Toshiba will increase the capacity of hard drives up to 600 terabytes

Toshiba is engaged in improving the existing hard drives in order to increase their capacity. Limited to several tens of terabytes, Japanese do not want to stop — they need at least 600 terabytes in a single 3.5-inch drive. To do this, Toshiba uses all the tools and opportunities, including temporary cooperation with companies, competitors, TDK, and Showa Denko KK.



The newly formed trio of producers focuses on the development of new technologies of recording information on magnetic media and improvement of existing methods. Alliance sees great prospective in the technology of the so-called «two-dimensional magnetic recording» (TDMR). It is experimental, but using, it is quite achievable to record density of 10 terabits per square inch, which thus gives the capacity of 600 terabytes in a single hard drive.


Of course, no one talks about the chances of such a capacious storage in the foreseeable future — Toshiba and its partners will have more than one year of research …

AMD Launches a New Driver Package Catalyst 13.8 Beta2

AMD has launched a second version of driver package Catalyst 13.8 that is called to dramatically enhance the efficiency in some games. The soft is compatible with Windows 8/7/Vista OS (32-/64-bit), supporting AMD Radeon (5000/6000/7700/7800/7900 series) and AMD Mobility Radeon (5000M/6000M/7000M/8000M series) GPUs.



Users can expect the following improvements:

— the resolution of problems with the image quality in ‘Van Helsing’ on anti-aliasing activation via Catalyst Control Center;

— the minimization of frame pacing delays in ‘Sniper Elite’, ‘Watch Dogs’, ‘World of Warcraft’, and ‘Tomb Raider’;

— the elimination of game image distortion in ‘Doom 3 BFG Edition’;

— the increase in efficiency in ‘Minimum’ (in CrossFireX), ‘Castlevania Lords of Shadow’ (in CrossFireX), and ‘RIPD’;

— the 9% increase in fps efficiency in ‘Splinter Cell Blacklist’ (Ultra settings);

— the 25% increase in efficiency in ‘Saints Row …

The Top-of-the-line Gaming Desktop by ASUS – ROG GR8 II

At CES 2017 ASUS has announced its latest gaming desktop model – ROG GR8 II. In outward appearance this PC resembles a book. It is designed in black with gold and red accents. The product weighs about 4 kg and has the following dimensions: 299 × 88 × 281.3 mm.



The framework encloses a Core i7-7700 (3.6/4.2 GHz) CPU with the Hyper-Threading technology support and up to 65 W of heat dissipation or the Intel Core i7-6700, Core i5-7400 or Core i5-6400 CPU, a GeForce GTX 1060 graphics card with 3 GB of GDDR5 memory and popular VR-headsets compatibility.


The motherboard is based on the H110 and can work with DDR4-2133 or DDR4-2400 of up to 32 GB RAM modules, HDD and SSD. Various ASUS ROG GR8 II versions will possess the 128–512 GB M.2 SSD and/or 500 GB and 1 TB (7200 rpm) HDD. Windows 10 Home will be preinstalled.


The interface features two USB 3.0, one type A and one type C USB 3.1, two HDMI ports, one DisplayPort, RJ-45, an optical S/PDIF port, jacks for headphones …
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