Seagate Launches the 5th Generation FireCuda SSHD

Seagate has expanded its lineup of hybrid drives with the 5th-generation FireCuda SSHD. The greenhorns are based on shingled magnetic recording technology (SMR), rather than perpendicular magnetic recording (PMR). The SMR enables the partial superposition of data tracks; it ensures the ultimate record density. The models are backed by a 5-year’s limited warranty.



Seagate FireCuda series is introduced by 5 models, developed in 2.5-inch and 3.5-inch formats. Their capacity varies from 500 GB to 2 TB. The drives employ MLC flash memory (8 GB) as well as SATA 6 Gb/sec external interface. The spindle rotates at 5400 RPM.


The average data read speed makes up 140 MB/sec with 2.5-inch models & 156 MB/sec with 3.5-inch items. The latter offer also up to 190 MB/sec of the average read speed from flash memory; besides, it takes only 8.5-9.5 ms for the chips to search for the needed data on Read/Write operations. To add, the new FireCuda is thought to consume between 1.7-6.7 W power.

A Pair of New A88X-Based Motherboards for Socket FM2(+) from ASRock

According to the ASRock official website, the company has just unveiled the specifications of its two new motherboards, based on AMD A88X chipset. Codenamed FM2A88M Extreme4+ and FM2A88X Extreme6+, this couple has joined A-Style Series lineup and is estimated for APUs from AMD that support Socket FM2/FM2+ and have not more than 100 W TDP level. The realization of ASRock XFast 555 concept, which embraces XFast RAM/USB/LAN options, is the feature that unites both new-comers. Nevertheless, there are a lot of distinguishing features that make each model so peculiar.



ASRock FM2A88M Extreme4+ boasts the following specifications:

— form-factor: micro-ATX;

— memory: 4 DIMM slots, support for DDR3 modules running at 1066-2600+ (O.C) MHz, two-channel operational mode, maximal capacity – 64 GB;

— power supply system: digital controller, 4+2-phase power scheme;

— expansion facilities: one PCI slot, one PCIe 2.0 x1, one PCIe 2.0 x16, one PCIe 3.0 x16;

— storage: …

Biostar Outs a Triple of Racing Motherboards

Biostar has begun the 2016 year’s history with the launch of a new series of motherboards, entitled Racing. Currently, the lineup includes three ATX models — Z170GT7, H170GT3 & B150GT5 — based on Intel Z170, H170 and B150 chipsets respectively. The triple is compatible with Intel Skylake processors for Socket LGA1151.



Biostar Racing motherboards are developed according to Super 5 Design template. It entails a number of advantages. Among them:

— Super Sound – the employment of a high-quality audio subsystem Biostar Hi-Fi audio;

— Super Face – a unique visual styling of the PCB;

— Super Easy – the implementation of a well-considered hardware layout;

— Super Power – the usage of a reliable power subsystem with super durable ferrite and solid-state capacitors;

— Super Fun – the introduction of additional components for more sophistication (i.e. LED backlight).


Biostar Z170GT7 comes with 4 DIMM slots targeting DDR4-3200 MHz memory …
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