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Daily News Round #2 for February 6, 2004

Daily News Round #2 news post from TweakTown's online news computing and technology content pages for February 6, 2004
By: Steve Dougherty | Posted: Feb 7, 2004 3:31 am

- 23 Ways To Speed WinXP Without Defrag

Many people are lead to believe the first and foremost step you should take in speeding up your OS's overall performance is a hard disk defragmentation. The folks over at TechBuilder have written up an excellent guide which not only explains why this isn't the case any longer, but also runs us through a series of steps to take which will clearly provide a healthier and faster running system. Well worth the read.


Defragmenting, of course, is the process of reorganizing all data on a hard-disk drive so that each file is arranged into a single uninterrupted, or contiguous, location on the disk. Many system builders and technicians have been taught, and still believe, that defragmenting hard disk drives on a regular basis keeps PCs operating at peak performance. But that idea is behind the times.


- Microsoft Xbox Crystal Limited Edition

Digit-Life have sourced information through several Euro distributers that Microsoft are soon to release a new Xbox package with a very unique appearance, dubbed the "XBox Crystal Pack". Images have been provided and i'd have to say this one really shines! Oh, and you're guarenteed a 20gb hdd in this baby too. Pricing is said to be $199USD and will apparently go on sale March 6th.


According to several large European distributors, in the nearest future Microsoft is to launch sales of its Special Edition Xbox with the original semi-transparent design - The Xbox Crystal Pack. The Crystal Pack will include the console itself in a sky-blue semi-transparent body with a 20GB HDD and two similarly coloured joypads. Xbox Crystal Pack will go on sale on March 6, 2004 with MSRP of $199.


- Articles and Reviews from around the Web

- Intel Pentium 4 "Prescott" to Receive SSE3 Boost @ Xbit Labs
- Corsair TWINX1024-3200LLPRO @ Bjorn3D
- ATI to Develop multi-GHz Consumer Processors? @ Xbit Labs
- Turbo Cool 510 Deluxe "Beautiful Beast" PSU @ Extreme MHZ
- Futuremark PCMark04 Benchmark Suite @ TechConnect


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