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Daily News Round #2 for December 23, 2003

Daily News Round #2 news post from TweakTown's online news computing and technology content pages for December 23, 2003
By: Steve Dougherty | Posted: Dec 24, 2003 3:24 am

- Hitachi 7K250 Serial ATA Drives in RAID_0

Mmmmm, what a lovely storage setup this would be. The folks at EnvyNews have aquired a couple of monster 250gb S-ATA drives by Hitachi and decided to set them up in a RAID_0 config. Singularly, these drives are already extreme performers....


Just a few short months ago, we wrapped up our review of Hitachi's 7K250 Serial ATA hard drive. Over the course of the review, we found the drive to be one of the top performers on the market especially where read speeds were concerned. Even at 250GB the drive was agile, performed well, and made such an impression that it has since become the main drive in this reviewer's system.


In a follow-up the our exclusive first-look review of the Hitachi DeskStar 7K250, Hitachi has been kind enough to provide us with a second drive so that we can showcase the potential of putting a couple of the best desktop hard drives available into the ultimate storage setup. Two ultra-fast 7K250 drives totaling 500B of storage, one ultra-fast Serial ATA controller, and one excited reviewer is the name of the game over the next couple pages.


- AMD's and Intel's End-of-Year CPU Buyer's Guide

Tom's Hardware have rounded up a bunch of high-end CPU's from AMD and Intel which focus on the best price/peformance ratio. A great read for the many of you looking to build up a new rig with your christmas $.


The end of the year is a great time to buy new equipment, whether for tax purposes or simply to buy something for yourself that you really want. Most geek wish lists include hard drives, graphics cards and processors.


The choice of core elements - processors, motherboardsand RAM - is now so large that laypeople are quickly overwhelmed. For processors, there are the AthlonXP, Athlon64, Athlon64 FX, Duron, Opteron, Pentium 4, Pentium M, Celeron, Xeon, Itanium. Then, there are at least three chipsets available for each platform - not including models featuring integrated graphics.


- Articles and Reviews from around the Web

- Kingmax intros cheap DDR 500 DIMM @ The Inquirer
- Parallel Port LCD Character Display Guide @ ModTheBox
- NVIDIA GeForce FX Personal Cinema Roundup @ Anandtech
- Belkin 8in1 USB2 Media Reader @ Red & Blackness Mods


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