The SilverStone FPS01 Device Returns the Optical Drive Bay into Game

Optical carriers are not popular anymore. Nowadays they are mostly used as license movies carriers, and not as user data storage media. SilverStone offers an alternate variant for those having an unexploitable optical drive of the Slim type.



The new device, called FPS01, is released in two variants, which differ in USB types only: the SST-FPS01 model offers a pair of standard А type ports, and SST-FPS01-C possesses only one С type port. FPS01 is compatible with the standard 12.7 mm Slim ODD optical drive bay and is installed in place of the needless DVD or Blu-ray bay. Though this is not the whole scope of the module’s functionality.


This device features the built-in SD and microSD card reader supporting SDHC and SDXC cards, and the place to install M.2 drive with 6 Gbps SATA interface of 2280 typical size. Unfortunately, the use of FPS01 in laptops can bring some trouble as far as there’s a need to connect the module through standard Molex jacks, USB 3.0 and SATA. …

Seagate Launches the 5th Generation FireCuda SSHD

Seagate has expanded its lineup of hybrid drives with the 5th-generation FireCuda SSHD. The greenhorns are based on shingled magnetic recording technology (SMR), rather than perpendicular magnetic recording (PMR). The SMR enables the partial superposition of data tracks; it ensures the ultimate record density. The models are backed by a 5-year’s limited warranty.



Seagate FireCuda series is introduced by 5 models, developed in 2.5-inch and 3.5-inch formats. Their capacity varies from 500 GB to 2 TB. The drives employ MLC flash memory (8 GB) as well as SATA 6 Gb/sec external interface. The spindle rotates at 5400 RPM.


The average data read speed makes up 140 MB/sec with 2.5-inch models & 156 MB/sec with 3.5-inch items. The latter offer also up to 190 MB/sec of the average read speed from flash memory; besides, it takes only 8.5-9.5 ms for the chips to search for the needed data on Read/Write operations. To add, the new FireCuda is thought to consume between 1.7-6.7 W power.

Transcend Releases SSD320 with SATA III Interface

Transcend has introduced a series of new 2.5'' solid-state drives, codenamed SSD320. The new product supports SATA III 6 Gb/sec standards, and is notable for the outstanding data transfer speed, as well as, reliability. SSD320 is based on SandForce SF-2281 controller of the second generation which adds to the overall performance.



Transcend SSD320 series will include drives of various volume capacities, starting from 64 GB and finishing with 256 GB. These models employ MLC NAND flash-memory chips. In addition, those SSDs support error correction technology. Transcend has taken care of its new series and promoted for the unmatched performance and showings. SSD320 ensures quick download of programs and practically instantaneous system response while working with complicated graphic material or multimedia applications. The devices are capable to achieve the maximal reading speed of 560 Mb/sec, and the maximal writing speed of 530 Mb/sec. Random writing speed (4K) equals to 87000 …
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