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Samsung 64GB SSD performance benchmarks

Samsung 64GB SSD performance benchmarks

Earlier this month Samsung sent over their new 64GB solid-state drive for us to play with, and Vincent promptly slapped it into his MacBook Pro to see whether it made much of a difference in access speed.  Well, we've finally dragged it away from him, extracted the SSD and put it through some benchmark testing.

As a test machine we used Alienware's m9750 laptop running Windows Vista 32-bit (as we reviewed here), comparing the Samsung 64GB SSD with Sandisk's 32GB SSD in both single and dual-drive RAID-0 configurations.  After each hardware change we reinstalled the laptop's OS using Alienware's supplied restore disk, then ran HD-Tach and HD-Tune to test burst and transfer rates.

nVidia drops 8800M in GTS and GTX versions

nVidia drops 8800M in GTS and GTX versions

That means you can start expecting to see the new mobile graphics chips in your favorite high end laptop manufacturers product lines. They both work with DX9 and DX10 and include PowerMizer tech to keep power usage down when you aren’t gaming or watching HD content.

I had the pleasure of toying around with the Alienware laptop we got in the other day, and I must admit, I am impressed with how far mobile graphics has come. I mean, my last laptop had 64MB of shared graphics memory on a Radeon 9600 chipset, needless to say these chips, and those in the Alienware are a significant improvement.

Alienware Area 51 M9750 review – Media powerhouse

Alienware Area 51 M9750 review – Media powerhouse

An Alienware computer is a mythical beast. Ever since Alienware started making computers in 1996, gamers and power hungry PC addicts have drooled over their speed, processing power, and overall design. This is the first time I've ever spent more than a couple hours with an Alienware machine, so I wasn't truly privy to the finer points of an Alienware. All I can really say is that I've never been so impressed with the performance of a notebook computer.

Alienware Wireless speaker get a clay mold

Alienware Wireless speaker get a clay mold

It’s not even a real clay mold; it’s a digital representation of a clay mold. All I have to say is by release, they better look a lot better, color schemes and a nice mesh or honeycomb grill could really be all it takes to fix their looks, the shape is fine for the most part.

Some features would be good too, so far all we have is that they will be wireless and that they could look something close to this. Personally, I am hoping for Bluetooth, go all the way Alienware, make a Bluetooth profile that allows two audio outputs to be paired together to work with a single audio source, I know you can do it.

Alienware’s super-high-end Media PC reviewed

Alienware’s super-high-end Media PC reviewed

Early in June when Alienware announced the Hangar18 HD Entertainment Centre I momentarily wondered whether anyone would be daft enough to buy one.  Yes, it's indecently well specified, but at a minimum of $2k (and then the obvious expense of pairing it with a decent surround sound setup, HDTV screen and all the rest of the gubbins) it all seems to be edging into semi-installed territory when for the price you could probably piece together a reasonably similar system and still have cash left over for a few extra toys.  Computer Shopper have shown me the error of my ways, however.

 

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