Subject: Storage | September 26, 2011 - 06:44 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: ssd, round up, corsair, crucial, Intel 320, Intel 510, kingston, ocz, SF-2281 controller, Marvell 88SS9174, Intel PC29AS21BA0
Making the assumption you are not as rich as Croesus, there is a sweet spot that many look for when it comes to SSDs. If you go too small the channel limitations will impact your performance, but a 256GB+ drive is simply out of the budgets of many enthusiasts ... at least for the storage subsystem. The Tech Report set out in search of the perfect size for an SSD, big enough for full speed performance but small enough it doesn't break the bank. To that end they assembled nine SSDs, ranging in size from 120GB to 128GB, which gives away the ending in a way. What you don't know is which drive came out on top, especially in the price to performance tests. Find out in their full article.
"The latest generation of SSDs is out in full force. We've rounded up nine of 'em to see which offers the best performance and overall value proposition"
Here are some more Storage reviews from around the web:
- Samsung PM830 Review @ The SSD Review
- Mach Xtreme MX-DS Turbo 120 GB SSD @ techPowerUp
- Samsung 830 Series SSD Review @ HardwareHeaven
- MemoRight FTM.25 115GB SSD @ Kitguru
- Patriot Pyro 120GB SSD @ kitguru
- Patriot Wildfire 120GB 6Gb/s Solid-State Drive Review @ ThinkComputers
- Patriot Pyro 120GB SSD Review, RAID0 Performance Tested @ Techspot
- Mach Xtreme Technology MX DS Turbo 120 GB SSD Review @ Hardware Secrets
- The Samsung SSD 830 @ AnandTech
- Western Digital Scorpio Blue 1TB 2.5" Hard Drive Review @ Hardware Canucks
- Hard Disk Drive Performance Comparison Guide @ TechARP
- HighPoint RocketRAID 2720SGL SATA 6G RAID Controller @ Tweaktown
- Patriot Javelin S4 @ Legion Hardware
- SilverStone DC01 Network Attached Storage device Review @ OCIA
- USB 3.0 vs. External Hard Disk Drives @ X-bit Labs
- Thecus N4200PRO @ Computing on Demand
- WD My Passport Essential 500GB USB 3.0 External Hard Drive @ Legit Reviews
- Centon Rush USB 3.0 16 GB @ techPowerUp
- Patriot 16GB Supersonic Xpress USB 3.0 Flash Drive Review @ Madshrimps
Subject: Cases and Cooling | September 15, 2011 - 02:22 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: PSU, ocz, OCZ ZS series
If you are looking for a really good deal for a power supply, consider the OCZ ZS Series 650W PSU, currently $65 thanks to a MIR at NewEgg. The price will fool you as to the quality of the PSU, though don't expect perfection at this price point. The ZS series seems to be a mix of both good and bad, with good efficiency and stable power in all but one condition. TechPowerUp did not like the low maximum operating temperature and would also like to see longer cabling. Take a peek at it in their review, but you should probably only consider the PSU at the discount price, there are better alternatives at the full $90 price tag
"OCZ is very busy lately releasing new PSU models. Today we have the chance to test the OCZ ZS 650W. The main difference compared to the bigger ZS 750W, besides capacity, is the reduced number of available PCIe connectors, only two. Like all ZS units it has 80 PLUS Bronze efficiency, its OEM is Sirfa and it uses a non-modular cabling design."
Here are some more Cases & Cooling reviews from around the web:
- Thermaltake Toughpower Grand 1200W Power Supply Review @ OCC
- OCZ ZS Series 550W @ kitguru
- Corsair TX750M 750W Modular @ Tweaktown
- Enermax Platimax 1200W 80 Plus Platinum Power Supply Review @ HardwareHeaven
- Antec VP550P 550w PSU @ XSReviews
- Antec High Current Gamer HCG-620 Power Supply @ Tweaktown
- Power Supply Testing Methodology @ eTeknix
- Thermaltake Dr.Power II Universal Digital PSU Tester @ Tweaktown
Subject: Storage | September 6, 2011 - 03:00 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: vertex 3, ssd, SF-2281 controller, sata 6Gps, ocz, linux
The majority of reviews of solid state drives have been focussed on the performance of the drives under Windows, thankfully Phoronix can be counted on to differ from that and present a reveiw of an SSD under Linux. This particular time it is the OCZ Vertex 3 240GB SSD under Ubuntu 11.10 with the Linux 3.0 kernel and an EXT4 file-system. The OS had no problems recognizing the drive and it is obvious that Linux has no problems fully utilizing the SATA 6Gb/s interface as the drive blows the competition out of the water. The only problem is that the price of the drive remains prohibitive no matter what OS you use, but your money will not be wasted.
"It's been a while since last providing a Phoronix review of a solid-state drive from OCZ Technology, but now with Serial ATA 3.0 support becoming more prevalent on modern Intel and AMD motherboards, they have been releasing a number of updated products to take advantage of SATA 3.0. In the review we have our hands on an OCZ Vertex 3 240GB SSD as we see how this SATA III SSD performs under Ubuntu Linux."
Here are some more Storage reviews from around the web:
- OCZ Agility 3 240GB Solid State Drive Review @ eTeknix
- Mushkin Chronos Deluxe 120GB SSD Review @ Hardware Canucks
- OCZ Agility 3 120GB Review @ HardwareLOOK
- OCZ Vertex 3 240 GB @ techPowerUp
- ADATA S511 240GB Solid State Drive @ Tweaknews
- Kingston HyperX 240GB SSD @ Techgage
- Patriot Wildfire 120GB Solid State Drive @ Pro-Clocker
- The Crucial m4 SSD Update: Faster with FW0009 @ AnandTech
- Kingston HyperX SandForce SSD Bundle Kit @ TechwareLabs
- OCZ Technology RevoDrive 3 X2 PCI-E 480GB SSD @ Tweaktown
- Western Digital AV-GP (WD30EURS) 3 TB @ TechARP
- Samsung EcoGreen F4 (HD204UI) 2 TB @ TechARP
- File Server Builder's Guide @ AnandTech
- Enermax Brick 2.5 inch USB 3.0 External HDD Enclosure Review @ Real World Labs
- Super Talent USB 3.0 Express RC8 50GB (SF-1200) SSD Flash Drive Review @ The SSD Review
- Using QNAP's RTRR with Windows Server @ Computing on Demand
- SilverStone SST-DC01B Network Data Center Review @ Legit Reviews
- Zalman ZM-MH200 U3 USB 3.0 Dual HDD Docking Station Review @ Real World Labs
- HornetTek Slipper USB 3.0 Hard Drive Dock @ TechwareLabs
- Lexar Echo MX 32GB Backup Thumb Drive Review @ Techgage
- Akasa Flexstor DiskLink USB 3.0 Adapter Review @ eTeknix
- HighPoint's RocketU 1144A PCIe x4 USB 3.0 Controller: A Big Back-end @ AnandTech
Subject: Storage | August 31, 2011 - 01:29 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: revodrive, PCIe SSD, ocz, hybrid ssd
SAN JOSE, CA - Aug. 31, 2011 - OCZ Technology Group, Inc. (Nasdaq:OCZ), a leading provider of high-performance solid-state drives (SSDs) for computing devices and systems, today announced the release of the RevoDrive Hybrid PCI Express (PCIe) storage solution. Designed to dramatically accelerate applications and system responsiveness, the RevoDrive Hybrid's superior combination of SSD and hard disk drive (HDD) technology is a revolutionary step forward for high-performance, economical storage.
The RevoDrive Hybrid integrates the benefits of both SSD and HDD technology into a single solution to offer both enhanced responsiveness and ample storage capacity. The drive comes bundled with Dataplex caching software which dynamically manages the use of the 100GB SSD with the 1TB HDD for superior overall storage performance. This combination creates an environment where the most frequently used "hot" data stays on the ultra-fast SSD, while the "cold" data remains on the larger capacity HDD. Advanced caching algorithms learn user behavior and adapt storage policies to ensure optimal performance for each individual user, maximizing productivity for the most demanded programs and applications. In addition, the drive not only eliminates the SATA bottleneck unleashing ground-breaking bandwidth up to 910MB/s, but also features up to 120,000 IOPS (4K random write) for high transactional workloads delivering true SSD-level performance. Finally, the RevoDrive Hybrid provides unique benefits to users by incorporating features of OCZ's proprietary Virtualized Controller Architecture (VCA) 2.0.
"The RevoDrive Hybrid leverages the best attributes of both solid state drives and traditional hard drive technology to deliver dynamic data-tiering on a single easy to deploy PCIe storage drive," said Ryan Petersen, CEO of OCZ Technology Group. "Leveraging Dataplex software to efficiently manage frequently accessed data delivers superior performance and capacity, making the RevoDrive Hybrid the ideal solution for high performance computing and media content creation."
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The all-new OCZ RevoDrive Hybrid 1TB comes backed by a three-year warranty and will be available worldwide for an MSRP of $499.99, delivering the industry's best price per GB for SSD-level performance.
Subject: Storage | August 2, 2011 - 07:04 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: PCIe SSD, ocz
SAN JOSE, CA—August 2, 2011—OCZ Technology Group, Inc. (Nasdaq:OCZ), a leading provider of high-performance solid-state drives (SSDs) for computing devices and systems, today announced the release of Z-Drive Revision 4 (R4) PCI Express (PCIe) storage solutions designed to dramatically accelerate enterprise applications and significantly reduce total cost of ownership in the data center. The Z-Drive R4 product line features OCZ’s second generation proprietary Virtualized Controller Architecture (VCA) 2.0, providing the utmost in performance, flexibility, durability and enhanced reliability features, allowing data centers, for the first time, to rely on a PCIe-based SSD as their primary tier one storage solution.
"Objective Analysis forecasts that the PCIe interface will become dominant in the enterprise SSD market in 2012, with unit shipments greater than the combined shipments of its SAS and Fibre Channel counterparts,” said SSD analyst Jim Handy of Objective Analysis. “This is because the PCIe interface puts less drag on the NAND-to-processor communication channel than do standard HDD interfaces. By 2015, Objective Analysis expects well over two million PCIe SSDs to ship, a number larger than all of the SATA SSDs that shipped in 2010.”
Subject: General Tech | July 28, 2011 - 05:16 PM | Ken Addison
Tagged: ssd, podcast, ocz, Intel, amd
PC Perspective Podcast #164 - 7/28/2011
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- 0:37:00 OCZ wraps both its ARMs around a new SSD controller and gives it a little TLC
- 0:40:55 AMD CFO States They Will Have 28 Nano-meter GPUs Out This Year
- 0:45:45 Apple is da bomb! Vulnerability found in battery circuitry
- 0:54:05 Email from Tom about Eyefinity
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Subject: General Tech | July 26, 2011 - 12:03 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: ssd, ocz, arm, tlc, sata 6Gps, Indilinx Everest
OCZ is never satisfied with the performance of their SSDs in general and their controllers specifically. After purchasing Indilinx to ensure that their controllers would be of high quality and designed to OCZ's specific needs, they've now been pushing Indilinx to improve on their controllers. That has lead to Everest, which has a dual core ARM processor and 400MHz DDR3 cache that can support up to 512MB. The controller is optimized for 8K writes which is perfect for the current flash utilized in SSDs. OCZ has also optimized the flash memory, developing Triple Level Cell (TLC) which has three layers as opposed to MLC which sports two. The controller will be backwards compatible, which is a good idea if OCZ wants to license the controller to other manufacturers, which makes sense as Everest should hit 200MT/s as compared to SandForce's current 166MT/s. There is more that this controller can do, click on over to The Register to read about it.
"OCZ is sampling a new flash controller that gives a picture of future solid state drives.
The company bought Indilinx for its solid state drive (SSD) controller technology in March this year and has now unveiled the Indilinx Everest controller platform.
It has a 6Gbit/s SATA III interface, a dual-core ARM processor and a number of enticing features, such as 3-bit multi-level cell (MLC) support. This is going to be called TLC, for triple-level cell, to distinguish it from today's MLC, which is 2-bit MLC."
Here is some more Tech News from around the web:
- Intel says it competes with Qualcomm not ARM @ The Inquirer
- Mozilla is developing a mobile operating system @ The Inquirer
- Running high-performance neural networks on a "gamer" GPU @ Ars Technica
- The Isostick @ Hack a Day
- Lawn warfare: Light Strike brings laser tag back home @ Ars Technica
- JMicron develops SATA 6Gbps controller IC for SSDs @ DigiTimes
- The TR Podcast 92: Fusion, the cloud, and dongles galore
- Sony Alpha NEX-C3 Review @ TechReviewSource
- Real World Labs And A.C.Ryan Joint Contest
Subject: Cases and Cooling | July 21, 2011 - 01:38 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: PSU, ocz, OCZ ZS series
SAN JOSE, CA - July 21, 2011 - OCZ Technology Group, Inc., (Nasdaq:OCZ) a leading provider of high-performance solid-state drives (SSDs) and power supplies for computing devices and systems, announces the ZS Power Supply Series that offer consumers superior value for home desktops and gaming systems. Providing high efficiency, cool operation, and a compact case design, the ZS Series offers an excellent price point for system builders looking for a quality upgrade in a variety of power options.
“The new ZS line of power supplies provides customers with the ideal blend of quality, performance, and efficiency for power hungry desktops,” said Steve Lee, Senior Vice President of Power Management at OCZ Technology Group. “The ZS power supplies are available in a range of wattages and are engineered for consumers seeking both solid performance and reliability at a very cost-effective price point.”
The ZS Series is ideal for system builders and gamers, and is capable of powering dual-GPU platforms equipped for NVIDIA SLI and ATI CrossFireX modes. The PSU is kept cool under heavy usage with a large temperature and load-controlled 135mm double ball-bearing fan, and this high-efficiency PSU also meets strict 80-Plus Bronze energy saving requirements by converting up to a full 85% of AC to DC power at typical loads. Furthermore, the ZS Series complies with ErP (Energy Related product) Directive to ensure less than 1W of power is used in passive standby and off modes.
The OCZ ZS Series will be available in 550W, 650W, and 750W models, and all ZS Series power supplies come backed with a three year OCZ PowerSwap Warranty for the ultimate peace of mind.
Subject: Storage | July 20, 2011 - 02:43 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: ocz, Indilinx, Indilinx Everest, sata 6Gps, ssd
SAN JOSE, CA - July 20, 2011 - OCZ Technology Group, Inc. (Nasdaq:OCZ), a leading provider of high-performance solid-state drives (SSDs) for computing devices and systems, today unveiled the Indilinx Everest SATA 3.0 SSD platform. The Everest platform features support of 6Gbps interface speeds, high transactional performance that is optimized for compressed files, and maximum capacities up to 1TB.
"The new Indilinx Everest platform is a complete customizable solution that delivers superior storage performance, features, and capabilities designed to exceed the needs of the most demanding SSD applications," said Bumsoo Kim, President of Indilinx. "Combining a 6Gbps SATA Revision 3.0 host interface, a dual-core CPU, and support for the latest, most advanced NAND Flash memory technology available, Everest offers SSD manufacturers unparallel flexibility in optimizing their designs for both performance and cost."
As a true next generation solution the new Indilinx Everest platform includes a complete spectrum of enhanced capabilities including:
Supports Next Generation Flash Technologies
The Everest Platform supports state-of-the-art, Multi-Level Cell (MLC) NAND components and next generation three bit per cell NAND Flash. The ability to leverage Triple-Level Cell (TLC) NAND Flash with proprietary Everest and Indilinx Ndurance Technology provides customers with significant cost reductions associated with moving to the new process.
Advanced Architecture Optimized for High Speed and Density
The Everest Platform features the only controller to support 200 mega transfers per second (MT/s) synchronous-mode flash, up over the 166 MT/s supported by other NAND Flash controllers. Everest supports 1TB capacities in a single controller SSD design with current generation Flash components. Its innovative eight channel design with up to 16-way interleaving for maximum performance, supports full data path and power fail protection to deliver best-in-class data integrity and reliability for enterprise applications.
Everest's leading-edge design delivers high sequential speeds up to 500MB/s and is optimized for small file writes at the 8K file size with next generation page mapping technology, which increases transactional performance optimized for 4K to 16K compressed files , by matching file sizes to the 8K page size typical in newer generation NAND Flash.
Enhanced Boot Time
Indilinx's new boot time reduction algorithms can be configured to decrease system boot time by up to 50% over existing SSD controller architectures for customers that require faster boot times and an instant-on experience in their applications. This provides the real world benefits users seek from their storage solutions and enables quicker access and greater responsiveness, allowing clients to take full advantage of solid state storage as a boot device.
Indilinx Everest Platform Complete Feature-Set:
- SATA Revision 3.0 - Supports 6Gbps, 3Gbps, and 1.5Gbps interface speeds
- Dual Core ARM CPU
- 1TB Maximum Capacity
- High Sequential Speeds
- High Transactional Performance - Optimized for 4K to 16K Compressed Files
- Up to 8 Channels of ONFI 2.0/Toggle 1.0 Flash at up to 200MT/s with up to 16-way Interleaving
- Advanced BCH ECC engine - over 70 bits per defined sector
- 400MHz DDR3 DRAM Cache Interface with Support for up to 512MB
- Proprietary Ndurance Technology
- Enhanced Power Fail Protection
- Supports up to 1xnm Node NAND Flash with 1, 2, or 3 bits per cell
- Efficient NAND Flash Management - Dynamic and Static Wear-Leveling, and Background Garbage Collection
- Boot Time Reduction Optimizations - Collaborative Platform Development
- NCQ Support up to 32 Queue Depth
- End-to-End Data Protection
- TRIM Support
- Numerous Over-Provisioning Options
- Industry Standard SMART Reporting
Subject: Storage | July 13, 2011 - 01:32 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: VCA, ssd, revo 3, PCIe SSD, ocz
SAN JOSE, CA—July 13, 2011—OCZ Technology Group, Inc. (Nasdaq:OCZ), a leading provider of high-performance solid-state drives (SSDs) for computing devices and systems, today launched the RevoDrive 3 and RevoDrive 3 X2 lineup of SSDs. Designed to deliver maximum throughput in multithreaded applications, the new RevoDrive 3 incorporates an advanced data management feature-set based on OCZ’s proprietary Virtualized Controller Architecture (VCA) technology, providing both the performance and features required by the intensive workloads common in high performance computing and workstation environments.
The RevoDrive 3 provides unique benefits to users by incorporating features from the VCA 2.0 flash virtualization software that allow certain direct memory access (DMA) and data management functions. Included in this feature-set are OCZ’s exclusive command queuing and queue balancing algorithms, which can be handled by the onboard processing core for higher performance and reduced burden on the host resources. VCA 2.0 is also the only virtualization layer in the industry with TRIM and SCSI unmap support to enhance sustained performance and provide greater endurance by significantly reducing the overhead associated with garbage collection. Furthermore, VCA also offers consolidated SMART support and provides system administrators with advanced features for monitoring, analyzing, and reporting device attributes.
“OCZ RevoDrive 3 PCIe SSDs use our VCA 2.0 technology to deliver superior performance and functionality for everything from scientific computing to high availability clustering,” said Daryl Lang, Vice President of Product Management of OCZ Technology. “This exciting new workstation-class storage product accelerates application performance and takes full advantage of today’s multithreaded processors and software, providing customers with greater throughput in an easy-to-deploy, single card solution.”
With its all-new architecture, the RevoDrive 3 shatters its predecessor’s performance record and is faster than comparable solutions that are up to ten times the price. Available in two different models, the Revo3 delivers up to 1.5GB/s of bandwidth and up to 230,000 IOPS (4K random write) under HPC or workstation workloads with a single-card solution. Additionally, the Revo3 X2 960GB offers ample capacity for users in media development and management looking for more storage room.