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, …

New Mini-ITX Motherboard H87E-ITX/ac from ASRock

ASRock, a Taiwanese manufacturer of motherboards, is eager to introduce its new elaboration – motherboard H87E-ITX/ac. The new-comer is designed in a compact mini-ITX form-factor and is destined for the creation of compact desktop systems. Chipset Intel H87 Express in combination with Intel Core (4th generation) LGA 1150 processors provide for utmost stability and high performance in the majority of working modes.

ASRock H87E-ITX/ac houses two slots for RAM memory modules of DDR3 type; the maximal volume of supported memory might achieve 32 GB. The board takes power by means of 24-pin ATX and 8-pin EPS connectors. Digi Power system, featuring DrMOS voltage regulators, allots four phases for providing power supply to the CPU. Expansion of facilities becomes possible due to a single PCI Express 3.0 x16 slot, a single miniPCI Express slot, a single eSATA port, and six SATA III 6 Gb/sec ports.

Network facilities are guaranteed by gigabit Ethernet port, Bluetooth 4.0 module, …

Arctic Cooling Accelero Mono Plus Cooler Review

New Arctic Cooling Accelero Mono Plus is an excellent solution for video-card cooling when original cooler can’t function in high temperature.

Packaging and accessories

The cooler comes in a small transparent blister. On the front side of the package, except for the name of the product, one is able to find a kind of easily removable G-1. This is a hot-melt adhesive, supplied in the kit. On the back of the package there are brief specifications in several languages ​​and three tests, indicating the superiority of Accelero Mono Plus over the reference cooling of GeForce GTX 560 Ti. One of the labels indicates the presence of 6-year warranty, which is more than enough, even in case of fan depreciation.

Design Features

Cooler Arctic Cooling Accelero Mono Plus has a rather unusual design. The main feature is the use of one 120-mm fan and five heat pipes with fairly dense arrangement. This design should provide both high performance and compatibility with a wider …
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