of data lifespan; this equals to 40 GB of daily loading over a span of 5 years (MTBF – 1.500.000 hours). In order to provide for the utmost reliability, Crucial adds a …

Micron to Carry Out the Production of TLC Memory Next Year

Memory market, similar to other industries, undergoes certain changes and updates from time to time. Therefore, memory manufacturers are currently trying to comply their production with two major tendencies: considerable drop in demand for RAM, employed basically in desktop PCs, and simultaneous growth of demand for solid-state drives, employed in compact tablets and mobile devices. Besides, the latter is developed at lightning speed.



Micron, one of the leading memory manufacturers, feels like no one else all the changes and fluctuations in the market. Its quarterly reports witness about the relentless drop in demand for DRAM (9% drop at average) for the report period. At the same time, increase in SSD segment is estimated at 5% at average. Sales volume of NOR memory type did not outlive serious changes.


According to the preliminary data, Micron is going to carry out the production of memory on TLC microchips, manufactured under 20 nm technological process. The assumed …

Xigmatek is on the Threshold to Release a New Gaming Chassis

Xigmatek is preparing a pleasant surprise for all gamers: a new unusual PC chassis, codenamed Talon. Talon will head the company's brand new chassis line – Stealth Series – and will offer some outstanding solutions. Xigmatek developers are ascertained that this model will totally satisfy the needs of any gamer, due to the availability of game-like facilities and racy design.



Xigmatek Talon is developed in Mid-Tower form-factor, according to the classical design guidelines with a light hint of aggression. The frontal panel features a salient surface to mark its particular gaming predestination. One of the side panels contains an acrylic window that serves a kind of exhibition stand, unveiling all internal components. The top lid, along with a frontal panel, is finished by a rubbered coverage with 'soft-touch' effect. Metallic plates of chassis are painted black. The top panel accommodates a couple of USB 3.0 ports and some other input/output interfaces.


The new chassis …
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