HotHardware Holiday Gift Guide 2010

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You've got files, and so do your friends. So many files, so little room--isn't that the saying? Here are a few options to remedy your storage quandaries (er, those of your friends), SSDs listed first and conventional HDDs second.

OCZ Agility 2 (40GB)- $111

OCZ's Agility 2 is a relatively diminutive drive is meant to offer enthusiasts an attractive balance between price and performance. The SandForce SF-1200 controller is the current industry favorite, the published read / write specifications line up with its competitors, and the three year warranty is up to par with what's generally available elsewhere. This is also the cheapest SandForce SSD on the market, and you know Santa loves a bargain.

Micron RealSSD C300 SATA III SSD (64GB)
- $135



For a time, Intel’s X25 series of solid state drives stood head and shoulders above the rest of the SSD pack but that certainly has changed this year. The Marvell 88SS9174-BJP2 controller is at the heart of the Micron RealSSD C300, and it affords the drive a feature not yet offered on any competing product -- SATA III support. Combine a reasonable price with great performance, and you've got a solid gift.

WD Caviar Green 3TB hard drive
- $259

To go along with its massive storage capacity, the Caviar Green 3TB serves up a super-sized combination of reduced power consumption, lower operating temperature, and a quieter working environment.

WD Caviar Black 2TB - $170



The WD Caviar Black 2TB drive is brimming with interesting technology. Besides their enormous capacities, the drive boasts dual processors; huge, 64MB caches; dual stage actuators; and more. What benefits do multi-CPU drive controllers offer? Quite simply, doubling the processing power of a hard drive should increase its performance noticeably--and platter drive manufacturers are looking for any way to compete with SDD drives. The dual CPU architecture should just about max out the efficiency of the drive's big buffer. Also, 2TB prices have sunk now that 3TB drives are out -- bargain shopping never looked so fun.

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>> Have you been naughty or nice?

 

Oh sure... throw that in my face.

 

I have the Samsung SyncMaster P2770 (not FH), and highly recommend it.  Even with 2ms time (same contrast ratio), I never notice ghosting or blurring.  The FH model sounds like an awesome gift.

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Very nice gift guide for sure. If I had some deeeeeeeeep pockets I would have a great time going through that list and would come up with a real kick ass Rig.

Thats terrible temptation and my birthday is DEC 24 also the BIG 55 years old I need a rich uncle or something!!! Or one good lottery ticket!

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amdcrankitup:
and my birthday is DEC 24 also the BIG 55 years old

I turned 57 today,...........


BTW: good list of bling,.....I like too much of it for my own good.

The ASUS WiCast EW2000 Wireless HD Video Transmitter and Receiver is especially tempting to me.

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Now i need to find some one with a wallet big enough to buy me those gaming desktops

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I'm actually happy that I already have several things on the list.

Something to add in, for those people like I was with six (yes SIX) remotes on my coffee table is the Logitech Harmony series of remotes.  The Harmony One for those who don't need RF, the Harmony 900 (which I picked up) for those who do.

I fell in love with the remote less than an hour after opening it.  Replaced all my remotes, actually handles all the I/O and on/off for any activities you use it for, full color touch screen.  Review it guys!

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Nice gift list really like the list. Specifically the GIGABYTE GA-X58A-UD5is an awesome 1366 socket board which I have used on one rig for close to a year now with no issues at all. The NZXT Phantom and Corsair Cases are awesome, as are the headphones (of which I need a new pair of, just because I want some )). I could personally really use a flat screen monitor as well 22.5" or bigger (as it is always better) will do, just hit me up for my address when you wanna send me one.

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I want a T-rex on the front page.... that or the 27" 3d monitor...

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Der Meister:
I want a T-rex on the front page.... that or the 27" 3d monitor...

I wouldn't mind a T-Rex to keep my neighbor's dog from crapping on my lawn,............

 

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Might I add that the 40gb agility 2 is on sale and with rebate will cost you $96.  The Vertex 2 costs $84.99 after rebate.

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print- hand wifey... go shopping woman! :)

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