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.

Deepcool Comes Out with Tesseract SW-RD Chassis

Deepcool Industries Co. Ltd. has expanded its production line with a new mid-tower case, entitled Tesseract SW-RD. The chassis features 472x210x454 mm dimensions and weighs 4.97 kg. It is made of galvanized SECC steel plates, boasting a large side acrylic window & black-and-red frontal frame. The top panel houses I/O panel with a pair of USB ports (both 2.0 and 3.0 versions are available) as well as a couple of audio ports.



Deepcool Tesseract SW-RD is compatible with mini-ITX, micro-ATX and ATX motherboards. The layout offers two external 5.25-inch slots, four internal 3.5-inch slots, three internal 2.5-inch slots, and seven slots for PCI expansion cards. All the racks are equipped with slides which facilitate installation of drives without any screws.


To continue, the case is ready to welcome 310-mm-long VGA cards, 168-mm-high CPU coolers as well as standard power supply units. The motherboard tray accommodates a dedicated notch that allows installing the CPU cooler …

Intel Thunderbolt Ready Facilitates in Upgrading Your Desktop PC

Last week Intel announced a new instrumentality for upgrading desktop PC, called Thunderbolt Ready. This tool will help in incorporating Thunderbolt interface into the motherboards which initially do not have the support for it. However, only the motherboards with ‘Thunderbolt Ready’ marking and an inbuilt General-purpose I/O (GPIO) socket might fall under the upgrade. In addition to this feature, the user will have to acquire a dedicated card to enable the interface.



This card is installed into an appropriate PCI Express slot and is then connected to GPIO, as well as DisplayPort socket of the integrated/discrete GPU controller, due to the cables that go in batch. After this, the customer needs to upload dedicated software in order to activate the Thunderbolt. According to Intel, there are currently more than 100 alike products with Thunderbolt support; the majority of them are certified for the usage with PCs on Windows or Mac OS X platforms.


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