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.



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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, …

Thermaltake Adds 3 New PSUs to Toughpower DPS G Platinum Series

Gamers as well as enthusiasts now have an ideal solution for their PC-builds – a triplet of power supply units from Thermaltake with the best durability and facilities. The company has replenished Toughpower DPS G Platinum series with 850 W, 1050 W and 1200 W PSUs. All of them boast 80Plus Platinum certificate that ensures their efficiency at 94% level. The new-comers are backed by a 7-year’s limited warranty from the manufacturer.



Featuring 180x150x86 mm dimensions, Thermaltake Toughpower DPS G Platinum modules employ 100% Japanese capacitors with an extended range of operational temperatures (up to 105 C). The heart of the system is STMicroelectronics controller. It gives access to an advanced monitoring system that enables the display of system data either on the PC or a cloud server. Therewith, this info might be requested from any electronic device, including tablets & smartphones.


The models are known to support power-efficient modes for Intel Skylake platform. …

Meeting New Cooling System Brocken 2 from Alpenfoehn

Only a couple of weeks are left till the official release of a new cooling system Brocken 2 designed by Alpenfoehn. This is a long-awaited launch, since the fist version of the system, entitled Brocken, was honored to gladden the audience long time ago. Hereby, Brocken 2 has got a wee bit modified framework, if compared with the predecessor. Its dimensions together with a fan equal to 146x100x165 mm.



The base is shaped by means of five 6 mm copper heat pipes, tightly pressed together. Aluminum plates of the heatsink seem to be ‘cut’ in the center, unlike the one-piece construction of plates implemented in Brocken.


Active cooling power is ensured by a nine-blade fan of 140 mm standard size, known as WingBoost 2. The fan supports PWM technology that allows altering its rotational speed within the boundaries of 400-1100 RPM. Its activity stimulates the airflow index of 109 CFM, while the noise level barely achieves 19.6 dB (A). WingBoost 2 features small distance between …
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