Toshiba to Release Entry-Level A100 Solid-State Drive

Toshiba is about to release a 2.5-inch SSD, entitled A100. The entry-level model is based on TLC NAND flash memory chips (15 nm) with the cooperation of SLC cache memory. Traditionally, the drive employs SATA 6 Gb/sec interface and takes Toshiba TC58NC1010 chip as a controller.



The greenhorn is available in two versions: 120 GB and 140 GB (dimensions: 100x69.85x7 mm). The couple is an optimal choice for home & office PCs, thanks to the incorporation of power-efficient, high-performance and shock-proof technologies. The drives’ maximal data transfer speed on sequential operations makes up 550 MB/sec & 480 MB/sec (read/write). The maximal data transfer speed on random operations (4K) achieves 87.000 IOPS & 82.000 IOPS correspondingly.


Toshiba A100 solid-state drives are known to support NCQ, TRIM and S.M.A.R.T. technologies. An estimated MTBF index equals to 1.5 million hours. The 120 GB item might endure 30 TB of written information, while the 240 GB item allows for 60 TB …

Asus Showcases a Stylish VX238N-W Monitor

Asus has enriched its production line with a new PC monitor, entitled VX238N-W, that is characterized by an elegant design. The model is peculiar, first of all, by a totally white display frame and stand, which does not change coloring under the influence of UV or sunrays. The heart of 23-inch VX238N-W is TN panel with LED backlight and 5 ms response time. It features a standard 16:9 aspect ratio, Full HD resolution, 80M:1 dynamic contrast (1000:1 static contrast), 250 nits brightness, as well as 170/160 degrees (H/V) viewing angles.



The monitor is equipped with two video interfaces – D-Sub and DVI-D – that allow for the connection either to analog or digital signal source. One more peculiar feature ascribed to VX238N-W is the support for a number of advanced technologies. For instant, it supports Smart Contrast options that guarantee some unbelievable contrast ratio. Splendid Video Preset Modes options involve six pre-calibrated display modes that correspond to different …

Spire Showcases New Cylinder-Shaped Swirl IV CPU Cooler

Spire is going to release a new extraordinary cooling solution: a cylinder-shaped CPU cooler, entitled Swirl IV. It is targeting Intel processors for Socket 2011/1366/115x/775 and AMD FM1/FM2/AM2/AM3 platforms with the maximum TDP level of 130 W. The new-comer has received RoHS and CE certification that proves its environmentally-friendly nature. An official release is postponed to January 2015.



Spire Swirl IV features 131x125x62 mm dimensions and weighs 690 g. Its heatsink consists of 45 aluminum fins, pierced by three copper zinc-plated U-shaped heatpipes (8 mm). Inside the heatsink one can find a 60 mm fan with blue LED backlit. Its rotational speed is controlled by PWM technology so that the blades could run between 600 RPM up to 2000 RPM.


The fan is equipped with a slide bearing, estimated for 50.000 hours of fool-proof operation. It is powered by means of a 4-pin connector, ensuring up to 83.12 CFM airflow at 26 dB noise. Besides, at the highest rotational speed the …
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