HDD Segment is Given Comforting Forecasts

In consideration of mass transition to solid-state drives by large customer groups, HDD developers are deep in their thoughts about the way to promote their products. Indeed, the era of desktop computers is gradually sinking into oblivion, since more and more users give preference to more advanced compact devices, such as pads, mobile gadgets, etc., which require SSD integration. Still, analysts from some leading IT bureaus give promising forecasts for HDD industry for the upcoming four years.



According to their researches, HDD market will not die but, quite the contrary, will see a significant boost with the hit of supply in 2016. The end of 2012 is not far off, but it's already possible to estimate the overall delivery volumes by a few global HDD manufacturers. Thus, Toshiba, Western Digital and Seagate will increase the rate of supply at more than 4%, as compared with 2011, delivering 502.5 million drives. This index will rise approximately to 575 million items till 2016.
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Intel Thunderbolt Ready Facilitates in Upgrading Your Desktop PC

Last week Intel announced a new instrumentality for upgrading desktop PC, called Thunderbolt Ready. This tool will help in incorporating Thunderbolt interface into the motherboards which initially do not have the support for it. However, only the motherboards with ‘Thunderbolt Ready’ marking and an inbuilt General-purpose I/O (GPIO) socket might fall under the upgrade. In addition to this feature, the user will have to acquire a dedicated card to enable the interface.



This card is installed into an appropriate PCI Express slot and is then connected to GPIO, as well as DisplayPort socket of the integrated/discrete GPU controller, due to the cables that go in batch. After this, the customer needs to upload dedicated software in order to activate the Thunderbolt. According to Intel, there are currently more than 100 alike products with Thunderbolt support; the majority of them are certified for the usage with PCs on Windows or Mac OS X platforms.


To continue, Asus is one …

Cooler Master Launches High-End Cosmos SE Chassis

Cooler Master, a Taiwanese designer of prime-quality PC hardware, started selling its fresh Cosmos SE (codename COS-5000-KKN1) chassis. The product is developed in mid-tower form-factor and positions itself as a miniature copy of the earlier released Cosmos II full-tower model. The latest entry distinguishes itself by an extraordinary design and an unbelievable capaciousness. The steel and aluminum case has got a totally black coating (interior and exterior); it features 264x569x524 mm dimensions.



The Cosmos SE is delivered in two framework variations: with absolutely blind side panels and with a stylish acrylic window. In order to provide comfort during transportation, Cooler Master has furnished the chassis with convenient carrying handles. The frontal facet is rich in six USB ports (a pair of 3.0 and four 2.0 ports) and in a dedicated button for the fan backlight adjustment.


This chassis model supports standard ATX and even larger motherboards (micro-ATX and E-ATX), as …
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