Seagate Launches the 5th Generation FireCuda SSHD

Seagate has expanded its lineup of hybrid drives with the 5th-generation FireCuda SSHD. The greenhorns are based on shingled magnetic recording technology (SMR), rather than perpendicular magnetic recording (PMR). The SMR enables the partial superposition of data tracks; it ensures the ultimate record density. The models are backed by a 5-year’s limited warranty.

Seagate FireCuda series is introduced by 5 models, developed in 2.5-inch and 3.5-inch formats. Their capacity varies from 500 GB to 2 TB. The drives employ MLC flash memory (8 GB) as well as SATA 6 Gb/sec external interface. The spindle rotates at 5400 RPM.

The average data read speed makes up 140 MB/sec with 2.5-inch models & 156 MB/sec with 3.5-inch items. The latter offer also up to 190 MB/sec of the average read speed from flash memory; besides, it takes only 8.5-9.5 ms for the chips to search for the needed data on Read/Write operations. To add, the new FireCuda is thought to consume between 1.7-6.7 W power.

ASRock FM2A88M-HD+ to Support the Latest AMD Kaveri APUs

ASRock has recently announced a new series of motherboards that are based on the prime-class AMD A88X chipset, targeting Socket FM2(+) CPUs of Trinity and Richland generation. Moreover, they are supposed to support the new-gen AMD Kaveri APUs with Steamroller microarchitecture. One of the most outstanding models within the series is FM2A88M-HD+ motherboard, which features a large amount of slots and sockets. At the same time, it remains a cost-efficient solution.

ASRock FM2A88M-HD+ is designed in a micro-ATX form-factor, featuring 234x183 mm dimensions. The company claims that this model is able to accommodate DDR3 RAM with 2133 MHz frequency, housed in two DIMM slots. Therein, the maximal memory capacity might achieve 32 GB. Hardware base consists of prime-quality solid-state capacitors and durable chokes. Three expansion slots are introduced by one PCI, one PCIe 2.0 x1, and one high-speed PCIe 3.0 x16; the latter demonstrates up to 15.75 Mb/sec bandwidth.

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MSI Z77A-GD65 - Common LGA1155-board by Micro-Star Company

Like the other major motherboard manufacturers, the company Micro-Star Intel thoroughly prepared for the appearance of Ivy Bridge processors and new chipsets of seventh series. Motherboard companies use simple and understandable system of names, that is why it is not difficult to arrange in order of seniority, all six motherboards based on the logic of Intel Z77 Express, from the main MSI Z77A-GD80 to younger Z77A-G43 and the small Z77MA-G45.

The box, in which comes motherboard MSI Z77A-GD65 is traditionally designed. The front side is decorated with different logos and the centre has a large poster. On the reverse side of the box there is a summary of some advantages and features of the board.

One of the characteristic weaknesses about motherboards of Micro-Star Company is the lack of panels to display USB 3.0 ports on the front wall of the chassis. The layout of the motherboard MSI Z77A-GD65 is close to the classical, and therefore it not only looks good, but is easy to …
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