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.

MSI Introduces Radeon R9 270X Gaming 2G ITX Graphics Card

All devotees of mini-ITX PC systems now can enjoy the privileges of innovative graphics solutions with a remarkable Radeon R9 270X Gaming 2G ITX adapter. The new-comer features 170x120x35 mm dimensions only and fits any modern small-sized chassis. It is based on AMD Curacao XT GPU that boasts 1280 stream processors and offers nominal, as well as overclocked operational frequencies. The card supports the latest DirectX 11.2 and OpenGL 4.3 standards, in addition to the bunch of AMD’s proprietary technologies (i.e. Eyefinity, Mantle, PowerTune, Stream, CrossFireX, PowerPlay, HD3D, etc.).



MSI Radeon R9 270X Gaming 2G ITX is able to demonstrate three different operational modes: Silent, Gaming, OC. The nominal clock frequency in all modes makes up 1030 MHz, however during overclocking this index rises up to 1050 MHz – Silent mode, 1070 MHz – Gaming mode, and 1080 MHz – OC mode. The GPU is accompanied by 2 GB of GDDR5 memory (256-bit interface); it runs at 1400 MHz/5600 MHz …

Zalman Showcases a New GV Series of Power Supplies

Zalman is glad to introduce its fresh PSU series, entitled GV. Pursuant to the manufacturer, these power supplies are intended for the support of high-efficiency components. Taking into account the demands of contemporary PCs, Zalman equips the GV units with a single +12V bus that is able to endure high current capability. Upon the whole, the new series embraces three models: ZM500-GV (500W), ZM600-GV (600W), and ZM700-GV (700W).



All Zalman GV PSUs employ non-modular cable design and high-quality Dual-Forwarding Switching schemes. Those schemes allow for the decrease of losses on switching and for the lowering of operational temperatures. Thanks to this innovation, an overall efficiency of all units approximates 88%; such index is vindicated by 80Plus Bronze certificate.


Cooling of all internal hardware pieces is organized by efforts of a sole 120 mm fan. A comprehensive set of protection options saves all components from a variety of glitches (OVP, SCP, OPP, OCP, UVP), …
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