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  The Plextor PX-504A DVD+R/RW Drive More Space, More Speed, More Compatability By, Jeff Bouton April 15, 2003   Plextor is one of the top manufacturers of optical drives.  In fact, many consider their drives to be the best available.  Over the years, we've had the opportunity to review quite a few models, with virtually all of them receiving our "Editor's Choice" award.  The reason for this was simple; Plextor consistently produces drives with features and performance, that either set the standard, or perfected current standards.  As hard drive capacities continue to grow, the need for larger removable storage solutions has increased.  Naturally,... Read more...
  Maxtor's DiamondMax Plus 9 Serial ATA Drive Serial ATA Drives Mature By Dave Altavilla March 20, 2003   Our first look at a Serial ATA drive, quite frankly, was a little less than inspiring.  That is to say that, even though the SATA 150 standard offers a higher bandwidth interface and those tidy, thin little cables,  the performance of the first drive to hit our bench, a Seagate Barracuda V, was about on par with the average ATA100 or ATA133 drive on the market.  However, as we all know, in this game of technological leapfrog, it doesn't always pay to be too early to adopt the latest and greatest architecture, for your own personal use.  Many times, it pays to... Read more...
    The Plextor PlexWriter 48/24/48U External Hi-Speed USB 2.0 CD-RW Drive Speedy Burning On The Go Jay Gibson December 29, 2002 Since their debut in 1990, Plextor has been striving to make a name for themselves as one of the top-producing optical storage device manufactures in the market. Their introductions of generations of award-winning devices, has enabled them to generate an annual revenue of approximately $500 million per year, while providing some very stiff competition for their fellow combatants. As we're sure you would agree, Plextor is sort of the bellweather of optical drive manufacturers. The first thing we noticed after unpacking this new Plextor drive, was... Read more...
  The Plextor 48x24x48 CD-RW Drive Burning CDs Faster Than Ever Before... By, Marco Chiappetta November 12, 2002 Plextor recently released their newest flagship CD-RW drive, the PlexWriter 48/24/48A.  Obviously, just by looking at the name, it's clear that this drive should offer increased reading and writing speeds over Plextor's previous top-of-line PlexWriter 40/12/40A.  The maximum CD recording speed has been raised to 48X (7.2MB/s), from 40X (6MB/s) and by conforming to the new Ultra-Speed CD-RW standard, re-writing speeds have doubled from 12X (1.8MB/s) to 24X (3.6MB/s).  Plextor also claims that access times have been vastly improved over their previous products. ... Read more...
  Plextor PleXCombo 8/8/24-8U Review CD-R, CD-RW, DVD and USB 2.0 By -Chris Angelini September 18th, 2002 Not long ago, CD-RW drives were considered a luxury.  Then, the MP3 craze swept college dorms and came to rest in the average household.  The ability to play music on demand through a computer sound system was novel, but taking that music on the road seemed far more practical.  Of course, the only way to get a custom mix was to convert the music into .wav format and burn the large files onto a disc.  Writable optical drives quickly became popular, simultaneously decreasing in price and increasing in speed.  Suddenly, CD-RW drives could be found in enthusiast... Read more...
  The Plextor PleXCombo 20/10/40-12A Review Covering All of the Bases With a Single Drive By, Jeff Bouton July 10, 2002 As CD-Writers have matured, so has the technology that is integrated into their design.  Back when the first CD-R drives were introduced, users were routinely plagued by "buffer underruns."  Initially, manufacturers began incorporating new processes, like larger on-board memory buffers, into their drives to help combat this problem, but the results were mixed.  Fortunately, there were a select few manufacturers who made the "buffer underrun" problem their top priority, looking to put an end to the problem once and for all.  One of... Read more...
The VisionTek XTasy GeForce4 Ti 4400 Compelling performance without the price tag By -Dave Altavilla April 9, 2002   If variety is the "spice of life", then it is safe to say that NVIDIA is cooking up some "Three Alarm Chili" these  days and it's guaaaaraaaanteed (insert thick Cajun Bayou accent here), to make you thirsty for a cool drink of 3D polygon pushing refreshment.  There are so many flavors of GeForce4 product in the retail channel, the unsuspecting consumer could get down right befuddled at the myriad of choices and performance levels, offered by the various incarnations of NVIDIA's GeForce4.  Mind you, we're not complaining about this situation... Read more...
  The Plextor PlexWriter 40/12/40A CD-RW Drive Cutting CDs as fast as you can play them 3/10/02 - By  Dave Altavilla As of late, CD-R technology has been keeping pace with the type of blinding speed of technological development that exist in the PC Graphics market.  One could easily draw a comparison between the product development cycle times of nVidia and Plextor, as well as a few others in the CD-R arena.  It was only a few short months ago that we exposed you to the features and performance of the Plextor 24X CD-RW drive.  Now, less than 6 months later, we're here to show you what Plextor's 40X CD-RW drive can do.  As the branding suggests, Plextor's 40X CD-RW... Read more...
  The Plextor PlexWriter 16/10/40A CD-RW Drive Quick cuts and speedy reads... 4/4/01 - By  Dave Altavilla You've got to love the PC and PC Peripherals Market.  I don't know of any other industry that releases new products and technology with such a fevered pace, such that obsolescence is a way of life, with next generation product always waiting in the wings to perform the proverbial "leap frog" maneuver.  There is one thing for certain.  In this business, you skip a beat and you might as well hand in your pink slip, because the game can be over in the blink of an eye.  The product we're going to look at here is indicative of the level of execution that... Read more...
  The Plextor PlexWriter 24/10/40A CD-RW Drive The perennial CD Burn King steps it up a notch 10/8/01 - By  Dave Altavilla It seems like only yesterday we were showing you the performance and quality of Plextor's 16X Burner.  However, like most PC technologies, perpetual and incremental performance enhancement, is a requirement to survive in the High Tech jungle.  Plextor, world renowned for top quality high performance recordable drives, is not about to sit on its collective laurels while the competition passed by.  Soon after the release of the Plextor 16X recorder, we had gotten wind that 20X drives, from the likes of Richo, Acer and Yamaha, were waiting in the wings. ... Read more...
  The Plextor PlexWriter 8/4/32 CD-RW Drive Turning and Burning CD Recordable Drives have matured greatly in the past few years and have become an extremely cost effective and viable back-up, storage and duplication solution for professional and home use.  Plextor has been known for highly reliable leading edge products ranging from standard CD drives to CD-R and CD-RW drives.  With a standard CD-R drive you can only write to a CD once and if there is an error during the process, you have made yourself and expensive drink "coaster".  CD-RW is a fairly new type of Recordable Drive technology that allows one to Write and Re-Write information on the same CD which has... Read more...
The Elitegroup P6BXT-A+ It's two boards in one!   The poeple at ECS really decided to do something different this time. They put their Marketing Hats on and decided to bring the Reseller/Custom Configurers and the End User community a board with a great deal of flexibility! They let go of conventional design practices and really thought "out of the box" with this board! Take a look at the picture below. You aren't seeing things. This board has both a Socket370 and a Slot 1 on it! Now, instead of being limited to only one or the other of the two most recent Intel CPU interfaces, you can choose which version best fits your budget/performance curve. Here's the rest of the details.... Read more...
The VisionTek XTasy Titanium Series Line-up Taking Graphics to the Next Level By - Jeff Bouton November 1, 2001 Just in time to compete with the long awaited new Radeon's from ATI, nVidia has release their latest version of the popular GeForce GPU's named "Titanium."  By now, it is fairly obvious that when it comes to competition, nVidia doesn't like to be in second place, and with their latest offering being released in such a timely fashion, their position should be safe.  By fine tuning the existing manufacturing processes of both GeForce2 and GeForce3 GPU's, nVidia has been able to remain extremely aggressive in the graphics processor market. One of the first manufacturers... Read more...
The VisionTek XTasy Everything 5564 Personal Cinema A Cheap Date With Multi-Media By - Dave Altavilla November 19, 2001 Convergence, that's what the multi-media scene is all about.  In addition to conjuring up printed documents, spreadsheets, charts and graphs, the  modern personal computer, for the average household, has become more of an entertainment medium than anything else.  3D Gaming, music and video are all data types that today's computers must process and handle in real-time. As a result, virtually all of the available graphics chipset technologies on the market, have the ability to process and reproduce digital video in hardware,  as well as 3D graphical scenes. ... Read more...
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