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CAPE 7 ION PC Review

by Henry Butt - 12th March 2010
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Hard Drive - Speed Test

Black Magic Design make a number of industry leading video capture cards, including those which can capture HD material at very high data rates. As a result having a disk with a fast write speed is essential. To aid users in configuring their system for optimal captures Black Magic include a utility with their hardware which records the real world disk speed and gives the framerate available for that speed.

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Our pre-production review sample had a lower specification hard drive than the retail model and due to this we achieved performance at just under 50MB/s for read and write operations. For the retail 160GB, 7200rpm model with 8MB cache consumers can expect a small increase in performance over these figures.
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