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.



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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, …

Thermalright to Release a New Venomous X RT Rev.SB-E Cooler



Less than a week is left till the official launch of a new CPU cooler from Thermalright, codenamed Venomous X RT Rev.SB-E. The product is going to hit the market already on 12 April and will cost around $69. One of the key peculiarities assigned to the novel lies in its universal bracket system that promotes for a hassle-free installation into the majority of present-day platforms: AMD Socket AM2(+), FM2, FM1, AM3(+), as well as Intel Socket 775, 1150, 1155, 1156, 1366, 2011.


This tower-type CPU cooler consists of a large heatsink, six heat pipes and a single fan. The heatsink is made of aluminum and has got nickel-plated cooper base. Its dimensions feature 127x60x160 mm. The integrated heatpipes boast nickel-plated coverage that ensures longer durability and better heat removal performance.


Thermalright Venomous X RT Rev.SB-E is equipped with TY-120 fan, featuring 120x120x25 mm dimensions and 95 g weight. Its operation is monitored by means of PWM technology that …

HIS Radeon R9 290 IceQ X2: Graphics Card with an Offbeat Cooler

HIS has recently replenished its Radeon R9 series of graphics cards with a new model – the Radeon R9 290 IceQ X2. Based on AMD Hawaii Pro chip, this card is a combination of an ultimate efficiency and an offbeat design. The integrated GPU runs at an etalon frequency — 947 MHz. No changes have been incorporated into the frequency mode of GDDR5 memory: the 4 GB memory with 512-bus interface runs at nominal/effective 1250/5000 MHz frequency.



The major peculiarity pertained to the model is the employment of a proprietary two-slot cooler, codenamed IceQ X2. It consists of a spacious copper base (40x47.5 mm), a large aluminum heatsink, a pair of 89 mm fans, and five nickel-plated heatpipes: 2x 8 mm and 3x 6 mm. The cooler also accommodates additional heatspreaders, which dissipate heat in memory and VRM sections. Moreover, the framework boasts a dedicated stiffening plate that reduces loading on the printed circuit board.


To continue, HIS Radeon R9 290 IceQ X2 comes with two …
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