Seagate has quietly updated its new 7200.11 Barracuda series hard drives, which now includes a 320GB single-platter model. Seagate Barracuda 7200.11 drives previously started off at 500GB, and are slowly getting smaller and more affordable. The model number for this hard disk drive is ST3320613AS.
With DisplayPort monitors slowly appearing from Dell, and the occasional supporting graphics card, things are slowly getting underway for the future standard. AMD has today announced its FireGL V7700 professional graphics card, which is outfitted with a DisplayPort output. Based on the same RV670 core in the HD 3800-series, it includes all the usual frills like 320 stream processors and PCI Express 2.0 support. Aside from the DisplayPort socket, a dual-link DVI port and a high-definition component video port are also included.
The moment Toshiba ditched HD DVD, the rumour mill was churning with reports that Microsoft was converting its Xbox 360 to Blu-ray. Microsoft denied every claim, though today, DigiTimes believes that the Xbox 360 may once again go Blu. Citing industry sources, the site says that Lite-On is developing built-in Blu-ray drives for the console. The site add that the drives are for the "next-generation" Xbox 360's, and Lite-On's Blu-Ray shipments to Microsoft will commence in the second half of this year.
Not to be confused with the HD 3850 Trinity - an Asus prototype with three RV670 cores - the company has now completed work on their HD 3850 X2. Remembering that AMD hasn't provided a reference design, Asus has set the clocks to 668MHz for the cores, and 829MHz for the 1GB of DDR3 memory. For reference, a HD 3870 X2 runs at 825MHz/900Mhz. Two pictures have been provided, and all that separates the card from this HD 3870 X2 is its smaller number of DVI ports.
The 9800 GTX may be launching later today, though by the looks of things, it's going to live quite a short and lonely life. Word is circulating that the GT200 core will arrive as early as July, and bring with it a 9900 GT, GTX and possibly a GX2. If this date is correct, AMD's RV770 core will have no rival for around a month, hurting Nvidia's market share. Nvidia's GT200 is said to include the performance gains the current 9-series lacks. Specifications are unknown, though a single GT200 will supposedly outperform dual G92's.