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 …

PC Chassis Aerocool Qs-200 Lite Review

PGS Q series of chassis supplied by Aerocool is supposed to be rather successful. Currently, it counts a few different models and Qs-200 Lite is one of them. The very case is a lightweight version of an old-timer Qs-200. Chassis Qs-200 Lite is delivered in two versions: totally black and totally white. Color is their only distinction, since all internal and design parameters are identical.



Design and General Specifications


Aerocool Qs-200 Lite is developed in mini-tower form-factor and features 368x185x405 mm dimensions. Its design is void of any notable details. The frontal panel is made of a dull plastic; it's fixed by six plastic claps that facilitate its easy removal. This panel covers a solid dust filter that contains additional combs, a bay for the installation of a fan (80 mm, 92 mm, or 120 mm), a pair of bays for the installation of 5.25-inch drives, and a single bay for the 3.5-inch drive. The lower part of the panel is taken by a fine-meshed metallic grid with …

The Forthcoming Switch to 5 mm HDD Models

Nowadays HDD segment is represented by various products from various companies. However, with the development and release of ultrabooks, manufacturers directed their production to the hybrid-type drives. This resulted in the predominance of hybrid solutions in the market.



Recently Itel has advanced a motion to digress somehow from the production of hybrid drives and switch to the decrease of traditional HDDs dimensions to 5 mm in casing depth. According to the company's assumptions, such change could moderate the price for drives and provide the necessary volume capacity for ultrabooks.


Some manufacturers have already directed a part of their technological powers to the design of HDDs with 5 mm casings. Nevertheless, there appeared a couple of obstacles on their way: the necessity to stabilize data reading and writing activities, and increase of costs spent on drives' production. This will result in the rise of end price.


IT professionals and analysts forecast the …
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