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.

MSI Adds a Pair of GTX 1070 Quick Silver 8G Graphics Cards to Its Portfolio

It feels as if MSI never stops experimenting with its PC solutions. This time the company decided to tinker with color gamut of the graphics cards. Therewith, it introduced a couple of comic-colored video cards, entitled GeForce GTX 1070 Quick Silver 8G & GeForce GTX 1070 Quick Silver 8G OC. The black-and-gray coating might become a stylish add-on to any gaming rig.



Both video cards are based on Nvidia GP104-200 GPU (16 FinFET, Pascal) with 1920 CUDA, 120 TMUs & 64 ROPs. The models are able to operate in three modes: Silent, Gaming and OC; hence, the core’s clock frequencies depend on the mode. MSI GeForce GTX 1070 Quick Silver 8G operates at 1506/1683 MHz (base/dynamic) in Silent mode; 1518/1708 MHz in Gaming mode and 1531/1721 MHz in OC mode. The accompanying 8 GB of GDDR5 video memory (256-bit) runs equally on any conditions – 8008 MHz.


In its turn, MSI GeForce GTX 1070 Quick Silver 8G OC is able to demonstrate the following performance index: 1506/1683 MHz in …

Asus Showcases PB328Q Professional Monitor

Asus has replenished its inventory with a new PC monitor, entitled PB328Q. The greenhorn positions itself as a solution for professional graphics designers and for those who value accuracy of color rendering. The model is distinguished by 32-inch IPS panel with WQHD resolution (2560x1440) and the widest viewing angles (178 degrees in H/V aspects), fast response time – 6 ms GtG, and 100% coverage in sRGB environment.



The key peculiarity implemented within Asus PB328Q is the availability of 6-axial system of color adjustment (yellow, magenta, red, blue, green, and cyan). The display offers additional 77% screen surface to place several windows in different applications. The integrated panel ensures 300 cd/m2 maximal brightness index, 100M:1 dynamic contrast, and more than 1 million of displayed colors.


To continue, the new-comer comes equipped with inbuilt speakers of 3 W each. Connection facilities are backed by four video ports (DisplayPort, D-Sub, HDMI, DVI-D) and four …
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