HDD Western Digital VelociRaptor WD1000DHTZ Review

Western Digital started the winning of HDD market almost ten years ago. Since that time the company has managed to dramatically improve its manufacturing process and achieve the desirable heights. Its latest HDD solution, codenamed VelociRaptor WD1000DHTZ, deserves special attention thanks to its performance showings and low operational temperatures.

General Peculiarities

Flagship HDD VelociRaptor WD1000DHTZ goes in 1TB volume capacity and is destined for the employment primarily in workstations. It combines high performance along with reliability to become an efficient solution for professional office needs, compact servers, high-end workstations, rendering processes, and for the management of graphics content of high resolution. Upon the whole, this model stands somewhere between the entry level SSDs and winchesters of 3.5 inch form-factor.

Additionally, Western Digital delivers modifications of VelociRaptor which go in more modest capacities (250 GB and 500 GB). …

‘Deadly’ MSI Z97 Gaming 9 AC Mainboard Review

Despite the fact that Intel Z97 chipset appeared in the market long ago, mainboards on this platform have not lost their vitality till nowadays. The MSI Z97 Gaming 9 AC is an acknowledgement of this. Being a representative of top-tier segment, this product is supposed to be an ideal match for gamers and enthusiast overclockers who look for stability and unbelievable facilities. Let’s see what kind of benefits this model can offer to the army of sophisticated users.

Stepwise Overview

The full-format ATX MSI Z97 Gaming 9 AC motherboard is based on Intel Z97 chipset that supports Intel Core Haswell/Haswell Refresh CPUs with LGA1150 socket. Wisely-elaborated printed circuit board (PCB) accommodates four DIMM slots for DDR3 modules of 32 GB overall capacity (with XMP profiles). The integration of expansion and graphics cards becomes possible due to three PCI Express 3.0 x16 slots & the same amount of PCI Express 2.0 x1 slots. If equipped with two videocards, the board …

Western Digital Enters the Market with My Cloud EX2 Ultra NAS

WD came out with a new enterprise-class storage, entitled My Cloud EX2 Ultra. The model is intended for the installation of two HDDs with the maximal capacity of 12 TB. According to the manufacturer, this NAS will be a perfect choice for professionals who require automatic data synchronization, file sharing, data backup, etc.

WD My Cloud EX2 Ultra is based on 1.3-GHz CPU accompanied by 1 GB DDR3. The pair ensures the realization of fast data transferring as well as smooth video streaming. The compatible drives support RAID 0/1, JBOD & Spanning operational modes. Backup process might be realized in several ways: data backup to the other NAS, to the external storage via USB 3.0 port or to the cloud storage via LAN/WAN network.

The model is shipped with pre-installed HDDs (WD Red with support for NASware 3.0 technology), configured to operate in RAID 1. NASware 3.0 is called to improve solidity, minimize data loss prospects in case of power off or voltage surge. If required, …
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