Solid-State Drive OCZ Agility 4 Review

Up-to-date SSD manufacturers are inclined to employ MLC flash-memory with synchronous interface in their product lines. The implementation of exactly such memory interface allows balancing the advanced performance with moderate price. This is especially vital for SSDs with SATA 3 6Gb/sec interface. Nevertheless, some producers take the challenge to implement flash-memory with asynchronous interface in their drives. As a result, the final products go at more attractive price but with more modest speed characteristics. OCZ dared to overcome this speed drawback by releasing SSD Agility 4 series. The models included in the series are based on asynchronous flash-memory interface and, according to the company's words, prove to show quite decent speed index.

Chief Peculiarities

Despite the prevalence of SandForce controllers implemented in SSDs, OCZ decided to use quite different platform for its new series. Agility 4 employs Indilinx Everest 2 controllers which, in some way, …

Asus Surprises by Xonar U3 Plus External Sound Card

Asus always makes people stare at its gadgets, PC devices, and hardware components. Its latest external sound card, entitled Xonar U3 Plus, is no exception. It boasts a small-sized flash-like design, receiving power via a standard USB port. According to Asus designers, the card is intended for those customers who look for a comprehensive solution for high-quality audio playback and recording.

Asus Xonar U3 Plus is furnished with an in-build amplifier for headphones with a variable gain level, compatible with different audio fittings of less than 150 ohm impedance. Therefore, this amplifier dramatically improves the playback of high and low frequencies, adding dynamics to high-frequency and low-frequency sounds (to reproduce multiple effects: steps, blasts, etc.).

To continue, this model supports microphone recording in real time by means of an integrated digital signal processor; the latter ensures minimal latencies on audio programming. It also boasts the availability of …

CPU Cooler Phanteks PH-TC12PE Review

Phanteks is the company that established reputation for developing and supplying high-end thermal solutions which can be applied in diverse areas. Recently the company has made a shift to the IT market by producing high-quality PC cooling systems and at once entered into competition with the renowned cooling systems manufacturers, like Thermalright, Noctua and others. Phanteks PH-TC12PE cooler belongs to the echelon of high-end air cooling solutions and proposes a number of benefits for the advanced PC users.

Design and Integration

Cooler Phanteks PH-TC12PE is a two-sectional thermal solution that goes in 160x140x132 mm dimensions (without fans). Edges of pipes are cut and covered by a plate. The top surface of the ribs is glossy, while the bottom surface is dull. The implemented approach to the design of fans' framework and their fixture, that allows the user to fix the fans at different height, makes the installation of this cooler even in midi-tower chassis possible. …
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