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, …

ASRock Launches a New Motherboard with Intel SBA Support

ASRock announces the launch of a new budget-priced motherboard B75M-DGS R2.0. The model does not differentiate itself by an attractive design or wide overclocking facilities, as far as its main predestination is a stable operation in large corporate networks. The board is known to support Intel Small Business Advantage (SBA) software applet that optimizes PC operation and increases its performance. Despite such promising commodities, its price doesn't go over $60 per unit.

ASRock B75M-DGS R2.0 is designed in micro-ATX form-factor; this limits the number of supported expansion slots and other interfaces. As seen from the codename, the motherboard is based on Intel B75 system logics and shows compatibility with Intel Celeron, Intel Pentium and Intel Core i3/i5/i7 processors (second and third generation) compatible with Socket LGA1155. Memory subsystem consists of two DIMM slots which support two-channel DDR3-2200 MHz modules, the overall capacity of which might achieve 16GB …

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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