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, …

Meet the 2nd Generation of Maximus 2 Platform from Nvidia

Last November Nvidia 'shattered' the IT market with its Maximus platform. Currently, the company is officially presenting the second generation of the platform – Maximus 2. The new platform is based on the advanced GPUs which employ Kepler architecture. The major task assigned to the Maximus 2 is to provide an unmatched performance and efficiency in quite different spheres of enterprise, starting from computer graphics and finishing with oil industry. Besides, it has got improved facilities of virtualization and analyzing activities.



According to the data claimed by the manufacturer, workstations developed on Maximus 2 platform will be put into sale already this December. It is already known that there are a number of companies that will employ Nvidia Maximus 2 in their product lines. Hence, such companies as Dell, HP, Lenovo, Supermicro, and BOXX technologies will introduce their workstations based on this platform.


It should be stated that the second generation of …

Dual Invasion: Silentmaxx & SilverStone Show Off with New PC Cases

Silentmaxx, a well-known German developer of PC hardware components, comes out into the market with a new mid-tower case, entitled ST-360. It features 450x195x431mm dimensions and boasts a strict classic design. The chassis is made of SECC steel and ABS plastic. It is intended for the installation of mini-ITX, micro-ATX and full-format ATX motherboards.



Furthermore, Silentmaxx ST-360 is ready to accommodate four 5.25-inch drives and analogous number of 3.5-inch drives. Similar to the majority of full-tower cases, this model offers seven expansion slots for the installation of graphics adapters and expansion cards. The integrated top I/O panel houses two 3.5- mm mini-jacks as well as USB ports (2.0/3.0 versions). Airflow is organized by means of two fans: 140-mm frontal fan & 120-mm rear one.


To continue, one more renowned hardware manufacturer – SilverStone – has just introduced its nontrivial PC chassis – a modernized version of Milo ML06, the Milo ML06-E …
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