Solid-State Drive Intel 330 Series 180GB Review

Some two-three years ago solid-state drives were supposed to be a luxury rather than a necessity. Not every enthusiast showed predisposition to spend a few hundreds dollars to enhance his PC performance. Nonetheless, time passed and SSD technologies rapidly erupted into corporate and home fields, serving as a mighty storage means to replace traditional HDDs. They are currently the most wanted piece of hardware that offers better reliability, faster speeds, as well as larger volumes. Besides, their today’s price falls within average customer’s possibilities. Intel keeps the wave in this industry too, delivering high-end products for various audiences. Intel 330 Series 180GB SSD, one of its latest releases, is a direct image of quality and volume combined with a reasonable price.



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Intel 330 Series 180GB is predestined for advanced users with modding/overclocking activities in mind and owners of powerful laptops. It is characterized by 1.200.000 hours …

Antec Outs Budgetary GX500 Chassis

Antec, a well-known designer of multiple hardware solutions, has released a new budgetary chassis, codenamed GX500. The model is developed in mid-tower form-factor and features 205x476x458 mm dimensions. It is made of solid steel but is complemented by plastic patches. The case has got a totally black coating and minimum accessories. The customers are able to acquire the product for the recommended price tag of EUR 59.



Antec GX500 supports the integration of standard ATX, as well as detracted mini-ITX and micro-ATX motherboards. The internal layout is ready to accommodate two 5.25-inch drives, five 2.5/3.5-inch drives, and seven PCI expansion cards. Storage might be enlarged due to the availability of one more external 3.5-inch drive bay.


Spacing within the chassis is sufficient to pack ATX power supply unit, CPU cooler of 158 mm in height, graphics adapters of 380 mm in length, and heatspreaders (liquid-cooling) of 380 mm in length. The chassis’ exterior does not …

Shuttle to Introduce a Small-Sized Budgetary Nettop DS47

Shuttle, an outstanding Taiwanese mini-PC and barebone-systems developer, is going to introduce its new nettop model DS47. The presentation will be realized within the boundaries of Computex 2013 exhibition which will take place in early June. According to the preliminary information, the product features 200x39.5x165 mm dimensions and weighs 2.05 kg.



Shuttle DS47 is based on Intel Celeron 847 processor, running at 1.1 GHz, and comes with an integrated Intel HD2000 graphics. CPU TDP level equals to 17 W. This model accommodates 16 GB RAM (SO-DIMM) of DDR3-1333 MHz type. Its internal layout is estimated for the incorporation of a single 3.5-inch HDD or a pair of 2.5-inch HDD/SSD with the support of SATA 6 Gb/sec interface.


The availability of mini-PCI Express connector with the support of mSATA interface gives the user a chance to expand the system with one more solid-state drive. In addition, Shuttle equips this nettop with a half-size mini-PCIe connector for the …
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