Crucial showcased some of their new Ballistix Tracer memory and SSDs. While the Crucial spokesman was sparse on numbers for the new Tracer sticks, he was sure to mention their various color options and widely recognized activity-activated LED indicators. There was also a new Crucial Ballistix RAM fan on display outfitted in bright blue LEDs.
The focus of the Crucial spiel seemed to be their new “real SSD” drives. Crucial claimed to have the “fastest SSD read” speed, clocked at about 335 MB/s over SATA 3, as compared to the 255 MB/s shown on display. These drives are based on 34nm micron flash and outfitted with a solid 256MB cache. They should be available at the end of February in sizes between 128 GB and 256 GB.
Later in the evening we stopped by Tiger Direct's annual Build Your Own PC Race For Charity at the Wynn Hotel and Casino. In its 13th year, Tiger Direct has raised over $2 million dollars for various charities.
30 members of the technology media took part in this year's race. Below is a video of the contestant's entrance followed by a short clip of the race in progress.
Congratulations to Chris Ramseyer of Tweak Town for taking first place this year with a time of 6 minutes 53 seconds. He scored $10,000 to the Morrisville, Indianan PTO. Second and third place winners netted $2,500 and $1,000 for their respective charities.