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.

Asus Showcases M70 Desktop PC with NFC Support

Asus has lately announced the release of a new desktop PC that positions itself as the first ever desktop solution with the support of Near Field Communication (NFC) technology. Entitled Asus M70, the product allows for the wireless interaction and data transfer with the compatible mobile devices on Android platform. For instance, a dedicated NFC Express software app enables an automatic copying of photo/video files from the smartphone or tablet to the PC.



Asus M70 is housed in a silver case, which is differentiated by a laconic but stylish design with a luminous stripe on the frontal facet. As for the internal layout, this model is available in several variations on the basis of two-core Intel Core i7/i5/i3 CPUs (4th generation chips) and graphics cards of Nvidia GeForce family (up to GeForce GTX 650 series). Operational management is entrusted to the newest OS Windows 8.


The implementation of a built-in uninterrupted power supply (UPS) is considered to be one of the …

ASRock Showcases H61M-VG4 Motherboard for Ivy Bridge Processors

In spite of the commotion incited by the upcoming release of Intel Haswell processors and the growth of products compatible with their technical requirements, Intel Ivy Bridge CPUs will continue their existence in the market for some time more. For the nonce, ASRock has elaborated a new micro-ATX motherboard, codenamed H61M-VG4. The newly-designed product is based on Intel H61 Express chipset with Socket LGA1155, supporting Intel Ivy Bridge/Sandy Bridge processor lines. According to ASRock, all potential customers will be able to receive quite efficient system for a budget price.



ASRock H61M-VG4 is furnished with two DIMM slots which support two-channel DDR3 memory modules of up to 16 GB capacity, running at 1066 MHz, 1333 MHz and 1600 MHz frequencies. Expansion facilities are realized by means of a single PCI Express 3.0 x16 slot and a single PCI Express 2.0 x1 slot. The connection of optical, hard and solid-state drives becomes possible thanks to the availability of four SATA …
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