Subject: Motherboards, Storage | May 13, 2011 - 07:26 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: z68, ssd, larson creek, intel 311, smart response technology
One of the more interesting things about the Z68 is Intel's SRT which allows you to utilize a small SSD as a cache for your HDD, allowing you the speed benefits of an SSD in most applications without having to spend the money to buy an SSD large enough to hold all your favourite programs. Legit Reviews tests a 20GB Intel 311 SSD paired with a 600GB WD Velociraptor in both modes, enhanced and maximized to see which offers the greatest benefits. Check out their findings.
"The Intel SSD 311 Series 20GB 'Larson Creek' drive proved itself to be a great cache drive. If you have an Intel Z68 platform that can run Intel Smart Response Technology, it's worth looking into if you have a hard drive for the primary drive and don't want to splurge on an SSD and having to re-install your OS!"
Here are some more Storage reviews from around the web:
- Intel 311 Solid State Drive Tests @ Benchmark Reviews
- Z68 SSD Caching with Corsair's F40 SandForce SSD @ AnandTech
- OCZ Vertex 3 (240GB) @ AnandTech
- Intel Smart Response Technology and Intel 311 Larson Creek SSD @ PC Stats
- Enabling and Testing SSD TRIM Support Under Linux @ Techgage
- OWC Mercury Extreme Pro 6G 240GB Solid State @ Tweaktown
- Solid State Drive Performance Comparison Guide @ TechARP
- Kingston HyperX Max 3.0 @ HardwareBistro
- Mach Xtreme GX 16 GB USB 3.0 @ techPowerUp
- Seagate FreeAgent GoFlex 1.5 TB Portable (USB 3.0) Hard Disk @ TechARP
- Thermaltake Max 5G Active Cooling 3.5'' External HDD Enclosure Review @ Madshrimps
- Patriot Supersonic 32GB USB 3.0 Flash Drive Review @ ThinkComputers
- ineo I-NA559N Pro 5-Bay NAS Server @ Tweaktown
Subject: General Tech | April 28, 2011 - 04:52 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: leak, ssd, Intel, 720, 710, 520, z68, larson creek
ASRock made a bit of a mistake which enthusiasts everywhere are grateful for. We have been given a sneak peek at the upcoming SSD families, the 720, 710 and 520 series. As if that wasn't good enough for those keeping an eye on the development of SSDs, we also get a peek at what even a small SSD can do for a system built on a Z68 board and using a traditional platter based HDD. Check out The Inquirer for more information on this very interesting leak.
"Chipzilla recently updated its popular range of SSDs with the 320 Series of drives based on 25nm NAND flash memory modules, but it looks like the chipmaker will release another, smaller capacity drive to interface with the Z68 chipset for its Sandy Bridge line of processors. At the launch of the 320 Series, Intel announced capacities ranging from 40GB to 600GB, however a new 20GB drive codenamed Larsen Creek was spotted when Asrock sent out some marketing material about Intel's upcoming Z68 chipset."
Here is some more Tech News from around the web:
- Guess what is ready for tape out @ SemiAccurate
- IDE bus sniffing and hard drive password recovery @ Hack a Day
- Ubuntu 11.04, Slackware 13.37 @ Slashdot
- Google Docs app lands on Android @ The Register
- DirectX Video Acceleration For MPlayer @ Linux.com
- TSMC meets 1Q11 guidance, sees no Japan disruption @ DigiTimes
- Cisco Linksys E1500 Wireless-N Router Review @ TechReviewSource
- Microsoft Office for Mac 2011 @ Tweaktown
- Weekly Giveaway: Kingston 32GB USB 3.0 Drive, 96GB SSDNow SSD, HyperX blu and Genesis RAM @ Tweaktown