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Daily News Round #1 for March 23, 2004

Daily News Round #1 news post from TweakTown's online news computing and technology content pages for March 23, 2004
By Steve Dougherty from Mar 23, 2004 @ 7:43 CST

- 1GB Dual Channel PC4000 Memory Kits

The folks over at SweetPC have been fortunate enough to get a hold of some uber PC-4000 memory kits for a brief roundup. The kits included are OCZ's Gold Series, Kingston's Hyper-X, and GeIL Ultra. With the GeIL coming in somewhat cheaper and with better results to boot, it looks to be the clear winner here.


To keep the playing field even we are using PC4000 dual channel memory for all of the benchmarks. We have them running at their stock speed of 500 MHz, their stock voltage, and default timings. GeIL and Kingston both sport a stock voltage of 2.6, while OCZ has a stock voltage of 2.8. It is important to note that Kingston has CAS timings of 3-8-4-4, while the other two kits come with CAS timings of 2.5-7-4-4.


- New DVD Burners Double Capacity

If you're looking to pick up a DVD Burner sometime soon, have a read of this first! Both Sony and Phillips are releasing dual-layer DVD Burning technology just around the corner, and at what looks to be a great price too. Unfortunately media costs are still undisclosed and I'd imagine the price tag on those suckers will be somewhat ugly for a while.


NEW YORK - If you just bought a DVD-burning drive for your computer and think that for once you're current with the latest and greatest, it's disappointment time. Manufacturers are soon launching drives that can store double the amount of data on a disc.


Sony Electronics says it will be shipping drives in about two months that accept blank DVDs with two data layers. Philips Electronics will start selling a similar drive in Europe in April, but is not saying when it will be available in the United States.


The write-once discs can store up to 8.5 gigabytes of data, or about 4 hours of DVD-quality movies, twice the capacity of regular blank DVDs. This means capacities for computer-burned DVDs are catching up with prerecorded movie DVDs, many of which are already dual-layer.


- Articles and Reviews from around the Web

- Toshiba Satellite M30 Notebook @ RojakPot
- Mpio FY200 256MB MP3 Player @ DesignTechnica
- Imation 8x Dual format Internal DVD Burner @ Hardware Zone
- Win XP SP2 Bootable Install CD @ IAmNotAGeek
- More CeBIT 2004 Coverage @ Hardware Zone, Hardware Hell,, & XBit Labs