Zalman Intros Three New Graphics Cards with VF1500 Cooler

Zalman, a well-known manufacturer of CPU coolers, PC cases and graphics solutions, introduces three new graphics card models, codenamed GeForce GTX 600 D5 OC VF1500, GeForce GTX 660 Ti D5 VF1500 and GeForce GTX 660 Ti D5 OC VF1500. All three models are equipped with a brand two-slot VF1500 cooler. Its framework consists of four heatpipes which transfer heat from GPU surface to an aluminum heatsink. This heatsink is accompanied by a couple of 92 mm fans, the maximal rotational speed of which achieves 1500 RPM. If compared with a reference cooler, VF1500 reduces GPU operational temperature at 25 degrees (from 81 to 56 degrees), producing 10 dB less noise (26 dB vs 36 dB).



The first model is based on Nvidia GK106 processor, designed under 28 nm technological process. It is characterized by heightened clock frequencies: nominal 1006 MHz against reference 980 MHz, and dynamic 1059 MHz against reference 1033 MHz.


The other two models, GeForce GTX 660 Ti D5 VF1500 and GeForce GTX …

Crucial officially introduced a series of SSD-drives v4

Solid State Drives Crucial v4, informal shipments of which began in May, the day before were added to the price lists of dozens online stores across Europe, as well as clearly stated on the website crucial.com. This series is designed as a compromise between high performance devices Crucial m4 and slow by today's range hard drives.



Developer (Micron) is positioning 2.5-inch drives v4 as an inexpensive solution for computer systems of class mainstream and PCs, collected before 2011, when it received widespread Interface SATA 6 Gb / s. New items have the connector SATA 3 Gb / s and are characterized by maximum read / write speeds in the range 230/190 MB / s. The claimed amount of IO operations per second (IOPS, 4 KB blocks) is small — 10,000 for reading and writing at up to 4000. Retain the support TRIM operation, operating systems Windows, Linux and Mac.


Technical details are set out by the manufacturer rather sparingly, and yet such information as the controller model and …

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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