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Subject: Storage | April 14, 2009 - 12:07 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Back in February, Allyn was writing his first review for PC Perspective, a review of the new Intel X-25 M SSDs. As he tested their various speeds, he began noticing some odd behaviour from the shiny new SSDs. At the start of the testing the drives were incredibly fast, but over time the performance degraded significantly.
Subject: Storage | April 8, 2009 - 02:52 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The new Seagate Barracuda 7200.12s have a few advantages over the previous generation. There is no bad firmware to give this generation a bad name, as well they have made a move to 500GB platters for this generation. Bjorn3D's testing showed that the move did not result in a clear improvement; speed for burst and read seems to have decreased, while the write speed has increased. On the other hand, once in a RAID environment the drives showed improvements from the previous generation, in addition to needing
Subject: Storage | April 6, 2009 - 03:52 PM | Allyn Malventano
Not too long ago, HighPoint released their RocketRaid 4320 card. It employs a rather speedy Intel IOP348 XOR engine running at 1.2Ghz. What really caught my eye was the insanely low cost of this board when purchased through Newegg. A few days ago, HighPoint released a 4-port version, the RocketRaid 4310, which
Subject: Storage | April 3, 2009 - 02:36 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Benchmark Reviews is changing the way that they test SSDs and the first one on the bench is OCZ with their OCZSSD2-1VTX 120G SSD. They've snagged a pair of them and using the onboard RAID controller on a Gigabyte GA-EX58-UD4P X58 they set up the drives in RAID 0 and fired up their new test suite.&nb
Subject: Storage | April 1, 2009 - 05:02 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
San Jose, California - April 1, 2009 - Super Talent Technology, a leading manufacturer of Flash storage solutions and DRAM memory modules, today announced its patented RAIDDrive, which dramatically increases the performance and slot capacity of PCI Express-based storage solution.
Subject: Storage | April 1, 2009 - 11:28 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Fremont, CA, March 31st, 2009 - Corsair a worldwide leader in high-performance computer and flash memory products, today announced the Voyager Port portable backup solution for USB flash drives.
The Voyager Port transforms any USB flash drive into a powerful data backup solution, complete with a simple, one-button file backup feature.
Subject: Storage | March 31, 2009 - 06:01 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
FTP hosting and basic secure file transfers used to be the domain of ISPs and hosting companies, but as the cost of storage and processing power has dropped remote hosting is becoming extinct. Apart from near instant fail-over and distributed backups, any enthusiast could slap together a file server that can handle multiple users. Now, with the advent of the Network Attached Storage device, setting up secure file transferring and sharing is almost plug and play. Take a look at the
Subject: Storage | March 30, 2009 - 11:17 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
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Subject: Storage | March 26, 2009 - 03:02 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
For $140 you can pick up the Patriot Xporter Magnum 64GB USB flash drive or for $100 you can pick up a 1TB WD Caviar Green drive. For the latter, you can't really expect it to hold up to being carried around in your bag or swapped around with friends. For th
Subject: Storage | March 24, 2009 - 12:17 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
SSD drives are narrowing the field, and the evolution of onboard RAID controllers is bringing the performance and safety enhancements of RAID to the casual user, but that still can't beat the old record holder for fast storage, unless you have gobs of money. There is nothing like hooking up eight or so 15,000 RPM SAS drives onto a solid hardware RAID. For example, check out the results that Bjorn3D sees with the
Subject: Storage | March 20, 2009 - 12:07 AM | Ryan Shrout
Depending how you view the terms of "delay" and "soon", you can either take NVIDIA at their word that the NVISION show for 2009 is just going to be a bit behind schedule or you can take the logical step to think that with the economy (and NVIDIA's stock) in the position it is now, the event just won't happen. Here's the quote from the above article:
Subject: Storage | March 19, 2009 - 12:08 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Platter based storage may be on the way out, but that doesn't mean you should be avoiding them as they have never been bigger nor less expensive. To show off the latest 1TB drives, X-bit Labs has assembled fourteen drives from four different companies. Some of the drives may seem familiar, but you might be surprised at what an increase in the revision number can do for the performance of a drive you thought you knew. At the end, there was a clear winner in speed, read on to see w
Subject: Storage | March 16, 2009 - 02:36 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
VIA is not out of the business of providing computational power to shoebox sized tech, even with the competition from Intel and nVIDIA. One of their newest products is a network attached storage device that includes a 1.5GHz VIA C7-D CPU to extend the functionality of the ARTiGO A2000 beyond what you might expect from an NAS. Consider the audio ports on the back, something you wouldn't really expect to see in a NAS, but well within the power of the ARTiGO. Drop by Think Computers to see how
Subject: Storage | March 14, 2009 - 07:46 AM | Allyn Malventano
By splicing two ioDrives together on a single card, Fusion-io has shown the scaleability of their uber-fast flash technology by simultaneously doubling the throughput and capacity of their ioDrive line. As if 3/4 GB/sec was not enough, the new boards (dubbed ioDrive Duo) promise to deliver upwards of 1.5GB/sec speeds. Capacity is also increased from the prior 80/160/320GB to 160/320/640GB, with the possibi
Subject: Storage | March 12, 2009 - 12:03 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
You have two important jobs to do today, if you have not already done so. The first is to listen to the brand new episode of the PC Perspective Podcast and share it with a dozen friends. The second is to read through Allyn's review of the Western Digital 2TB Caviar Green drive. If you have done either of those jobs, you already know that this drive may spin at 5400RPM and
Subject: Storage | March 9, 2009 - 01:45 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
MADSHRIMPS caught some pictures of the new OCZ Z-Drive, made of four 250GB SSD drives in RAID-0 with onboard RAM for cache. What is special is that you can see some benchmark figures from the display. In HDTune you can see the benefits of the PCIe interface as read and right speeds increase in tandem with file size. In Sandra, you can see it matched with the Gigabyte iRAM drive and while the response time is the same, the throughput is very different. Check out their pretty pictures right here<
Subject: Storage | March 7, 2009 - 03:23 PM | Ryan Shrout
03/06/2009 – Already considered as two of the most convenient network devices at homes and office, the latest 3 bay and 4 bay NAS from Thecus, N3200PRO and N4100PRO, are receiving enormous welcome around the globe. Not only providing huge storage capacity, but also reliable data protection with RAID mechanism and tons of application features, Thecus N3200PRO and N4100PRO are both designed to operate at minimal electricity.
Subject: Storage | March 4, 2009 - 06:30 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
It is hard not to like the Cavalry Pelican 32GB SSD. Not only is it's MSRP sitting at about $100, it has both a SATA connector and a USB plug, making it perfect as an external drive as well as feeling right at home ensconced in a 3.5" bay. Maximum CPU's reviewer also found that it performed above spec on his machine, and did so as you would expect a SATA drive to; absolutel
Subject: Storage | March 2, 2009 - 12:38 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The big news in the 12th iteration of Seagate's Barracuda 7200RPM drives is the platters, each weighing in at 500GB. With the larger drives, you also get 32MB of cache which should help you use up a bit more of the bandwidth on the eSATA connection. The Tech Report found that the extra cache was most helpful in reading, this drive was looking more like a VelociRaptor than a Barracuda in those tests. When writing or coping, the drive was not nearly as impressive and fell more into the middle of the pack.
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