Presentation of Workstations and Graphics Servers of ESC Series

Asus has recently presented workstations and graphics servers of the second generation ESC series. The new series includes ESC4000 G2, ESC1000 G2 and ESC2000 G2 models which serve the function of high-end platforms for GPGPU applications in such fields as medical research, financial modeling, computer-aided design, animation and 3D-rendering. The systems can boast a wide spectrum of options and outstanding integration; they are able to support high-end Intel processors and four graphics cards, and are equipped with the efficient PSU and expansion slots PCI Express 3.0x16.

All three models of ESC series are furnished with high-quality PSU which correspond to the 80Plus standard. Thereby, each of the models boasts energy-saving facilities: ESC1000 G2 and ESC2000 G2 go with a single PSU of 80Plus Gold standard in 1350 W capacity; ESC4000 G2 goes with two PSU of 80 Plus Platinum standard in 1620 W capacity (one of them is an emergency unit in case of troubles with the other unit). … …

Graphics Card Zotac GTX 660 AMP! Edition Review

Up-to-date graphics cards are masterpieces in someway due to their compact dimensions but quite outstanding specifications. Besides, the choice of products is vast, allowing each consumer to find a card exactly to his needs. Graphics cards from Zotac belong to the echelon of high-end solutions, always providing the audience with unique design, improved functionality and performance. The company's latest creation, codenamed GTX 660 AMP! Edition, is a combination of stylish design, high performance and lowered noise level.

Integration and Circuit Board

Graphics card Zotac GTX 660 AMP! Edition is developed under traditional brand design. The only distinguishing feature is the integration of orange fans. The manufacturers decided not to alter the design of circuit board, preserving all modules at definite places. The card is equipped with a single power supply socket which has got convenient localization. Video interface is represented by HDMI, DP and two DVI ports. Vertical …

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, …
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