Solid-State Drive OCZ Agility 4 Review

Up-to-date SSD manufacturers are inclined to employ MLC flash-memory with synchronous interface in their product lines. The implementation of exactly such memory interface allows balancing the advanced performance with moderate price. This is especially vital for SSDs with SATA 3 6Gb/sec interface. Nevertheless, some producers take the challenge to implement flash-memory with asynchronous interface in their drives. As a result, the final products go at more attractive price but with more modest speed characteristics. OCZ dared to overcome this speed drawback by releasing SSD Agility 4 series. The models included in the series are based on asynchronous flash-memory interface and, according to the company's words, prove to show quite decent speed index.

Chief Peculiarities

Despite the prevalence of SandForce controllers implemented in SSDs, OCZ decided to use quite different platform for its new series. Agility 4 employs Indilinx Everest 2 controllers which, in some way, …

SilverStone Outs Strider Platinum Power Supply Units

SilverStone technology is about to launch three new PSUs which join Strider Platinum family. The ST55F-PT, ST65F-PT and ST75F-PT offer 550 W, 650 W and 750 W power correspondingly. The new-comers are housed in a classic black chassis, featuring 150x86x140 mm dimensions, and are based on Sirtec platform. The latter complies with ATX 12V 2.4 requirements. Moreover, all models boast 80Plus Platinum certificate, since their efficiency achieves 94% in 230V networks.

SilverStone Strider Platinum units feature an entirely modular design. Cooling is ensured thanks to a pre-installed 120-mm fan that rotates at 1500 RPM on 100% loading and at 1000 RPM on 70% loading. It produces not more than 18 dB noise and might operate trouble-free for some 100 thousand hours.

These PSUs come equipped with all-new safety options, including Active PFC, overvoltage, overloading, overheating, and short circuit safeguards. The list of integrated connectors embraces standard ATX, EPS 12V (4+4)-pin, a …

Arctic Cooling Accelero Mono Plus Cooler Review

New Arctic Cooling Accelero Mono Plus is an excellent solution for video-card cooling when original cooler can’t function in high temperature.

Packaging and accessories

The cooler comes in a small transparent blister. On the front side of the package, except for the name of the product, one is able to find a kind of easily removable G-1. This is a hot-melt adhesive, supplied in the kit. On the back of the package there are brief specifications in several languages ​​and three tests, indicating the superiority of Accelero Mono Plus over the reference cooling of GeForce GTX 560 Ti. One of the labels indicates the presence of 6-year warranty, which is more than enough, even in case of fan depreciation.

Design Features

Cooler Arctic Cooling Accelero Mono Plus has a rather unusual design. The main feature is the use of one 120-mm fan and five heat pipes with fairly dense arrangement. This design should provide both high performance and compatibility with a wider …
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