Subject: Storage | February 6, 2012 - 01:12 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: ssd, SF-2281 controller, sandforce, Intel, 520 Cherryville, 25nm
While the Intel 320 Series did hold the top spot for quite a while it has been a while since Intel refreshed their SSD line and has fallen behind new controllers in performance. As of today that changes for the 520 Cherryville series has arrived and it is using none other than SandForce's SF-2281 controller. Using such a popular controller leaves Intel with a bit of a problem, how do they stand out in such a crowded market? One way that they have chosen is their home made 25nm synchronous NAND flash; Intel designs and fabs their own which gives them the opportunity to ensure the best flash chips make it into their drives. The other way they've chosen to differentiate themselves is with a 5-year warranty for owners of this new drive. Read how they did performance-wise at The Tech Report or else head straight to Al's review right here.
"Intel's newest solid-state drive pairs a SandForce controller with custom firmware and 25-nm NAND. We've tested the 60 and 240GB models to see how they fare against more than two dozen SSDs, hybrids, and mechanical drives."
Here are some more Storage reviews from around the web:
- Intel SSD 520 Series 240 GB Solid State Drive Review @ Hardware Secrets
- Intel 520 Series 240GB Review @ OCC
- Intel SSD 520 Series 240GB @ Techspot
- Intel SSD 520 Series Solid State Drive @ Benchmark Reviews
- Intel SSD 520 240GB @ Bjorn3D
- Intel 520 Series 240GB Solid State Drive @ Kitguru
- Intel 520 240GB SSD Review @ Hardware Canucks
- Intel 520 Series 240GB SSD Launch Review @ HardwareHeaven
- Intel series 520 240GB @ Guru3D
- Intel 520 240GB SSD Review (Round One) - Intel Releases Amazing SATA 3 SandForce Driven SSD @ SSD Review
- Intel 520 'Cherryville' Series 240GB SSD Review in RAID 0 @ Legit Reviews
- Kingston SSDNow V+ 200 120GB SATA III SSD @ SSD Review
- Samsung's 830 Series solid-state drive @ The Tech Report
- MyDigitalSSD 'Bullet Proof' 128GB mSATA SATA 2 SSD @ SSD Review
- Corsair Performance Series Pro 128GB Solid State Drive @ Tweaktown
- SSD performance scaling across the spectrum @ The Tech Report
- Kingston SSDNow V+200 120GB Upgrade Kit Review @ Real World Labs
- Seagate Barracuda 3 TB Hard Drive Review @ Hardware Secrets
- Plextor PX-LB950UE External 12x Blu-ray Writer @ PCSTATS
- Synology DS212 2-Bay NAS @ Tweaktown
- Compact Network Attached Storage from Synology: DiskStation DS411 Slim @ X-bit Labs
- Synology DS-212 Two-Bay NAS Review @ Tweaknews
- Kingston DataTraveler HyperX 3.0 Thumb Drive @ Tweaktown
- Seagate GoFlex Turbo Review @ TechReviewSource
Subject: General Tech | January 9, 2012 - 11:31 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: CES, storage visions, Intel, sandforce, 520 Cherryville
The theme of this years Storage Visions is 'Heavy Storage for Thin Clients' but that is not the biggest bit of new that Legit Reviews gathered from their meeting with the organizers. They got confirmation that Intel will indeed be using a Sandforce based controller in an upcoming SSD, the 520 Cherryville, which will replace the 510 series. As well, Micron was showing off their 20nm NAND, Crucial has a new Adrenaline drive to test and IOSafe will provide you a fire and waterproof housing to keep it in.
Don't forget about OCZ though, the card you can see below is the newest Z-Drive and it sports 8TB of flash storage (12TB max) available in MLC, SLC and eMLC depending on your needs and budget. It is a PCIe 3.0 compliant card, one of the first available on the market. You can also read about OCZ and Micron's joint project in the full post at Legit Reviews.
"OCZ and Marvell have teamed up and are showing off the Z-Drive R5 for the very first time at Storage Visions. The OCZ Z-Drive R5 is the industries fastest PCI Express (PCIe) storage device. The reason that Z-Drive R5 features a jointly developed "Kilimanjaro" OCZ and Marvell native PCIe to NAND flash controller platform, allowing for completely scalable performance and redundancy while eliminating the need for a separate storage controller, thus reducing the cost to deploy high performance solid state storage systems in the data center. It uses a PCI-Express Gen3 x8 slot to get up to 1.6M IOPS!"
Here is some more Tech News from around the web:
- Live from LG's CES 2011 press event @ Engadget
- Marvell’s ARMADA to power next gen Google TV @ SemiAccurate
- CES 2012 – Another Year of Innovative Tech @ Techware Labs
- CES Unveiled - A Sneak Peak At The Hot Products of CES 2012 @ Legit Reviews
- TechwareLabs Top Ten 2012 CES Predictions
- The TR Podcast 103: Down and dirty with the 7970
- Keeping Electronics Cool @ University of California
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