Subject: Storage | June 20, 2011 - 12:25 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: ssd, srt, Intel, kingston, cache
It is a common question with the release of the Z68 series of boards, as people wonder if they really need to shell out the money for an Intel SSD in order to take advantage of Intel Smart Response Technology, which lets you use an SSD of 60GB or less as a cache drive. Techgage took it upon themselves to investigate and compared the performance improvements to a HDD when using an Intel 20GB 311 SATA II SSD and a Kingston 64GB SDnow 100V+ SATA II SSD. As happens all to often lately the answer is not clear cut; the best cache drive depends heavily on the file sizes you commonly deal with.
"When we tested out Intel's 'Smart Response Technology' last month, we liked what we saw. But at $110 for a 20GB SLC SSD, we wondered if a larger, more cost-effective option could still make the best use of the technology. With that, we're pitting Kingston's SSDNow V+100 64GB drive, at $150, against Intel's, to see if we retain SRT's effectiveness."
Here are some more Storage reviews from around the web:
- OCZ Vertex 3 240GB Max IOPS Edition SSD Review @ Legit Reviews
- Intel SSD 320 Series Solid State Drive @ Benchmark Reviews
- OCZ RevoDrive 3 x2 240GB PCIe SSD Quick Look: This Is Going To Be Fast! @ SSD Review
- OCZ Agility 3 240 GB SSD Review @ Legit Reviews
- Patriot Supersonic 64GB USB 3.0 Flash Drive Review @ Hi Tech Legion
- RAIDON GT5630-SB3 USB 3.0 4 Bay Desktop Data Backup Storage Solution @ Real World Labs
- RaidSonic Icy Box IB-NAS6220 HDD Network Mediaserver Review @ Real World Labs
- ASUS BC-12B1ST Internal 12X BD-Combo Drive Review @Hi Tech Legion
Subject: Memory | May 13, 2011 - 11:55 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: msi, MOA, overclocking, master overclocking event, kingston, ddr3, ddr3 2250, PC3 18000
PC Perspective was at MSI's Master Overclocking Event in Los Vegas during CES2011, but that was simply one stop along a long road for MSI and the overclockers. At one MSI MOA event, the Benelux qualifier, Madshrimps spoted an interesting set of DIMMs from Kingston, a triplet of 2250MHz 2GB sticks at 9-11-9-27. They quickly proved that anyone using an older Bloomfield CPU will never see the full speed of these DIMMs thought they will be able to tighten the timings nicely, you need a Gulftown before your CPUs uncore will be able to keep up with these DIMMs.
"At the latest MSI MOA Benelux qualifier we were allowed to play with MSI's Xpower board, some 980X ES CPUs and some pretty high specced Kingston rams. The 2250Mhz CL9 triple channel kit seemed very interesting for a spin in the Madshrimps Lab. Could these blue beauties come close to the almighty Corsair Hyper IC based GTX2s ? What's the use for such a high MHz kit for a daily user ? Is this kit Bloomfield friendly ? A lot of questions warped through my brain. Time to open the box and find some answers."
Here are some more Memory articles from around the web:
- G.Skill RipjawX F3-12800CL9D-8GBXL Memory Kit @ Bjorn3D
- Crucial Ballistix Sport PC3-12800 8GB @ Tweaktown
- Kingston HyperX Genesis PC3-12800 4GB @ Tweaktown
- Kingston HyperX 4GB DDR3-2133 @ Techware Labs
- Finding the Best Memory for Sandy Bridge @ hardCOREware
- Patriot Viper Xtreme Division 2 DDR3-1600MHz (2 x 2GBs) Kit Review @ The SSD Review
- G.Skill Sniper Series PC3-12800 8GB @ Tweaktown
Subject: Memory | April 29, 2011 - 11:46 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: sodimm, kingston, hyperx, ddr3-1866
If you prefer your laptop to be ultrapowerful not ultraportable then Kingston has a SODIMM kit that you are going to love. 8GBs of DDR3-1866 in two SODIMMs with timings of 11-11-11-32 2T, the star of the 6 new HyperX DDR3 kits from Kingston. That will give yor laptop a boost many desktops still don't have. Legit Reviews were very impressed with the performance jump they saw on their Sandy Bridge laptop, calling it the next best thing to upgrading to an SSD.
"The performance numbers from upgrading to the Kingston HyperX Plug and Play 8GB DDR3 1866MHz memory kit was insane. We saw performance gains from 6% to 86% depending on the benchmarks with the largest performance gains coming from graphics intensive games. Who would have thought that the area that gained the most was the frame rate in games? If you want to get better performance out of the Intel HD Graphics 3000 GPU on your Sandy Bridge laptop this is more than likely the best way to go about it. You can literally feel and see the difference in everything that you do on the system, so this is an ideal upgrade for those that want 8GB of memory and better performance..."
Here are some more Mobile articles from around the web:
- Patriot Viper Xtreme DDR3-1600 Tri-Channel 6Gb Kit @ FunkyKit
- Mushkin Ridgeback 996991 PC3-16000 8GB Review @ OCC
- G.Skill RipjawsX 1600MHz CL7 4GB @ VR-Zone
- G.Skill Ripjaws-X DDR3-2133 8GB Dual Channel Memory Kit Review @ ThinkComputers
- Crucial Ballistix Finned DDR3 1866 MHz CL9 4 GB @ techPowerUp