External RAID-boxes by Sharkoon company for five and eight HDD

SHARKOON company has presented new and more powerful external boxes for the installation

of five and eight 2.5 — or 3.5-inch hard drives with interface SATA I / II / III. The model

SHARKOON 5-Bay RAID-Station allows the organization of RAID-arrays on 0/1/3/5/10 levels,

and at SHARKOON 8-Bay RAID-Station the support of RAID 00/30/50 is realized. The 8-Bay

RAID Station supports such memory modes: Clone, Large, Clean/Single.



It doesn’t matter where such models of raid-boxes are used. It can be a home collection or office equipment, still the product will show its effectiveness. Both products are available in black, made ​of steel SECC, have a plastic front panel, is cooled by a 120-millimeter fan and can be connected via USB 3.0 port or eSATA. The configuration of the RAID modes is done quickly and easily through the DIP switch located on the backside of the case.


At the same time SHARKOON 5-Bay RAID-Station weighs 4 kg and has dimensions of 282 x

150 x 215 mm. …

Motherboard ASUS 970 Pro Gaming/Aura Overview

Let’s start with the general technical characteristics:


Processors: AMD Sempron, Athlon, Phenom II, FX, Socket AM3 and Socket AM3 +

Core logic chipset: AMD 970 + AMD SB950

RAM: 4 x DDR3 for DIMM socket

Supported memory: up to 64 GB (unbuffered, non-ECC); dual-mode support, AMD A.M.P. and Intel X.M.P; support for DDR3 1066/1333/1600/1866/2133/2400 (OC) + MHz

Audio: Realtek ALC1150 (up to 8 channels)

Network: 1xIntel I211AT (10/100/1000 Mbit)

Expansion slots: 1 PCI Express x16 2.0 slot (PCIE2), physically as x16

1 x PCI Express x16 2.0 (PCIE4) slot, physically as x8

2 PCI Express x1 2.0 slots (PCIE1 and PCIE3)

2 x PCI slots

Graphics tandems support: AMD CrossFire; NVidia SLI

Disk subsystem: AMD SB950; — 6 SATA2 3Gb/s ports, support for ACHI, NCQ, RAID 0, RAID 1, RAID 0 + 1.

USB: AMD SB950:

— 8 ports USB 2.0/1.1 (2 connectors on the board for connecting 4 ports, 4 ports on the back of the board)

ASMedia ASM1042A:

— 2 USB …

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). …
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