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.

Chief Peculiarities

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, …

PSU Chieftec BPS-650C2 Review

Chieftec, a renowned manufacturer of power supply units, has recently introduced a series of new PSUs, codenamed BPS, which included five different models. The two models differ from other items in color, dimensions, applied fans, and belonging to the lower PSU segment. The other three products belong to the high-end segment and own outstanding characteristics. Chieftec BPS-650C2 belongs to the high-end echelon that is confirmed as by its internal integration, so by general specifications.


PSU Chieftec BPS-650C2 employs modular system of cable connection and is notable by 650W of output power. The external design of the model did not outlive any dramatic changes, except for the availability of large stickers on the PSU casing. Quite the contrary, the integration has been given a completely new touch. BPS-650C2 is based on a new advanced platform developed by CWT. The manufacturer employed DC-DC converters for +3.3VDC and+5VDC channels. Those converters are …

SilverStone introduced a modular power supply Strider ST45SF-G form factor SFX

Power Supplies form factor SFX are usually positioned as solutions for office and HTPC systems, that is why its design is often monotonous. In this regard, a new block of SilverStone Strider ST45SF-G stands out from the competition with detachable cables in a nylon sheath and colored in black casing.

Despite its compact dimensions (125x100x63, 5 mm), power supply produces up to 450 watts of constant power at an efficiency of 88% to 92% in the networks of 230 V. It is noteworthy that the kit includes an adapter to install Strider ST45SF-G in the chassis type Mid-Tower (ATX).

Cooling of PSU is provided by 80-mm fan with support for automatic speed control. In addition, the unit has active PFC, single cable PCI-E Power on (6 +2) and two contacts at the 6-pin. Allowed not more than three per cent of deviation from the standard voltage of +12 V, +5 V and +3.3 V.

A detailed description of the new models is available on the manufacturer's website. SilverStone Strider ST45SF-G …
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