First SSDs from Asus to be Released Already in May

First seen at CES 2013 exhibition, Asus ROG RAIDR solid-state drives are on their final stage of development before an official release in May. Unlike the majority of contemporary SSD solutions in the market, the product from Asus features quite distinct form-factor, similar to expansion cards. The new drive is known to employ PCI Express 2.0 x2 interface with the support of x16/x8/x4 slots.

According to the preliminary data, ROG RAIDR solid-state drives will be available in two capacity variations – 120 GB and 240 GB. Both models will run under a couple of SandForce SF2281 controllers, comprised into RAID 0 array. MLC NAND flash-memory chips from Toshiba (designed under 19 nm technological process) will be the heart of revolutionary SSDs. Irrespective of the overall differentiation, ROG RAIDR will support a range of technologies traditional SSDs support, including S.M.A.R.T., TRIM and NCQ.

With the respect to the performance, both drives will be able to demonstrate …

Aerocool to Start Selling Its New PC Cases VS-92

Aerocool Advanced Technologies has introduced its new series of PC cases, codenamed VS-92. The series replenishes the PGS-V line and is attributed to a budgetary segment. The cases will be delivered in two color variations (white and black) to comply with the majority of working environments (offices or home-based gaming stations). Aerocool promises to put both models on sale already this month.

PC chassis VS-92 are designed in mid-tower form-factor, featuring 455x200x460 mm dimensions. The cases themselves are made of steel and have got a window on their side facet. Their exterior design is notable by the availability of three 5.25-inch drive bays covered by dedicated grids, two high-speed USB 3.0 ports, two conventional 3.5 mm audio ports, and LCD display connected with temperature-sensitive element.

Internal configuration is estimated for the installation of ATX and micro-ATX motherboards, CPU coolers of up to 158 mm in height, as well as graphics cards of up to 400 mm …

ASRock Unveils Z170M OC Formula Mainboard

ASRock came into the market with a new small-sized overclocking-oriented mainboard. Entitled Z170M OC Formula, the model is designed in micro-ATX form-factor on the basis of Intel Z170 chipset. The latter is ready to cooperate with Intel Skylake CPUs for Socket LGA1151. The PCB offers a pair of DIMM slots for DDR4-4500 MHz RAM (up to 32 GB capacity).

ASRock Z170M OC Formula accommodates three PCIe 3.0 x16 expansion slots, enabling the creation of various graphics configurations (including Nvidia SLI & AMD CrossFireX). Storage subsystem is introduced by a pair of SATA Express ports (10 Gb/sec) as well as four SATA ports (6 Gb/sec) and one Ultra M.2 slot (32 Gb/sec).

This motherboard boasts a high-quality audio subsystem; it is based on Realtek ALC1150 controller, generating 7.1-channel sounding (Purity Sound 3). The 10-layer PCB comes with an integrated 14-phase power subsystem with dual-stack MOSFETs, premium choke coils, and solid-state capacitors Nichicon 12K Platinum. …
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