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Data Storage

Submission + - OCZ RevoDrive X2 Goes Head To Head With Fusion-io

MojoKid writes: OCZ recently launched their new RevoDrive X2 PCIe-based SSD product, which is essentially the second coming of OCZ's first gen RevoDrive. This time around the product appears to offer bragging rights in terms of performance levels, but at a price point decidedly more aligned with traditional SATA-based SSD solutions. Versus other, significantly more expensive PCI Express SSD cards on the market, the RevoDrive X2 delivered impressive performance when tested against the likes of Fusion-io's ioXtreme product. What's perhaps more impressive is that the RevoDrive X2 drops in at a cost of around $2.57 per GB for at 240GB card. This is on par or lower than a single standard SATA-based SSD with a similar capacity. You can also boot from RevoDrive X2 as well, which can't be said for Fusion-io cards currently.

Submission + - AMD Radeon HD 5970 Dual-GPU Card Sweeps Benchmarks (hothardware.com)

MojoKid writes: AMD launched yet another high-end graphics card based on their Radeon HD 5800 series technology and this time it's a dual-GPU variant. Considering the fact that AMD's Radeon HD 5870 is currently the fastest single-GPU powered graphics card currently on the market, the new dual-GPU powered Radeon HD 5970 should offer performance that completely outclasses any other single graphics card on the market right now. The card has 3200 stream processors under the hood, though its graphics engines are built on 40nm manufacturing technology, so power consumption isn't actually too insane. The card does exceptionally well in the usual benchmarks, as expected.

Submission + - AT&T acquires VeriSign's security consulting u (msn.com)

Sl4shd0t0rg writes: "AT&T today announced the acquisition of VeriSign's global security consulting business in a transaction that closed today. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

VeriSign's Global Security Consulting Services business helps Fortune 500 companies understand corporate security requirements, navigate diverse regulations, identify security vulnerabilities, defend against and respond to attacks, reduce risk and meet business and industry security compliance requirements."

Social Networks

Submission + - Digg Front Page Activity Sees Drastic Drop (socialblade.com)

Urgo writes: "For an entire year now, digging activity statistics from the social news site digg.com seem to have been dropping. If you look at the total # of diggs on all stories hitting the front page, the average number of diggs per story, the total number of comments, and average number of comments per story, all have been on a steady downward trend. For example, September 2008 there were over 5 million diggs on stories that went popular. August 2009 less then 3 million. Average diggs per story has more then halved from its peak of about 1400 a year ago to just over 600 last month."

Submission + - AMD Radeon HD 5850, 80W & $80 Less vs GeForce (hothardware.com)

MojoKid writes: "AMD just launched their latest midrange graphics card that is set to compete at a performance level on par with NVIDIA's fastest single GPU-based GeForce GTX 285. The new ATI Radeon HD 5850 shares the exact same features as the more powerful Radeon HD 5870. In fact, the GPU powering the card is essentially the same chip with a few functional blocks disabled. Radeon HD 5850 cards are still DirectX 11-ready, support ATI Eyefinity multi-display technology, offer the same UVD updates, and new anti-aliasing and anisotropic filtering modes. Where the two cards differ are in their allotment of stream processors--the Radeon HD 5850 has 1440 versus 1600 on the 5870. The Radeon HD 5850 also has fewer texture units, a shorter PCB, and a lower clocked GPU and memory interface. The changes made to the Radeon HD 5850 result in a much lower-power, more affordable product but it still competes handily with NVIDIA's current flagship GPU."

Submission + - Lenovo Launches ThinkPad T400s With Roll Cage (hothardware.com)

MojoKid writes: "Today Lenovo took the wraps off their new ThinkPad T400s notebook, a thin and light model that's designed to give users a blend of portability and performance, with a bit more horsepower than the Macbook Air and only slightly more bulk. This notebook is the company's thinnest and lightest T Series model, weighing 3.91 pounds and measuring just 0.82 inches thick. The ThinkPad T400s incorporates many features from Lenovo's best selling notebook, the T400, and combines it with the some of the traits of the ThinkPad X300 ultralight line of machines. To help protect critical system components from accidents or jolts, the T400s includes a ThinkPad Roll Cage. This magnesium alloy frame surrounds internal parts and helps to absorb shocks, reduce failures, and improve durability and reliability."

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