HDD Western Digital VelociRaptor WD1000DHTZ Review

Western Digital started the winning of HDD market almost ten years ago. Since that time the company has managed to dramatically improve its manufacturing process and achieve the desirable heights. Its latest HDD solution, codenamed VelociRaptor WD1000DHTZ, deserves special attention thanks to its performance showings and low operational temperatures.



General Peculiarities


Flagship HDD VelociRaptor WD1000DHTZ goes in 1TB volume capacity and is destined for the employment primarily in workstations. It combines high performance along with reliability to become an efficient solution for professional office needs, compact servers, high-end workstations, rendering processes, and for the management of graphics content of high resolution. Upon the whole, this model stands somewhere between the entry level SSDs and winchesters of 3.5 inch form-factor.


Additionally, Western Digital delivers modifications of VelociRaptor which go in more modest capacities (250 GB and 500 GB). …

SilentiumPC Launches All-Powerful Grandis XE1236 CPU Cooler

SilentiumPC has announced the release of its newest cooling solution – an all-powerful Grandis XE1236 CPU cooler. The model features 130x105x158 mm dimensions and weighs 1160 g. According to the manufacturer, it is able to manage heat on top loading, preserving CPU in sober thermal conditions. The cooler is backed by a 2-year’s warranty and comes at $49.



SilentiumPC Grandis XE1236 consists of a copper base, six U-shape heatpipes (6 mm), a two-section aluminum heatspreader with a polished base, and a pair of fans of 120 mm dimensions. The GF12-25 fans are based on a fluid-dynamic bearing that is set to demonstrate up to 50 thousand hours of fool-proof operation.


To continue, the connection to the motherboard is realized via 4-pin connector. The fans might operate at +12V voltage, accelerating speed from 500 RPM to 1500 RPM due to PWM technology support. On the maximal speed the noise level does not exceed 21 dB. Upon the whole, the blades can produce up to 55 CFM …

Graphics Card MSI GTX 770 Gaming Review

MSI Gaming product line has already managed to win the hearts of inveterate gamers, overclockers and enthusiasts, due to remarkable performance and a perfect overclocking potential. Gaming series includes a set of high-end motherboards, as well as graphics solutions. The first ones come with automatic overclocking facilities and network controllers that improve the quality of connection while gaming; the second ones, with MSI GTX 770 Gaming in particular, bring gaming experience to a new, higher level. However, let’s come closer to the deal and give a detailed review of GTX 770 Gaming model.



Framework and Hardware Base


Graphics adapter MSI GTX 770 Gaming is based on an original PCB with an enforced power supply system. The heart of the item is GK104 chip that features 1536 stream processors, 32 ROPs and 128 TMUs. A black aluminum plank covers almost the whole PCB surface; it is fixed by eight screws at the back and two screws at one of the side panels. This plank contains …
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