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Mushkin Announces Ventura Ultra 480GB USB 3.0 Drive

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Mushkin brings 480GB of storage space to its Ventura Ultra Series. The Ventura Ultra is Mushkin’s USB 3.0 SSD that uses LSI SandForce SF-2281 controller. The latest entry to the Ventura family delivers up to 455 MB/s reads and 445 MB/s write and up to 39K of 4K random IOPS. Packed in a tiny light-weight aluminum housing, the Ventura Ultra is also capable of operating in UASP mode to allow SSD performnace in USB 3.0 form factor.  The 480GB model is an addition to the existing 60GB, 120GB, 240GB model that was debuted a year ago at CES 2013. While no pricing is provided for the 480GB, we do not expect it to be cheap since the 240GB model retails at around $200. Still if you need the absolute best performance with large storage space, it certainly will deliver. Related posts: Seagate 600 Pro SSD 400GB (ST400FP0021) One thing you ... Read More »

USB Type-C Connector is smaller, reversible, and plugs in both ways

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Get ready to toss your old USB cables as a new Type C cable is going to be the standard moving forward sometimes in 2014. According to the USB 3.0 Promoter Group, the new Type C connector is supplement to the USB 3.1 specification. The device is target to be reviewed in first quarter of 2014 with the final specification published in the middle of 2014. The new connector is about the size of the current USB 2.0 Micro-B connector (think about the smartphone connector). However, the exciting feature with the new connector is the ability to plug in the connector in any orientation, much like the lightning connector on the iOS devices. In addition, the connector will be used on both ends of the cable so that you can use the cable in either directly. Current implantation of the USB cable has the USB Type A (big rectangular) connector ... Read More »

USB alliance finalizes USB 3.1 specifications, gives us speed up to 10Gbps

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While USB 3.0 might not be as fast as Thunderbolt is has one huge advantage: it actually is rolled out and used by tons of computers and peripherals. Now the USB Alliance has finalized the specifications for the next update of USB: USB 3.1. As always the standard is backward compatible with USB 3.0 and USB 2.0 but to get all the benefits of the new specification we will have to wait until it is implemented in computers and peripherals start using it.  No related posts. Read More »

Silicon Power Armor A80 1TB USB 3.0 Portable Drive

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The Silicon Power Armor A80 is designed to provide protection against water, drop, pressure, and dust with its rugged design. The unit manages to provide excellent protection and performance without adding much bulk. Available in storage ranges from 320GB to 1TB, it is one of the best external hard drive available on the market. No related posts. Read More »

BitFenix Prodigy

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Though it took a long time to gain any momentum, the Mini ITX form factor seems to be gaining popularity. This is in part due to the integration of various components such as memory controller, Northbridge, and GPU onto the CPU die. Today’s CPUs come with a decent GPU on-die that functions well if you simply need a small system that can handle basic workloads.  No related posts. Read More »

Cubitek Mini-ICE CB-ICI-B104

 Designed with two pieces of aluminum for a sleek look, the Cubitek Mini ICE is a case for mini ITX boards. Unlike other mini ITX cases, it is aimed for gamers and enthusiasts who plan to watercool and use high-end GPUs. No related posts. Read More »

MSI Z77A-GD65: A Preview

MSI has debuted their upcoming Z77A-GD65 board, supporting Socket 1155 processors. The board features PCIE 3.0, USB 3.0, and plenty of other features for overclocking. Check out the pictures for more info. No related posts. Read More »

SilverStone EC03 USB 3.0 adapter

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Can adding a USB 3.0 adapter to an older system help speed up external storage access? SilverStone believes it can, and provides us with one to prove their point. Let’s see what it can really do. No related posts. Read More »

Kingston DataTraveler HyperX 3.0 64GB

The Kingston DataTraveler HyperX 3.0 is supposed to be Kingston’s fastest flash drive to date. We’ll compare it with a USB 3.0 flash drive they released a few months ago to see if it’s true. No related posts. Read More »

Cooler Master HAF 932 Advanced

There have been several versions of the HAF 932 the latest is the Advanced. Can this aging contender still standup to the competition? We intend to find out. No related posts. Read More »

GIGABYTE GA-P67A-UD7

The P67A-UD7 is GIGABYTE’s flagship motherboard, running the P67 Express Chipset with 3-Way SLI and CrossFireX support, and plenty of overclocking potential. No related posts. Read More »

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