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.

Zotac Intros Its Own Version of GeForce GTX 650 Ti Boost Adapter

Zotac International introduces its own version of recently launched reference adapter GeForce GTX 650 Ti Boost from Nvidia. As distinct from the reference model, graphics card from Zotac (codename ZT-6120-10M) is a bit overclocked, enjoys an enforced cooling system with a voluminous heatsink and a pair of large fans.



Similarly to the original, Zotac GeForce GTX 650 Ti Boost is equipped with Nvidia GPU Boost technology that empowers dynamic overclocking and, as a result, dramatically improves the card’s performance. In addition, this option automatically identifies when GPU is physically able to heighten the frequencies and ‘wring out’ the maximal efficiency from it.


Those gamers, who are keen on enhancing their system’s performance, are free to employ Nvidia SLI facility that helps in uniting two GeForce GTX 650 Ti Boost graphics cards with the purpose to double the performance. The list of all basic specifications is given below:

— GPU and frequencies: …

Lifting the Veil from USB Type-C Bus

Since the launch in 1995, Universal Serial Bus (USB) has proved itself as the most successful ever computing interface. Nowadays tens of billions of electronic devices are connected together due to it. It goes without saying that this bus has outlived a few modifications, each distinguished by higher speed and reliability. Thus, today the community is able to revel in a completely new modification – USB Type-C – that forecasts a lot privileges of connectivity process. Let’s see what users will get with a new bus.



Layout and Connectivity


In physical terms, Type-C is a bit larger than USB 2.0 Micro-B but a bit tinier than binary USB 3.0 Micro-B, featuring 8.34x2.56 mm. Such dimensions enable its connection to the devices of any type, including the thinnest smartphones/tablets. The oval-shaped socket houses 24 contact outputs (to compare: USB 3.0 sockets feature only 9 outputs).


The most outstanding physical peculiarity of Type-C is a symmetric connector that …
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