Subject: Storage | March 7, 2013 - 07:53 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: Sandforce SF2281, adata, sx900
Allyn reviewed the ADTA SX900 back in February which might make you question why we are revisiting this drive in this [H]ard|OCP review. The reason lies in the controller as the SSD Al reviewed contained the SF-2281VB1-S0C while the drive [H] received contains a 2281VB2-SPC controller. [H] had many of the same worries as Al, with ancient firmware being the most relevant, with [H] specifically stating that '5.0.2a firmware does not have working TRIM functionality,' which should cause concern for anyone considering this drive. They also notived power usage above 10W which they felt was odd on a drive marketed as having improved power consumption and ended up unable to recommend this drive.
"The ADATA SX900 128GB SSD came to us with a surprise under the hood, the new B02 version of the SandForce SF-2281 controller. This new stepping is designed to provide revolutionary improvements in power efficiency with no loss of speed. We test the SX900 and the SF-2281VB2-SPC controller to see how it stacks up against the competition."
Here are some more Storage reviews from around the web:
- Monster Digital Daytona 240GB @ Tweaktown
- Kingston HyperX 3K 240 GB @ techPowerUp
- Plextor M5 Pro Xtreme 256GB @ Tweaktown
- Plextor M5 Pro 256GB SSD with Xtreme 1.02 Firmware @ Tweaktown
- Samsung SM843 Pro Data Center Series 240GB @ Tweaktown
- How to Maximize Storage Space Guide @ OCC
- ioSafe N2: A Disaster-Resistant Synology DS213 @ AnandTech
- Vantec NexStar WiFi Hard Drive Dock Review @ Techgage
- Toshiba STOR.E SLIM 500GB USB 3.0 Portable Hard Drive Review @ NikKTech
- ADATA DashDrive Air AE400 @ Kitguru
Subject: General Tech | February 7, 2013 - 04:10 PM | Ken Addison
Tagged: podcast, pcper, 3dmark, ice storm, fire strike, titan, evga, 750w, seasonic, never settle, Crysis 3, amd, nvidia, Intel, adata
PC Perspective Podcast #237 - 02/07/2013
Join us this week as we discuss two 750W Power Supply Reviews, the new 3DMark, AMD's Newest Game Bundles and more!
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Hosts: Ryan Shrout, Jeremy Hellstrom, Josh Walrath and Allyn Malventano
Program length: 1:10:21
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- 0:39:55 Lenovo has record breaking results
- 0:42:25 Fanless Mintbox PC
- 0:43:45 Dell is going private with help from Microsoft
- 0:48:00 Hard Drive Industry may see declines
- 0:56:00 Far Cry 3 with your SSD?
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Introduction, Specifications and Packaging
With newer and faster SSDs coming to market, we should not forget those capable controllers of yesteryear. There are plenty of folks out there cranking out products based on controllers that were until very recently the king of the hill. Competition is great for the market, and newer product launches have driven down the cost of the older SandForce 2281 SATA 6Gb/sec controller. ADATA makes a product based on this controller, and it's high time we gave it a look:
The ADATA XPG SX900 launched mid last year, and was ADATA's first crack at the eXtended capacity variant of the SandForce firmware. This traded off some of the spare area in the interest of more capacity for the consumer.
Subject: Memory | November 20, 2012 - 07:44 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: adata, DDR3-2400
For DDR3-2400 the Dual Channel ADATA XPG Gaming Series 8GB kit has decent timings @ 11-13-13-35. Neoseeker's testing was not without problems however as Windows refused to boot at the full 2400MHz on their MSI Big Bang XPower II, instead they had to run at 2133MHz though the timings were tightened to 10.13.13.31 1T. Performance fell in line with other similar kits at that speed, perhaps not at the top of the pack but certainly in the running. They are out of stock at NewEgg, but you might be able to lay your hands on these fancy green DIMMs from another retailer.
"ADATA hopes to join the ranks of the big boys in the gaming memory market with their XPG Gaming v2.0 series of memory kits. We review the DDR3-2400 8GB dual channel kit and put head to head against the likes of G.Skill's Ripjaws Z, Patriot's Viper III and the Corsair Dominator GT to see how well it can compete."
Here are some more Memory articles from around the web:
- Corsair Dominator Platinum PC3-22400 16GB Dual Channel @ Tweaktown
- ADATA XPG Xtreme Series 2133MHz 16GB (2x 8GB) Dual Channel @ Kitguru
- Kingston HyperX Predator 2666MHz 8GB Kit Review @ Pro-Clockers
Subject: Memory | December 23, 2011 - 04:10 PM | Tim Verry
Tagged: supply, ram, price increase, nand, dram market, adata
Computer enthusiasts and OEMs alike have been living the dream of extremely cheap RAM modules; however, Adata CEO Simon Chen believes that the dream may be close to ending. In 2012, the DRAM manufacturers will start to cut production such that they are reducing supply and thus can charge more than they currently can (they have been producing DRAM consistently over the past couple years such that there has been more than enough supply and thus a lower cost). After the holiday season, PC OEMs will start to replenish their inventories and when they do, they will be increasing inventories to a months supply instead of a two week supply.
Chen notes that the four major manufacturers of DRAM chips including Elpida Memory, Hynix Semiconductor, Micron Technology, and Powerchip Technology have suffered from selling the chips at such reduced prices for so long. While DRAM chips produced on older manufacturing processes may still be sold below the cost of production, newer DRAM manufactured on the 30nm process "will rebound from the current bottom level to a level above cash-flow production cost."
In addition to the reduced production and newer process, the demand for DRAM in general is expected to decrease due to the rising popularity of mobile computers, Chen notes. Further, the decrease in desktop DRAM demand is balanced out by increased demand for server memory from data centers purchasing additional RAM direct from the manufacturers as the server OEMs charge a hefty premium for RAM. Due to the shake up in the industry, "many makers of DRAM modules have shifted business operation to other areas" like ruggedized memory and to producing NAND flash chips for SSDs.
Admittedly, the memory makers are walking a fine line between spinning down production and being accused of price fixing; however, the ride has been a good one for consumers for a while now and the manufacturers are likely getting tired of the razor thing profit margins. Chen's analysis of the situation may be correct in light of that fact, the new process technology allowing for better yields combined with generally lower production while the big OEMs will be buying up more RAM for their own inventories may well spell the end of being able to impulse buy tons of DDR3 RAM! What are your thoughts on both Chen's analysis of the price increase and the industry itself- do you think prices are likely to go up next year?