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Lyle from Abit posted a bit of news in our New Products Forum regarding Abit's new "Serillel" technology. Always expect Abit to come up with the cool new ideas, this is certainly one of them.
Hi, this is Lyle from ABIT. We've just released Serillel, which is a device that lets users connect their current hard disks to the Serial Ports on their MAX 2 motherboard. ABIT has also engineered our Serial ATA to offer Serial ATA RAID. Every motherboard make is offering Serial ATA, but with Serial ATA hard disks many months away and really expensive, ABIT wanted to offer our users immediate Serial ATA experience. When Serial ATA hard disks do appear, we wanted to offer our users more, so we included Serial ATA RAID.Feel free to comment in our New Products Forum
Club Overclocker have posted a review of one of those small USB HDD stroage devices. This one fits in your pocket and is capable of storing 128mb of data. I've always wanted one of these, maybe it's time I brought one.
The street price on memory has been slowly working its way down lately, having a very desirable affect on the rest of the computer hardware market. Just about everything that a true wire-head could want is somehow attached to the memory market. CompactFlash cards and video cards are directly influenced by the going price of the Megabyte. Since their inception, the portable USB flash-ram devices have gained a good deal of attention but earned little market penetration. Now that the price of the components which go into them are lower in price, the retail dollar sign won't be as high. More to the point, what you may have paid last year for a 32Meg unit will today get you a 128Meg unit. Even the 1Gig units have become much more affordable than they once were.More information at Club Overclocker
Tweakers Australia has just posted a review of the 60GB external FireWire hard drive from Unibrain, the Fire60.
Moving to the rear of the drive you notice two built in 400Mbps FireWire ports, a power on/off switch along with the connector for the transformer to plug into. Looking around the drive the only other notable feature is the LED at the front of the drive. This is just a simple Power/Activity LED. Portable products seem to be coming up more and more these days, and a big emphases is placed on how well products look as well.More information at Tweakers Australia
The Tech Zone has an article on the new Western Digital WB800JB Special Edition hard drives in RAID 0.
Today I am going to be reviewing two Western Digital WD800JB Special Edition hard drives. For the last few months now people have been raving over these Special Edition drives because of their amazing performance.More information at The Tech Zone
The Western Digital special edition drives don't support ATA/133 because ATA/100 still has enough bandwidth to support these drives and western digital is not going to be supporting ATA/133 any time soon.
Today Mikhailtech take a look at Western Digital's 1000JB SE, a 100gb HDD featuring 40gb platters, an 8mb cache and tons of performance.
The drive itself it extremely well built. The upper portion is standard: metal casing, sticker, air hole. The underside, however, is what surprised me. For one thing, the circuitry is reversed. That is, all the chips and most of the traces are on the inner side of the drive, therefore preventing possible damage. There's also a layer of foam in-between to further lessen vibrations, add impact cushioning and protect the drive. I didn't particularly feel like removing the PCB to see what's on the other side (after all, this was a rush-delivered drive that is now my main system's powerhouse). There isn't much interesting aside from an 8mb Nanya memory module which happens to be the cache. The 1000JB SE also seems a bit quieter during operating than the only other drive I had available, the 60GXP. I wish it were as quiet as Seagate's Barracuda IV but I guess you can't have it all. For one thing, it doesn't hiss as loud and neither does it "crackle" when being stressed. As far as heat goes it stays about as cool as most drives.More information at Mikhailtech
DeviantPC has posted a review of 2 Western Digital 80GB (WD800JB) Hard Drives in RAID-0 configuration.
They are also the first to introduce groundbreaking technologies in the lower echelons of their products in terms of sheer capacity. The WD800JB Hard Drives offered something that nobody else had produced, a product with 8MB cache as opposed to the normal 2MB cache on their Caviar series of drives. No wonder they dubbed it special edition.More information at DeviantPC
MODTHEBOX! gives us their thoughts on the RX-910T6 Trios Hard Drive Selector.
The unit is tightly packed within the box, with the individual parts separated out in different plastic bags. Included in the kit is the Trios unit itself, a stack of colour brochures, four single device IDE cables, two custom power cables, 4 mounting screws and an installation manual. The unit itself is extremely light weight. Its dimensions are very similar to most optical drive units. The front panel has a slightly different design to it, incorporating an almost iMac like colour scheme. The panel itself is convex, with a concave track running down the middle of the panel. The three drive selection buttons are beige plastic, and solidly snap into position when pushed. Pushing down on one button automatically resets either of the other two back into their default position, since you can only have one drive selected at a time. When the unit is powered, a hidden LED behind the translucent aqua plate lights up as an additional indicator.More information at MODTHEBOX!
X-bit labs has posted Western Digital External Hard Disk Drive Review.
We reviewed an external hard disk drive from Western Digital with 120GB storage capacity and IEEE1394 FireWire interface. In fact, it has none other but the today's fastest WD1200BB hard disk drive inside!More information at X-bit labs
GotApex? has just reviewed LSI's Ultra320 High Performance SCSI Card and Seagate 15k rpm Hard Drive Combo for those who want speed.
What really grabs the attention is the 3.6ms Average Seek Time. When looking at SCSI drives, especially the 15k drives, you really notice that there is a massive difference between SCSI and IDE. Many people do not believe this transfers directly into real life applications, but I do disagree. You can really tell the difference, just in the overall responsiveness of the computer when you have a SCSI drive.More information at GotApex?
Brad from Tweakers Australia sent in an email with information from a press release saying that Seagate an Intel have demostarted the first Serial ATA HDD operating at 150mb/s.
Seagate and Intel today demonstrated the industry's first native Serial ATA hard drive implementation, at PC Expo in New York. The companies connected a new Barracuda ATA V hard drive - with a native Serial ATA interface running at full speed - to an Intel reference validation motherboard in a high-performance PC game box, provided by HardDrive.com. The Serial ATA interface provides a throughput of 150 Mbytes per second, and a very quick and responsive experience in extreme applications like gaming, home video editing and home network hubs.More information at Tweakers Australia.