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.



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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, …

SilentiumPC Intros Small-Sized Alea M50 Pure Black Chassis

SilentiumPC, an outstanding designer of top-tier cooling systems, comes out to the market with a small-sized PC case – the Alea M50 Pure Black. The new-comer features 410x412x279 mm dimensions and employs high-quality SECC steel as well as ABS-plastic with soft-touch coverage in the framework. The chassis is painted black inside and outside, boasting a fully perforated frontal panel and acrylic windows on both side panels.



SilentiumPC Alea M50 Pure Black is compatible with mini-ITX and micro-ATX mainboards. Its layout consists of a single external bay for 5.25-inch drive, a pair of 2.5-inch and a single 3.5-inch internal bays, accompanied with four PCI slots. Internal spacing is enough to install video cards of 360 mm in length, CPU coolers of 205 mm in height & standard ATX PSUs.


To continue, the top panel of the case accommodates I/O panel with 2x USB 2.0 ports, 1x USB 3.0 port, 2x audio sockets, and a card-reader (SD/SDHC/SDXC form-factors). Cooling system is …

Antec Outs Budgetary GX500 Chassis

Antec, a well-known designer of multiple hardware solutions, has released a new budgetary chassis, codenamed GX500. The model is developed in mid-tower form-factor and features 205x476x458 mm dimensions. It is made of solid steel but is complemented by plastic patches. The case has got a totally black coating and minimum accessories. The customers are able to acquire the product for the recommended price tag of EUR 59.



Antec GX500 supports the integration of standard ATX, as well as detracted mini-ITX and micro-ATX motherboards. The internal layout is ready to accommodate two 5.25-inch drives, five 2.5/3.5-inch drives, and seven PCI expansion cards. Storage might be enlarged due to the availability of one more external 3.5-inch drive bay.


Spacing within the chassis is sufficient to pack ATX power supply unit, CPU cooler of 158 mm in height, graphics adapters of 380 mm in length, and heatspreaders (liquid-cooling) of 380 mm in length. The chassis’ exterior does not …
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