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 Wednesday, 29-January-2014  14:15:45 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Time to catch up on some news!

Toshiba have completed their acquisition of OCZ's technology assets. Effective immediately, the Group company will operate independently as OCZ Storage Solutions, a leading provider of high-performance solid state drives (SSDs) for computing devices and systems.

Almost as if to celebrate, there's a new OCZ SSD using Toshiba memory. The new Vertex 460 being tested is based on the latest revision Barefoot controller and now runs Toshiba NAND flash memory. 120GB and 240GB it seems, with reviews on Guru3D, HWHeaven, TheSSDReview, ThinkComputers, OCaholic, LegitReviews, HotHardware, PCPerspective and Tweaktown.

Apple's Macintosh celebrated its 30th Birthday recently. “The Mac made the computer accessible to the average consumer and so opened the floodgates for a new generation of technology innovations,” said Daniel Kottke, one of the original Macintosh developers. Small, affordable and easy to use, it ushered in a new era of information technology and global cultural change brought forth by technology. It was so good that Bill Gates liked it!

Backblaze recently reported on their experiences with hard drive failures on a massive scale, and made some brand-specific comments. Because Backblaze has a history of openness, many readers expected more details in my previous posts. They asked what drive models work best and which last the longest. Given our experience with over 25,000 drives, they asked which ones are good enough that we would buy them again. In this post, I’ll answer those questions. However, Tweaktown question their methodology. Discussion here.

Phoronix have a 25-Way Open-Source Linux Graphics Card Comparison and a 24-Way AMD Radeon vs. NVIDIA GeForce Linux Graphics Card Comparison. After this weekend carrying out a 25-way open-source Linux graphics driver comparison featuring AMD Radeon, Intel HD Graphics, and NVIDIA GeForce hardware, the tables have now turned to look at nearly the same assortment of hardware but when using the high-performance, proprietary Linux graphics drivers. We've also upped the demanding OpenGL benchmarks used -- including the Source Engine -- as we see how the AMD and NVIDIA binary graphics drivers are doing to start 2014.

Members of our long-running HP Microserver club might be interested in this review of the Gen8 model on SilentPCReview. HP's compact entry level small business server is back with a much anticipated update. The MicroServer Gen8 has a sleeker design than the original, much faster Ivy Bridge based processors, and more extensive server features. What of the noise?

You can now explore the Top Gear track on Google Maps, with a video about it all here. Watch behind the scenes footage as The Stig accompanies Google's Street View car around the Top Gear test track in a Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG Black.

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