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Seagate Offers SSD-Like Performance With The New Momentus XT HDD

Seagate Momentus XT

This 2.5″ drive from Seagate has been classified as world’s fastest drive for laptops. Called Momentus XT HDD, the drive features a 7200RPM spin speed, 4GB of quick SLC NAND Flash memory and is up to 100 percent faster than an usual 5400RPM drive.

Soon available in 250GB, 320GB and 500GB of storage capacity, the Momentus XT offers high SSD-like performance at the lower price of an usual hard disk drive.  Seagate is getting closer to the solid state drive standards with this hybrid and, if you want to shorten the gap between SSD’s and HDD’s, two hybrid Momentus XTs in a RAID configuration will do the job.

Check the press release after the jump for more details


Intel Announces New Core i5 580M Processor for Q4 2010

Intel Core i5

Intel is about to launch a new Core i5 processor later this year, the Core i5 580M, and it will be replacing the -540M chip which is now available on the market.

The current i5 540M processor has a clockspeed of 2.53Ghz and the turbo overclock speed is reported to 3.06 GHz. Intel says that the new 508M processor will be faster and comes with a clockspeed of 2.66GHz and turbo overclock speed of 3.33GHz. The graphics core of the 580M model will spin at 500MHz and it can be overclocked at 766MH.

The new Intel Core i5 580M is expected to enter the market in the last quarter of 2010.

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Seagate To Launch 3TB HDD By The End Of 2010

Seagate HDD

It appears that rumors saying that Seagate will launch a 3TB hard disk drive later this year are true.

The company’s upcoming HDD will only be compatible with 64-bit operating systems. Why is that? The current LBA (logical block addressing) standard offers support for hard drives up to 2.1TB of storage capacity. So, in order to work with full power, the drive requires a 64-bit OS such as Windows 7, Vista and some versions of Linux.

So if you are eager to try Seagates’s upcoming 3TB hard disk drive, you’ll need to get rid of your copy of Windows XP. For now, there are no details on when the new drive will be available of about pricing, but it will surely be expensive.

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Samsung STORY USB 3.0 External HDD

Samsung Story USB 3.0

The Samsung Story external hard drive has been designed to offer high data transfer speeds using USB 3.0 technology. The device comes with different storage capacities, 1TB and 2TB and it features three energy saving modes : idle, sleep and suspend, allowing you to leave it on without thinking about the energy draw.

The SuperSpeed USB 3.0 interface is capable of up to 5GBps which is incredibly faster than any device using USB 2.0 that usually has an average transfer speed of 480Mbps. The Samsung Story external hard drives are now available anywhere in the world and come with 3-year warranty.

Via Techchee

Patriot Unveils The New SSD Zephyr Series

Patriot Zephyr Series

The Patriot is a company known for producing stuff like flash drives, memory and SSDs and they just announced a new SSD called the Zephyr series.

Patriot’s new Zephyr series is available in 64GB, 128GB and 256GB capacities and all of their new drives are using the new JMicron JMF612 controller, with a level cache of 64MB DDR2.  The Zephyr series is capable of high data transfer speeds, somewhere up to 240MBps reading speed and up to 180MBps writing speed. The drives also feature native support for the TRIM command in Microsoft Windows 7 in order to maintain the integrity of their performance.


A-DATA USB 3.0 Portable Hard Drive NH01


A-DATA announced today their latest USB 3.0 portable hard drive, the 2.5″ NH01.

The device is using the latest USB 3.0 interface and it can reach impressive data transfer speeds of up to 88 MBps reading speed and up to 81 MBps writing speed which is twice faster than the hard drives using USB 2.0 interface and brings us satisfaction considering that we deal with large amounts of multimedia data every day.

The NH01 has a starting price of 70€ for the 320GB version, 88€ for the 500GB version and 110€ for the 640GB hard drive and all drives come with 3-year product warranty.

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Asus Announces The Eee Box EB1007 Nettop Computer

Asus Eee Box EB1007

Asus‘s latest nettop computer, the Asus Eee Box EB1007, has just debuted on their webpage. The device sports a 1.66Ghz Intel Atom D410 Pine Trail processor, backed up by 1GB of DDR2 RAM and a 160GB hard disk drive for your personal data.

The nettop also features Wi-Fi connectivity, 6 USB ports, a SDHC card reader, eSATA port and, if want you to transform it into some sort of a desktop PC, Asus offers you keyboard, mouse, stand and a VESA mount kit which is perfect to mount the device on the back of your TV or monitor.

There are no details on when it will be available or about pricing yet.

The Asus ROG MATRIX 5870 Means Everything A Gamer Wants

Asus ROG MATRIX 5870

The Asus ROG MATRIX 5870 is the graphic card that all gamers want to assemble to their gaming machines. The new Asus MATRIX 5870 has been designed with only one purpose, to offer high-end gaming experience.

It features 2GB of GDDR5 RAM running at 4.8GHz.  The power system can be seriously overclocked. The video chip can also be overclocked from 850 MHz to 894MHz. The cooling system reduces the temperature by 13 degrees Celsius in comparison with the standard cooling system from the HD 5870.

Also, the graphic card includes Super Hybrid Engine function which will automatically overclock the card where needed, up to 19 percent in 3D games and up to 50 percent when working with 2D graphics accelerator. There are no details about the price yet, but be sure you’ll have to empty your piggy bank for this beauty.

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Western Digital AV-25 Hard Drive Offers Cool And Quiet Operation

Western Digital Hard Drive

Western Digital have created a new SATA hard drive, the Western Digital AV-25 2.5-inch, which was designed to offer cool and quiet operation, providing maximum reliability especially in always-on environments.

The hard drive is capable of working with up to five simultaneous HD video streams, being the perfect device for DVRs, surveillance cameras and more. The Western Digital AV-25 hard drive comes with different storage capacities, offered in 160GB, 250GB, 320GB and 500GB with prices from $50 to $80.

The Western Digital AV-25 SATA hard drive can be purchased from Western Digital

Keydex USB 3.0 HDD Enclosure Offers Up to 4.8Gbps Transfer Speed

Keydex 1

The Keydex 2.5-inch HDD Enclosure with an unique screw-less case that allows you to replace the hard drive with it very fast, in about 25 seconds. It doesn’t require any tools or screwdriver to open the enclosure. The Keydex offers SuperSpeed USB 3.0 connection that is capable to reach a transfer speed of up to 4.8Gbps.

Also, the Keydex HDD features HDD stabilizer technology which prevent accidental data loss. Its case is also stackable and allows a number these enclosures to be stacked on top of one another. (more…)

NEC’s CE151 Chip Brings HD Videos to Mobile Phones


Before you get too excited, I should tell you NEC just introduced their new wonder chip, we probably won’t see it on a phone before the end of the year.

Still the NEC CE151 camera chip is quite a breakthrough that supposedly makes mobiles comparable to DSLR cameras. Among the most impressive features of NEC’s new chip are the HD video recording capabilities and the shooting of still images of up to 13 megapixels.

There was no official statement on when we can expect NEC to implement the CE151 chip in its handhelds, but I wouldn’t hold my breath. Be sure to check the rest of its features, after the break.


Netgear Router Turns 3G into WIFI

Netgear-MBRN3300E-routerNetgear has partnered up with Ericsson to bring us a very smart router able to turn 3G signals into WIFI.

With the new Netgear MBRN3300E you no longer need to depend on those pesky broadband wires for internet access. Swedish tech giant Ericsson supplies a built-in 3G modem that eats up the signal and turns it into sweet WIFI, so you can enjoy wireless web access pretty much anywhere.

Like all modern routers, the Netgear MBRN3300E comes with a built-in firewall and 802.11n WiFi. According to the official press release, Netgear’s wonder router is already available.

via Engadget

Walton Chaintech SSD Converter Makes SSD Storage Afordable


SSD may still be much too expensive for casual use, but thanks to Walton Chaintech’s SSD converter, you can take two CF cards and use them as a hard-drive.

Solid state drive have proven superior to HDDs in pretty much every aspect, but their price tag has been keeping most people away. That probably won’t change very soon, but thanks to Walton Chaintech and their SSD converter, you can enjoy the groundbreaking technology at a discount price.

Taking advantage of the CompactFlash storage speed and the shape of an SSD, the converter works kind of like this: take two CF cards, stick them into the 2.5″ SSD-shaped device and you’re good to go. It supports SATA II and RAID 0/1 and gives you all the advantages of Flash storage.


Buffalo External Hard-Drives Increase Your PS3’s Storage Capacity


With all the big-file media available for the PlayStation 3 these days, it’s very possible you’ll run out of storage space, at one point. The two new 500 Gb external hard-drives from Buffalo give you plenty of space to store your favorite files.

The Buffalo HD-AV500U2/SC and HD-CL500U2/SC hard-drives are both PS3-certified and compatible with the upcoming PlayStation 3 TV Tuner and “Torne” DTV DVR adapter. Both models will be launched in Japan in March, for 14,800 yen and 11,800 respectively.


ATI Radeon HD5450 – Cheap, But Still Performance

ATI Radeon HD 5450

The ATI HD5000 “family” has a new member now, the HD5450, which is not far from the 5800 and 5600 series when we talk about performance. Even so, this graphic card is more suitable for HTPCs than for gaming. It features full DirectX 11 graphics and Eyefinity multi-display support and comes with 512MB of video memory.

Another cool part about the ATI HD5450 is that it includes HDMI 1.3a with Dolby TrueHD and DTS-HD Master Audio and it will be available very soon for only $60.

Via geekygadgets