Toshiba to Release Entry-Level A100 Solid-State Drive

Toshiba is about to release a 2.5-inch SSD, entitled A100. The entry-level model is based on TLC NAND flash memory chips (15 nm) with the cooperation of SLC cache memory. Traditionally, the drive employs SATA 6 Gb/sec interface and takes Toshiba TC58NC1010 chip as a controller.



The greenhorn is available in two versions: 120 GB and 140 GB (dimensions: 100x69.85x7 mm). The couple is an optimal choice for home & office PCs, thanks to the incorporation of power-efficient, high-performance and shock-proof technologies. The drives’ maximal data transfer speed on sequential operations makes up 550 MB/sec & 480 MB/sec (read/write). The maximal data transfer speed on random operations (4K) achieves 87.000 IOPS & 82.000 IOPS correspondingly.


Toshiba A100 solid-state drives are known to support NCQ, TRIM and S.M.A.R.T. technologies. An estimated MTBF index equals to 1.5 million hours. The 120 GB item might endure 30 TB of written information, while the 240 GB item allows for 60 TB …

G11DF Is the First ASUS Desktop Based on the AMD Ryzen Platform

During the Computex 2017 exhibition ASUS presented its latest gaming G11DF PC, based on the flagship 8-core AMD Ryzen 7 1800X processor (Zen microarchitecture with the AMD B350 system logic). This is the first ASUS desktop, built on the Ryzen platform.



Customers can choose between configurations with AMD or NVIDIA GPUs, including NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 and AMD Radeon RX 480 models. Ultimate RAM DDR4-2400 memory capacity is 32 GB. As a storage device one can use a 3 TB HDD or a 512 GB M.2 PCIe SSD.


In its basic configuration, G11DF features a gigabit Ethernet port; however, optionally one can obtain models with extra Wi-Fi 802.11ac wireless connectivity support. The front panel contains two USB 3.1 Gen 2 Type-A and two USB 2.0 ports. The back side has a USB 3.0 Type-C, four USB 3.0 Type-A and two USB 2.0 ports.


Design is traditional for ROG – the PC case is performed in black and red colours. There are two RGB LED-strips on the front, and via the ASUS Aegis III app …

Spire Launches Ridge 6601 and Ridge 6602 PC Chassis

Spire has officially launched a new line of budgetary PC chassis, codenamed Spire Ridge. At the moment, there are only two models within the series – the Ridge 6601 and the Ridge 6602. Both are characterized by the support for ATX motherboards and have many other identical specifications: i.e. mid-tower form-factor, 192x415x418 mm dimensions. Still, there are some differentiations as well.



The first distinction between the two models lies in the frontal panel design. Therefore, Ridge 6601 features a laconic panel made of plastic without additional ventilation. In its turn, Ridge 6602 features a half-perforated metallic frontal panel that allows for a more intense cooling of internal components.


The couple boasts identical expansion facilities with two 5.25-inch buckets for optical drives, four 3.5-inch buckets for HDD/SSD, and seven expansion slots. Connectivity options are introduced by a set of frontal interfaces, including two audio slots, one USB 2.0, and one USB …
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