Adata Intros M.2-Type SX8000 Solid-State Drive

Adata keeps on developing its hardware potential. This time the company introduces a lineup of M.2 2280 solid-state drives, targeting gamers & enthusiasts. The XPG SX8000 is based on 3D MLC NAND chips, combined with SMI 2260 controller. The drive employs PCI Express 3.0 x4 external interface and shows a total compatibility with NVMe 1.2 standard.

Adata XPG SX8000 will be available in four capacities: 128 GB, 256 GB, 512 GB & 1 TB. Nonetheless, the company has unveiled performance showings only for the first three models. Thus, the junior model offers 1000/300 MB/sec speed on sequential Read/Write operations (ATTO compression); 1000/300 MB/sec speed on sequential Read/Write operations (CrystalDiskMark uncompressed); 900/280 MB/sec speed on sequential Read/Write operations (AS SSD uncompressed). At the same time, the drive’s random showings make up 45000/75000 IOPS (Read/Write).

To continue, the XPG SX8000 256 GB item features the following efficiency specifications: …

Asus Showcases GTX 960 DC2 Videocard

Asus has complemented its Black Edition series of videocards with another model – the GeForce GTX 960 DC2 (codename: GTX960-DC2-4GD5-Black). Its major peculiarity is the employment of 4 GB GDDR5 memory that is sure to improve gaming efficiency in multi-display high-resolution environment. The model supports all modern standards (DirectX 12, OpenGL 4.4) as well as proper Nvidia’s technologies: SLI, G-Sync, GameWorks, GPU Boost 2.0, ShadowPlay, GameStream.

Asus GeForce GTX 960 DC2 is based on Nvidia GM206-300 GPU (1024 CUDA, 64 TMUs, 32 ROPs). It operates at 1126 MHz frequency with overclocking possibility of 1178 MHz. The integrated 128-bit memory operates at 7010 MHz efficient frequency.

This graphics card entails Super Alloy Power components and an optimized DirectCU II cooling system. The latter ensures that heatpipes touched CPU surface for an unprecedented heat dissipation. The cooler comes with a pair of fans, one of which features CoolTech hybrid design. The …

Air Cooler Thermalright Archon SB-E Review

Thermalright Inc. has managed to design and supply a whole galaxy of cooling solutions for the entire period of its existence. The prototype of the cooler codenamed Thermalright Archon SB-E was announced last spring and its original version has reached the market this autumn. This model is characterized by some outstanding efficiency and noise level showings, as well as high compatibility with diverse platforms.

General Peculiarities

This air cooler is delivered in a traditional for this manufacturer cardbox. The box contains the cooler itself and a set of key components, featuring a universal backplate, a set of screws, a screwer, fan frames, and brand thermal compound — Thermalright The ChillFactor III. Archon SB-E features 175x155x79.5 mm dimensions and weighs 940 g. It is compatible with Intel and AMD platforms and supports sockets LGA 775/1155/1156/1366/2011 (Intel) and 939/FM1/FM2/AM2/AM2+/AM3/AM3+ (AMD).


The implemented heatsink accommodates …
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