Seagate Showcases New Enterprise-Class HDD Models

Seagate, one of the global leaders in HDD/SSD market, has elaborated and showcased two new enterprise-class HDD models. Codenamed Seagate Enterprise Performance 10K HDD v7 and Seagate Terascale, both entries are intended to be employed in data-centers and cloud storage systems. According to the designers, the drives are an optimal combination of capacity, efficiency and price. Hence, such specifications can’t but draw huge attention.



The first model, Seagate Enterprise Performance 10K HDD v7, is developed in 2.5-inch form-factor and utilizes SAS 6 internal interface. It comes in 1200 GB capacity with 64 MB cache-memory on board. The maximal spindle rotational speed achieves 10 thousand RPM, while the average index of power consumption makes up 8.02 W.


This HDD is primarily notable by low data access lags, as well as by high efficiency in the majority of working modes. Besides, it supports FIPS Self-Encrypting Drive and Protection Information technologies that are called …

Biostar Launches Hi-Fi Z97WE Motherboard for Audiophiles

Biostar, paying much attention to the needs of real audiophiles, has recently launched a new full-format ATX motherboard, entitled Hi-Fi Z97WE. As seen from the codename, the greenhorn is based on Intel Z97 Express chipset, showing compatibility with Intel Core i3/i5/i7 and Pentium processors (4th and 5th gen.) for Socket LGA1150. The model combines a variety of dedicated options, bringing multimedia experience to a new level. Despite the functional, the board comes at an affordable price of $143.



Biostar Hi-Fi Z97WE features 10-phase VRM subsystem and draws power via 24-pin ATX and 8-pin EPS connectors. The PCB accommodates four DIMM slots for DDR3 memory slots (up to 64 GB capacity), a pair of PCI-e 3.0 x16 slots, PCI-e 2.0 x1 and PCI slots. Storage functional is realized by means of six SATA 6 Gb/sec ports; they support RAID 0/1/5/10 configurations. In addition, the model employs 100% solid-state capacitors that ensure stability on overclocking, combined with a prolonged …

Asus to Start Shipping Radeon R9 290 DirectCU II OC Graphics Card

Next week Asus is going to start shipping its newest graphics card from Radeon R9 series. Codenamed Radeon R9 290 DirectCU II OC, it is based on an original PCB with black-and-red design and the incorporation of an exclusive DirectCU II cooling system. Plus, the availability of ‘OC’ in the codename implies the availability of factory overclocking.



Asus Radeon R9 290 DirectCU II OC takes GCN Hawaii core with 2816 stream processors as the basis. It operates at an overclocked 1000 MHz frequency. The model is equipped with 4 GB of GDDR5 memory (512-bit bus) that runs at an effective 5400 MHz frequency. Just for a comparison, etalon adapter from AMD runs at 947 MHz/ 5000 MHz for GPU/memory correspondingly.


DirectCU II cooler consists of a heatsink, four copper nickel-plated heatpipes (two of them feature 10 mm dimensions), and two high-performance fans: one ordinary and one CoolTech. The card receives power via 6+8-pin connectors and might require not less than 600 W PSU.
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