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, …

ASRock Outs N3150DC-ITX Mainboard

ASRock has gladdened all devotees of small-sized, power-efficient & sustainable PC/multimedia systems by the introduction of a mini-ITX motherboard, entitled N3150DC-ITX. The model comes equipped with a 4-core Intel Atom N3150 CPU, running at 1.6 GHz basic frequency with the possibility to overclock up to 2.08 GHz frequency. Its key privilege is a sparing TDP level – 6 W only.



ASRock N3150DC-ITX boasts a totally passive cooling: the PCB houses a noiseless heatspreader without a fan. Memory subsystem is represented by two SO-DIMM slots which support the installation of DDR3/DDR3L-1600 MHz modules. The PCB teases only top-tier hardware components, including solid-state capacitors, ELNA audio caps, etc.


Storage might be organized due to a pair of SATA III 6 Gb/sec ports and the same number of SATA II 3 Gb/sec ports. A single PCI-e 2.0 x1 slot is intended for an expansion card, while mini PCI-e Express slot – for a wireless network interface module.


Audio subsystem …

Greet New Curved Monitor S29E790C from Samsung

Thirst for innovative visual technologies made Samsung develop another curved monitor – the S29E790C. The 29-inch item is based on MVA panel that is characterized by 2560x1080 resolution (Wide FHD) and 21:9 aspect ratio. The model is available in two color variations (black and silver) to perfectly match hi-tech environment. Release and price info is currently unknown.



Samsung S29E790C is able to ensure 100% of sRGB color gamut, 4 ms response time, the widest viewing angles (178/178 degrees), 300 cd/m2 brightness, 8-bit 16.7 million of displayed colors, and 60 Hz refresh time. The monitor is peculiar by an increased index of static contrast (3000:1) which might be raised dynamically due to the integration of Mega DCR system.


The curvature of the display makes up 3000R. The implemented T-shape stand features curved framework as well; it allows changing the height and tilt of the screen. There is a possibility to use the display without the stand, thanks to VESA bracket. …
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