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Daily News Round #4 for August 26, 2003

Daily News Round #4 news post from TweakTown's online news computing and technology content pages for August 26, 2003
By: Nigel Woodford | Posted: Aug 26, 2003 5:29 am

- Samsung SP1614N


Today MBReview has taken a walk away from the world of motherboards to bring you a review of the latest line of Samsung hard drives, the SP1614N. This drive is capable of offering some nice performance, especially when you take into consideration the pricing of the unit. Did we mention that it's also incredibly quiet, sporting fluid bearing motor technology, among many other noise reducing features? If you're in the market for a new hard drive that won't break the bank, but still offers some nice performance, you'll want to take a look at this review!


The Samsung SP1614N has impressed me with the performance we have seen today. In the past, we've seen only mediocre performance coming out of Samsung's hard drive products, but if the SP1614N is any indication as to the direction Samsung is headed in, we could be seeing some impressive products coming in the near future and beyond. The best part about this is that, although there will likely be faster products on the market, the budget user will still be able to get the performance they want without having to worry about shelling out a large amount of money.


- CCFL grill


GideonTech has a insanely bright CCFL grill from BitsModding for review today. There's no need to turn a lamp on in the room, just light up this grill =)


The unique feature of this glowing grill is the ability to switch out the interior grill for a different design. Initially, I thought the grill snapped onto the existing grill to give it a weird beveled type of look. The instructions, actually, the lack of instructions did not help. But after fiddling around with it, we got it working the way we wanted to.



- Xbox2 and SIS?


Digitimes is reporting that Microsoft may consider using a SIS south bridge in their upcoming Xbox2 gaming console. The Xbox2 is expected to be released sometime in 2005.


Microsoft is in talks with Taiwan-based Silicon Integrated Systems (SiS) on potential orders for a south bridge chip for the Xbox2 game console, according to high-level SiS sources.


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