Apr
17

Microsoft outs three flavors of Windows 8: Windows 8, Windows 8 Pro and Windows RT

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Microsoft outs three flavors of Windows 8: Windows 8, Windows 8 Pro and Windows RT

We’ve known for what feels like ages that Windows 8 would come in at least two flavors: one supporting x86 devices and one for ARM machines. Now Microsoft’s ready to put a naming scheme on its much-anticipated menu for the operating system. According to a post on the Windows blog, ARM devices will get Windows RT, while x86 / 64 devices will run Windows 8 and Windows 8 Pro (also for x86 devices) will offer the suit-and-tie set added features for “encryption, virtualization, PC management and domain connectivity.” Windows Media Center will be packaged as an add-on for the folks who go Pro. For a full break down of what each version will hold hit the source link below and check out our hands-on impressions of the OS preview here.

[engadget]

Apr
17

WD’s 1TB VelociRaptor HDD gets reviewed: substantial gains, moderate price

Author admin    Category Hardisk, Hardware, IT News     Tags

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Western Digital has expanded its line of desktop-grade VelociRaptors to include a 1TB model that’s available now for $320, but those kidding themselves with that whole “250GB is enough” thing can get in for as little as $160. Top-level specs include a 10,000RPM spindle rate and a SATA 6Gb/s interface housed within a 3.5-inch heatsink — useful for lessening the burden of the drive’s thermal output on the rest of the machine. Storage Review‘s tests reveal that sequential read and write transfer speeds top out around 206MB/s, thermal dissipation is excellent with low power consumption, and that random access has improved compared with it’s 600GB predecessor. They consider the new HDD to be a “very appealing value proposition” and “a blend of high performance, storage, capacity, and low cost.”

Hot Hardware discovered virtually identical numbers with their tests, but wasn’t quite as forgiving when it comes to the cost-per-GB versus 7200RPM hard drives. However, they call this VelociRaptor the “fastest HDD yet” at “nearly double the capacity of previous” model. You can find even more stats and impressions to chew on at the sources below.

[engadget]

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