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Buffalo Announces Its Fastest External Blu-ray Writer

Apple Unveils All New Mac mini

Super Talent Ships New TeraDrive CT SATA 3Gbps SSDs based on SandForce SSD Processor

OCZ Introduces Customizable Deneva Series Enterprise Solid State Drives

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Buffalo Announces Its Fastest External Blu-ray Writer

Buffalo Technology today announced its new MediaStation 12x External USB 3.0 Blu-ray Writer. Offering 12x Blu-ray write speeds in an external form factor, this new MediaStation drive is claimed to be the fastest on the market.



The MediaStation 12x External USB 3.0 Blu-ray Writer conveniently connects via USB 3.0 or USB 2.0, and includes the CyberLink Blu-ray 3D Ready Media Suite featuring PowerDVD with TrueTheater 3D HD for video viewing, PowerDirector for video editing, Power2Go for Blu-ray and DVD authoring and burning, PowerBackup for archiving and backup, and PowerProducer for HD video capturing and authoring as well as burning DVDs and Blu-ray. In addition, the MediaStation BR3D-12U3 ships with MediaShow for organizing photos and videos and InstantBurn to write and rewrite to supported discs. MediaStation BR3D-12U3 can also be used for periodic data backups and archives, preventing content loss in the event of a system attack by a virus or other malware.



With a simple setup and no required drivers, the MediaStation 12x External USB 3.0 Blu-ray Writer is ready to operate and supports the following media formats: BD-R SL 8x Read / 12x Write, DVD R SL 16x Read / 16x Write and CD-R 40x Read / 40x Write. The new Blu-ray Writer is sized 6.3" x 2" x 8.7" and weighs under three pounds.

Backed by a limited one-year warranty, the MediaStation 12x External USB 3.0 Blu-ray Writer will be available later this month at the estimated street price of $349.99.


Read/write speeds (BD 1x = 4.5 MB/s, DVD 1x = 1.385 MB/s, CD 1x = 0.15 MB/s):

  • BD-R (SL): 6x/6x
  • BD-R (SL): 8x/12x (with TurboUSB enabled)
  • BD-R (DL): 8x/12x (with TurboUSB enabled)
  • BD-RE (SL): 8x/2x
  • BD-RE (DL): 6x/2x
  • DVD-RAM: 5x/5x
  • DVD-R (SL): 16x/16x
  • DVD-R (DL): 12x/8x
  • DVD-RW: 12x/6x
  • DVD+R(SL): 16x/16x
  • DVD+R(DL): 12x/8x
  • DVD+RW: 12x/8x
  • CD-R: 40x/40x
  • CD-RW: 24x/24x

Specifications:

  • Connector Type: USB 3.0
  • Number of Ports: 1
  • Dimensions (WxHxD in.): 6.3 x 2.0 x 8.7
  • Weight (lbs.): 2.65
  • Client OS Support: Windows 7 (32 bit/64 bit), Windows Vista (32 bit/64 bit), Windows XP (SP3 or later)
  • Power Consumption: Max 24W
  • Power Supply: AC 100-240V 50-60Hz

Source: Buffalo Technology


Apple Unveils All New Mac mini

Apple today unveiled a completely redesigned Mac mini, featuring up to twice the graphics performance, a new HDMI port and a new SD card slot, all in an amazingly compact aluminum enclosure. Mac mini is claimed to be the world's most energy efficient desktop and starting at $699, is the most affordable way to enjoy Mac OS X, iLife or Mac OS X Snow Leopard Server.



Created with the unibody construction process pioneered by Apple, the new Mac mini features a compact aluminum enclosure just 7.7 inches square and 1.4 inches thin. A new integrated power supply eliminates the need for an external power adapter, reducing overall system volume by 20 percent and keeping cable clutter to a minimum. A removable panel underneath provides quick access for memory expansion. Mac mini is incredibly versatile, effortlessly connecting to existing peripherals such as mice, keyboards and digital displays, while the new HDMI output connects Mac mini to an HDTV and the new SD card slot enables easy transfer of photos and videos from a digital camera.



The new Mac mini includes the NVIDIA GeForce 320M graphics processor with 48 processing cores that delivers up to twice the graphics performance of its predecessor. Mac mini comes standard with a 2.4 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo processor, 320GB hard and 2GB of RAM for $699.

With twice the graphics performance, the new Mac mini is still the world's most energy efficient desktop. The new Mac mini reduces power consumption by an incredible 25 percent to less than 10W at idle, less than half the power required by competing systems. Mac mini meets Energy Star 5.0 requirements and achieves EPEAT Gold status. The new aluminum enclosure is highly recyclable and Mac mini uses PVC-free components and cables, contains no brominated flame retardants and features material-efficient system and packaging designs.



Mac mini comes with Mac OS X Snow Leopard and iLife, Apple's innovative suite of applications for managing photos, making movies and creating and learning to play music.

Mac mini with Mac OS X Snow Leopard Server fulfills all the server needs of a workgroup or small business including email, calendar, file serving, Time Machine backup, Wiki Server, Podcast Producer and more. Mac mini with Mac OS X Snow Leopard Server uses less than 11W of power at idle, a fraction of the power consumed in comparison to typical entry-level tower servers. Mac mini with Mac OS X Snow Leopard Server is faster than before with a 2.66 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo processor, two 500GB hard drives now running at 7200 rpm, 4GB of RAM and supports unlimited clients for $999.

The new Mac mini is shipping today and will be available through the Apple Store, Apple's retail stores and Apple Authorized Resellers.

The Mac mini, for a suggested retail price of $699 (US), includes:

  • 2.4 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo processor with 3MB of shared L2 cache;
  • 2GB of 1066 MHz DDR3 SDRAM, expandable up to 8GB;
  • a slot-load 8X SuperDrive (DVDR DL/DVDRW/CD-RW) optical drive;
  • 320GB Serial ATA hard drive running at 5400 rpm;
  • NVIDIA GeForce 320M integrated graphics;
  • AirPort Extreme 802.11n wireless networking and Bluetooth 2.1+EDR;
  • Gigabit Ethernet;
  • four USB 2.0 ports;
  • SD card slot;
  • one FireWire 800 port;
  • one HDMI port and one Mini DisplayPort;
  • HDMI to DVI video adapter;
  • combined optical digital audio input/audio line in (minijack); and
  • combined optical digital audio output/headphone out (minijack).

Build-to-order options and accessories include up to 8GB 1066 MHz DDR3 SDRAM, 500GB hard drive running at 5400 rpm, Apple Remote, Aperture 3, Final Cut Express 4, Logic Express, iWork (pre-installed), Apple Wireless Keyboard, Magic Mouse, Apple 24 inch LED Cinema Display and the AppleCare Protection Plan.

The Mac mini with Mac OS X Snow Leopard Server, for a suggested retail price of $999 (US), includes:

  • 2.66 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo processor with 3MB of shared L2 cache;
  • 4GB of 1066 MHz DDR3 SDRAM, expandable up to 8GB;
  • two 500GB Serial ATA hard drives running at 7200 rpm;
  • NVIDIA GeForce 320M integrated graphics;
  • AirPort Extreme 802.11n wireless networking and Bluetooth 2.1+EDR;
  • Gigabit Ethernet;
  • four USB 2.0 ports;
  • SD card slot;
  • one FireWire 800 port;
  • one HDMI port and one Mini DisplayPort;
  • HDMI to DVI video adapter;
  • combined optical digital audio input/audio line in (minijack); and
  • combined optical digital audio output/headphone out (minijack).

Build-to-order options and accessories include up to 8GB 1066 MHz DDR3 SDRAM, External SuperDrive, Apple Wireless Keyboard, Magic Mouse, Apple 24 inch LED Cinema Display and the AppleCare Protection Plan.

Source: Apple


Super Talent Ships New TeraDrive CT SATA 3Gbps SSDs based on SandForce SSD Processor

Super Talent Technology announced immediate availability of the new TeraDrive CT SSD, which uses the SandForce 1222 SSD processor to deliver improved performance in laptops and desktops.



The new TeraDrive CT has a standard SATA 3Gbps interface. It delivers sequential read and write speeds up to 285 MB/s and 275 MB/s respectively. Built-in Garbage Collection and TRIM support ensure sustainable performance over the life of the drive, without degradation.

The TeraDrive CT features RAISETM technology for enhanced reliability and DuraWrite technology for significantly increased endurance, advanced wear leveling, bad block management, and excellent ECC with up to 24 symbols correctable per 512 byte sector. The TeraDrive CT, built with MLC NAND flash, uses new improved firmware that yields greater usable capacity than earlier 1222 based SSDs. It is offered in capacities from 60GB to 480GB.

Specifications:

  • Interface: Serial ATA 3Gbps
  • Form Factor: 2.5"
  • Capacities: 60GB, 120GB, 240GB, 480GB
  • NAND Flash: MLC
  • Performance: 0.1ms access time
  • Performance: 285 MB/sec read, 275 MB/sec write
  • Internal Cache Size: N/A
  • Power Supply: 5V 5%
  • MTBF: >1,000,000 hrs
  • Dimension: 69.85 x 100.20 x 9.50 mm
  • Warranty: 2 years
  • Part Number: FTMxxCT25H

Pricing:

Part Number Description Street Price
FTM06CT25H 60GB 2.5" MLC SATA TeraDrive CT SSD $199
FTM12CT25H 120GB 2.5" MLC SATA TeraDrive CT SSD $349
FTM24CT25H 240GB 2.5" MLC SATA TeraDrive CT SSD $669
FTM48CT25H 480GB 2.5" MLC SATA TeraDrive CT SSD

Source: Super Talent Technology


OCZ Introduces Customizable Deneva Series Enterprise Solid State Drives

OCZ Technology Group unveiled the Deneva Series Solid State Drives, a new enterprise line that is based on an architecture that utilizes Sandforce's 1500 SSD processor with MLC and eMLC to address the performance and reliability demands of enterprise storage environments.



The Sandforce-based Deneva family features several enterprise-specific options not available on OCZ's consumer product lines, including emergency power loss protection with a supercap, improved endurance and encryption and ECC protection. Promoting enhanced productivity for a broad range of applications, the Deneva Series provides greater performance and cost savings versus traditional hard disk drive (HDD) infrastructures. Additionally, the Deneva Series offers up to 285MB/s reads, 275MB/s writes, and 4KB random writes up to 50,000 IOPS.

Features and specifications:

  • Interface options (SATA, SAS, FC, PCIe)
  • Wide range of available form factors (1.8", 3.5", etc.)
  • Customized firmware
  • Enhanced reliability with supercap
  • Available in 50GB (DENCSTE251M11-0050), 100GB (DENCSTE251M11-0100), 200GB (DENCSTE251M11-0200) capacities
  • MLC NAND
  • Read: Up to 285 MB/s
  • Write: Up to 275MB/s
  • Sustained Write: Up to 250MB/s
  • 4k Random Write (Aligned): 50,000 IOPS
  • Seek Time: <.1ms
  • Slim 2.5" Design
  • 99.8 x 69.63 x 9.3mm
  • Lightweight 77g
  • Operating Temp: 0C ~ 70C
  • Storage Temp: -45C ~ +85C
  • Power Consumption: Idle: .7 Watts, Active: 2 Watts
  • Shock Resistance: 1500G
  • RAID Support
  • MTBF 2 million hours
  • 3-year warranty
  • OS Compatibility: Windows XP 32/64, Vista 32/64, Windows 7 32/64, Mac OS X 10 and newer

Source: OCZ Technology Group


Daily Mailbox

  • OCZ Vertex 2E 60GB 2.5-inch SSD review @ Elite Bastards
  • Microsofts Kinect for Xbox 360 The Future of Gaming is Here @ TweakTown
  • Computex 2010 Showgirl Gallery @ Ninjalane
  • VIA M'Serv S2100 Mini Home Server Review @ Tweaknews
  • Installed Memory vs RAM Usable by Windows @ Benchmark Reviews
  • NZXT Summer Give Away @ Bigbruin
  • OCZ Vertex 2 E 120GB SSD @ TestFreaks
  • Thrustmaster T-Freestyle NW Skateboard Controller for the Wii Review @ OverclockersHQ
  • Noctua NH-U9B SE2 @ techPowerUp
  • Exclusive: Arctic MX-4 Thermal Paste Review @ HardwareHeaven
  • Obsidian Architecture: Corsair 700D / 800D Cases Reviewed @ HotHardware
  • Jetway JNC84-LF M-ITX Motherboard @ TechwareLabs
  • Zotac GeForce GTX 470 Video Card Review @ Legit Reviews
  • ASUS Rampage III Extreme: The Strongest X58 Category @ InsideHW
  • Kingston HyperX 1600/1866 1.25/1.35v DDR3 @ Bjorn3D
  • Buffalo DriveStation HD-HXU3 USB 3.0 Review @ t-break
  • Corsair Force and Reactor 120GB SSD Review on Technic3D
  • Sapphire RADEON HD 5550 Ultimate VGA Review @ Motherboards.org
  • USB 3.0 & the Corsair Voyager GTR: A Match Made in Heaven? @ Hardware Canucks
  • Apacer Handy Steno AH522 USB Flash Drive Review @ Madshrimps
  • Ortery PhotoCapture 360 Review at CCER
  • [Tech ARP] BIOS Option Of The Week - AGP Always Compensate
  • Sapphire Vapor-X Radeon HD 5750 Review @ Hardware-Mag.de
  • Intel Core i5-760: Benchmark-Performance-Preview @ TweakPC.de
  • OCZ Agility 120GB SATA2 OCZSSD2-1AGT120G SSD Review @ OCInside.de

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