Seagate Launches the 5th Generation FireCuda SSHD

Seagate has expanded its lineup of hybrid drives with the 5th-generation FireCuda SSHD. The greenhorns are based on shingled magnetic recording technology (SMR), rather than perpendicular magnetic recording (PMR). The SMR enables the partial superposition of data tracks; it ensures the ultimate record density. The models are backed by a 5-year’s limited warranty.



Seagate FireCuda series is introduced by 5 models, developed in 2.5-inch and 3.5-inch formats. Their capacity varies from 500 GB to 2 TB. The drives employ MLC flash memory (8 GB) as well as SATA 6 Gb/sec external interface. The spindle rotates at 5400 RPM.


The average data read speed makes up 140 MB/sec with 2.5-inch models & 156 MB/sec with 3.5-inch items. The latter offer also up to 190 MB/sec of the average read speed from flash memory; besides, it takes only 8.5-9.5 ms for the chips to search for the needed data on Read/Write operations. To add, the new FireCuda is thought to consume between 1.7-6.7 W power.

Mini-PC Sapphire Edge HD3 Review

Mini-PCs are gaining popularity among people who do not want to relinquish their demands towards the performance and aesthetic appearance. Full-Tower casings will suits probably gamers and enthusiasts, laptops – to people always on move, and mini-PCs — to individuals who appreciate efficiency and ergonomics. Sapphire gladdened its customers with Edge HD2 model last year, and this season the company offers an advanced solution in the form of mini-PC Edge HD3. Indeed, this model can substitute the full-tower PC and provide for better usability.



Design


First of all, it should be mentioned that Sapphire Edge HD3 design befits to its predecessor, HD2. The new model has got rubbered plastic enclosure, smooth shape and black color. The basic attraction for potential clientele is the mini-PC dimensions: the product does not exceed the standard paper format and will be practically invisible on the desk. Still, there is a distinction between the two models. Edge HD3 is notable …

Motherboard Asus M5A99FX PRO R2.0 Review

Motherboards based on Intel Z77 chip have been lately given much attention, to the detriment of products featuring AMD solutions. In fact, motherboards with AMD chips are in abundance in the market, providing a competitive conditions for the manufacturers and plentiful offers for potential consumers. Asus developed a lot of boards with Intel Z77 chip, but it also boasts the products, like Asus M5A99FX PRO R2.0, based on AMD 990FX chip for AM3+ socket. This model is an apt sample of performance, resources and design.



Integration


Asus M5A99FX PRO R2.0 is developed in ATX form-factor and features 305x244 mm dimensions. The motherboard accommodates five sockets for the connection of fans and large heatsinks which manage heat quite efficiently; heatsinks located on the northbridge and CPU power converter are joined by a heat pipe. There is one peculiar feature pertained to the implemented heatsinks: each of them is notable by an individual fixture type. The reverse side of the …
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