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 …

Philips ‘Saturates’ New Monitors with a Bunch of Useful Technologies

MMD Monitors & Displays, a company entitled to distribute LCD-displays under Philips brand, has recently unveiled a new line of monitors targeting various consumer groups. Corporate-centered line comprises a model of Cinemascope format with 21:9 aspect ratio and two B2B models: 27 inch PLS-monitor with a super-high definition (2560x1440) and IPS-monitor with ErgoSensor technology that takes care about the user’s posture.



Philips 298P4QJEB features 29 inch display and is based on IPS array. An unusual aspect ratio of 21:9 is supposed to be its main peculiar characteristic. The implementation of Multiview mode promotes for the increase of efficiency, due to the screen division into two parts and the possibility to work with two sources simultaneously. AH-IPS technology ensures accurate imaging and wholesome display of bright colors.


Philips 272P4QPJKEB is able to totally transform all ideas about sharpness. It features 27 inch display with an advanced resolution of …

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.
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