Items tagged with RAID

Alienware is now offering solid-state hard drives as an option for three of their notebook models, the Area-51 m5550, Area-51 m9750 and the Aurora m9700. While the addition of solid-state drives as an option isn't anything special since several other notebook manufacturers already offer SSDs, what is special is that Alienware will offer them in a RAID 0 configuration. That's right, as if one SSD wasn't fast enough, now you can have two of them in RAID 0 and in a notebook, no less. Solid-state drives have numerous advantages over traditional platter-based drives. They are more durable, they start up faster since there are no platters to spin-up, they offer significantly lower latency... Read more...
And your kid thought it was hard enough beating that gym boss on Pokemon Diamond.  Soon the machine will read their mind too and really start messing with 'em. "A convincing twin of Darth Vader stalks the beige cubicles of a Silicon Valley office, complete with ominous black mask, cape and light saber.  But this is no chintzy Halloween costume.  It's a prototype, years in the making, of a toy that incorporates brain wave-reading technology. Behind the mask is a sensor that touches the user's forehead and reads the brain's electrical signals, then sends them to a wireless receiver inside the saber, which lights up when the user is concentrating. The player maintains focus by channeling... Read more...
Eurocom Launches World's First Workstation-Class Gaming Notebook with FSB1066, 600GB of HDD with RAID 5, Intel Pentium Core 2 Extreme and Nvidia modular MXM-HE SLI technology. Eurocom, the world's leading developer of highly personalized, high-performance notebook PCs and LCD PCs, introduced the EUROCOM D900C PHANTOM FSB1066 Mobile Workstation with Nvidia's MXM-IV upgradeable VGA technology. EUROCOM D900C Notebook PC provides workstation-calibre performance, powerful graphics capabilities, high performance storage with three physical SATA-II hard drives and RAID 0/1/5, and super-powerful Intel Core 2 Extreme Processor for high-end computing wherever work takes place. Featuring two... Read more...
Yet another development in the ongoing Department of Justice antitrust investigation. Yesterday Sandy Drew reported on the Departments Probe of Sony. Last month Toshiba was contacted by the DOJ. Exactly what will happen from this investigation is yet unknown. Stay tuned for more detail. "We were raided on Oct. 11 in connection with our SRAM products," a spokesman for Samsung Germany said on Wednesday. "We are cooperating in full with the investigation." The European Commission said on Tuesday it had raided the offices of several makers of SRAM (static random-access memory) chips in Germany, suspecting price-fixing in the sector.... Read more...
RAID 0, 1, 5, 6.... "This one goes to 11..."  Wait, it's like double redundant, which is well... redundant I guess.  Aww never mind.  Let the boys at Hardware Secrets sort it out for you. "RAID (Redundant Array of Independent Disks) systems are used to increase the performance and/or reliability of the hard disk drives of the system. In this article we will explain the basics about RAID0, RAID1, RAID5 and the advantages of RAID6 over them." Yeah, that's it... all the way up, all the way up.... Read more...
Game PC has managed to get their hands on four of Western Digital's new 150GB Raptor hard drives and benchmarked a RAID-0 configuration for your viewing pleasure. Armed with 10,000rpm spindle speeds, 16MB cache, and a native SATA controller the latest Raptor drives are easily one of the fastest consumer drives money can buy. For the price, these drives had better offer blazing performance. To give you an idea of what sort of cash we're talking about, it would cost roughly $1200 to build the RAID array used in this article! In terms of raw performance, the Raptor 150 is unbeatable at this point. Most new Serial ATA-II/300 class 7,200 RPM hard... Read more...
The team at Bigbruin got to thinking one day and decided to run a RAID experiment using USB thumbdrives.  This is more of a proof-of-concept article as the need for RAIDed USB drives are minimal.  Nonetheless, it's refreshing to see someone think outside the box from time to time, and this experiment proved to be an interesting read in the least.The idea of a thumb drive RAID array might not be practical for every day needs, but it is a novel idea that could be of benefit to some people. For one, owners of mini-ITX systems that boot from a flash drive might be interested in the sizable speed burst a RAID 0 array could provide... In the end, results were achieved that showed great promise... Read more...
  End user demand for increased hard drive capacity is waning somewhat, now that we can store over 200,000 typical digital photos, or 60,000 music files, for less than a $100 street price. Sixty thousand music files could play for almost six months without repeating and you'd have to stay awake for almost 70 days straight if you look at each of those 200,000 photographs for 30 seconds each. That's not to say the need for increased storage capacity is waning in the enterprise, but given the choice of a faster 250GB hard drive or an average performing 300GB drive for desktop systems, more enthusiasts are likely to go with the relatively large, but faster 250GB drive. While the race for... Read more...
Hey folks! The weekend news is rolling steady, and now it's time for a post. Enjoy! RAIDMAX Samurai XE 901 Case @ MHW "As noted earlier in the intro the Samurai's unique design comes courtesy of a molded plastic hard shelled exterior attached to a steel frame. This manufacturing method greatly reduces costs over a comparable one piece steel only design. Unfortunately, the steel skeleton means the case is heavy, weighing in at nearly 25 pounds." SimpleTech 80GB USB 2.0 External Hard Drive @ Techniz "The SimpleTech Portable Drives will provide the needs for home and even office users. It was specially design for portability, performance and reliability for storage and even backup... Read more...
Shuttle XPC SD31P SFF system review @ Xtreme Resources: "After the release of new CPUs and technologies, every company had to evolve their products and refresh their line-up. Shuttle was no exception too, although perhaps they had the hardest of time making the move, since they had to fit every new technology (ranging from Dual Core CPU support to SATA-II support) into a tiny box. So the masterful engineers of Shuttle designed the SD31P; an XPC claiming to be a pocket-size supercomputer, versatile and powerful enough to fit any house and office. Since Shuttle was nice enough to provide us with a review sample of the SD31P, we can see up close what this baby can do." asetek VapoChill... Read more...
AMCC 3Ware 9550SX-4LP SATA-II/300 RAID Controller @ GamePC Labs: "The new 9550SX card boasts dual RAID processing engines, 128 MB of DDR2 cache memory, SATA-II/300 with NCQ support, and a host of other features. We take a look at the hardware and software which drive the cad, and we run some quick RAID-0 and RAID-5 performance numbers against other competing RAID cards on the market today." Custom Gaming Laptop Guide @ The Tech Zone: "Gone are the days when you would have been laughed at if you walked into an all-night LAN party carrying your trusty laptop and expecting to hang with the giant computer towers standing at everyone's feet. The gaming laptop computers of today sport... Read more...
RaidMax X1 ATX Gaming Case @ Bigbruin.com: "Raidmax continues to impress by offering unique, high quality items at a reasonable price. The Raidmax X1 case is no different... The X1 isn't as flashy as some of the recent "gaming" cases, but does retain enough of the "gaming" case feel with the front LCD, hidden drive bays, and a beautiful side panel." MSI NX7800GTX SLI @ Viperlair: "While we have a lot of praise to bestow upon the MSI NX7800GTX-VT2D256E, there isn't much we can say that we haven't already done so for the 7800 GTX in general. It's fast, occupies one slot, and with it, you can really crank up the image quality settings without sacrificing performance.... Read more...
It's the middle of September, and as just about every HL2 fan knows, the Lost Coast and Day of Defeat: Source is almost upon us! With DOD:S scheduled to be released on 9/26(pre-loading has already started), and Lost Coast close behind, Ars Technica has taken a trip to Valve's office to ask some questions and get a preview of some great new technology called HDR. If you didn't purchase the HL2 silver or gold packages, fear not! Valve is releasing DOD:S as a stand alone package going for $20. Goodnight all! Destroy Your Computer in 7 Easy Steps @ PCMech "Most of us, at one point or another, have had to modify the insides of our computers. Whether it was adding a new memory stick, fixing a... Read more...
Hey folks, I'm here with your first dose of the news for day. Read on, enjoy, and if you can, get outside cause it actually looks and feels like summer today! Sapphire Radeon X800 XL Ultimate PCIe Review @ Bjorn "Now that X800 XL cards are starting to finally fall to (or at least closer to) the $299 MSRP set by ATI, they really are undeniably one of the best bang-for-your-buck gaming video card solutions available. I took a look at Sapphire's X800 XL PCI Express card several weeks ago and was very impressed by its performance. The recent price drops makes this card even more appealing." SATA-II 3 Gb/s RAID Performance Guide @ hardCOREware "Today we'll be exploring the 3 Gb/s transfer... Read more...
The Dual-Core War: Is Intel in Trouble? @ CoolTechZone: "After years of anticipation, dual-core microprocessors are finally a reality. Both Intel and AMD were touting dual-core microprocessors as the inevitable future, and something that would certainly take computing to the next level. At numerous tradeshows and computing conventions, analysts and media predicted the launch date of multi-core CPUs; some said Intel would be the first to bring its chips to the market while others stated the opposite. Whatever the speculations, Intel was indeed the first one to introduce its dual-core chips. In fact, they made a sudden decision to send out preview units to selected media outlets for independent... Read more...
Hey folks, my internet is back and so is the news :) Today we have a few articles that shy away from the actual hardware review, such as the "Basics of RAID", and "Are you addicted to the internet". Am I? Are you? Maybe, maybe not, but I'll bet many of the people who answer "no", probably are. Enjoy! Jetart JACSH1 Universal VGA Cooler Review @ 3DXtreme "Today 3DXtreme is reviewing the Jetart JACSH1 Universal VGA Cooler. With video processing units becoming more complex than CPU's, users are wanting better solutions to cool their video cards. The old days of passive heatsinks are long gone, and active cooling solutions need to be better and better designed to... Read more...
Anyone up for some late night news? For the insomniac in you, we have reviews for products from Thermaltake, MSI, RaidMax, and Altec Lansing. I'd like to chat more, but as my vision becomes a little blurrier, I realize I probably should get some sleep, so good night :) Thermaltake Fanless 103 @ Phoronix "Large heatsinks are quite a hit these days, and the Fanless 103 from Thermaltake is no exception. In fact, it's so big that we just had to nickname it "Big Blue." The largest question we have for Big Blue is: can it in fact take the pressure that other heatsinks with fans can handle, or will it slip into the background to be slowly forgotten like the real Big Blue?" MSI 915P... Read more...
Welcome back HotHardware fans!  Considering it has only been a few hours since my last post, things have been busy.  After checking the new mailbox, I was greeted with quite a few noteworthy items.  Here's what we've got so far...  Sapphire Toxic X800 PRO VIVO Review @ Beyond3D: "Beyond the cooling system, and the obvious PCB colour change, the rest of the board appears to adhere to the ATI reference design. Removing the heatsink from the board reveals Samsung 1.6ns GDDR3 RAM, which should be capable of a maximum operating speed of 600MHz, which well beyond the rates that even the "APE" overclocking runs it at."  Hitachi 57S700 HDTV @ DesignTechnica:... Read more...
Good morning all.  It looks like my desktop troubles are over.  Man, it has been a long time since I've had problems with any of my machines and I hope this is the last of it for a while.  There's nothing like a reformat once in a while to clean things up, but I was try to hold out for SP-2.  Guess that wasn't in the cards.  Anyhow, now I can get back to being productive on the review and news fronts.  Speaking of news... The First Xeon EM64T (Nocona) Workstation/Server Solutions Now Available from Supermicro San Jose, CA, July 15, 2004 – Supermicro Computer, Inc. has begun high-volume production of its new workstation/server platforms which support the latest... Read more...
Greetings HotHardware Fans!  Can you believe it's already Wednesday?  Those long weekends really throw me for a loop!  They make it seem like the week is just flying by.  Then again, when you've got a pile of hardware to test, stacked from floor to ceiling, there never seems to be enough hours in the day!  But that's a story for another time - Right now, it's time for the news...  SATA RAIDing With Maxtor @ Bjorn3D: "RAIDing - it's what pirates and vikings do... no, wait, this is a computer hardware and software review site, so that's probably the wrong kind of RAID. How about a Redundant Array of Inexpensive Disks? Yeah, that's more like it. For those unfamiliar... Read more...
Good evening friends :)  Sorry about this morning, but my Internet connection was DOA when I awoke this AM.  I placed an order for an upgrade to my Internet service a few days ago; and of course they choose the daytime to cut my service while they did the platform swap. :P  Nevertheless, I am back up and running and there is a slew of news to dig through, so, on with the show... PRESS RELEASE- The High-Definition Gaming Experience GV-R80X256V, GV-R80P256V and GV-R80P256D Taipei, Taiwan, May 2004– Gigabyte Technology Co. formally announces the release of its much-anticipated new graphics accelerators, the GV-R80X256V, GV-R80P256V and GV-R80P256D. The release of the GV-R800... Read more...
Good afternoon folks! I apologize for the lack of updates the last couple of days. We haven't forgotten about you; we've just got something urgent going on here at HotHardware that needs the attention of the whole staff. Here's some quick links to keep you busy for a while... The Motherboard BIOS Flashing Guide @ RojakPot: "Reputable motherboard manufacturers constantly improve on their motherboard BIOS and regularly release BIOS updates. These BIOS updates are important because they correct bugs and sometimes provide additional capabilities. Today, we will take a look at BIOS flashing for the motherboard. We will take an in-depth look at what the motherboard BIOS is, why it should be flashed... Read more...
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