Our friends over at Futurelooks had a great party on Wednesday night at Palms Place. Not only was it a party, but a product showcase for many of the companies that co-hosted the event. I really like these types of events because you really get one on one face time with companies and it is in a more relaxed environment. We were able to talk with Kingston, Zalman and Zotac so let’s see what they have in store for 2011.
Upgrading from a normal hard drive to a solid state drive can be quite expensive and for most people it really does not make that much sense. Solid state capacities are getting larger, but that just brings the price of the drives up even higher. Kingston wants to help people out who want to take advantage of the blazing speeds of solid state drives, but don’t want to break the bank. They have just released the SSDNow V-Series 30GB solid state boot drive. This drive will retail at around $100 and will allow you to load your operating system and applications on it for fast load times, and then you can just put all of your media on a normal SATA drive. This is a great upgrade option for people looking to get a solid state drive, but might not have that much extra money for one.
A little while ago we took a look at Kingston’s SSDNow V-Series 128GB solid state drive that was targeted at entry-level and mainstream users. Kingston had put out a V+ series drive which had better speeds and was targets at high-level users and corporate environments. Recently Kingston has developed a second-generation of the V+, which supports Windows 7 TRIM support, is available up to 512GB and provides faster performance over the previous version of the drive. Today we will be taking a look at the 128GB version of the drive.
Back in March we took a look at Kingston’s MobileLite 9-in-1 card reader. It was a great and very useful product. Well Kingston has redesigned the MobileLite, calling the new version the G2. The MobileLite G2 is a very compact USB card reader that supports SD/SDHC, microSD/SDHC, MSPD, MS Pro HG Duo and M2 cards. Since it is so small you can take it with you anywhere and it has the USB connection right on it so no extra cables to carry with you, let’s take a look.
Well as you can see we have changed things around here at ThinkComputers! This new layout and content management system should bring us up to date and make it easier for you the user to navigate the site. To celebrate the new design we decided to have a HUGE contest! Our friends at ASUS, Thermaltake, Kingston, In Win, OCZ, NZXT, and CoolIT have jumped on board and provided us with 32 prizes to give away! Before we go into how you can win let’s see what’s all up for grabs….
Let’s face it unless you are getting a new computer you really are not even thinking about upgrading your hard drive to a solid state drive (SSD). The main reason for this is cost, and capacity. No one wants to pay close to $500 for a 64GB hard drive! Because of this most consumers are left out in the dry, but Kingston has a drive that is perfect for consumers. The SSDNow V-Series solid state drives come into the market at a very affordable price, but does have some performance reductions. Although compared to your 7200RPM SATA hard drive you have now these drives are still very fast! Let’s take a look at the SSDNow V-Series drives and see if they are the perfect price performance blend for someone looking at getting an SSD.
Card readers are a nice thing to have, but most of them use mini USB connectors. These cables are easy to lose and who wants to carry around a card reader plus an extra USB cable. Kingston has a solution for this with their MobileLite 9-in-1 reader. This card reader is designed like a USB drive so it is small and easy to carry around with you. It supports SD, miniSD, and mircoSD cards. Let’s take a look…
Today, armed with a retail i7 920, and a shiny new BIOS from Gigabyte, I will have another go at this memory. Will I be successful, or will I once again end up with egg on my face? Read on to see! A quick recap, the memory runs at DDR3-2000 9-9-9-27, at Intel’s mandatory 1.65v. The modules sport some really nice pin-fin styled heatspreaders in Kingston’s traditional HyperX blue. The memory supports Intel’s XMP with a pair of preset configurations, DDR3-2000 and DDR3-1866, in case the motherboard won’t make the trip to a full 2000mHz.
In retrospect, the information that Louis had just received obviously was about the Nehalem. After seeing the improvements that the i7 has over the Core 2, I can fully understand his excitement. Today I will be looking at the result of Louis’ excitement, Kingston’s HyperX DDR3-2000 3GB Triple Channel kit. These memory modules sport beautiful new pin-fin heat spreaders and 9-9-9-27 timings at 1.65v. Will this Kingston kit carry my new i7 920 to glory? Read on to see!
Removable storage keeps on getting larger and larger, especially with consumer products being able to record HD quality video and take pictures at 12 megapixel resolution. With that said many people think that 2GB cards are more than enough, but if you are shooting video that is not even close to enough space. Today we will be looking at a SDHC (Secure Digital High-Capacity) card from Kingston. SDHC cards currently range from 4GB to 32GB; we received the 32GB version of the card. 32GB is sure a lot of space for videos and photos, let’s see what we can do with this card!