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OCZ Vertex 2 E 120GB SSD  - PCstats.com OCZ Vertex 2 E 120GB SSD
Sat, July 17 2010 | 9:01AM | PermaLink Feedback?
"Over the past year or so I’ve taken a look at a few Solid State Drives or SSDs as they’re called and I’ve been impressed with them, as I rightly should be. Today for review I’ve got another SSD drive from OCZ that falls squarely into the performance class of drives called the Vertex 2 E, it’s a 120gb SSD that is just blazingly fast, in fact it’s the fastest SSD that I’ve ever tested. I’ve compared it to some other OCZ and Kingston SSDs and it just leaves the others in the dust truly. If you’re looking for super fast reads and writes, then look no further than the Vertex 2 from OCZ… "
FULL STORY @ Archived from TESTFREAKS
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PC Gaming Daunted but Unbowed by Recession - PCstats.com PC Gaming Daunted but Unbowed by Recession
Wed, May 27 2009 | 6:03PM | PermaLink Feedback?
According to recent market reports, consumer spending has slowed in all markets, but less so in the gaming industry, and in particular less in the PC gaming segment.

Jon Peddie Research (JPR), the industry's research and consulting firm for graphics and multimedia, today announced the market forecast for PC gaming hardware and the results are encouraging overall, even with the modest drop due to economic conditions.

The total PC Gaming Hardware market is forecasted to drop $1.4 billion (-7%) in 2009 versus 2008 (from $20.07 to $18.65 billion.). The decline is due to reduced sales because of the recession, and lower prices on PCs and components (also due to the recession and competitive pressures.) But, in such an environment, PC gaming systems seem to have suffered the least discounting which illustrates the value consumers place on such systems.

Furthermore, in 2009 the PC Gaming Hardware Market, approaching $19 billion, is forecasted to eclipse the hardware market for all gaming consoles combined by almost $2 billion. (Console costs include the console, a certain amount of accessories, and a factor for the cost of an HDTV to display the games on.)

The JPR PC Gaming System Hardware Market report is a unique analysis that does a bottom-up forecast of systems based on GPU and PC shipments, and a macro-economic top-down forecast based on the eco-demographics which covers 36 countries.

JPR updates the data in the PC Gaming Report every quarter to compensate for changing economic conditions, GPU and PC shipments, and the information in this release reflects our latest results.

The report shows the expected shipments in three classes: Enthusiast, Performance, and Mainstream for both desktop and the newly emerging notebook category. It shows the distribution of branded sales (HP, Alienware, etc), non branded ("White box"), aftermarket component sales and DIY sales, as well as peripheral sales of gaming components.

This is the most comprehensive report on the PC gaming hardware market ever produced and took almost five years to bring it to life. Individual segments can be purchased separately for $5,000 and the whole set is available for $12,000 which includes a bonus total market summary report.

The PC Gaming market is dropping a little in 2009 just like all other industries are forecasting, and yet less so - why? The conclusion the researcher at JPR have come to is that people are staying home more, less movies, less dinners out, postponed vacations, and turning to other forms of entertainment. PC Gaming is a very economical form of entertainment, a $50 game can provide hundreds of hours of play, and it's not uncommon for players to replay a game. Also, purchases of a PC for gaming can be shared since the machine can be used for watching (and creating) videos, as well as office work and web browsing, something consoles can't offer.

FULL STORY @ Archived from JONPEDDIE
http://rs6.net/tn.jsp?et=1102590795248&s=940&e=001umr6ecenL2SOfK_-6s8J9_http://www.jonpeddie.com/about/press/index.shtml==
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