Transcend SSD220S: Affordable TLC-Based Solid-State Drive

Transcend expands its lineup of SSDs with a new model – the SSD220S. It is based on 15-nm TLC memory chip available in 240 GB & 480 GB capacities. The model employs SATA 6 Gb/sec interface as well as DDR3 cache-memory. The drive is housed in a small-sized aluminum case (100x69.85x6.8 mm dimensions).



Transcend SSD220S boasts satisfactory Read/Write speed showings: sequential Read/Write data transfer activity – 550/450 Mb/sec, random – Read/Write data transfer activity (4K) – 80.000 IOPS. At the same time, Read/Write incompressible data transfer speed does not go beyond 330 Mb/sec. Moreover, these SSDs support all modern technologies, including Advanced Garbage Collection, SMART, TRIM, NCQ, and DevSleep.


To add, it’s always possible to upload SSD Scope software pack to further improve the performance. The drive is ready to operate in a wide range of temperatures (0-+70 degrees). The 240-gigabyte model costs 69 EUR, whereas its senior companion (480-gigabyte item) …

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 …

OCZ Announces a New Vertex 460 SSD Series

OCZ Storage Solutions, a newbie integral part of Toshiba Group Company, announces the release of a new SSD series, entitled Vertex 460. The series is represented by three 2.5-inch models of 480 GB, 240 GB, and 120 GB capacity. In order to facilitate with the installation and further utilization, the manufacturer equips all drives with a dedicated 3.5-inch adapter, as well as with Acronis True Image HD software package. Moreover, the models are backed by 3-years limited warranty that guarantees durable reliability.



OCZ Vertex 460 drives are based on Toshiba NAND MLC flash chips, elaborated according to 19 nm technological process. All three models employ SATA III 6 Gb/sec interface and are equipped with OCZ Barefoot 3 M10 controller. Thanks to such fusion, these SSDs demonstrate unprecedented performance results, whatever type of data is concerned.


Therefore, an ultimate data Read/Write speed in sequential operations equals to 545/525 MB/sec, whereas in 4 KB random …
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