First SSDs from Asus to be Released Already in May

First seen at CES 2013 exhibition, Asus ROG RAIDR solid-state drives are on their final stage of development before an official release in May. Unlike the majority of contemporary SSD solutions in the market, the product from Asus features quite distinct form-factor, similar to expansion cards. The new drive is known to employ PCI Express 2.0 x2 interface with the support of x16/x8/x4 slots.

According to the preliminary data, ROG RAIDR solid-state drives will be available in two capacity variations – 120 GB and 240 GB. Both models will run under a couple of SandForce SF2281 controllers, comprised into RAID 0 array. MLC NAND flash-memory chips from Toshiba (designed under 19 nm technological process) will be the heart of revolutionary SSDs. Irrespective of the overall differentiation, ROG RAIDR will support a range of technologies traditional SSDs support, including S.M.A.R.T., TRIM and NCQ.

With the respect to the performance, both drives will be able to demonstrate …

Akasa Intros Low-Profile CPU Cooler Nero LX

Akasa, a global manufacturer of chassis, PSUs, and PC peripheral components, introduces its new low-profile cooling system, codenamed Nero LX. The new product is intended specifically to provide the maximal cooling effect to CPU and its surrounding elements. Nero LX might be employed in HTPC and slimmer PC systems. Detailed specifications about this cooler have just appeared at the manufacturer's official website, however pricing info has not been revealed yet.

Akasa Nero LX features 120x120x59 mm dimensions and weighs 298 g. The overall cooler's framework consists of a 120 mm fan, a large base, and four copper heat pipes that pierce an aluminum heatsink. The cooler employs an advanced scheme of direct contact of heatpipes with CPU surface which promotes for the utmost cooling environment.

This model is compatible with a majority of processor sockets developed by AMD and Intel. Hence, it supports Socket FM1, AM2, AM2+, AM3 from AMD, and LGA 1366, 1156, 1155, and 775 from …

Meet Tiny B150M Night Elf Mainboard from MSI

MSI has added a new micro-ATX motherboard to its Performance Gaming series of products. Entitled B150M Night Elf, the new-comer is differentiated by an outstanding black-and-red PCB design with a stylish LED lighting. The model is based on Intel B150 chipset and supports LGA1151-compatible CPUs on Skylake architecture.

MSI B150M Night Elf receives power via 24-pin ATX and 8-pin EPS connectors. The VRM system is organized according to 4+2-phase scheme with passive cooling. The PCB offers four slots for the mounting of DDR4-2133 MHz memory modules (up to 64 GB capacity), two PCIe 3.0 x1 slots, one PCIe 3.0 x16, and one PCIe 3.0 x16@4.

Storage subsystem is introduced by six SATA III 6 Gb/sec ports, whereas for the connection of various external devices there are six USB 3.1 ports (10 Gb/s). Network facilities are ensured by means of Intel I219-V controller. At the same time, audio subsystem Audio Boost 3 employs Realtek ALC1150 controller.

Furthermore, the rear panel …
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