Kingston Showcases High-Capacity SSDNow KC400 Drives

Kingston has expanded its SSDNow lineup of solid-state drives by KC400 series. It entails four high-capacity 2.5-inch models: 128 GB, 256 GB, 512 GB and 1 TB. All of them are based on a 4-core 8-channel Phison 3110 controller and SATA III interface. The new-comers feature 100.1x69.8x7.0 mm dimension only and are shipped with a 5-year’s limited warranty.

Kingston SSDNow KC400 drives support SmartECC technology that serves for the maximal protection of data purposes. In addition, they accommodate SmartRefresh technology that saves the data from reading errors. The availability of onboard dedicated software ensures that the models could restart after emergency power shutdown.

All SSDs boast quite high cumulative volume of written data. The drives are able to operate in a wide range of temperatures (from -40 to +85). Their maximal power consumption index equals to 3.74 W on reading and 0.255 W in idle mode.

Moreover, the KC400 series offers unprecedented performance …

Shuttle SH87R6: Barebones Mini-PC with Outstanding Capabilities

Shuttle is happy to introduce its new elaboration – barebones system on Intel Haswell basis, codenamed SH87R6. The new-comer joins the ranks of XPC series and features 332x216x198 mm dimensions. It offers all users freedom in assembling PC systems of various configurations and is predestined to be employed as HTPC system or as a device for professional digital multimedia.

Mini-PC Shuttle SH87R6 supports the latest Intel’s processors of Intel Haswell family (Core i3/i5/i7) and comes with an integrated Intel HD Graphics that is compatible with DirectX 11.1 technology. Haswell-based systems might boast some striking performance and computing characteristics. The model comes also with four full-size DIMM slots for the integration of DDR3 memory modules (up to 1600 MHz and 32 GB capacity) and 300W PSU, certified with 80Plus Bronze standard. The latter is able to provide for the best efficiency and power-saving operation.

Expansion facilities are offered by one PCIe x16 slot …

Motherboard Asus P8Z77M-Pro Review

Functional possibilities of motherboards are not 100% dependent on their dimensions, as it was considered in earlier times. Quite the contrary, nowadays it's feasible to complement a high-performance system of compact dimensions. In this light, the majority of motherboard designers replenish their lineup of products with models of mATX format to propose efficiency and ergonomics simultaneously. Asus can boast a number of motherboard of various form-factors, and mATX is not an exclusion. Its latest model P8Z77M-Pro is capable to support all up-dated technologies, including multi-graphics (3-Way CrossFire, SLI, and Lucid Virtu MVP).

General Peculiarities

Asus P8Z77M-Pro is developed in mATX form factor. The predominant color gamut includes brown, blue and black tints. Capacitor fins have got composite gamut of silver-blue tints. The power is enabled via the main 24-contact ATX socket, and an additional 8-contact one. Such combination is basically applied in full-size …
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