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Iomega Introduces New External RAID Storage Solution

GeForce 7900 GTO: Specs And Photos

Sony UX280P - The Most Powerful UMPC?

OCZ Annouces ATI CrossFire-Certified PC2-5400 Memory

Iomega Introduces New External RAID Storage Solution

Iomega Corporation announced the new Iomega UltraMax 640GB Desktop Hard Drive, providing Mac users with secure, high-capacity storage in a rugged enclosure.

In addition to the default mode of RAID 0, which stripes data across the UltraMax's two 7200-RPM SATA hard drives, other drive settings include 'spanned' (both hard drives are treated as a single volume), and 'simple' (each hard drive is treated as its own drive letter). For ease of use, the new Iomega UltraMax Desktop Hard Drive has a manual RAID switch, allowing the user to turn off the RAID configuration and use the drive configured as JBOD.

The Iomega UltraMax Hard Drive is preformatted with Apple's HFS+ file system for Mac OS X users. PC users can reformat the Iomega UltraMax Drive to NTFS for use with Windows, or can set up cross-platform use with an included FAT32 format tool.

The stackable UltraMax drive enclosure complements the new Mac Pro series of Apple computers as well as the older Power Mac series. The enclosure is metallic grey with a mesh grill, an echo of the Mac Pro computer's industrial design. Its three interfaces include FireWire 800, FireWire 400, and Hi-Speed USB (USB 2.0), and it provides users with a three-port Hi-Speed USB hub for easy expansion. Cables for FireWire 800, FireWire 400, and USB 2.0 operation are included with the drive.

The UltraMax 640GB Desktop Hard Drive is compatible with Mac OS X 10.1 or above on Apple computers with an Intel processor or G3 processor or higher and a built-in USB or FireWire connection. Reformatted to NTFS or FAT32, it becomes compatible with Microsoft Windows 2000, Windows XP Home and XP Professional editions.

The Iomega UltraMax 640GB Desktop Hard Drive is expected to be available later this month for $449.95 (U.S. suggested retail).

Source: Iomega Corporation

GeForce 7900 GTO: Specs And Photos

These days gave us another reason to feel sorry for beginner users that are not much into diversity of PC components, especially graphics cards. Because, besides the official announcement of NVIDIA GeForce 7900 GS and 7950 GT, there appeared information about yet another novelty - GeForce 7900 GTO.

At the moment they plan to supply these cards only to European OEMs, but as we all know, GeForce 7900 GTO might easily leak into retail as well.

Sources state that the novelty will be nearly identical to GeForce 7900 GTX, including the look and feel.

The G71 core used in GeForce 7900 GTO will work at 650 MHz. All 24 pixel and 8 vertex pipeline as well as 16 ROP units will be in place. The 512MB of 1.4ns GDDR3 memory (256-bit) will work at 1.38 GHz, which again is identical to that of GeForce 7900 GT.

In other words, the card seems somewhat obscure. This can also be said about its price - somewhere between GeForce 7900 GT's $249 and GTX's $349.

Considering the specs, we assume the card will perform slightly better than 7950 GT.

Source: HKEPC

Sony UX280P - The Most Powerful UMPC?

About a week ago Sony removed all entries regarding its UX180P UMPC from its online store.

It became clear a couple of days ago when the UMPC UX280P was offered instead.

The changes were mostly related to HDD and RAM capacity. Now these make 40GB and 1GB (DDR2-400), respectively. Processor remained the same - Intel Core Solo U1200 1.2GHz. Wi-Fi and Bluetooth are also there, but in regions where Wi-Fi is not widespread, EDGE might become the key means of Internet access.

Let's revise the UX180P/UX280P common specifications in brief:

  • 4.5" 1024x600 touchscreen
  • Intel 945GMS chipset
  • Intel Graphics Media Accelerator 950, up to 128MB shared VRAM
  • 64-key keyboard
  • Fingerprint sensor
  • 0.3-megapixel and 1.3-megapixel cameras
  • 100Mbps LAN
  • 2.5-4.5 hours of battery life

In general, Sony UX280P is a leader among UMPCs in both performance and features. Its price of $1999 is not that comfortable however.

Source: Sony,

OCZ Annouces ATI CrossFire-Certified PC2-5400 Memory

OCZ Technology Group announced the new OCZ PC2-5400 ATI CrossFire Certified modules. The PC2-5400 gaming solutions from OCZ now feature heatspreaders designed exclusively for ATI Technologies.

Tested and qualified under ATIís certification program, the PC2-5400 CrossFire series guarantees compatibility with CrossFire technology.


  • 667MHz DDR2
  • CL 4-4-4-12 (CAS-TRCD-TRP-TRAS)
  • Available in 2GB dual-channel optimized kit (OCZ2A6672GK)
  • Unbuffered
  • ATI XTC Heatspreader
  • Lifetime Warranty
  • 1.9 Volts
  • 240 Pin DIMM
  • 2.2V EVP

Source: OCZ Technology Group

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