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Last week after WWDC 09, many people who brought in the new Apple MacBook and MacBook Pro’s were in for a shock when they saw that the Apple OS X showed the SATA data transfer speed limited to 1.5Gbps. Over the last week all the forums were buzzing whether Apple intentionally limited the SATA interface speed limit to 1.5Gbps. While its true that there is currently no HDD available in the market which can saturate the SATA I interface bandwith, it is also true that many of the newer SSD’s are bottlenecked when used with the SATA I interface.

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Many people here who own a slightly outdated rig definitely crib how the latest games lag on their PC. People who know overclocking, overclock their CPU’s and GPU so as to extract the maximum potential out of their PC components but still for people who want to squeeze out the maximum performance possible I would […]

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We already know that ATi HD4770 is a stellar performer and comes at a steal price as well. It is also a known fact that there is a huge demand for the ATi HD4770 and ATi has been unable to meet the high demand. ATi had made sure it had the bare enough stock so as to hard launch the the HD4770 but what it did not forsee was the high future demand. The real manufacturer of the core of ATi HD4770 is TSMC and they are the ones who are unable to meet the huge demand for the card. Since ATi HD4770 is the 1st ever graphics card to be built on 40nm fabrication process and the yield currently is quite low

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Asus is soon going to launch the Asus ROG Mars Limited Edition Graphics Card which contains 2xGTX 285 along with a total of 4GB of GDDR3 memory running at 2484Mhz having a memory bus width of 512-bit. The core of both the GTX285 is clocked at 648Mhz along with 480stream processors running at 1476Mhz. All this translates into The Asus ROG Mars Limited Edition graphics card to be faster than 2*GTX295

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Looks like all the companies nowadays are concentrating on SSD’s. Few days ago Western Digital unveiled their first series of SSD and OCZ announced their “Agility” series of SSD and today SuperTalent announched their new MasterDrive SX lineup of SSD’s. These SSD will come in 64GB, 128GB and 256GB capacities. The SSD’s will have a read/write speed of 220Mbps and 200mbps respectively, all thanks to the generous 128MB of DRAM cache.

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NVIDIA today has announced 5 new mobile GPU’s built on the 40nm fabrication process. NVIDIA’s arch rival, AMD/ATi had launched the HD4860 and HD4830 way back in march which were the first 40nm Mobile GPU on the market. ATi was also the first Graphics Card manufacturer to launch a 40nm GPU – HD4770 which has seen tremendous success after its launch.NVIDIA is finally catching up with Ati and today they announced 5 new Mobile GPU’s namely – the GTS 260M, GTS 250M, GT 240M, GT 230M and G210M. All these Mobile GPU’s have been made using 40nm fabrication process which translates into lower power consumption and better performance. These new GPU’s are based on the GTS200 architecture and supports Dx10.1 and Shader Model 4.1.

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Western Digital today annoucned their own lineup of SSD’s – The SiliconDrive III. Western Digital had acquired Silicon System earlier this year and these newly launched Solid State Drives from WD uses the technology provided by the same firm. The SiliconDrive III from WD will come in 2.5inch and 1.8inch form factor and will make use of both the SATA and PATA interface and will offer Read/Write speeds of upto 100Mb/sec and 80Mb/sec respectively. The WD SiliconDrive will offer a max storage space of 120GB.

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USB 3.0 specifications were announced at the end of of 2008. USB 3.0 is upto 10x faster than USB 2.0 and can offer a max data transfer speed of upto 5Gbits/sec which roughly translates into 640MB/sec. USB 3.0 is fully comaptible with USB 2.0 but does not support older USB 1.1 devices. At first sight USB 3.0 connector seems no different from the USB 2.0 connector but the USB 3.0 Connector has 5 more connecting pins placed deep inside the connector cover. USB 2.0 can provide a maximum of 500mA power to the USB device while USB 3.0 can provide a maximum power of 900mA, which is important for portable hard drives. USB 3.0 also comes with better power saving features so your USB powered devices will consume less power when it is in idle mode.

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Hackintosh. What is it? When you install a Hacked version of Mac OS X on a non-branded Computer, it is termed as “Hackintosh”. Hackintosh is considered to be one of the cheapest ways to try out the Mac OS X without buying the costly Apple Branded Computers. There are other alternatives to Hackintosh as well, like the EFI-X chip. Continue reading to find out more about Hackintosh.

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These are a few Must have applications which every user needs to have for his Hardware monitoring needs -

CPU-Z – This is the only software you will ever need to get all the information of your Processor. CPU-Z is made by CPUID and is one of the most popular CPU monitoring software out in the market. The best thing about CPU-Z is that it’s a freeware. CPU-Z offers a very vivid detail of your Processor, including the Core Voltage, Stepping and Revision. Besides providing information about your Processor, CPU-Z also provides information about your Motherboard, RAM and the CPU cache. There is also an option to validate your CPU which will helps in online forums. The Version 1.52 of CPU-Z which is still under development is also going to provide you information about your Graphics Card.

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OCZ has been one of the few SSD manufacturer’s who have been extremely successful with their Vertex SSD series of line-up. Today OCZ launched another new series of Solid State Drive called “Agility” which uses Indilinx Controller which is made from a little known Korean based company. The Controller offers superb Value for Money and provides superb read/write, random read/write speed which is not provided by any other Controller present in the market.

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AMD is expected to announce a price cut next month on the HD 48xx Graphics Card series line-up. The price cut is expected to be upto 50$, thanks to the lower manufacturing costs. The Price cuts arrives before AMD is expected to launch their new Dx11 series of Graphics Card line up during the coming Summer.

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Asus during CeBIT 2009 showcased the motherboard P6X58 which had SATA-600 interface. Reports says that the same motherboard i.e. Asus P6X58 which is based on the Intel X58 Chipset was equipped with a USB 3.0 Controller manufactured by NEC. Gigabyte also demonstrated a motherboard having SATA-600 and USB 3.0 interface equipped with Intel P55 Chipset.

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AMD today launched 2 new Dual Core CPU’s, the Athlon II X2 250 and the Phenom II X2 550. The former runs at 3GHz while the latter runs at 3.1GHz and features an unlocked multiplier. Both the processors are compatible with the AM2+ and AM3 sockets, but AM2+ Motherboard owners need to upgrade their BIOS before they can use these processors. The Processors have a TDP of 65W and 70W respectively and both are made using the 45nm fabrication process.

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AMD’s ATI Radeon E4690 will be the fastest Integrated GPU when launched. The Integrated GPU has 512Mb of GDDR3 memory running at 700 MHz, and supports Dx 10.1, Shader Model 4.0, UVD 2.0 and OpenGL 3.0. ATI’s E4690 is the first integrated GPU to support Dx10.1.

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