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...

MSI DR8-A: The Plextor 708A's little brother

Before our 8x dual DVD roundup, we decided to show off one more 8X DVD+R that should have received more attention than it did...

11 by Kristopher Kubicki on 4/7/2004

AT News Update: DVD Dual Layer Primer

Sony and Phillips both unveiled DVD DL (Dual Layer) drives in recent weeks, but it will probably be several months before we have sample drives to provide an in...

8 by Kristopher Kubicki on 3/29/2004

Holiday Shopping Roundup: Eight Dual Format Recordable DVD Drives

Now that recordable DVD drives are breaking the sub $200 (and sub $100) level, virtually anyone who has ever made an optical product is pushing their recorder to be...

41 by Kristopher Kubicki on 12/11/2003

Nu Tech DDW-081: More DVD+R madness

Nu Tech recently made a few waves for itself by introducing an 8X DVD+R/W burner for under $160. Although it’s not based on the traditional Ricoh DVD+RW chipset...

25 by Kristopher Kubicki on 10/22/2003

ASUS DRW-0402P/D: ASUS joins the dual format fray

Since both the DVD dash and plus forums failed to become a unified standard, manufacturers and consumers have been forced to adopt both. Fortunately, creative manufacturers continue to...

8 by Kristopher Kubicki on 9/21/2003

Plextor 708A: First exclusive look at 8X DVD+R

Philips spearheaded the DVD+R forum into 8X DVD+R speeds back in July, but today, we get to see the first actual 8X DVD+R drive in action. Who wouldn’t...

38 by Kristopher Kubicki on 9/12/2003

CR52-M: CDRW ramps up to 32X

CDRWs are still finding their niche in many developing countries, but in the US, they are starting to show their age. MSI’s newest CR52-M produces solid performance, but...

13 by Kristopher Kubicki on 9/9/2003

Price Guides August 2003 Part II: Hard Drives and Memory

This is our first week of actively tracking hard drives. Today we take a quick look at some SATA solutions, along with IDE and DDR memory.

13 by Kristopher Kubicki on 9/2/2003

Western Digital's Raptor - Part I: The World's Fastest Desktop Drive

Less than a week after we took a look at Western Digital's Raptor we received a production drive. Let's just say that the performance improvement is just shy...

7 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 3/11/2003

Western Digital Raptor Preview: 10,000RPM & Serial ATA

In our first storage review in years, we take a look at one of the most highly anticipated hard drives in recent history - the world's first 10,000RPM Serial...

0 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 3/7/2003

ASUS CRW-5224A: CDR's Reach The End of the Line

Many people are claiming CDRW drives won't get any faster than 52X. This really is the end of the line for the CDRW drive, although it will be...

2 by Kristopher Kubicki on 1/13/2003

ASUS CRW-4012A-U: High Speed Mobile Burning

ASUS takes a stab at the mobile market with their 40X USB 2.0 burner but are they successful? Find out as we take a look at the ASUS...

0 by Kristopher Kubicki on 11/6/2002

IDE RAID Comparison

5 RAID cards, 48 different configurations, over 110 hours of benchmarks. For what you ask? Only the most comprehensive IDE RAID article to date. Find out what IDE RAID...

2 by Matthew Witheiler on 6/18/2001

OnStream ECHO 30 USB Storage Drive

We have all heard the age-old tale, "backup your data". The number of personal backup devices out there now makes the decision of which one fits your budget/needs a...

0 by Jason Clark on 8/27/2000

IBM Deskstar 75GXP Ultra ATA 100 Hard Drive

AnandTech takes a look at the popular IBM 75 GXP hard drive. It boasts an impressive list of features, but does it have what it takes to steal the...

1 by Scott Gooden on 7/26/2000

Quantum Fireball Plus LM Review

We test Quantum's latest ATA offering, the Fireball Plus LM, a 30GB, 7200-RPM, Ultra ATA/66 hard drive, which promises to give the Maxtor DiamondMax Plus a run for its...

0 by Scott Gooden on 5/18/2000

Ultra ATA/66 versus Ultra ATA/33 Comparison

We took three recently reviewed hard drives and ran them through the paces under the Ultra ATA/33 interface. We then compared these results with our previous Ultra ATA/66 test...

0 by Scott Gooden on 5/16/2000

Maxtor DiamondMax Plus 40 Ultra ATA 66 HDD

With this first update to the March 2000 Hard Drive Roundup; we are fulfilling our promise to continue to bring you hard drive reviews on a regular basis. In...

0 by Scott Gooden on 4/14/2000

Ultra ATA 66 Hard Drive Roundup - March 2000

With our first hard drive roundup in over a year, we take a look at six Ultra ATA 66 hard drives and put them to the test -...

0 by Scott Gooden on 3/14/2000

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