Gigabyte Unleashes a Pair of Brix Mini-PCs for Skylake Platform

Gigabyte keeps on expanding the segment of mini-PCs with its proper Brix solutions. This time the lineup has been replenished with two models: Brix GB-BSCEA-3955 & Brix GB-BSCEHA-3955. The two differ from each other by the height of the case. The first new-comer features 119.4x112.6x34.4 mm dimensions, whereas its companion boasts 119.4x112.6x46.8 mm dimensions. The latter allows for the installation of an additional 2.5-inch drive of 7.0 or 9.5 mm height. Both models are targeting Intel Skylake platforms.

The other characteristics of these mini-PCs are identical. They are based on two-core Intel Celeron 3955U CPUs (14 nm) which operate at 2.0 GHz frequency. Processors cooperate closely with Intel HD Graphics 510 that runs at 300-900 MHz clock frequency. The motherboard PCB (110x105 mm) houses a couple of SO-DIMM slots for DDR4-2133 MHz RAM (up to 32 GB).

Both Brix solutions offer one slot for the installation of M.2 2280 drive and a sole M.2 expansion slot which is …

Seasonic Teases a New Snow Silent 1050 W Power Supply

This season a new ‘white-color’ fashion trend has gripped many PC hardware manufacturers. Seasonic joined the tendency by introducing a new high-end power supply unit, codenamed Snow Silent 1050 W. It is intended enthusiasts and demanding gamers which aim to build a multi-GPU platform. The new-comer is already available at the European market at the price tag of 262.50 EUR.

Seasonic Snow Silent 1050 W boasts 80 Plus Platinum certificate, since it demonstrates 89%-94% efficiency in the majority of operational modes. This PSU is equipped with a single +12V bus, able to provide 87 A at 1044 W power. Such outstanding showings imply the employment of a high-quality hardware base and an advanced circuitry. In order to ensure maximum power and maximum stability, the model supports all modern protection utilities: OVP, OPP, UVP, OCP, OTP, and SCP.

The PSU features an absolutely modular design. Connection of graphics cards might be realized thanks to eight 6+2-pin connectors; …

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.
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