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Daily News Round #4 for December 19, 2003

Daily News Round #4 news post from TweakTown's online news computing and technology content pages for December 19, 2003
By: Steve Dougherty | Posted: Dec 20, 2003 3:50 am

- 80 and 160 GB Hard Drive Roundup


Looking to buy more gigz? There's an excellent roundup of affordable 3.5" hard disks ranging between 80 and 160gb in size over at Tom's Hardware. The drives covered are the ExcelStor J360, Samsung P80 Series SpinPoint SP1604N, Seagate Barracuda 7200.7 Plus ST3120026A, and Western Digital's WD800JB.


Hard drives with capacity of 200 GB, 250 GB or even 300 GB are a fine thing indeed, but they're expensive. While not completely out of reach for most, large hard drive capacity prices still force most users have to lower their sights. So we selected four representative models in the midrange tier with capacity ranging from 80 GB to 160 GB.


- nVidia's NV40 and ATI's R420 in 1st Quarter 04!

The big guns are at it again. A source over at DigiTimes lets us know that ATI intends to release their R420 GPU as early as the end of Q1'04. It's also pointed out that nVidia are right on their tail, aiming to release their NV40 around the same time. Further info can be found at The Inquirer.


The R420 will be fabricated at Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) using a low-k process technology. The graphics chip core is expected to boast 160 million transistors and support an AGP 8x bus and GDDR3 memory architecture. The product name is currently unknown.


Nvidia is expected to launch its comparable product (the NV40) around the same time. Not much is known about the NV40, except that it will also support the AGP 8x bus and be made using a 0.13-micron process.


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