ARM Readies Cortex-A72 and Mali-T880 for Mobile Devices

ARM has just announced a series of solutions for the upcoming next-generation mobile SoC. The most notable developments are Cortex-A72 processor and Mali-T880 graphics. According to the manufacturer, both components will be interconnected within SoC by means of CoreLink – CCI-500. The launch of new items is scheduled for 2016. Rockchip, MediaTek and HiSilicon are among the companies to integrate both elaborations into their products.



It should be noted that Cortex- A72 is a successor of Cortex-A57, taking analogous 64-bit operations but demonstrating three times higher performance. The new-comer will be designed under 16 nm FinFET+ technological process. Its layout corresponds to big.LITTLE framework requirements; this promotes for its combination with other ARM cores.


As far as Mali-T880 GPU is concerned, it provides for 1.8 response time increase if compared with the Mali-T760 model. Herewith, its power consumption is reduced by 40%. Moreover, this GPU might support 4K …

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, …

NZXT Source 530: a Spacious Chassis for Ardent Gamers

NZXT has just announced the release of a new PC chassis for gamers, entitled Source 530. The model belongs to NZXT’s Classic series and is designed in a Full-Tower form-factor, featuring 507x235x510.5 mm dimensions. The case is made of steel with an aluminum finish and a black paint. In accordance with the manufacturer, the chassis is ideal for a mighty gaming platform, due to a spacious internal layout and optimal airflow.



NZXT Source 530 supports various motherboards, including standard ATX, mini-ITX, micro-ATX, and E-ATX ones. The frontal facet cannot boast the variety of inputs/outputs (a couple of USB 3.0 ports and the same number of audio slots), although its internal layout strikes by rich facilities. Thereby, the model boasts the availability of three external racks for 5.25-inch drives and six internal racks for 3.5/2.5-inch drives, which are characterized by tool-free fixture. Additionally, it’s feasible to install one more 2.5-inch drive on the rear side of the …
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