Thunderbolt is Intel’s high-bandwidth, do-everything connector, designed as a potential future path for all things external to a system - displays, USB devices, external storage, PCI Express, and even graphics cards. The first version of Thunderbolt supported up to 10Gb/s bandwidth (uni-directional) for each port (double that of USB 3.0, but at a much higher implementation cost). Thunderbolt 2 doubled the bandwidth to 20 Gbps per port (bi-directional) by combining the four 10Gb/s channels into two 20Gb/s channels, thus enabling support for 4Kp60 raw video transfer (which may need up to 15 Gbps). Motherboards with Thunderbolt 2 certification started rolling out in the second half of 2013, but peripherals capable of taking advantage of Thunderbolt 2 were quite rare.
We were expecting a number of...
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Gary Key on 2/7/2007
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Gary Key on 2/5/2007
We take a look at the latest Western Digital SE16 and Seagate 7200.10 320GB hard drives and determine a winner in the mid-range desktop performance sector.
Gary Key on 7/27/2006
Our first look at the Western Digital RE16 series featuring the WD2500YD 250GB drive and how it performs against its RE2 siblings.
Gary Key on 6/24/2006
Our first look at Seagate's new Barracuda 7200.10 desktop series featuring perpendicular recording technology and industry leading capacities.
Gary Key on 5/18/2006
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Purav Sanghani on 3/17/2006
Our first look at Western Digital's third-generation Raptor.
Gary Key on 2/8/2006
Ricoh's EncryptEase media allows password protection and compression on a normal 650MB CD-R with no extra software. Take a look at how it works.
Purav Sanghani on 2/7/2006
Before Seagate jumps in to manufacturing drives using the perpendicular magnetic recording, it takes a stab at boosting current platter densities. Take a look at their 7200.9 model with...
Purav Sanghani on 1/31/2006
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Purav Sanghani on 12/23/2005
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Purav Sanghani on 12/2/2005
AXIOMTEK, a 15-year-old storage solution company, takes on the desktop market of storage devices with their ExBoot line of 3.5" external hard drives.
Purav Sanghani on 11/10/2005
After looking at the last few Sony drives at our labs, the above average performance of the DRU-810A was pleasantly unexpected!
Purav Sanghani on 10/28/2005
After the October 10, 2005 announcement of the new 7200.9 line from Seagate, we have our hands on the 500GB SATA model and ran it through our desktop drive benchmarks.
Purav Sanghani on 10/24/2005
Seagate officially introduces the long awaited 7200.9 series of hard disk drives, including their 500GB competition to Hitachi. Take a peek at Seagate's latest offerings!
Purav Sanghani on 10/10/2005
Seagate has a line of external drives meant for personal desktop uses. We take the 120GB version of their storage-only device and run it through our external storage tests.
Purav Sanghani on 9/29/2005
Pioneer keeps up with the DVDR market with the DVR-110D and its updated dual layer write speeds.
Purav Sanghani on 9/15/2005
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Purav Sanghani on 8/27/2005
We take a look at the inner workings and performance of Plextor's newest dual layer DVD writer.
Purav Sanghani on 8/2/2005
After seeing it at Computex, we were intrigued. And now, we've had a week to play with Gigabyte's new i-RAM. How does 4GB of solid state storage fare...
Anand Lal Shimpi on 7/25/2005