This is the sixth installment of many of the Skinnee Labs TIM Comparison 2011. For most of the installments, results will be released in two or three TIM sets roughly every two or three weeks and today we have three TIMs to show. Arctic Silver 5 is thermal compound for CPU and GPU. Thermal compound helps in transferring the heat from the CPU cores to the heatsink by filling up the microscopic valleys between processor cores and heatsink. Without the use of thermal paste a processor will always run hot, that will reduce its life. Arctic Silver is the biggest name in thermal paste. For the longest time, Arctic Silver 5 was known as the pinnacle of thermal paste and its sibling, Ceramique, was also highly regarded for being the best performing paste without any conductivity/capacitance qualities. You can think yourself the CPU manufacturer Intel ships its own thermal paste with boxed Intel CPUs, now you can think how important is the thermal paste for the CPU and GPU. Intel’s stock Thermal Interface Material is not available on online stores, so we have only one option left is to buy aftermarket thermal compounds. Things changed a few years back, however; Arctic Cooling MX-2 came on the scene and exceeded Arctic Silver 5’s performance while also not being capacitive. Even so, a quick glance at the number of user reviews at Newegg shows Arctic Silver makes the most popular pastes on the market with AS5 and Ceramique (although Ceramique has now been EOL’d). Currently Arctic Silver is considered to be the best thermal paste for CPU and GPU chip doesn’t matter if it is of desktop’s or laptop’s. In this tutorial I going to review the Arctic Silver 5 thermal paste and tell you about it pros and you will be able to decide whether to buy it or not.
Up until now, we haven’t seen storage giant Samsung devote much effort to the mSATA interface (at least, not in the aftermarket). The Samsung 850 EVO mSATA is pretty much identical to the previously reviewed 2.5 inch 850 EVO, which proved to be an impressive SSD by offering bar-setting performance and fantastic endurance coupled with a competitive price point. That’s changing though, and a quick trip to Newegg turns up retail packaging of the 840 EVO in capacities from 120 to 1000 GB. What’s precipitating the new direction? An increasing breadth of devices employ the smaller format. As such, the mSATA version of Samsung’s newest SSD line features the same 3D V-NAND technology, enabling it to boast twice the endurance of a conventional 2D planar type NAND flash, and is designed to maximize everyday computing with an obvious focus on performance and reliability. There are laptops, sure. But more and more desktop motherboards come with mSATA slots as well. Then you have appliances like Drobo’s Mini, which use mSATA-based solid-state storage for caching. The mSATA model is built for small form factor computing, embedded applications, and provides users with upgrading capability for ultra-thin PCs and desktops using an mSATA slot.
When we discuss an issue like computer video games and what suit them best to gain a flexible and seamless experience which will lead consequently to the utmost joy, we need to take a few factors into consideration in order to know how to improve this issue and make one plays games without feeling bored and for sure without getting addicted as well.
We will discuss here the most common storage devices used for gaming purposes in order to improve gaming experience, and other factors we may discuss later in new topics.
The first storage device and the most common one is still the mechanical hard disk drive (HDD). Like the first removable pack drive, the first “Winchester” drives used platters 14 inches (360 mm) in diameter. A few years later, designers were exploring the possibility that physically smaller platters might offer advantages. A hard drive (hdd) for gaming should be very durable and boasts high reliability in order to provide the expected gaming experience. Drives with non-removable eight-inch platters appeared, and then drives that used a 5 1⁄4 in (130 mm) form factor (a mounting width equivalent to that used by contemporary floppy disk drives). The latter were primarily intended for the then-fledgling personal computer (PC) market.
Modern magnetic recording technology employs the principle that the North pole of a magnet is attracted to the South pole of another and two like poles repulse. As the 1980s began, HDDs were a rare and very expensive additional feature in PCs, but by the late 1980s their cost had been reduced to the point where they were standard on all but the cheapest computers.
Hard-drive technology is relatively ancient (in terms of computer history, anyway). There are well-known pictures of the infamous IBM 350 RAMAC hard drive from 1956 that used fifty 24-inch-wide platters to hold a whopping 3.75MB of storage space. Until now it has been believed that in order to record one bit of information – by inverting the poles of a magnet – there was a need to apply an external magnetic field. This, of course, is the size of an average 128Kbps MP3 file, in the physical space that could hold two commercial refrigerators. The stronger the applied field, the faster the recording of a magnetic bit of information.
Solid State Drives For Gaming
The SSD has a much more recent history. There was always an infatuation with non-moving storage from the beginning of personal computing, with technologies like bubble memory flashing (pun intended) and dying in the 1970s and ’80s. Making matters worse, the speed advantage that SSDs now enjoy — a common reason to chose the technology over traditional hard drives — is expected to disappear. By 2024, latency will increase by as much as 2.5 times over current rates, the study says. Current flash memory is the logical extension of the same idea. Solid state drives may be preferred over traditional disk drives for a number of reasons. The first advantage is found, as mentioned briefly above, in the speed of operation. The flash memory chips store your data and don’t require constant power to retain that data. The first primary drives that we know as SSDs started during the rise of netbooks in the late 2000s. In 2007, the OLPC XO-1 used a 1GB SSD, and the Asus Eee PC 700 series used a 2GB SSD as primary storage. The SSD chips on low-end Eee PC units and the XO-1 were permanently soldered to the motherboard. 3D is not available commercially yet, so that is not an immediate solution to the problem. Because hard disk drives need to be spinning for the head to read sectors of the platter, sometimes we have to wait for spin up time. Once the disk is spinning, the head must seek the correct place on the disk, and from there the disk must spin just enough so that the correct data is read. Now using the best SSD for gaming can be costly but worth it for some types of gamers. One thing that is positive here though is the time we have to find a solution. 2024 is a long ways away and 16TB is a lot of space, it will be quite a while before this becomes a problem. Who knows, by 2024 either magnetic RAM or phase-change memory might be mature enough to replace flash. As netbooks, ultrabooks, and other ultraportable laptop PCs became more capable, the SSD capacities increased, and eventually standardized on the 2.5-inch notebook form factor. If data is spread over different parts of the disk (fragmented) then this operation is repeated until all the data has been read or written. While each individual operation only takes fractions of a second the sum of them may not. This way, you could pop a 2.5-inch hard drive out of your laptop or desktop and replace it easily with an SSD. Other form factors emerged, like the mSATA miniPCIe SSD card, M.2 SSD, and the DIMM-like SSDs in the Apple MacBook Air, but today many SSDs are still built into the 2.5-inch form factor. The 2.5-inch SSD capsacity currently tops out at 4TB, but will undoubtedly grow as time goes by.
Solid State Hybrid Hard Drive (SSHD) For Gaming
The ultimate solution to meeting improved storage performance and capacity needs within the budget constraints of IT organizations is a blend of solid state drive (SSD) and hard disk drive (HDD) technology. There are two main technologies used for implementing hybrid drives: dual-drive hybrid systems and solid-state hybrid drives. The most essential features of the conventional HDD (refer to picture to the left) are “high capacity” and “cost performance”. Toshiba’s SSHD improved the speed of data read and write, by using NAND as the secondary cache. NAND is the storage device that is used on such as SSDs. SSHD is mostly recommended by novice gamers for PS4 consoles although we don’t like to have one for PS$. You can see different types of PS4 SSHD and check it yourself. The capacity of the data storage per one piece of NAND is very small comparing to one unit in an HDD, however access speed is much faster than an HDD, that reads and writes data on the rotational magnetic media. In dual-drive hybrid systems, separate SSD and HDD devices are installed in the same computer, having the data placement optimization performed either manually by the end user, or automatically by the operating system through creation of a “hybrid” logical device. In solid-state hybrid drives, SSD and HDD functionalities are built into the same physical storage device, by adding a certain amount of NAND flash storage to a hard disk drive; the data placement decisions are performed either entirely by the device (self-optimized mode), or through placement “hints” supplied by the operating system (host-hinted mode). Solid state hybrid drives (SSHD) effectively merge these technologies, providing storage devices that are compatible with traditional HDD modules, while delivering one of the most compelling value propositions the storage market has seen in years: SSD–like performance and hard drive capacity.