News of the day (October 22, 2009)

 Samsung invest in Fusion-io
  Posted on 1256212196 by Marc

Fusion-io has announced that Samsung has made an investment in Fusion-io with the aim of the two companies collaborating in SSD technology. We don’t yet know how much Samsung has invested but we do know that Samsung is the main supplier of NAND memory to Fusion-io. Well-known for its ioDrive and ioDrive Duo as well as the ioXtreme, Fusion-io mainly produces SSDs based on PCI Express cards. The rest is only conjecture but it could be that Samsung is indicating how the SSD market is likely to develop in the future. Or perhaps the Korean manufacturer is simply looking to extend into high-end SSDs that can give extreme speeds, such as the 1500 MB/s offered by the ioDrive Duo.

 Active Media adopt JMF612
  Posted on 1256211032 by Marc

Active Media have announced the release of a new range of Predator SSD. The innovation comes in the fact these Predator X7 drives have a new JMicron JMF612 controller. The range offers solutions with capacities from 32 to 256 GB, all with 128 MB of cache. The performances announced are as follows: 230 MB/s sequential reads and 180 MB/s writes.

The prices are as follows:

- S32G-25PX7: 120 euros TTC
- S64G-25PX7: 175 euros TTC
- S128G-25PX7: 280 euros TTC
- S256G-25PX7: 560 euros TTC

 D day for Windows 7
  Posted on 1256198339 by Marc

Today is official launch day for Windows 7, Microsoft’s new OS. Designed to make us forget the failure of Windows Vista, 7 claims to be lighter and easier to use. From a hardware point of view, 7 brings several innovations that Vista did not have:

- Support for the TRIM command for SSDs
- An improved scheduler that favours physical over logical processors
- More robust and efficient handling of VRAM thanks to the WDDM 1.1 drivers

Although Direct3D 11 is included automatically in 7, it is also available via an update for Vista. After having disappeared in XP, you can once again have several simultaneous graphics drivers, which means you can have both ATI and NVIDIA cards in the same machine.

 Components returns rates
  Posted on 1256166908 by Damien

Reliability is as important as it is difficult to measure, so much that we aren’t able to give figures on it in the reviews. Motherboards, graphics cards, power supplies, RAM and hdds: here are the figures we have!

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