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Fast Is The IBM 180GXP On An ATA-133 Interface? And
How Does The WD1800JB And Others Compare? - Recently
I published results the new IBM Deskstar 180GXP 180GB
drive running in a FireWire case. But I know you are
dying to know how it performs on an ATA-133 interface.
So I tested it on the Sonnet Tempo ATA-133 card
Breaks Through The Capacity And Power Barriers for FireWire
Drives - The WiebeTech bus powered 180+ GB FireWire
bus powered solutions provide a new level of performance,
capacity, and convenience to PowerBook and iBook users
as well as Power Mac and iMac users who want the freedom
from power cords and capacity restrictions
52X** CD Burner Burn 6.5 Times Faster Than An 8X burner?
- CD burner speeds are up to 48X**. Like you, I've been
wondering how fast they really burn. I decided to "build"
my own FireWire 48X burner using a generic case and
a Buslink 48X (Lite-On LTR-48125W) CD-RW. (Why Lite-On?
Because it was rated second fastest by PCWorld and because
it had a fast 80ms average access time.)
5400rpm ATA-133 drive a lot slower than a 7200rpm ATA-100
drive? - I was intrigued by the 5400rpm Maxtor DiamondMax
D540X-4G not only for its large capacity (160GB) but
the fact that is runs at 5400rpm yet has an ATA-133
interface. Kinky. I decided to compare its performance
to an IBM Deskstar 120GXP 120GB 7200rpm ATA-100 drive
New FireWire RAID Boxes - Three new FireWire RAID
storage products got my attention: The Miglia MediaBank,
Wiebetech RAID, and Granite Digital FireVue Hot-Swap
RAID system. The idea is to put two drives in one box
to create a compact, all-in-one dual drive striped or
7.0 vs iCab 2.8.1 For Mac OS Classic Speed Shootout
- Speed - wise, Netscape 7.0 for OS 8/9 is now in a
virtual dead heat with both the speedy iCab, and the
Netscape 7.0 OS X build
X Odyssey 160 - Netscape 7.0 and Mozilla 1.1; Which
Is Faster? - Netscape and Mozilla both released
new final versions of their respective browsers in late
August -- Netscape 7.0 and Mozilla 1.1. When I tested
the Netscape 7 Public Preview 1 against Mozilla 1.0
and five other browsers back in May, the Netscape product
had a significant edge in speed over the others, and
I was interested to see if Mozilla had caught up, or
if Netscape had retained or extended its advantage.
to overclock your Cube - The overclocked CPU
(stock 450->550) works well with: OS X 10.1 OS X
10.1.2 Server OS X 10.2
RAID Revisited or "Why You Need Dual Channel FireWire"
- The RAID function in OS X's Disk Utility will work
with FireWire drives, not just Ultra ATA and SCSI. I
decided to create a striped array (RAID 0) using the
two new Granite Digital Hot Swap FireWire case kits
and a pair of IBM Deskstar 120GXP's
OS X Shareware of the Month: Speed Download - Speed
Download comes highly recommended from this editor,
who is constantly downloading lots of things on a very
inefficient connection. With Speed Download, I just
turn on the que and go on to doing other things, either
at my PowerBook or away from it
New "GAX" 2.5 Inch Drive Features 5400RPM
and 16MB Buffer. Does It Beat Up On The IBM 40GNX?
- I was beginning to wonder if the Toshiba MK4019GAX
drive (5400rpm, 16MB buffer, 9.5mm thin) was for real.
Especially when it disappeared from their website a
few weeks ago. Well it's back and ready to ship. Now
that I have a test unit, the big questions is, "How
does it compare to the IBM Travelstar 40GNX (5400rpm,
8MB buffer, 9.5mm thin)?" And how does it compare
to the two other fastest notebook drives before these
two new ones appeared?
advances keep coming - Next to semiconductors
that keep screaming more and more gigahertz, there's
a quieter catalyst for ever more powerful and shrinking
high-tech gadgets: hard drives. Hard drives now come
in packages almost as small as a quarter. IBM Corp.'s
1-gigabyte Microdrive holds the equivalent of 700 floppy
disks in a half-ounce, one-inch package. And credit-card
sized hard drives in laptops can now hold 20 GB of data
PCI technology given GHz boost - PCI Express
is the next evolution of PCI technology, which allows
internal components of a PC, such as the microprocessor,
to communicate with devices (such as graphics cards)
attached through expansion slots. PCI-X is a bus technology
used within computers to allow chips to exchange data
at faster speeds than current PCI technology allows.
Ultra-Fast FireWire Card in the Works - Company officials
revealed to NewsFactor that the new round of financing
will help spur development of a FireWire controller that
can handle speeds of up to 800 megabits per second --
double the current FireWire transfer speed
Server 5.5 Benchmarks
Galore - Filemaker posted the demo of Server 5.5
(OS9, OSX & Win2K) on their servers, so I've geeked
out and added a couple dozen new benchmarks and commentary
to the site. Bottom line? Version 5.5 reclaims the speed
that was lost with version 5.
2.0 and Firewire - Killing some Myths - While I
was at MacWorld SF, I picked up a Cutie Combo hard drive
case. This tiny aluminum case, barely larger than the
notebook drive you put in it, has both a Firewire (400Mbps)
connection and a USB 2.0 (480Mbps) connection. A month
earlier, I had purchased an Orange Micro Firewire/USB2.0
combo PCI card that I've been running in my Mac. With
these two parts, I felt it was time to test the reality
of Firewire and USB 2. Here are the results
FireWire Drive Dock The Missing Piece In Your FireWire
Arsenal? - the FireWire Drive Dock, which uses the
"Oxford 911" chip set, is every bit as fast as the regular
FireWire case kits
Drives Run Faster or Slower On OS X? And Do Third Party
FireWire Drivers Help? - At first I didn't notice
it but now that I'm testing mostly in OS X, the FireWire
drive speeds seem to have dropped compared to OS 9 testing.
A closer study produced some interesting data including
some insights on whether third party drivers help with
Digital Blows Away The Competition With Their Special
Edition WD1200JB ("Jumbo Buffer") ATA-100 Drive
- Western Digital's newest 120GB 7200rpm ATA-100 Special
Edition drive, the Caviar WD1200JB (JB=Jumbo Buffer
= 8MB). So here it is... fasten your seat belts and
extinguish all smoking materials....
5 Times Faster Than 11b - 802.11a has a maximum
stated throughput of 54M bps (vs. 11M bps for 802.11b),
and products based on the specification are more secure
and far easier to set up and manage than the first
batch of 802.11b devices. In our tests of 802.11a-based
access points and network cards from SMC Networks
Worldwide and Proxim Inc., it took no more than 15
minutes to set up an 802.11a network
FireWire to Go Wireless at 5 GHz - The new standard
will allow enabled devices to communicate at a new
ultra-fast 5 GHz frequency, resulting in 54 Megabits
per second transfer-rates over a wireless connection.
Fast Is The NEW IBM 48GB Travelstar 2.5 Inch
Drive In A NEW Oxford 911 FireWire Case?
- I've been champing at the bit to try the new
2.5 inch 48GB 5400 rpm IBM Travelstar with fluid
dynamic bearings. I especially wanted to see
how fast it goes one of the new Oxford 911 2.5
inch FireWire drive enclosures from FWDepot
or Trans International. And, how close does
this newest, fastest 2.5 inch ATA-5 drive in
the newest, fastest FireWire drive enclosure
compare to the speed of the newest, fastest
3.5 inch ATA/100 drive in the newest fastest
FireWire drive enclosure?
Fast Is The New Acard ATA-100+ RAID PCI Card?
- Finally, we now have ATA/100 cards for the Mac.
Acard will be showing two models at the New York MacWorld
Expo 2001 (booth 2224). I asked to test the Hardware
RAID version or what I like to call the "AHARD 100."
is faster, the GeForce2 MX or the Radeon? - they
were showing off a G4/466 from the campus bookstore
with a GeForce2 MX. Aha! Then Thursday, I received
an email from a staff member of Mac Made Easy of Honolulu.
"We have a G4/466 in our demo room with a RAGE 128
Pro." Oooo! (And I had an AGP Radeon eval card. Heh,
Your FireWire Drives Shoot Flames - Although you
can expect faster FireWire drives to be introduced
in the near future, you don't have to wait a second
longer. Thanks the new FireRAID software from SmartDisk/VST,
you can create a striped array (RAID level 0) with
two or more FireWire drives. You can also create a
mirrored array (RAID level 1)
A FireWire Orb Drive Faster Than A SCSI Orb Drive?
- Castlewood has yet to release their FireWire version
but ADS Technologies has taken the IDE version of
the Orb and stuck it in their FireWire enclosure.
(Castlewood even advertises it on their web site.)
Also, both Orange Micro and Ratoc have released SCSI
to FireWire converters that they claim work with the
SCSI Orb drive. So let's see how all these compare...
Results for the Newest, Fastest Drives. (Ultra
160 vs Ultra ATA vs FireWire) - Constant improvements
in hardware and firmware make this a moving target
but here's the latest on the fastest of each kind
including SCSI (Ultra160), IDE (Ultra ATA/66), and
Beats Opera as Fastest Low-end Browser - I found
Opera's claims to be "the fastest Internet browser"
far-fetched at best. Opera was wanting, particularly
in speed -- even with images turned off. It was slow,
lethargic, unresponsive. In fact, it felt as if I
was driving a Porsche, equipped with a 1982 Toyota
Cut Pro 2.0 Significantly Faster Than 1.2.5? -
Apple has advertised that Final Cut Pro 2.0 is up
to 70% faster than Final Cut Pro 1.0 (or 1.2.5) when
used with QuickTime 5.0. But what if I use FCP 1.2.5
with QT 5.0? In other words, is the increase in speed
due strictly to the QuickTime update?
WordPerfect '97 Still Leaves Word '98 Eating Its Dust
- I have continued to use WordPerfect 3.5 even though
Corel officially stopped selling it a year ago (July
'99). Tech support ceased as of October '99. I just
thought you'd like to know how it compares in performance
to the two most popular "currently shipping" Macintosh
a web cache improve network throughput? - Despite
the steady increase in Internet connectivity speeds,
users are still seeking ways to get more out of their
existing network connections. When multiple users
are sharing the same connection, the performance crunch
can be even more severe. One solution that many network
administrators pursue is the addition of a Web cache
server. Web cache servers come in all shapes and sizes,
but can they really make a difference on your network?
Performance Tips - I've recently done some research
into web browser performance, and have a couple of
tips that are worth passing along
PC and AltiVec - Will the Velocity Engine of the
G4s boost the performance of Virtual PC? An answer
from one of Connectix's engineers.
Starter-Uppers - Bare Feats conducts a comparison
between Casady & Greene's Speed Startup and Marc Moini's
of Speed Startup which is a utility from Casady &
Greene that purports to cut the amount of time your
Mac takes to boot
Making the Web a Faster Place - 20
tips for making Web pages load faster
Report on the various options for running Windows
95 on the Mac
with the performance results from using different
hard drive formatting software