Gigabyte Unveils a Pair of Brix GB Mini PCs

Gigabyte has expanded its portfolio by a pair of mini PCs which entered Brix series. The GB-BSi5-6200 & GB-BSi5H-6200 are housed in compact cases (119.4x112.6x34.4 mm & 119.4x112.6x46.8 mm respectively) with a polished metal stylization. Both new-comers take a 2-core Intel Core i5-6200U CPU (14 nm) that is able to operate in a 4-channel mode. Its base clock frequency equals to 2.3 GHz, however during overclocking this index rises to 2.8 GHz.



Gigabyte Brix GB-BSi5-6200 and GB-BSi5H-6200 PCs come with an integrated Intel HD Graphics 520 GPU. Memory subsystem is represented by two SO-DIMM slots, ready to welcome 6 GB of DDR3L-1600 MHz modules. The first model features one M.2 slot for the connection of storage devices; the second model boasts one M.2 and one SATA III slot, accompanied by a 2.5-inch drive bay.


Both mini PCs accommodate a single PCI Express expansion slot that is taken by Wi-Fi + Bluetooth adapter. Audio subsystem is based on Realtek ALC255 controller, while …

PNY to Release Brand Card Reader Series

PNY company has established a global reputation for manufacturing various hardware components, among which are memory and video cards. Currently, the company decided to add a new product to their product lineup – card reader device. The release will be marked by the appearance of two models simultaneously, codenamed CR001 and UH001. The customers who choose CR001 will have an opportunity to choose between red and blue color casings. In its turn, UH001 model can operate as a four-port hub.



PNY CR001 will be able to support the following memory cards types: Memory Stick Pro Duo, Memory Stick Micro, SDHC, MicroSDHC, MMCplus, CompactFlash, and xD-Picture. Nevertheless, this model will not support SDXC memory cards. CR001 is based on high-end controller which allows achieving the level of performance equaling to 1000 IOPS on reading and writing activities.


PNY CR001 offers only USB 2.0 interface support. The basic peculiarity of this card reader model is the availability of a …

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.



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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, …
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