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Anandtech has finally decided to take a look at the new flagship hard drive for enthusiasts from Western Digital. Extending the infamous Raptor family of drives, the new WD1500ADFD offers higher capacity, larger cache, and faster performance than its predecessors. With these kind of features, it's no wonder we were blown away by the latest Raptor drive in our testing. To see what the gang at Anandtech thought, head over and check out the review.Western Digital has addressed the shortcomings of its previous models with the addition of a 16 MB buffer, NCQ, and native SATA implementation wrapped in two different packages depending upon your tastes and budget. With the upcoming transition from... Read more...
So, is it a real disappointment that we haven't seen more 10,000 RPM SATA drives? Possibly, but increasing the drives rotational speed isn't the only way to increase drive performance. In their recent article, HDDsaver explains the lack of more 10k RPM SATA drives, and covers some new technology aimed at increasing hard drive performance. "Over two years ago Western Digital announced the arrival of the first ever 10,000 RPM serial ATA hard drive, the Raptor. Despite having a capacity of just 37GB, the WD360GD was immediate a hit with performance enthusiasts and high-end system builders. It is surprising that other companies have not followed... Read more...
  Western Digital has earned themselves quite a reputation in the Computing Enthusiast market with their line of Raptor hard drives.  Originally targeted as "Enterprise class" SATA variants of what WD had historically brought to market for high-end SCSI server storage solutions, the 10K RPM Raptor was an overnight success for end user performance freaks, including many of us here at HotHardware.com.  WD's first iteration of the drive was a somewhat overly-svelte 36GB version that came outfitted with an 8MB cache.  And it was actually not what one would term a "native SATA" drive, with a Marvell PATA to SATA bridge chip handling calls for the drive's SATA... Read more...
Western Digital has taken things up yet another notch by offering a second version of its new flagship 150GB Raptor enthusiast hard drive. While being mechanically identical to the previously announced 150GB 10,00rpm Raptor, the new Raptor X is equipped with a window allowing case modders and curious technology fans to view the internals of the drive. With an additional $50 premium to the standard 150GB Raptor's $300 MSRP the drive certainly isn't cheap. However, one look at this new model and you soon find yourself wondering if you could come up with the cash to get your hands on it.For two years in WD's advanced development labs, located in California, this team of engineers painstakingly and... 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...
Gigabyte 7800GT Review @ amdzone.com: "Since ATI got their act together with the Radeon 9700 it has been a very tough battle between Nvidia and ATI over who lays claim to the fastest video card for computer gaming, a constant tug of war that never seems to end. Earlier in the summer Nvidia fought back big with their G70 GPU and the 7800GTX, a card with unparalleled performance across the board. However, with it came a very hefty $500 price tag that most gamers simply cannot afford to pay. At QuakeCon a few weeks ago Nvidia had an answer to this with their 7800GT, the sweet spot of mid-range it cuts the costs by $100 while still being powered by the same graphics processor as the 7800GTX.... Read more...
Trying to bring some order to current memory myths, Corsair has sent us a PDF showing the benefit some applications can receive from having a hefty 2GB of Ram installed. Half-Life 2's Lost Coast level is rumored to be out soon, and as many of you have heard, it does list 2GB of ram under the recommended requirements. Ouch. I'm still running on 512MB, so I might have to do a little shopping after the news. Koolance Aquain ICM-505 Liquid Cooling System @ ExtremeMHz | Image "Perhaps you have bought that killer pre-modded case you've always wanted and have formed quite a bond with it. However, you can't help but be impressed with some of the excellent water-cooled cases that Koolance offers.... Read more...
Western Digital Raptor WD740GD 74 GB Hard Drive Review @ The TechZone "Designed for servers and NAS/SAN systems, the drive of choice for high-performance workstation and gaming systems, the WD Raptor hard drive is a new class of drive that matches SCSI performance and reliability while providing simplified connectivity. Make no mistake about it, the Raptor is for serious speed freaks. If you don't run a server farm or play cutting edge 3D games then this is not the drive for you. However, if you're a power nut who wants - no needs - the fastest ATA drive available then this is your baby, or dinosaur as the case may be." QuakeCon 2005 Day Three Coverage @ TheTechLounge: "Our third... Read more...
When Intel released their previous line of chipsets, namely the i915 and 925X, they got a luke warm reception at best. Performance gains over of the 865/875 platform were minimal, and there weren't many upgrade options available at the time of launch. On top of that, users were faced with the unenviable task of purchasing a new CPU, RAM, and video card, at the very least, to get up and running with one of these new chipsets. The 915/925 duo undeniably brought new technologies to the field, including, but not limited to, PCI-Express graphics, DDR2 memory and the LGA775 socket for Prescott and Extreme Edition processors.  And a later revision called the 925XE even added support for... Read more...
Hey folks, I'm back after my week of absence(I know you missed me). So, what's up for today? Tweak Guides has let us know that the final revision of the Fire Fox Tweak Guide is now up. Also, Big Bruin has an article on Password Security and Safety that you might want to check out. Most of it is common sense, but if your new to the tech world, it could help. Well guys and gals, it's good to be back... now enjoy the news :) ASUS P5WD2 (955X) Motherboard @ t-break "The P5WD2 features the "Stack Cool 2" system which basically adds a layer underneath the motherboard that dissipates heat better which in turn, results in reduced temperatures below the CPU area" Mod of the Month @ Creative... Read more...
Hey folks, the news is moving slow today but there's enough for a decent read. I'm taking valuable time away from a Red Sox game right now, so you better enjoy the news :) WD 320GB PATA HDD @ Hardware Avenue "PATA is still considered by many as the HDD standard of choice - IDE cables are not ideal, but when using specialized rounded cables, they become far less of a problem air flow wise and actually aren't too bad in comparison to SATA cables. The HDD makers are aware that not everyone has bought into the rather slow moving SATA market so you'll still find high end HDD's featured on the PATA standard - which is exactly what we have in review today, the high end Western Digital WD3200 320GB PATA... 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...
The Springdale Showdown Which board should you "spring" for? Brought to you by Robert Maloney July 10, 2003           This is the kind of article that PC Hardware Tech Editors live for, not only a simple one-on-one comparison, but a full-blown, knock-em-down, street fight for bragging rights.  Actually, we think round-ups like this are similar to a beauty pageant.  Sure, there's plenty of good-lookers on the stage, but which of them has that special something which will distinguish them from the rest?  Bikini jokes aside, it's what separates the stellar candidates from the mundane, that really makes for an interesting showcase,... Read more...
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