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, …

Kingmax to Amaze the Customers with mSATA MMP20 SSD

Solid-state drives with mSATA interface have become an efficient tool for the improvement of laptops and nettops performance. Kingmax has joined the ranges of companies that develop SSD technologies in mSATA form-factor. Its fresh model line, MMP20, is primarily targeted at the small form-factor systems and hybrid solutions like HDD+SSD. The SSD model line features ‘Premium Selected’ certificate and has undergone thorough testing challenges.

Kingmax mSATA MMP20 is a compact and effective solution not only for laptops and desktop systems, but also for embedded systems like tablets. Kingmax SSDs comply with JEDEC MO-300B requirements and have SATAII 3 Gb/sec interface. They are furnished with a controller which optimizes the memory monitoring to ensure the most appropriate performance and reliability. SATA interface is called to align the connection between the flash-memory and host-system; this is supposed to improve data reading and writing speed, OS and applications …

‘Deadly’ MSI Z97 Gaming 9 AC Mainboard Review

Despite the fact that Intel Z97 chipset appeared in the market long ago, mainboards on this platform have not lost their vitality till nowadays. The MSI Z97 Gaming 9 AC is an acknowledgement of this. Being a representative of top-tier segment, this product is supposed to be an ideal match for gamers and enthusiast overclockers who look for stability and unbelievable facilities. Let’s see what kind of benefits this model can offer to the army of sophisticated users.

Stepwise Overview

The full-format ATX MSI Z97 Gaming 9 AC motherboard is based on Intel Z97 chipset that supports Intel Core Haswell/Haswell Refresh CPUs with LGA1150 socket. Wisely-elaborated printed circuit board (PCB) accommodates four DIMM slots for DDR3 modules of 32 GB overall capacity (with XMP profiles). The integration of expansion and graphics cards becomes possible due to three PCI Express 3.0 x16 slots & the same amount of PCI Express 2.0 x1 slots. If equipped with two videocards, the board …
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