The Forthcoming Switch to 5 mm HDD Models

Nowadays HDD segment is represented by various products from various companies. However, with the development and release of ultrabooks, manufacturers directed their production to the hybrid-type drives. This resulted in the predominance of hybrid solutions in the market.



Recently Itel has advanced a motion to digress somehow from the production of hybrid drives and switch to the decrease of traditional HDDs dimensions to 5 mm in casing depth. According to the company's assumptions, such change could moderate the price for drives and provide the necessary volume capacity for ultrabooks.


Some manufacturers have already directed a part of their technological powers to the design of HDDs with 5 mm casings. Nevertheless, there appeared a couple of obstacles on their way: the necessity to stabilize data reading and writing activities, and increase of costs spent on drives' production. This will result in the rise of end price.


IT professionals and analysts forecast the …

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, …

Review of the universal cooler for graphics cards Ice Hammer IH-900B

With an excellent combination of cost and efficiency, cooling systems Ice Hammer continues to advance steadily to our market, crowding out products over top manufacturers. Today the characteristics, efficiency and noise level of another novelty — a cooler for graphics cards Ice Hammer IH-900B will be studied.



The novelty comes in a compact cardboard box with a small cutout on the front side, through which part of the fan and radiator is visible. On the reverse side there is also present cut-out in the form of the cooler. There is a list on GPU graphics cards from NVIDIA and AMD, which is compatible with the Ice Hammer IH-900B. On the sides of the package you can find specifications and other information about the cooling system.


Along with the cooler are supplied: small aluminum heatsinks for memory chips and smaller radiators for power elements, two sets of sleeves, key pads and screws, and a brief installation instruction, thermal compound A2, cables, adapters, as well …
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