Crucial Teases New TLC-Based BX200 Solid-State Drive

Crucial has found a way to consolidate the needs of budget- and efficiency-oriented customer groups. Therefore, it developed a new series of SSDs, based on TLC memory. The BX200 2.5-inch drives (7 mm case depth) come equipped with 16-nm chips by Micron as well as Silicon Motion SM2256 controller. All the models share SATA III 6 Gb/sec interface and are compatible with Crucial Storage Executive & Acronis True Image HD utilities.



Crucial BX200 are available in three capacity versions: 240 GB, 480 GB and 960 GB. Their maximal sequential Read/Write speed makes up 540/490 Mb/sec, whereas the maximal random Read/Write index achieves 66.000 & 78.000 IOPS correspondingly. As far as one can see, there is no visible decrease in performance, if compared with MLC memory showings.


The new-comers are estimated for 72 TB of data lifespan; this equals to 40 GB of daily loading over a span of 5 years (MTBF – 1.500.000 hours). In order to provide for the utmost reliability, Crucial adds a …

Wireless Router Asus RT-AC66U Review

Till recent past routers supporting 802.11n standards have been supposed as the most up-dated and powerful ones. However, nowadays this segment is outliving certain upgrade and a few manufacturers start integrating a new, more advanced standard – 802.11ac. One may wonder why developing one more standard if 802.11n is able to manage current video at high speeds. Still, the design of a more progressive item signifies more promising features. Asus RT-AC66U belongs to a new generation of routers exactly due to the support of 802.11ac.



Design


Asus RT-AC66U is housed in a black dull casing made of plastic. It is equipped with three external antennas which are intended to provide for a perfect sensitivity and high signal level. The manufacturer has taken care of router's comprehensive utilization, enabling both, vertical and horizontal, way of placement; there is also possibility to fix the item on the wall.


One of the characteristics pertained to this model is its …

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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