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Raven from our forums let us know that Fry's Electronics are selling Western Digital 80GB hard disk drives today for $139.99 less the $40 rebate bringing it back to $99.99 US. If you're after a high performance drive at a good price (and you live in the United States), this is the best buy for you.
- Capacity: 80GBMore information @ Fry's Electronics Outpost
- Seek Time: 8.9ms
- 8MB Buffer
- High Performance Drive
- Data Lifeguard: WD's exclusive hardware, software and services designed to protect your data.
- Hard Drive Cable Included
- 3 Year Warranty
HardwareZone.com comes along first with their review of the RICOH MP5125A DVD+RW drive.
If you'd read about our recent HP dvd200e DVD writer based on the DVD+RW technology, you should have known that to date there are currently three primary DVD formats - DVD+R/+RW, DVD-R/-RW and DVD-RAM. Although the DVD Forum have only approved the DVD-R/-RW and DVD-RAM formats, the DVD+RW Alliance have been pretty aggressive in garnering market acceptance for their own format. Until next year, when a single DVD format will be finalized, users for now will have to choose between these three writing formats.More information at HardwareZone.com
The Tech Report then comes along with their Samsung optical drive comparison.
A lot of optical drives may look very similar, but performance can vary quite a bit, despite advertised speeds. Today we're looking at two optical drives from Samsung, a screaming-fast 40X CD-RW, and an all-in-one CD-RW/DVD combo drive that's no slouch in the speed department, either. How do the drives compare? Which is faster where?More information at The Tech Report
Don't companies love bragging when they take over their rivals? It seems Lite-on IT claims to have over taken Samsung to become the world's second-largest optical-drive maker.. Remember TweakTowners, It's a "claim"
Separately, the company reported a first-half net profit of NT$2.8 billion, or NT$8.98 per share, on sales of NT$21.2 billion. As the profit rate represents 70% of its full-year estimate, Lite-On IT said it may re-evaluate its earnings target at the end of the current quarter. Sales in the coming months will strengthen and stay above the NT$3 billion monthly level, it added, after having hit bottom in June and July.More info at DigiTimes
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!