A new hard drive for DVRs promises quiet operation and high reliability.
Seagate on Thursday announced its new Video 2.5 HDD, a 2.5-inch hard drive (as its name implies) designed specifically for around-the-clock video applications, such as digital video recorders (DVRs), set-top boxes (STBs), and surveillance applications. Building a reliable drive was Seagate's primary focus, and the company claims its new HDD has an annual failure rate of just 0.55.
New firmware for Plextor's M5 Pro SSDs provides a free performance boost.
Wouldn't it be awesome if, after buying a new sports car, the dealership called you in for a free tuneup that netted you additional horsepower? Unfortunately, life doesn't always work that way, just don't tell that to Plextor. The former optical drive player that now concentrates its efforts on solid state drives (SSDs) just announced the availability of its 100K Extreme firmware update for its M5 Pro SSD line.
PowerColor's secret sauce to better cooling is to sprinkle in additional fan blades.
TUL Corporation added to its line of graphics cards by announcing the PowerColor HD7850 Fling Force Edition [APAC Limited] with a 910MHz core clockspeed and 2GB of GDDR5 memory running at 1200MHz on a 256-bit bus. It's not the clockspeeds that make this unique -- it's the "unparalleled cooling technology" that consists of attaching additional fan blades to the original design.
Mushkin's Atlas 480GB mSATA SSD is small in size but big in capacity.
Mushkin will start shipping what it claims is the world's first 480GB capacity mSATA solid state drive (SSD) in January 2013, the company announced this week. Unlike traditional SSDs, mSATA (Mini-SATA) drives are much smaller and sport a connector that looks similar to a PCI Express Mini Card interface that's even electrically compatible, though the data signals need to be fed to the SATA host controller.
It's been recently rumored that Intel is taking steps towards a socket-less future, perhaps sooner than you think. The rumor originates from a Japanese website, which reported that Broadwell, the 14nm successor to next year's Haswell, would not come in an LGA package. Such a scenario would effectively neuter the enthusiast DIY market, and AMD wants no part of the castration process, at least not in the near future.
A Spanish website posted a bevy of detailed specs for Advanced Micro Device's (AMD) upcoming Radeon HD 8000 Series graphics card, and assuming they're accurate, there will be a dual-GPU version launching in the second quarter of 2013. That coincides nicely with a recent report that AMD was pushing the launch of its entire Radeon HD 8000 Series into next year, though we're inclined to take the launch dates with a grain of salt.
Advanced Micro Devices is apparently trying to flex its Radeon brand everywhere it can. In addition to video cards and system memory, both of which are markets currently served by the Radeon brand, it's rumored that AMD is getting ready to launch a line of Radeon solid state drives (SSDs). If this works out, perhaps one day you could build an entire PC with nothing but Radeon parts.
OCZ Technology fans have had cause for concern lately. Earlier this month, the former memory maker turned solid state drive player sacked 28 percent of its staff and discontinued 150 product variations. The restructuring effort was put into place by OCZ's recently appointed chief, Ralph Schmitt, who was appointed to replace former CEO and founder Ryan Petersen. At the time, Schmitt admitted OCZ had "lost credibility," but going forward, he seems to have a plan to turn things around.
Toshiba this week announced that it's upping the storage ante for business customers by fleshing out its enterprise hard drive line with four new 4TB HDDs. The large capacity drives are part of Toshiba's MG Series and includes both SATA flavors -- MG03ACA400, MG03ACA400Y -- and SAS models -- MG03SCA400, MG03SCP400 -- all of which offer 4TB of capacity with varying feature-sets.