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With Serial ATA hard disk drives slowly coming onto the market, Envy News take a look at a fairly simple, yet essential product from SIIG - a Serial ATA PCI card based on the SATALink 3112 controller chip by Silicon Image.
This type of product will prove perfect for those with motherboards without SATA support in months to come when more SATA drives become available. Although, since the PCI bus can currently only transfer a maximum of 133MB/s, we won't see SATA operating at its current full capacity of 150MB/s until PCI Express launches later in the year.
SIIG's Serial ATA PCI adapter makes upgrading to Serial ATA a snap. Everything you would possibly need is included, sans an actual Serial ATA hard drive. Setup was a snap, and in less than 10 minutes I had gone from opening the case to benchmarking the card. The cables were easy to work with and drive setup went much more quickly than with Parallel ATA drives. While I didn't get the performance increase that had been hyped, I didn't lose any performance either - when it comes to first generation hardware, that is an important step. All in all, I'd describe my experience working with this card to be a positive one.More information @ Envy News
IBM have announced the world's highest capacity mobile hard disk drive at 80 GB, which they say is made possible by enhancements to the company's patented "pixie dust" technology, boosting storage density by 100 percent. If that wasn't good enough news for you, IBM also plans to launch 7,200 RPM drives for notebooks. Wow!
The new Travelstar 80GN breaks current areal density records by allowing up to 70 billion bits of data to be written on each square inch of disk space. IBM achieved this by adding another coating of "pixie dust" -- or an additional ruthenium/magnetic layer to create a five-layer sandwich called laminated-"pixie dust.".More information @ IBM News
Apparently Seagate, Maxtor, and Western Digital will all be lowering warranties on all of their hard disk drives from the original 3 years to just one.
"We're following the trend in desktop PCs, where they've all switched to one-year warranties," said Stephen DiFranco, vice president of marketing at Maxtor. "This should have no effect on consumers because we hardly ever get returns in the second or third year and it frees up cash that we have to reserve to cover the warranties.More information @ C|Net News
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.