Subject: Storage | May 23, 2011 - 05:24 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: patriot, torqx, ssd, phison, PS3105-S5
Instead of using everyone's favourite Sandforce controller, Patriot opted for the Phison PS3105-S5 controller to provide the speed to their new Torqx 2 lineup. The controller differs from Sandforce in two ways, one good and one bad. On the bad side even the claimed read and write speeds are slower, at 210 and 150MB/s but on the plus side the drives will be noticably less expensive than the competitions. Legion Hardware put this 128GB SSD to the test and weren't disappointed, though their expectations were fairly low going into the review.
"There was never the expectation that the Patriot Torqx 2 128GB might blow our socks off, with claimed read/write performance of just 270–230MB/s that was just not going to happen. At best we were hoping for a mid-range product and at $225 US for the 128GB version this is how the Torqx 2 is priced."
Here are some more Storage reviews from around the web:
- OCZ Technology Vertex 3 SSD Form Factor: Bigger isn't Always Better @ TweakTown
- OCZ Vertex 2 120GB SSD @ XSReviews
- Patriot Memory Torqx 2 128GB Solid State Drive (RAID 0) Review @ Modsynergy
- OCZ Vertex 3 240GB Max IOPS SATA 3 SSD Review - OCZ Reaches Even Higher and Maintains Price Point @ SSDReview
- Patriot 128GB Torqx 2 SSD @ Rbmods
- Crucial M4 512GB SATA 3 SSD Review - Top Tier Performance at an Unmatched Price @ The SSD Review
- Patriot Torqx 2 128GB SSD Review @ The SSD Review
- Samsung Spinpoint F4EG EcoGreen 2Tb Hard Drive Review @ The SSD Review
- Patriot Torqx 2 Solid State Drive @ Tweaktown
- Patriot Torqx 2 Phison SSD Tests @ Benchmark Reviews
- Intel's Smart Response; SSD Caching Tested @ Techgage
- MyDigitalSSD 50mm Bullet Proof mSATA PCIe 64GB SSD @ Tweaktown
- Buffalo CloudStor Pro (2TB) Review @ TechReviewSource
- Verbatim Store'n'Go 1 TB USB 3.0 @ techPowerUp
- ineo Tech I-NA317U+ HDD Docking Station and 3.5" HDD Storage Case Review @Hi Tech Legion
- Kingwin HDCV-1 and KF-252-BK Hard Drive and SSD Docking Solutions Review @ OverclockersHQ
- ADATA Nobility N005 16 GB USB 3.0 @ techPowerUp
Samsung recently began production on new 20nm MLC NAND flash memory chips with densities of 64Gb (Gigabit) and a toggle DDR 2.0 interface. The chips are not only twice as dense as their previous NAND chips, but Samsung also claims that they are capable of 400Mbps of bandwidth.
This 400Mbps bandwidth is thanks to a new toggle DDR 2.0 interface, which purports to bring a three times performance increase over the 133Mbps of bandwidth provided by the older toggle DDR1 interface with 32Gb NAND chips. Samsung further states that the new 64Gb MLC NAND chip offers close to a 50% increase in productivity versus 20nm 32Gb MLC NAND with a toggle DDR 1.o interface that Samsung began producing in April 2010.
The press release also states that:
"According to IHS iSuppli, the worldwide NAND flash memory market will continue to steadily grow from approximately 11 billion 1 Gigabyte (GB) equivalent unitsin 2010 to 94 billion 1GB equivalent units in 2015 with a CAGR of 54 percent. In addition, shipments of NAND flash memory with 64Gb or higher density are expected to account for approximately 70 percent of total NAND flash memory shipments in 2012, a huge increase from the three percent level in 2010."
The NAND flash market is certainly seeing rapid growth and technological progression, with the proliferation of SSDs from Intel, OCZ, Crucial, and others. As densities of flash memory get higher and manufacturing nodes get smaller, cheaper and more spacious storage will make it's way to both future mobile devices and solid state drives, which is good news for both consumers and Samsung.
Intel is so confident in their new Intel 320 series solid state drives that they are extending the warranty from three to five years. The 320 series use 25 nm NAND flash memory, and have a claimed MTBF (mean time before failure) of 1.2 million hours.
According to the new warranty, Intel states that: "if the Product is properly used and installed, it will be free from defects in material and workmanship, and will substantially conform to Intel’s publicly available specifications for a period of five (5) years beginning on the date the Product was purchased." Naturally, it does not cover physical or other accidental damage. As SSDs are still relatively new technology, it is hard to gauge reliability in consumer systems over the long term, so it is nice to see that Intel is confident enough in it's 25nm flash technology to extend the warranty. Hopefully, this will influence other manufacturers to adopt longer warranties. You can read the full warranty details here.
Subject: Motherboards, Storage | May 13, 2011 - 03:26 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, Storage | May 12, 2011 - 04:59 PM | Tim Verry
Tagged: ssd, SAS, ocz, enterprise
OCZ Technology, a leading provider of Solid State Drives, today announced a new line of enterprise drives. The new Serial Attached SCSI SSDs differ from other enterprise offerings by using multi-level cell (MLC) NAND flash memory instead of the faster single-level cell chips. Further, OCZ has included it's proprietary VCA (Virtualized Controller Architecture) technology, which provides enterprise customers with TRIM, SMART monitoring, native command queuing (NCQ), tagged command queuing (TCQ), power fail management, and wear-leveling.
Promising up to 64,000 4K IOPS and optimized specifically for enterprise level storage applications, the MLC based Talos drives deliver "advanced application performance, all the necessary enterprise features, and substantial power savings, at a better total cost of ownership." Further, the new Talos drives represent the highest capacity SAS 6Gbps drives available today.
The new drives will be available in both 3.5" and 2.5" form factors, and range from 200 GB to 960GB. They will soon be available to small-to-medium business (SMB) as well as enterprise customers through OCZ's business-to-business channel.
Podcast #154 - Intel Z68 Chipset release, Intel SRT SSD caching technogy, OCZ Agility 3 and Solid 3 and more!
Subject: Editorial, General Tech | May 12, 2011 - 02:30 PM | Ken Addison
Tagged: z68, ssd, srt, solid, smart response technology, smart response, podcast, ocz, Intel, agility
PC Perspective Podcast #154 - 5/12/2011
This week we talk about the Intel Z68 Chipset release, Intel SRT SSD caching technogy, the OCZ Agility 3 and Solid 3, Viewer Questions and more!
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- 0:00:39 Introduction
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- 0:02:10 Intel Z68 Chipset Review: dGPU and iGPU living together, SSD Caching and Overclocking
- 0:09:40 Intel Smart Response Technology: SSD Caching on Z68 Tested
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- 0:31:24 Gigabyte Launches World's First Z68 Motherboards With Support for mSATA Intel SLC SSDs and Smart Response Tech
- 0:36:50 Discrete Graphics Card Shipments See Slight Increase Versus Previous Quarter
- 0:40:18 OCZ Technology Announces the Agility 3 and Solid 3 SATA III Solid State Drives
- 0:43:17 Intel Atom Processors Will Not Use Intel Graphics, PowerVR GPUs Planned
- 0:46:59 Rumors point to Apple moving to ARM processors for future notebooks
- 0:53:30 Email from TK about server memory
- 0:58:24 Email from Ralph about SRT and SSD sizes
- 1:01:26 Email from Jesse about hyperthreading
- 1:06:04 Hardware / Software Pick of the Week
- http://twitter.com/ryanshrout and http://twitter.com/pcper
- 1:14:55 Closing
Subject: Motherboards | May 11, 2011 - 03:17 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: z68, ssd, srt, msi, Intel
The wait is finally over and we can talk about the high end Sandy Bridge chipset which goes by the moniker Z68. Finally you can use the GPU present in your Intel CPU and a discreet GPU at the same time and be able to overclock as well, which puts the H67 and P67 firmly back into the mid-range where they were intended to be. That is not the only thing that has had enthusiasts waiting, Intel's Smart Response Technology, aka SRT but mostly known as SSD caching which implements cached I/O in a new way. Check out [H]ard|OCP's full review to see what the impact of this technology has on your computing experience while you are waiting for the X79 to arrive.
"Cache I/O isn't a new advancement in storage technology but does play a large role in the future of storage on many Intel systems. Today we look at Intel's new Smart Response Technology and give our thoughts while keeping an eye on the future of consumer storage advances."
Here are some more Motherboard articles from around the web:
- Z68 Express motherboards from Asus, Gigabyte, and MSI @ The Tech Report
- Intel Z68 Chipset & Smart Response Technology (SSD Caching) @ AnandTech
- ASUS P8Z68-V PRO Review: Our First Z68 Motherboard @ AnandTech
- The Intel Z68 Chipset and What It Means To You @ Hardware Secrets
- GIGABYTE Z68X-UD7-B3: Z68 Chipset With Smart Response @ Bjorn3D
- Gigabyte GA-Z68X-UD7-B3 Motherboard Feature Preview @ Ninjalane
- ASRock Z68 Extreme4 @ Tweaktown
- Intel Z68 Chipset & Smart Response Technology @ Legit Reviews
- Intel Z68 Chipset Launch Review Featuring Gigabyte Z68X-UD7-B3 and ASUS P8Z68-V Pro @ HardwareHeaven
- Intel Z68 Review - The Sandy Bridge Platform Expands @ Hardware Canucks
- MSI Z68A-GD80 Review @ OCC
- Gigabyte Z68X UD5 B3 Motherboard Review @ eTeknix
- ASUS P8Z68V PRO Intel Motherboard @ Benchmark Reviews
- ASUS P8Z68-V PRO Z68 Sandy Bridge Motherboard Review @ Hardware Canucks
- ASUS P8Z68-V Pro Motherboard Review @Hi Tech Legion
- MSI P67A-GD80 (B3) Review @ Neoseeker
- Gigabyte G1.Assassin Socket 1366 Motherboard @ Pro-Clockers
For the past few months, we've seen rumors upon rumors of a hybrid combination of the H67 and P67 chipsets into a 'Z' series. As the storage editor, I don't normally focus on a chipset update unless there is a corresponding increase in SATA bus speeds and/or ports available on the newer product.
This time things were different. While the Z series had the same SATA bandwidth specs as its older brothers, there was an extra feature that was rather huge in the storage world: Smart Response Technology.
Subject: Storage | May 10, 2011 - 11:28 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: ssd, solid, sata, ocz, agility, 6gbps, 3
SAN JOSE, CA—May 10, 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 Agility 3 and Solid 3 SATA III SSD product lines. The Agility 3 and Solid 3 are designed to cater to speed-seeking enthusiasts in search of the best value for performance. Using the latest technology, these new series deliver nearly double the performance of the previous generation and offer a more cost-effective alternative to current SATA 6Gbps SSDs on the market.
“With increased availability of SATA III platforms, the demand for the latest generation SSDs has grown rapidly,” said Ryan Petersen, CEO of OCZ technology Group. “We are addressing this demand with new products that offer both the best performance and value for consumers. The new Agility 3 and Solid 3 SSDs make it easier than ever for consumers take advantage of the new SATA III interface. When coupled with the speed and reliability benefits that our SSDs offer over traditional hard drives, it makes the two new series the ideal choices for mobile and desktop applications.”
Agility 3 and Solid 3 SSDs feature the leading-edge SandForce® SF-2200 SSD processor and help improve the overall computing experience compared to traditional mechanical hard drives and SATA II SSDs. The Agility 3 delivers up to 525MB/s reads, 500MB/s writes, and up to 60,000 4KB random write IOPS while the value-oriented Solid 3 features 500MB/s reads, 450MB/s writes, and 20,000 4KB random write IOPS.
Available in a new boot-drive size 60GB capacity as well as 120GB and 240GB options, Agility 3 and Solid 3 SSDs feature TRIM support to optimize performance over the drive’s lifespan. Both solutions come backed by a 3-year warranty for ultimate customer satisfaction and peace of mind.
Subject: Storage | May 5, 2011 - 04:29 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: owc, ocz, ssd, 120gb, sata 6Gps, sandforce
OWC appeared on the SSD scene in partnership with Apple, though they sold drives to PC users as well. Their current generation uses SandForce's Release Candidate firmware for the SF-2281 controller as opposed to OCZ's official firmware that is present in the Vertex 3 SSDs. That is not the only difference, OCZ rolled their own PCB while OWC went with a design that caused a few raised eyebrows at AnandTech. Read their full review to see how the performance evened out.
"I still don't get how OWC managed to beat OCZ to market last year with the Mercury Extreme SSD. The Vertex LE was supposed to be the first SF-1500 based SSD on the market, but as I mentioned in our review of OWC's offering - readers had drives in hand days before the Vertex LE even started shipping.
I don't believe the same was true this time around. The Vertex 3 was the first SF-2200 based SSD available for purchase online, but OWC was still a close second. Despite multiple SandForce partners announcing drives based on the controller, only OCZ and OWC are shipping SSDs with SandForce's SF-2200 inside."
Here is some more Tech News from around the web:
- OCZ Vertex 3 240GB SSD Review @ Hardware Canucks
- Corsair Performance 3 2x128GB SSD RAID Report @ Tweaktown
- OWC Mercury Extreme Pro 6G 240GB SSD Review - 500MB/s Sets The New Standard @ The SSD Review
- Intel SSD 320 Series (25nm) - 300Gb @ Funky Kit
- Intel SSD 510 Series 120GB @ TechSpot
- OCZ Technology Vertex 3 120GB Retail Solid State Drive @ Tweaktown
- Kingston SSDNow V+100 vs. Samsung 470 Series 256 GB SSD @ Hardware Secrets
- Icy Dock MB991IK-B @ Hardware Bistro
- Netgear Stora Home Media Network Storage Review @ Legit Reviews
- Icy Dock SSD 4 in 1 SSD RAID Cages and SSD Conversion Kits - A Quick Look @ The SSD Review
- ICY DOCK MB974SP-B Internal 4-bay Enclosure Review @ ThinkComputers
- LSI 9265-8i 6Gbps MegaRAID Card RAID 5 Tested! - Just The 9265 & 8 Micron C300 SSDs @ The SSD Review
- Patriot LX Pro 32GB Class 10 SDHC Memory Card @ Hi Tech Legion
- Patriot 32GB Supersonic USB 3.0 Flash Drive Review @ Madshrimps
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