Transcend SSD220S: Affordable TLC-Based Solid-State Drive

Transcend expands its lineup of SSDs with a new model – the SSD220S. It is based on 15-nm TLC memory chip available in 240 GB & 480 GB capacities. The model employs SATA 6 Gb/sec interface as well as DDR3 cache-memory. The drive is housed in a small-sized aluminum case (100x69.85x6.8 mm dimensions).



Transcend SSD220S boasts satisfactory Read/Write speed showings: sequential Read/Write data transfer activity – 550/450 Mb/sec, random – Read/Write data transfer activity (4K) – 80.000 IOPS. At the same time, Read/Write incompressible data transfer speed does not go beyond 330 Mb/sec. Moreover, these SSDs support all modern technologies, including Advanced Garbage Collection, SMART, TRIM, NCQ, and DevSleep.


To add, it’s always possible to upload SSD Scope software pack to further improve the performance. The drive is ready to operate in a wide range of temperatures (0-+70 degrees). The 240-gigabyte model costs 69 EUR, whereas its senior companion (480-gigabyte item) …

Overclocked Asus Strix R9 380 OC Graphics Card Review

AMD has recently updated its lineup of graphics cards, offering solutions for any taste and budget. Its Radeon R9 380 adapter is an appropriate balance of quality and price. Hence, there is small wonder that all company’s partners rushed into introducing their own versions of the card. The Strix R9 380 OC from Asus is undoubtedly one of the most outstanding interpretations. Let’s see what privileges it boasts.



General Specs


Asus Strix R9 380 OC is based on Antigua Pro GPU (28 nm) that entails 1792 CUDA cores, 32 ROPs and 11 TMUs. In contrast to the etalon model running at 970 MHz frequency, this card features 990 MHz nominal clock frequency. The codename – Strix-R9380-DC2OC-2GD5-Gaming implies that this item comes equipped with 2 GB of GDDR5 memory, operating at 5500 MHz efficient frequency. However, it is assumed that Asus will introduce the version with 4 GB memory to satisfy the needs of a wider audience.


PCB Layout


All hardware base components are …

All-in-One PC AIO 307 from iRU with Pre-Installed Windows 8

IRU announces the release of a new all-in-one PC codenamed AIO 307. Earlier the company launched AIO 304 model that was distinguished by some prominent specifications. However, AIO 307 is a product of a new generation with more elaborated design and internal layout, as said by the developers. The promoted PC will be represented by six different configurations with the employment of various CPUs, RAM and HDD capacity.



Upon the whole, iRU AIO 307 is based either on Intel Core i3-2130 or Intel Core i5-3450 processors. RAM volume capacity might achieve 6GB, while there are configurations where HDD capacity equals to 1TB. Graphics subsystem is introduced by Nvidia GeForce GT 630M 1GB graphics adapter. But what is more striking, it's the availability of PCs with a pre-installed Windows 8 OS.


PC AIO 304 design can be characterized by elegance and functionality. Its 21.5-inch display features Full HD resolution (1920x1080). All control buttons are located under the screen; they …
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