PlayStation 4 storage options tested

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Will Smith over at Tested explored the storage options of the PlayStation 4. With large capacity solid state drives being so expensive, it is important to find out if they’re worth their high price tags.

I would never place a solid state hard drive (hybrid drive) in one of my PCs because they can take advantage of the solid state drives. The PlayStation 4? Apparently it doesn’t utilize SSDs very well. Nobody is sure if future firmware revisions will improve SSD utilization but for now it looks like SSHDs are the way to go. They offer both capacity and performance gains.

So what are my SSHD choices? The Seagate 1TB drive with 8GB of NAND (Model: ST1000LM014) can be found for around $115 online. That’s a little pricier than I would like.

So for now, I will wait.

Watch My Next PC Being Built

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Well isn’t this a bit of a coincidence. The guys at Tested.com are building what is essentially my next PC. They’ve recorded an instructional “How-to” video of them assembling it and since I’m waiting for CentOS to install, I’ve decided to give it a watch.

My system isn’t going to be as hardcore or high grade as theirs. It’s not going to sport a Core i7, or a Geforce Titan or a $155 Seasonic PSU despite how awesome it looks. Here’s a spec sheet for a PC if I were building it today:

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K – $226.99 @ NewEgg.ca

MB: GIGABYTE GA-Z77N-WIFI – $128.99 @ NewEgg.ca
ASRock Z77E-ITX LGA 1155 Intel Z77 – $174.99 @ NewEgg.ca

RAM: CORSAIR Vengeance LP 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 – $93.99 @ NewEgg.ca

SSD/HDD: SAMSUNG 840 120GB – $99.99 @ NewEgg.ca

Case: Bitfenix Prodigy White – $79.99 @ NCIX.com

GPU: Radeon 7850 1GB – $169.99 @ NCIX.com
PowerColor Radeon 7870 PCS+ – $235.99 @ NCIX.com

PSU: CORSAIR HX series HX650 650W @ $119.99 @ NewEgg.ca
Rosewill Capstone-650 650W @ $94.99 @ NewEgg.ca
OR
Rosewill CAPSTONE Series CAPSTONE-550-M 550W – $94.99 @ NewEgg.ca
SeaSonic G Series SSR-550RM 550W – $89.99 @ NewEgg.ca

Cooler: Corsair H100 @ $116.99 @ NewEgg.ca

It’s not too expensive but like I said I’m not planning to build it now. I am planning to build a new PC for Intel’s upcoming Haswell CPUs which should arrive sometime this summer. I miss getting my hands on new hardware so I’m looking forward to that build very much.

Learn about the Space Shuttle Enterprise

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If you haven’t gone to visit Tested and their new redesign, here’s a reason to: videos like these. These long form videos about interesting topics and places like the Intrepid Museum in New York.

When they produce content like this, Tested reminds me of a mini-Discovery Channel without the commercial interruptions. I love it and hope they continue down this route.

Checkpoint: Octoberkast 2012 Edition

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I spent most Saturday watching Tested.com’s Octoberkast 2012. I didn’t stay up for 24 hours straight but I did manage to watch most of it live. It was an entertaining show and they raised quite a bit of money for Child’s Play. The archive will be up by Monday and they will be keeping the donations opened until November 16.

I was trying to play Final Fantasy XIII-2 and watch the podcast at the same time. The results were pretty poor to say the least. I was far too distracted to solve the relatively simple “puzzles” in the last levels and my patience for the cutscenes was pretty thin. I did eventually reload and watched all the cheesy nonsense again. So all I have left to do is beat the final boss which requires me to grind some more levels before I can do so.

I hate that. And you can be damn sure that I’m putting that as a point of criticism in my review.

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