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.

Intel DH77DF - motherboard of Mini-ITX format on chipset Intel H77 (Socket 1155)

Motherboard Intel DH77DF is a part of a series Media, which focuses on working with media content, including the creation and viewing of video. Support for high-performance processors and the availability of high-grade graphics card slot allows use it for building a compact gaming systems.



DH77DF uses a blue color PCB material, like many other Intel products of mass series. There is only one indicator green LED of power supply. The board looks very good good, mainly due to the dense deployment of a large number of elements in a limited space. This integration continues to amaze also in the age of quad phones.


The manufacturer managed to install on board two standard slots for memory modules, so that the total amount up to 16 GB — this is also more than enough for most usage scenarios. Officially supported speeds up to DDR3-1600. Test modules by default worked in 1333, but after selecting in BIOS Setup XMP profile it could start in 2000, but with the 2133 system it was not …

NZXT Source 530: a Spacious Chassis for Ardent Gamers

NZXT has just announced the release of a new PC chassis for gamers, entitled Source 530. The model belongs to NZXT’s Classic series and is designed in a Full-Tower form-factor, featuring 507x235x510.5 mm dimensions. The case is made of steel with an aluminum finish and a black paint. In accordance with the manufacturer, the chassis is ideal for a mighty gaming platform, due to a spacious internal layout and optimal airflow.



NZXT Source 530 supports various motherboards, including standard ATX, mini-ITX, micro-ATX, and E-ATX ones. The frontal facet cannot boast the variety of inputs/outputs (a couple of USB 3.0 ports and the same number of audio slots), although its internal layout strikes by rich facilities. Thereby, the model boasts the availability of three external racks for 5.25-inch drives and six internal racks for 3.5/2.5-inch drives, which are characterized by tool-free fixture. Additionally, it’s feasible to install one more 2.5-inch drive on the rear side of the …
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