DAS Promise Pegasus R4 Review

Data storage units have become an integral part of PC hardware in recent years. Such conjuncture is simply explained by the rising necessity to store huge amounts of information and transfer the data to various devices. NAS and DAS units have been developed with the intention to solve all storage problems, however, the efficiency of their work is much dependent on the interfaces they use for data transfer. USB 2.0 interfaces are unable to cope with voluminous info; the prevalent now USB 3.0 and eSATA interfaces are efficient only for a single winchester. But when it comes to the management of really huge data blocks, there appears a need for a more advanced solution. Promise Technology dares to solve all vital issues by releasing DAS Pegasus R4 with Thunderbolt interface which is notable for the high and stable data transfer speed with the retention of compatibility.

General Characteristics

DAS Promise Pegasus R4 series does not differ so much in design terms from other …

Asus to Start Shipping Radeon R9 290 DirectCU II OC Graphics Card

Next week Asus is going to start shipping its newest graphics card from Radeon R9 series. Codenamed Radeon R9 290 DirectCU II OC, it is based on an original PCB with black-and-red design and the incorporation of an exclusive DirectCU II cooling system. Plus, the availability of ‘OC’ in the codename implies the availability of factory overclocking.

Asus Radeon R9 290 DirectCU II OC takes GCN Hawaii core with 2816 stream processors as the basis. It operates at an overclocked 1000 MHz frequency. The model is equipped with 4 GB of GDDR5 memory (512-bit bus) that runs at an effective 5400 MHz frequency. Just for a comparison, etalon adapter from AMD runs at 947 MHz/ 5000 MHz for GPU/memory correspondingly.

DirectCU II cooler consists of a heatsink, four copper nickel-plated heatpipes (two of them feature 10 mm dimensions), and two high-performance fans: one ordinary and one CoolTech. The card receives power via 6+8-pin connectors and might require not less than 600 W PSU.

Silicon Power Amplifies Its SSD Line with Slim S50 Series

Silicon Power, a renowned Taiwanese designer of various storage solutions, amplifies its solid-state drives line with a new series, entitled Slim S50. This series is introduced by four models of 32GB, 64GB, 128GB, and 256GB capacity. All of them are housed in a really slim black casing (7mm) that owns vibration-proof and shock-proof properties. The drives are characterized by the employment of a high-speed SATA III 6Gb/sec interface.

Whatever the model is under consideration, Slim S50 drives demonstrate compatibility with PCs of various form-factor, including the most advanced and compact ultrabooks. Along with the exponential physical properties, these SSDs are ready to provide the customers with a stable and utmost performance.

Thus, the maximal sequential reading speed equals to 530Mb/sec, while the speed on sequential writing speed approximates 200Mb/sec. Unfortunately, Silicon Power does not specify the showings on random Read/Write operations; there is also no …
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