Posts Tagged ‘memory’

PSP Go Hovering in Limbo

February 3, 2010

It seems that the overall response to Sony’s PSP Go, the solid-state-only version of its PlayStation Portable handheld games device.

It's a bit of a strange device alright...

Word comes from Engadget that Sony might well be considering something of a relaunch of the device after the lacklustre launch and the fact that the device seems to have managed to fade from the public consciousness incredibly quickly. It’s an unusual tactic, as it effectively announces to the more observant among your potential customers that things aren’t going quite as well as you might initially have expected them to.

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AMD Release Held Back

January 27, 2010

AMD had a pretty poor start to the week as news filtered out over why the expected release of their ATI Radeon HD 5830-based reference boards failed to take place as planned on Monday. Apparently the folks in charge decided to recall the affected boards for further testing after a “last minute issue” cropped up during the validation process. The issue in question is reported to be related to circuits on the board which are triggering an error on card makers’ software testing platforms.

With video card competition growing, AMD didn’t need this headache with the HD 5830.

Slashgear make the point that with “video card competition is hotting up right now” the last thing a company wants is unexpected problems with their new product. AMD, “declined to comment on the recall rumors” and indeed claimed the Radeon HD 5830 is undergoing the regular batch of testing any graphics chipset would go through.

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Panasonic Unveil 64Gb and 48Gb SDXC Memory Cards

January 20, 2010

Panasonic has followed Toshiba’s trailblazing lead and introduced a new 64GB SDXC memory card, released today in conjunction with their new 48Gb SDXC memory card. Billed by the company as “Panasonic’s largest-sized GOLD cards with Class 10 speed specification,” they come with a maximum data transfer speed of up to 22Mb/s.

The 64GB version can record up to eight hours and 30 minutes of video

One Panasonic PR rep took a deep breath in before telling the world… “The Panasonic 64Gb SDXC is ideal for recording AVCHD High Definition video, high-resolution, or even raw still photos. It can record up to eight hours and 30 minutes of video, and when recording in 1920 x 1080i in HE mode the SDXC Memory Card can hold approximately 27 hours and 30 minutes of footage. The 48Gb SDXC Memory Card and can hold 6 hours and 20 minutes of HD video content recorded in HA mode and 20 hours and 20 minutes when recorded in HE mode,” added the press release.

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SSDs Reinvigorate Old PCs

January 14, 2010

It seems that using a solid-state drive to beef up an old machine can breathe new life into what might otherwise seem a doddery old PC on its last legs.

SSD manufacturer RunCore has taken the time and effort at this year’s Consume Electronics Show to show off some decidedly naff looking old PCs that it’s kitted out with some genuinely impressive hardware. While you might expect the idea of throwing a nice expensive solid-state disk into an old machine to be a bit of a waste of money, it seems that the guys at RunCore have managed to get some dying machines to show real signs of life with the upgrade.

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Special Offers – Week of January 11th

January 11, 2010

Good afternoon all, hopefully we find you well this rainy, suspiciously snowless Monday afternoon. It’s nice to see that the “much worse” that was “still to come” on Friday hasn’t quite materialised, leaving us with a pleasant (if somewhat rainy) week ahead of us.

As anyone who reads the blog regularly will know, we like to post the special offers for the coming week on a Monday afternoon; it gives everyone the longest possible time to consider a purchase while the price is knocked down, which is always nice :)

Anyway, without any more delay, this week our special offers are on RAM, an upgrade kit and a media player.

4GB Corsair Dominator DDR3 1600MHz

Corsair’s Dominator is a solid RAM kit, with a full 4GB (that’s on two 2GB sticks) that shouldn’t break the bank. Still, it’s not on the low end of the performance scale.

Click through to see our page for the Corsair Dominator 4GB kit :)

Considering the performance, it’s nice to see Corsair’s Dominator on special offer, with the price dropped by 7%. Of course, it’s not for everyone, with high-end memory there will always be those whose machines don’t support it. In this case, you’re going to want to make sure that your motherboard supports DDR3, but aside from that you should be good to go.

It’s also worth mentioning that whenever we do a PC build, one of the guys in RMA (whether Ryan or Shetlon) will always advise that we roll with Corsair RAM, since they’re a reliable company with a solid reputation when it comes to memory. It might seem like a relatively small thing when you’re considering performance and a multitude of other things in your build… but it can save headaches later.

For this week, Corsair’s Dominator DDR3 1600MHz 4G kit will set you back €128.47.

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Is it Worth Moving to 64-bit Windows?

January 6, 2010

This is a question we hear bandied around an awful lot by people who are considering making the move from Windows Vista to Windows 7, and even more so by people who have bought a machine with Vista installed and decided to revert back to Windows XP and are now facing an upgrade path that is, frankly, fraught with complications.

The big issue is that many people seem to have had it made very clear indeed to them that there will be massive benefits to making the jump from a 32-bit to a 64-bit operating system. While that’s all well and good for those who will actually see a benefit, the vast majority of users out there aren’t going to be seeing the massive bonuses that some niche upragers will.

The Upgrade Path:

A fairly significant part of the problem with upgrading to Windows 7 64-bit on a machine that’s already running Windows Vista is that there’s no support for upgrades from 32-bit to 64-bit. There are all kinds of entirely reasonable reasons for this to be the case, but we needn’t go into them here.

Many will be upgrading from some flavour of Windows Vista...

The long and short of it is that upgrading from Windows Vista 32 to Windows 7 64 is going to require you to have a sit down with your current OS while you say goodnight. It’s always a bit of a headache to run a complete backup, get all of your content onto another drive and install a new OS, then copy it back.

The simple fact is that for most users, there’s just not enough benefits in the upgraded OS to justify the various headaches of preparing your machine for the install, and then copying everything back across afterwards. Are there advantages to be had? Yes. Will they be worth it? Not for everyone.

Of course, I should put in as a disclaimer that you could (and many have) write an entire article on the various issues that people might encounter while they’re running a standard Windows upgrade. Things have come a long way since earlier versions but the fact is that there can be problems with upgrades. Could those problems be so bad that you’ll end up formatting anyway? Well… that depends on your threshold for annoyance ;)

Indeed, if you don’t have more than 4GB of RAM then you’re likely not going to see any real benefit at all, and even then…

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Google Nexus One Announcement More Fizzle than Pop

January 6, 2010

Google’s announcement last night of the nitty gritty of its upcoming phone, the android-based Nexus One, has been one that’s more of a quiet fizz than the bang that many had expected.

Surely by now we can do away with the trackball, guys...

Still, many were pleased to learn more about the device that’s been a hot topic for the last few weeks, despite the relative lack of hard information until now. Many of the leaked details of the phone’s specifications have now been confirmed, so we’re curious to see just what Google intends to do with its impressive horsepower.

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Toshiba’s 64GB Flash to Enable 128GB iPod Touch?

December 16, 2009

Toshiba has announced a new, high capacity NAND flash module, boasting capacities of up to 64GB on a single chip. This latest NAND module is the highest capacity in the industry, and could shake things up a bit.

TomsHardware is reporting that the latest rumours going around indicate that we could well see Toshiba’s new NAND modules find their way into a next-generation version of Apple’s iPhone and iPod Touch. That rumour is only enforced by the fact that the Apple hardware is already carrying some of Toshiba’s flash memory, which would make it a fairly clear upgrade path, if the company is willing to do it.

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Seagate Moving into SSDs

December 8, 2009

Seagate has announced that it’s moving into the solid-state storage market, showing off a 2.5” drive that’s only seven millimetres thick, which makes it that bit thinner than the vast majority of SSDs.

Engadget is reporting that Seagate’s Momentus will likely top out at around the 320GB mark, which isn’t too bad for an SSD at all, and is likely what keeps it so thin. It’s already been pointed out, at some length, by Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer, that netbooks might well be the bee’s knees when it comes to portable computing for now, but that times are likely to change relatively soon. Ballmer seems to be of the opinion that netbooks will be succeeded by what he terms, “ultra-thin” notebooks.

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Intel To Release Low Cost SSDs

October 19, 2009

Reports indicate that Intel is to release a “value-based” solid state drive range in the fourth quarter of this year, which would hopefully see increased adoption of SSDs among consumers.

intel-logo

Aside perhaps from maximum capacities available, price has long been the biggest barrier to widespread adoption of solid state drives in the PC sector, now though, it seems that Intel could well be setting out to reverse that inequality. According to TomsHardware, sources close to the company (listed as “an Intel partner) have informed the publication that Intel is to launch a new range of SSDs under the name X25-X.

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