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     A Serial ATA and USB 3.0 SSD
      Posted on 05/01/2010 at 15:06 by Benoit - source: A-DATA
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    A-DATA have announced an unusual SSD. The N002 has been announced at 200 MB/s and 170 MB/s for sequential reads and writes. It should be available over the course of the month in 64, 128 and 256 GB versions. Pricing is as yet unconfirmed.

    The originality of this product lies in its interface. Above and beyond the standard SATA 3 Gbit/s interface, the N002 has a USB 3.0 socket so it can be used as an external storage device with far better speeds than a USB key or a magnetic disc.

    While it has already been implemented on some USB 2.0 models, the idea is an interesting one and though the USB 3.0 standard will no doubt bring improved usage, you do still need USB 3.0 ports on your motherboard. A-DATA hasn’t yet given any information on the controller used in the N002…

     The Q8200 and E5200 on their way out
      Posted on 05/01/2010 at 14:45 by Benoit
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    Intel today announced that it is planning to bring production of two of its entry level processors to an end, namely the Pentium Dual Core E5200 and the Core 2 Quad Q8200. These two processors were the foundary’s entry level in terms of bi and quad core CPUs and were much used by OEMs.

    As things stand, OEMs can place orders for the E5200 up until May 7th for deliveries up until January 2011 or August 2010 (for box versions). Orders for the Q8200 can be placed until May for deliveries up till July 2011 or August 2010 for box versions.

    The processors should still be used in OEM machines for some time then but they will gradually be replaced by faster ones.

     66.80 GB Blu-Rays?
      Posted on 05/01/2010 at 14:03 by Benoit
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    Blu-Ray discs currently have a very comfortable 25 GB storage capacity, which can be doubled to 50 GB. While such capacities may seem quite sufficient at the present time, you have to keep in mind that the increasing number of films in HD and the arrival (further off) of 3D Blu-Rays will necessitate ever more storage space.

    Sony and Panasonic are reported to have introduced some technology that significantly expands the available space. Known as “Maximum Likelihood Sequence Estimation” (rather a mouthful!) it could increase Blu-Ray disc capacity to 33.4 GB per layer for a total of 66.80 GB for a double layer disc! Cherry on the cake, the technology is entirely backwards compatible with current players and lenses via a simle firmware update.

    MLSE has not yet been standardised as Sony has not yet filed a request with the Blu-Ray Disc Association. That said, considering that Sony is one of the main members of the organisation in question, adoption shouldn’t pose too much of a problem.

     More info on the bi LGA-1366 from EVGA
      Posted on 05/01/2010 at 13:00 by Benoit
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    We were telling you about the mystery card from EVGA yesterday that has two 1366 sockets. We’ve learned a little more about it.

    As we were saying, the card will only be compatible with the Intel Xeon processors. For the time being it will be “limited” to a bi-quad core configuration but it is very likely that Gulftown (alias i7-980X) will be rolled out in this range. It will then be possible to set up a machine with 12 physical cores and 24 logical cores!

    There are seven PCI Express 16x slots on the card, cabled thanks to two NVIDIA NF200 chips. Those of you who like to push the benchmarks will then be able to give yourselves over to the joys of a quad-sli to attempt new records. You’ll be helped by the fact that there are 12 memory slots (6 per processor).

    There will also be 2 USB 3.0 ports, 2 SATA 6 Gb/s ports in addition to the standard USB 2.0 and SATA 2. We don’t doubt that the BIOS will be orientated towards overclocking and that the beast will come in at a price to match the (out)size of the configuration that’s installed!

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