First SSDs from Asus to be Released Already in May

First seen at CES 2013 exhibition, Asus ROG RAIDR solid-state drives are on their final stage of development before an official release in May. Unlike the majority of contemporary SSD solutions in the market, the product from Asus features quite distinct form-factor, similar to expansion cards. The new drive is known to employ PCI Express 2.0 x2 interface with the support of x16/x8/x4 slots.

According to the preliminary data, ROG RAIDR solid-state drives will be available in two capacity variations – 120 GB and 240 GB. Both models will run under a couple of SandForce SF2281 controllers, comprised into RAID 0 array. MLC NAND flash-memory chips from Toshiba (designed under 19 nm technological process) will be the heart of revolutionary SSDs. Irrespective of the overall differentiation, ROG RAIDR will support a range of technologies traditional SSDs support, including S.M.A.R.T., TRIM and NCQ.

With the respect to the performance, both drives will be able to demonstrate …

HIS Teases New Radeon R9 280X IceQ Boost Clock Graphics Card

HIS is glad to introduce one more high-end solution: the Radeon R9 280X IceQ Boost Clock graphics card that is targeting high-performance PC systems. The model employs turbine-type cooling system with a branded IceQ cooler. It consists of a voluminous copper base (35x28 mm), an aluminum heatsink, four nickel-plated heat-pipes (2x 8 mm and 2x 6 mm), as well as a single 80 mm turbine fan. Such cooling is ideal for multi-GPU configurations in AMD CrossFireX mode, since the distance between adapters does not influence the efficiency of their fans.

The new-comer is based on AMD Radeon R9 280X GPU (28 nm, GCN) with 2048 stream processors. It runs at standard frequencies: 850 MHz – nominal and 1000 MHz – dynamic. Memory is introduced by 3 GB GDDR5 modules, which run at standard 1500 MHz frequencies and reach some 6000 MHz effective index.

To continue, HIS Radeon R9 280X IceQ Boost Clock features four connectivity interfaces: a pair of mini-DisplayPort ports, one DVI-I and …

Monitor Samsung SyncMaster SA950 Review

Samsung never frustrates its devotees when it comes to the release of high-quality products. Monitor segment is not an exception. This summer the company launched a new series of FullHD monitors with ultramodern design and improved ergonomics. SyncMaster SA950 belongs to the senior model lineup and boasts the implementation of brand 3D formation technology which differs from the wide-spread Nvidia 3D Vision one. Upon the whole, this model resembles other 3D monitors, however is able to offer unmatched display facilities and user-friendly control options.

General Peculiarities and Ergonomics

SyncMaster SA950 is based on TN-array and goes with 1920x1080 resolution. The maximal loft frequency approximates 120 Hz. The major peculiarity of this model is that it supports practically any graphics cards and works with any video signal source (that is able to form 3D imaging in side-by-side, frame-by-frame, or interlace modes).

The other distinctive feature of SA950 is its …
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