Toshiba Introduces OCZ VT180 & TR150 2.5-Inch SSDs

As part of the Computex 2016, Toshiba introduced a couple of OCZ-branded 2.5-inch SATA solid-state drives. The OCZ VT180 & the OCZ TR150 are available in four capacities: 120 GB, 240 GB, 480 GB & 960 GB. The key differentiation between the two models lies in the choice of memory type; the first SSD employs MLC NAND chips, whereas the second item uses TLC NAND chips. The pair also differs by warranty liabilities, offering 5- and 3-year’s limited packages correspondingly.



Toshiba OCZ VT180 employs SATA III interface, featuring 100.45x69.75x7 mm dimensions. Its sequential Read/Write data transfer speed makes up 550/440 MBs across the line. At the same time, random Read/Write specs vary from 85.000-95.000 IOPS/90.000 IOPS respectively. The drive consumes 3.7 W power in active mode, reducing this level to 0.89 W in standby mode.


This model is estimated for 1.500.000 hours of fool-proof operation. Moreover, it supports such advanced technologies as SMART, TRIM and Idle Time …

ASRock to Officially Introduce Z87 Extreme 4/Z87 Pro 3 Motherboards in Early June

ASRock is going to officially introduce its two budgetary motherboards (compatible with Intel Haswell processors) in early June. Codenamed ASRock Z87 Extreme 4 and ASRock Z87 Pro 3, these products will cost around $170 and $100 correspondingly. Such attractive price makes them one of the most affordable solutions involving high-efficient CPUs of the next generation.



The more costly motherboard, Z87 Extreme 4, is known to feature only high-quality layout components, including PCB with dual copper layers, chokes with ferrite hub, and durable solid-state capacitors. This model supports DDR3 memory modules of up to 2600 MHz frequency and up to 32 GB capacity. Expansion slots consist of two PCI connectors, two PCI Express 3.0 x1 connectors, and three PCI Express 3.0 x16 connectors.


The connection of internal drives becomes possible due to the availability of eight SATA III sockets. Audio subsystem is realized with the help of 8.1-channel Creative Sound Blaster codec. External …

Samsung PM1633a 15.36 TB – the Most Capacious SSD to Date

Immediately following the release of 10-/13-terabyte SSDs by Fixstars, Samsung has made haste to introduce the most voluminous solutions to date, offering 15.36 TB capacity. According to the manufacturers, the PM1633a series will be further on replenished by 5 other models of 480 GB, 960 GB, 1.92 TB, 3.84 TB and 7.68 TB capacity.



Samsung PM1633a 15.36 TB solid-state drive is designed in a traditional 2.5-inch design. The model incorporates Samsung 3D V-NAND memory, consisting of 32 chips of 512 GB capacity. Upon the whole, the storage features 16.38 TB capacity, although only 15.36 TB are accessible to users.


The greenhorn comes equipped with 16 GB of DRAM memory as well as high-speed SAS 12 Gb/sec interface. Due to this, sequential Read/Write data transfer speed achieves 1200 Mb/sec. The maximal random Read/Write speed makes up 200.000 & 32.000 IOPS.


The PM1633a is basically targeting corporate segment thanks to premium output capability. Besides, the hardware is …
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