Kingston and Adata Come up with M.2 SSDs

Within the framework of Computex 2014 both Kingston and Adata are going to introduce their fresh SSD series of M.2 form-factor. In keeping with the manufacturers’ words, the products – SM2280S2 and SR1020NP — are differentiated by some spectacular performance. At present the companies provide only basic info about the drives, leaving their fans in suspense.



Kingston SM2280S3 is based on Phison PS3108 that supports SATA 6 Gb/sec interface only. It ensures 540 MB/sec and 514 MB/sec speed on sequential Read/Write operations. For sure, it’s not the performance innovative M.2 drives should demonstrate (about 10 Gb/sec), although the model considerably surpasses traditional HDDs in this respect.


This SSD series is represented by three models of 120 GB, 240 GB and 480 GB capacity. All of them employ DDR3 cache-memory with the minimal 256 MB capacity. Besides, the difference in efficiency between other M.2 offers Kingston promises to compensate by a more affordable price.

Meet New Motherboard from Biostar: Hi-Fi Z87W

Biostar is ready to launch its newest motherboard that is notable for the support of Windows 8.1 OS platform and availability of Windows Hardware Quality Labs certificate. Entitled Biostar Hi-Fi Z87W, it features a standard ATX form-factor and is relied on Intel Z87 Express chipset. Thereby, the board is ready to accommodate LGA1150 Intel Core processors (Haswell architecture).



The motherboard houses four slots for the installation of DDR3 memory modules that run at the maximal 2600 MHz (up to 32 GB). Power subsystem is organized according to 8-phase scheme to provide enough power to the CPU and other key components. Expansion facilities are secured by means of two PCI slots, the same number of PCI-e 2.0 x1 slots, one PCI-e 2.0 x16, and one more PCI-e 3.0 x16 slot. Storage facilities are represented by six SATA III 6 Gb/sec ports, which can be combined into diverse RAID configurations.


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Overclocked Asus Strix R9 380 OC Graphics Card Review

AMD has recently updated its lineup of graphics cards, offering solutions for any taste and budget. Its Radeon R9 380 adapter is an appropriate balance of quality and price. Hence, there is small wonder that all company’s partners rushed into introducing their own versions of the card. The Strix R9 380 OC from Asus is undoubtedly one of the most outstanding interpretations. Let’s see what privileges it boasts.



General Specs


Asus Strix R9 380 OC is based on Antigua Pro GPU (28 nm) that entails 1792 CUDA cores, 32 ROPs and 11 TMUs. In contrast to the etalon model running at 970 MHz frequency, this card features 990 MHz nominal clock frequency. The codename – Strix-R9380-DC2OC-2GD5-Gaming implies that this item comes equipped with 2 GB of GDDR5 memory, operating at 5500 MHz efficient frequency. However, it is assumed that Asus will introduce the version with 4 GB memory to satisfy the needs of a wider audience.


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