Archive for February, 2009

PMA 2009 Rumor : Nikon new entry-level DSLR’s D5000

PMA 2009 Rumor : Nikon new entry-level DSLR’s D5000

Rumor at best, and this time coming from a Korean digital camera community forum: someone claimed to have received information from another person who’s working at Nikon headquarter about a new DLSR to be unveil on the opening of PMA 2009. That sounds familiar with all the second-hand stories been told before any major digital camera shows, right? Let's get to the story. That new model oddly, dubs D5000, and inherits the rather depressing no in-body’s AF motor likes the D40 and D60, hence the Entry-Level. However, it’s slightly upscale in performance level, and is neck to neck with current D90.

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Gateway FX6800-05 review : Intel 80GB SSD, i7 940, plus ATI 4870 X2′s gaming rig

Gateway FX6800-05 review : Intel 80GB SSD, i7 940, plus ATI 4870 X2′s gaming rig

Gateway's FX6800-01e was the first i7, Nehalem, Quad-Core processor PC we tested, and its performance boost over the previous Core 2 architecture was obvious. That was the company's lowest FX-series rig with Nehalem/Bloomfield; today we have the highest model in the FX-series, the FX-6800-05 desktop, to review. Gateway's ultimate gaming rig sports high end components built upon the Intel's i7-940 2.93Ghz, ATI Radeon 4870 X2 graphics, 6GB of DDR3 memory, and last but by no means least, an ultra-fast Intel X25-M 80GB SSD. All that will cost you around $3000 retail, so the big question is whether this Gateway is worth the asking price?

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Apple 20-inch Cinema Display discontinued

Apple 20-inch Cinema Display discontinued

Apple has discontinued its 20-inch Cinema Display, informing distributors that, effective immediately, "all backlog will be cancelled and there is no automatic order conversion."  Listings of the monitor have already been removed from Apple's own online store, and stock at third-party suppliers is already very low; the company is believed to have halted production of the 20-inch display late in 2008.

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Intel deny X25-M fragmentation problem: blame poor life-cycle simulation

Intel deny X25-M fragmentation problem: blame poor life-cycle simulation

Intel's X25-M solid-state drive has generally aced all testing, with its combination of super-high read and write speeds, which is why SSD-loving geeks were so disturbed by PC Perspective's long-term performance analysis.  According to their findings, Intel's file controller - which cycles through available flash cells progressively, so as to avoid wearing out regularly-accessed blocks - results in a significant slow-down of performance due to the OS being unable to keep track of fragmentation.  Now Intel are denying that the PC Perspective testing - which simulated a longer life-cycle - is in fact an accurate representation of an X25-M's use.

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