Items tagged with SATA

Hello Everyone.  BW here with an early evening update to let you all know that we've just posted a new article where we evaluate the features and performance of Seagate's Barracuda 7200.10 750GB SATA Hard Drive.  Not only does this drive boast the largest capacity of any desktop HD currently available, its also the first to feature perpendicular recording technology.  Click here to check it out...  ... Read more...
While sifting through the HotHardware mail bin, I came upon a device that I'm sure a lot of you would love to have. The Brando USB 2.0 to SATA/IDE Cable, which X-Bit labs currently has for review, will allow you to connect your hard drives and CD/DVD Drives to your computer using the USB port. "If you need to quickly and easily connect a HDD or an optical device to your system, there is no need to open up the case or look for a bulky external chassis. Just get yourself one of those Brando cable adapter sets and you will be in full armor for all occasions. Let's take a closer look at this simple but handy device."  ... Read more...
Anandtech has published a review of the ULI-based ASRock 939SLI32-eSATA2 motherboard. With complete SLI x16 support, this budget offering provides surprising performance for an exceptionally low price. For those in the market for a cheap SLI-capable motherboard, this new board from ASRock might actually warrant your attention. Then again, NVIDIA's recent acquisition of ULI might make finding this board more than a bit difficult in the next few months. In the video area, the inclusion of dual PCI Express x16 slots provides x16 SLI capability for half the price of the NVIDIA nForce4 x16 SLI chipset. The performance of the board under SLI testing... Read more...
Though it's capable of CrossFire support, the ASRock 775XFire-eSATA2 won't be breaking any speed records. Even so, with a price tag of around $80, this motherboard looks to be a great mainstream solution. "ASRock brings another cost/performance motherboard into the market with CrossFire capabilities. The 775XFire-eSATA2 is not the fastest motherboard, nor is it expected to be. However, as far as mainstream goes, a new chipset and CrossFire on the cheap is the right combination."... Read more...
Maxtor has just posted some new firmware which apparently solves any issues experienced when using the company's SATA II hard drives with an nForce4-equipped motherboard. Specifically, this new firmware fixes issues with DiamondMax 10, DiamondMax 11, MaxLine III, and MaxLine Pro 500 hard drives. With this solution coming direct from the hard drive vendor, it makes you wonder whether the issues rests within the chipset or within the drives themselves.The following issues have been identified with Maxtor SATA II drives and the nVidia nForce4 controller. 1)No detection 2)Anomalous behavior such as data corruption... Read more...
For some, a simple USB thumb drive is not enough portable storage, even at its largest capacity.  Whether it's for backup purposes or there's a need to carry gobs of data around, there is no better alternative to hard drive capacities.  Retail external drive kits can be pricey, which is where Vantec comes in with their NexStar3 with eSATA Interface.  This enclosure lets you drop in your own hard drive and make it as portable as can be.  Married with the right hard drive, this package can offer sizeable external space along with excellent transfer rates."External hard drive enclosures have been out for some time now. Vantec has been at the forefront with their NexStar series... Read more...
ASRock 939Dual-SATA2 Motherboard @ Tweaktown: Today we've got a brand new motherboard on the chopping block from ASRock, a sub division of ASUS who produce value orientated motherboards. The ASRock 939Dual-SATA2 motherboard is based on ULi's new M1695 chipset and offers many innovative features. It has many features such as PCI Express and AGP support and upgradeability to upcoming AMD processors - it's an upgrader's dream." Thermaltake Swing Series Case @ ThinkComputers.org: "Today for review we have another Pre-mod PC case. This one comes from a company that has become very popular and well known for lots of reasons. Thermaltake is considered a big name in the PC community, they make lots... Read more...
Hey folks, we're back! We had a bit of a busy weekend, but the news kept flowing so we're going to have a big post this morning. This hardly seems like news anymore, but the RIAA is at it again, this time going after a group of 757 downloaders. Another lawsuit has also been filed, however this time the RIAA is getting hit with some papers. Anyway, if your looking for some reading that doesn't involve courts, look no further... ASRock 939Dual-SATA2 @ t-break "The ASRock 939Dual-SATA2 has a decent set of features supporting the 939 pin based Athlon64/Dual Core CPUs with dual channel memory controller as well as most of the new technologies like SATA2 and USB 2.0. You also get 7.1 channel audio... 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...
Hey folks, it's pretty late but the news just doesn't stop :) It's not exactly computer hardware, but Nintendo has revealed their design for Revolution's controller. At first I was a little disappointed, but after thinking about how it could change the way games are played, I'm actually excited about it. There are only so many different genres you can invent, only so many different story lines you can write... really, there are only so many ideas. However, changing the way a game is played is something that hasn't really been attempted before, certainly not on this scale. It could be the next big thing, or it may just be a dud, but you have to give them credit for trying to bring something new... Read more...
Hey folks. For those of you who are still part of the Far Cry online scene, a new patch has been released which updates the game version to 1.33 and fixes a few bugs. More information can be found at Far Cry's homepage, or you can download it directly from the Ubisoft FTP Server. Goodnight! MSI NX6800-TD128E (GeForce 6800) in SLI-Configurations @ X-Bit labs "Today we are taking a look at the "weakest link" of the GeForce 6800-series graphics processors in its latest incarnation - NV42 -made using 0.11 micron manufacturing technology at TSMC. The new GPU shows excellent overclocking result as it easily increased speed from 325MHz to 460MHz, which may seem unbelievable. Besides,... 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...
Hey folks, I'm here to bring you a news update before heading off to bed. ATI has released version 5.2 of their Catalyst driver. Click here for the download page, and click here for the release notes. Goodnight all :) Hard Drives: ATA versus SATA @ BigBruin "The current SATA standard provides significant benefits over ATA in terms of convenience, power consumption and, most importantly, performance. The main thing ATA has going for it right now is history, as it has been the standard for so long that it will not likely disappear any time soon." Mushkin DDR2 PC2-4200 CL3-2-2 1GB Kit Review @ MVKTech "The PC2-4200 CL 3-2-2-8 is some of the fastest DDR2 on the planet with excellent... Read more...
Not satisfied with this mornings news post? Well tonight we've got a lot more for you to read. We've got an item from Mikhailtech... lights for your molex connectors! We've also got a review of MSI's X800 XTs. Read on and enjoy :) Old ... yet cool ?" @ OC-Service.com "When the new graphic cards are being introduced, their manufacturers often focus on updating the drivers for them. This helps those cards to achieve better results in games or benchmarks. However : it is often that the newest drivers do not increase the older cards' efficiency and even decrease it. In this article I will present those drivers for cards based on GPU with the code names : R200, RV250 i R280 – that... Read more...
Good evening HotHardware fans! I'm here to let you all know that we've just posted a review of Plextor's PX-712SA Dual-Format DVD+/- SATA Drive. This drive is virtually identical to the very popular PX-712A we reviewed back in June, but it sports a Serial ATA interface. Click here and take a look!... Read more...
Back in mid-June we took a look at the latest offering from Plextor, the PX-712A.  This drive boasted 12X DVD+R write speeds and maintained the same level of quality we've come to expect from Plextor.  For years, Plextor has been in the optical drive business and for most of that time they've been the one company all others can be gauged against.  This is because Plextor makes drives for the professional and the serious enthusiast looking for advanced features and the ability to control drive performance.  Sometimes, they are not the first to reach the market with the fastest speed or the newest features, but when they do, you can be certain Plextor has done their homework... 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 morning everyone :)  I am going to have to cut the banter to a minimum this AM, things in my life have turned out to be a lot crazier then I had expected.  Nevertheless, here is some juice... Seagate Barracuda 160GB SATA HDD @ Bytesector "Seagate is the lesser known of the three major companies vying for supremacy in the consumer hard drive market. Today, I will take a look at their latest technological offering, a Serial ATA hard drive. The Seagate series has retained the branding name of Barracuda throughout the past several years and it is now being used on their SATA series of hard drives. These drives sport a 7200RPM spindle, a nicely sized 8MB cache, 8.5 ms average seek... Read more...
Good morning friends, welcome back to HH.  Today I took a sick-day in hopes of kicking this flu that has been hanging around for the past while.  *shakes head* I don't understand my immune system; I will be fine all winter but as soon as summer comes, BAMN, I get sick.  Maybe my body is so used to the soothing radiation that emanates from my CRT monitor that it is starting to reject natural sunlight.  Nevertheless, a solid day of coffee, music and benchmarks should do my body good ;) PRESS RELEASE- Serial ATA Milestones Achieved With Two Completed Specs Signaling Speed Doubled to 3Gbps, New Cable and Connector Solutions Defined   INTEL DEVELOPER FORUM, Barcelona, Spain,... 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...
  Seagate's Barracuda V and SATA 150 Controllers Welcome to Serial ATA - A Performance Analysis By Dave Altavilla January 14, 2003   The day has finally come, where we have Serial ATA Hard Drives becoming available on the market.  Never has there been such anticipation regarding a new Hard Drive technology.  In kind, never has there been such an overwhelming "seeding" of a technology by various OEM partners with a new standard like this.  The Serial ATA standard has a ton of horsepower behind it with the likes of Intel, Dell, Maxtor, IBM, Seagate and the list goes on.  As a result, it's no wonder why motherboard OEMs were so quick to offer SATA as an integrated... Read more...
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