Deals for August 28th - Kingston SSDNow V+200 120GB SSD for $70

Subject: Editorial, Storage | August 28, 2012 - 05:40 PM |
Tagged: ssd, kingston, deal of the day

Top Deal

120GB Kingston SSDNow V+200 SATA 6Gb/s SSD for $70 (normally $90).

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Cheaper and cheaper SSDs continue to find their way to our deals pages!!

Laptops

Rare $150 coupon code gives lowest price ever on Core i7 model of Inspiron 17R Special Edition

17.3" Dell Inspiron 17R Special Edition Core i7-3610QM 2.3GHz Quad-core Ivy Bridge Laptop w/8GB RAM, 1TB HDD, 1GB GeForce GT 650M & 1080p LCD for $950 with free shipping (normally $1,139 - use coupon code on LogicBuy).

15.4" Apple MacBook Pro (MC975LL/A) Core i7 2.3GHz Quad-core Laptop w/8GB RAM, 256GB SSD, Retina Display & 1GB GeForce GT 650M for $2,150 with free shipping (normally $2,199).

Lowest price we've seen on this Inspiron 14z Core i3 Laptop bundle

14" Dell Inspiron 14z Core i3-2350M 2.3GHz Dual-core thin & light Aluminum-body Laptop w/4GB RAM, 500GB HDD & Adobe Elements 9 Bundle for $430 with free shipping (normally $600 - use coupon code on LogicBuy).

14" Samsung Series 5 (NP530U4B-A01US) Core i5-2467M 1.6GHz Dual-core Ultrabook (Refurbished) w/4GB RAM, 500GB HDD + 16GB Express Cache for $675 (normally $900).

11.6" ASUS Zenbook UX21E-DH52 Core i5-2467M 1.6GHz Dual-core Ultrabook w/4GB RAM, 128GB SSD for $904 with free shipping (normally $1000 - use coupon code on LogicBuy).

Desktops

23" Dell Inspiron One 2330 Core i7-3770s 3.1GHz Quad-core 1080p All-in-one PC w/8GB RAM, 2TB HDD for $1,000 with free shipping (normally $1,200).

HP Pavilion p7-1380t Core i5-2320 3GHz Quad-core Desktop w/6GB RAM, 1TB HDD for $480 with free shipping (normally $650 - use coupon code on LogicBuy).

Dell Optiplex 990 Core i5-2500 3.3GHz Quad-core Desktop w/4GB RAM, 250GB SATA III HDD, Windows 7 Professional & $100 Gift card for $669 with free shipping (normally $1,199 - use coupon code on LogicBuy).

20" Dell Inspiron One 2020 Core i3 All-in-one PC w/6GB RAM, 1TB Hard Drive, Wireless Keyboard + Mouse Bundle for $600 with free shipping (normally $750 - use coupon code on LogicBuy).

Monitors

27" HP ZR2740w 2560 x 1440 LED-Backlit IPS Monitor for $690 (normally $730).

27" I-Inc IL272DPB 1080p 2ms LED-backlit LCD Monitor for $200 (normally $300).

24" Viewsonic VX2450wm-LED 1080p LED-Backlit Monitor for $180 with free shipping (normally $220).

Tablets

10.1" ASUS Eee Pad Transformer Prime 32GB Android 4.0 Quad-Core Tablet (pre-owned) for $290 with free shipping (normally $350 - use coupon code on LogicBuy).

7" Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 8GB Android 4.0 Tablet + $50 Gift Card for $250 with free shipping (normally $300).

Peripherals

500GB Lenovo F360 Portable USB 2.0 Hard Drive (Black) for $66 with free shipping (noramlly $99 - use coupon code on LogicBuy).

256GB Crucial M4 2.5" SATA 6Gb/s 7mm Internal SSD (CT256M4SSD1) for $209 with free shipping (normally $220).

120GB OCZ Vertex 3 2.5" SATA III Internal SSD (VTX3-25SAT3-120G) for $100 (normally $139).

120GB Kingston SSDNow V+200 SATA 6Gb/s SSD for $70 (normally $90).

64GB CentonDataStick Waterproof USB 2.0 Flash Drive for $30 (normally $40)

Gigabyte GeForce GTX 660 Ti 2GB GDDR5 Video Card for $300 (normally $320>).

Dell WM311 3-Button Wireless Mouse (Glossy Tomato Red) for $20 with free shipping (normally $30).

Konica Minolta Magicolor 3730DN Laser Printer for $199 with free shipping (normally $399).

HP LaserJet Pro 400 Color Printer (M451dn) for $380 with free shipping (normally $500 - use coupon code 20LOGICBUY).

Home Entertainment:

73" Mitsubishi WD-73C12 73" 1080p 3D DLP HDTV w/2 Year Warranty for $1,000 with free shipping (normally $1,400).

60" LG 60PA5500 1080p Plasma HDTV for $900 with free shipping (normally $1,100).

55" TCL LE55FHDF3300 1080p 240Hz LED HDTV for $700with free shipping (normally $800 - use coupon code on LogicBuy).

55" Samsung UN55EH6070 3D 240Hz 1080p LED HDTV + Blu-ray Player Bundle for $1,200 with free shipping (normally $1,500 - use coupon code on LogicBuy).

50" LG 50PA5500 1080p Plasma HDTV for $600 with free shipping (normally $1,000).

47" LG 47LS4600 1080p 120Hz LED HDTV for $700 with free shipping (normally $850).

40" Samsung LN40E550 1080p LCD HDTV for $428 with free shipping (normally $500)

Harman Kardon HKTS 60BQ 5.1 Home Theater System + Yamaha 5.1-Channel Receiver for $699.99 (normally $800 - use coupon code on LogicBuy).

Panasonic DMP-BDT220 Integrated Wi-Fi 3D Blu-ray Player for $113 with free shipping (normally $139).

Personal Portables & Peripherals:

16MP Nikon Coolpix S9300 Red Digital Camera for $240 with free shipping (normally $279 - use coupon code on LogicBuy).

Sony MHSTS10/B Bloggie Touch Camcorder w/ Sony Softcase and HDMI Cable for $80 with free shipping (normally $100).

14MP Olympus Tough TG-320 Digital Camera Bundle for $131 with free shipping (normally $159).

Miscellaneous:

Logitech Harmony 1100 Infrared Universal Remote for $244 with free shipping (normally $300 - use coupon code USMEDALS.

Ultrasone HFI-580 S-Logic Surround Sound Headphones + $2 MP3 Credit for $120 with free shipping (normally $150).

Source: LogicBuy

Synology refreshes DiskStation line with DS213 and DS213+

Subject: Storage | August 28, 2012 - 09:45 AM |
Tagged: synology, NAS, diskstation

Today Synology launched an updated revision to their DS212 and DS212+. We looked at the DiskStation 212+ as part of our ioSafe review.

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The new DS213 models boast further improvements to their predecessors:

DS213+ Hardware Highlights

  • Dual-core
  • Floating-point to greatly accelerate decoding and encoding

DS213 Hardware Highlights

  • Equipped with SD slot
  • 2 USB 3.0 slots

Business Usage:

  • Support for backups from Windows® and Mac OS X clients
  • Centralized file sharing using common network protocols
  • ACL support for granular, file-level control
  • ADS support up to 100,000 users and groups
  • Granular notification system via email, SMS, and push
  • Antivirus package

Pricing:

DS213 $299 and DS213+ $369 respectively.

Press blast after the break.

Corsair's new Neutron family of SSDs with the brand new LAMD controller

Subject: Storage | August 27, 2012 - 06:31 PM |
Tagged: Link A Media, LAMD, corsair, neutron, neutron gtx, ssd, LM87800

We have certainly seen a lot of new versions of SSD controllers from companies well established in the market but there haven't been any new companies join the market until earlier this month.  Corsair unveiled their new Neutron series of SSDs, featuring the new  LM87800 controller from Link A Media.  Both models contain a pair of Samsung DDR2-800 128MB DRAM cache for a total of 256MB of cache, the difference is in the flash, with the GXT sporting eight 32GB modules of Toshiba Toggle Mode 24nm NAND while the non-GTX model has sixteen 16GB modules of synchronous Micron 25nm NAND.  Check out SSD Reviews article to see how that effects the performance.

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"It is always an exciting time when a new controller makes it’s way on to the SSD scene. It is like seeing a new contender in any sporting event and predicting their success based on the balance of strength and inexperience. Our analysis today examines the new Link A Media (LAMD) 6Gbps controller found within the Corsair Neutron and Neutron GTX SSDs. Watch as the Neutron delivers a first round knockout."

Here are some more Storage reviews from around the web:

Storage

Source: SSD Review

Corsair's Accelerator ... cache me if you can!

Subject: Storage | August 22, 2012 - 06:49 PM |
Tagged: ssd, Nvelo Dataplex, Intel SRT, corsair, cache, accelerator series

Forget Intel SRT, the Corsair Accelerator Series cache SSDs and the Nvelo Dataplex software which come with them will give you the best of both your HDD and SSD and increase both read and write speeds of commonly accessed data.  Part of the effectiveness of these drive comes thanks to the fact that they move frequently access data blocks and not entire files, ensuring only the bits you need to read quickly end up on the SSD and it is not filled with tag along data that is accessed infrequently.  [H]ard|OCP found themselves more impressed with these drives than they expected to, seeing boot times that matched an OS installed on an SSD after only two reboots as well as improved launch speeds on their most used programs.  As you can pick up the 60GB model for $70 after MIR and the 30GB model for $45 the price per gigabyte might not match larger SSDs but the actual cost is so low it makes it a very worthy upgrade.

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"One of the hottest applications for consumer SSDs is using data caching to accelerate the performance of traditional spinning hard disks in your PC. We look at Corsairs Accelerator Series of caching SSDs to test the performance of these value-centric approaches to providing you a better computing experience."

Here are some more Storage reviews from around the web:

Storage

Source: [H]ard|OCP

OCZ Technology to Showcase Its Latest Enterprise Storage Solutions at Flash Memory Summit 2012

Subject: Storage | August 20, 2012 - 06:00 PM |
Tagged: z-drive R4 CloudServ, talos 2, ssd, PCIe SSD, ocz, Intrepid 3, indilinx everest 2, flash memory

If you can get out of work and make it to Santa Clara, OCZ has some enterprise level SSDs to show you, in both standard drive format as well as PCIe SSDs.  They are showing off performance under Linux as well as Windows, so no matter what your infrastructure is based off of you should be able to find something to accelerate your businesses data.  All the information to get you there can be found on their Flash Memory Summit post.

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SAN JOSE, CA—August 20, 2012—OCZ Technology Group, Inc. (Nasdaq:OCZ), a leading provider of high-performance solid-state drives (SSDs) for computing devices and systems, will showcase its latest storage products, encompassing a mix of both solid state drives and software solutions, at this year’s Flash Memory Summit, Booth #208, Santa Clara Convention Center, Santa Clara, California, from August 21st through August 23rd.

Demonstrating SSD products along with recent partner implementations, OCZ will showcase a comprehensive lineup of innovative solutions for business, server, and OEM clients. This includes product presentations of both the impending Intrepid 3 SATA III-based SSD solution based on the company’s Indilinx Everest 2 architecture, along with the company’s leading PCI Express (PCIe)-based Z-Drive R4 featuring new Linux Acceleration software (LXL) that unleashes the full performance potential of infrastructures that use this popular open source operating system. Live technical demos of LXL and Z-Drive R4 SSDs will include a VDI boot storm, efficient SQL CPU utilization, and vMotion and Fault Tolerance support.

Additional booth demonstrations will include OCZ’s acceleration of SQL Server 2012 databases using its leading Z-Drive R4 PCIe SSD with VXL Cache and Virtualization software. This combined hardware/software solution dramatically increases SQL Server 2012 transactional IOPS performance, reduces database read latencies, and improves query completion times. OCZ will also demonstrate Talos 2 Series SAS-based drives showcasing the performance advantages of a true full duplex, dual-port SAS 6Gb/s SSD in a Microsoft Cluster in a Box (CiB) solution, further leveraging the strengths of OCZ’s storage drives when paired with leading partner systems.

As a complete solution provider for the enterprise, offering both leading edge storage hardware and complementary software products,, OCZ continues to deliver enterprise-class solid-state solutions with higher endurance, cutting edge performance, increased reliability, unparalleled security and reduced total cost of ownership (TCO) for large scale data centers and IT infrastructures worldwide. Join OCZ Technology at this week’s FMS 2012 to see the latest drives, software, and partner solutions designed for enterprise server and storage customers.

Source: OCZ

Deals for August 20th - 240GB OCZ Agility 3 for $140

Subject: Editorial, Storage | August 20, 2012 - 11:34 AM |
Tagged: deal of the day, ocz, ssd

These deals on SSDs just keep getting more and more insane.  With today's top deal you can get a 240GB OCZ Agility 3 SATA 6G SSD for $140 after a $20 MIR.  That is $0.58/GB - close to a record in our books!

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Top Deal

240GB OCZ Agility 3 2.5" SATA III Internal SSD AGT3-25SAT3-240G) for $140 with free shipping (normally $250).

Laptops

18.4" Alienware M18x Core i7-2670QM Quad-core 1080p Gaming Laptop w/4GB RAM, 750GB HDD & Dual 2GB GeForce GTX 580M NVIDIA SLI for $2,068 with free shipping (normally $3,018 - use coupon code on LogicBuy).

17.3" Dell Inspiron 17R (5720) 3rd Gen Core i7-3612QM 2.1GHz Quad-core Ivy Bridge Laptop w/8GB RAM, 1TB HDD for $750 with free shipping (normally $1,039 - use coupon code on LogicBuy).

15.6" Dell Vostro 3560 Core i5-3210M 2.5GHz Dual-core Ivy Bridge Laptop w/4GB RAM, 500GB HDD, Backlit Keyboard, Windows 7 Professional & $100 Gift Card for $649 with free shipping (normally $779).

15.6" HP ENVY 6t Core i5-2467M 1.4GHz Dual-core Ultrabook w/4GB RAM, 500GB HDD, 32GB mSSD for $675 with free shipping (normally $900 - use coupon code on LogicBuy).

14" HP ENVY 4t Core i3-2367M 1.3GHz Dual-core Sleekbook w/4GB RAM, 500GB HDD for $575 with free shipping (normally $800 - use coupon code on LogicBuy).

Desktops

Dell Inspiron 620 Intel G630 2.7GHz Dual-core Mini Tower w/4GB RAM, 1TB HDD for $330 with free shipping (normally $524 - use coupon code on LogicBuy).

Dell Vostro 260s Core i3-2120 3.3GHz Dual-core Slim Tower w/4GB RAM, 500GB HDD, 21.5" LCD Monitor, Wireless Keyboard + Mouse and $100 Gift Card for $499 with free shipping (normally $699 - use coupon code on LogicBuy).

Dell XPS 8500 Core i7-3770 3.4GHz Quad-core Ivy Bridge Desktop w/8GB RAM, 1TB HDD, Radeon HD 7570 1GB Graphics & 24" UltraSharp U2412M LCD Monitor for $980 with free shipping (normally $1,319 - use coupon code on LogicBuy).

23" HP ENVY 23-1050t Core i5-3450S 2.8GHz Quad-core Ivy Bridge 1080p All-in-one PC w/8GB RAM, 1TB HDD & Blu-ray for $900 with free shipping (normally $1,100 - use coupon code on LogicBuy).

Monitors

23.6" Hanns-G HK241DPB 5ms 1080p LCD Monitor for $140 (normally $170).

21.5" HP L2201X Ultra-slim 1080p LED-backlit LCD Monitor for $122 (normally $150).

Peripherals

240GB OCZ Agility 3 2.5" SATA III Internal SSD AGT3-25SAT3-240G) for $140 with free shipping (normally $250).

64GB Centon DataStick Waterproof USB 2.0 Flash Drive for $30 (normally $40)

Kodak P570 Personal Photo Scanner for $39 with free shipping (normally $70).

Ooma Telo VoIP Phone System w/ Bluetooth Adapter for $185 with free shipping (normally $250 - use coupon code on LogicBuy).

Dell 1250c Laser Printer/Toner/Cable Bundle for $383 with free shipping (normally $480).

Gaming:

24" Sony PlayStation 1080p 3D LCD Monitor Bundle (includes 3D Glasses, HDMI cable, MotorStorm Apocalypse) for $200 with free shipping (normally $300).

Home Entertainment:

55" Samsung UN55EH6000 120Hz 1080p LED HDTV for $1,170 with free shipping (normally $1,600).

46" Samsung UN46ES7500 1080p 240Hz 3D LED HDTV + Wall Mount for $1,483 with free shipping (normally $1,999).

46" Samsung UN46EH5300 1080p 120Hz LED HDTV + $200 Gift Card for $850 with free shipping (normally $930).

D-Link MovieNite Streaming Player for $38.00 (normally $60).

Panasonic DMP-BDT220 Integrated Wi-Fi 3D Blu-ray Player for $105 with free shipping (normally $145 - use coupon code on LogicBuy).

Source: LogicBuy

Compact racer, the 256GB mSATA SSD from Crucial

Subject: Storage | August 15, 2012 - 02:21 PM |
Tagged: msata, crucial, Crucial m4

mSATA drives are for far more than just Intel's Rapid Storage Technology to give a platter based drive a performance boost.  At 256GB the Crucial M4 mSATA drive is large enough to run a system off of, tiny enough that it could fit into any system and at $220 it is affordable as well.  If you are looking to build a fast HTPC or simply have a motherboard with an mSATA port you want to fill then you should check out Funky Kit's review.

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"We've just published a review on the Crucial M4 mSATA 256GB SSD. We've seen a lot of mSATA SSDs in the past, but sadly they've out of reach to a lot of consumers. But fear not ... Crucial is now making their mSATA SSDs mainstream and widely available. We take a closer look at their M4 mSATA 256GB SSD."

Here are some more Storage reviews from around the web:

Storage

Source: Funky Kit

Deal for August 15th - Kingston HyperX 3K 240GB SSD for $169

Subject: Editorial, Storage | August 15, 2012 - 11:19 AM |
Tagged: kingston, ssd, deal of the day

I know, I know, we keep pointing you towards SSDs on sale and you just don't have money to spare.  Well maybe today will be different for you.  Through this deal we found on LogicBuy, you can pick up a Kingston HyperX 3K 240GB SSD for just $169 with free shipping

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This Kingston drive uses a SATA 6G SandForce controller capable of read speeds of 555 MB/s and write speeds of 510 MB/s - more than enough for nearly any gamer!

Source: LogicBuy

Deals for August 14th - Samsung 830 128GB SSD for $97

Subject: Editorial, Storage | August 14, 2012 - 10:45 AM |
Tagged: deal of the day, ssd, Samsung

If you are still looking for a deal on your first SSD, the very popular and highly recommended Samsung 830 Series drives are among the best.  Using the offer below, you can get the 128GB model for just $97 with free shipping!

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Top Deal

128GB Samsung 830 Series 2.5" 128GB SATA III Internal SSD for $97 with free shipping(normally $117.00).

Laptops

17.3" MSI GE70 0ND-033US Core i7-3610QM 2.3GHz Quad-core Ivy Bridge Gaming Laptop w/8GB RAM, 750GB HDD, 1080p LCD, 2GB GeForce GTX 660M for $1,130 (normally $1,250).

17.3" Alienware M17x Core i7-2670QM 2.2GHz Quad-core 1080p Gaming Laptop w/4GB RAM, 750GB HDD, 2GB Radeon HD 6970M for $1,349 with free shipping (normally $1,849 - use coupon code ?W22Z75PB3DT22).

15.6" ASUS N56VM-TB71 Core i7-3610QM 2.3GHz Quad-core Ivy Bridge Laptop w/8GB RAM, 750GB HDD, 1080p LCD & 2GB GeForce GT 630M for $900 (normally $980).

15.6" Dell Inspiron 15R Special Edition Core i5-3210M 2.5GHz Ivy Bridge Dual-core Laptop w/6GB RAM, 750GB HDD, 1080p & 2GB Radeon HD 7730M for $750 with free shipping (normally $900 - use coupon code on LogicBuy).

14" Dell Inspiron 14z Core i7-3517U 1.9GHz Dual-core Ivy Bridge Ultrabook w/8GB RAM, 500GB HDD + 32GB mSSD, 1GB Radeon HD 7570M for $892 with free shipping (normally $1,189 - use coupon code on LogicBuy).

14" Lenovo ThinkPad T430s Core i3-2370M 2.4GHz Ultra-thin Business Laptop (Customizable) w/4GB RAM, 320GB HDD for $703 with free shipping (normally $879 - use coupon code 2DAYSALE).

12.5" Lenovo ThinkPad X230 Core i3-2370M 2.4GHz Ultra-portable Laptop (Customizable) w/4GB RAM, 500GB 7200RPM HDD for $711 with free shipping (normally $889 - use coupon code on LogicBuy).

13.3" Dell Inspiron 13z Core i5-3317U 1.7GHz Dual-core Ivy Bridge Laptop w/6GB RAM, 500GB HDD for $629 with free shipping (normally $839 - use coupon code on LogicBuy).

Desktops

Dell Vostro 260s Core i3-2120 3.3GHz Dual-core Slim Tower w/4GB RAM, 500GB HDD, Wireless Keyboard + Mouse, 21.5" LCD Monitor & $100 Gift Card for $529 with free shipping (normally $749).

Dell Optiplex 790 Core i5-2400 3.1GHz Quad-core Mini Tower w/4GB RAM, 500GB SATA III HDD, 3-year warranty, Windows 7 Pro, 21.5" LCD Monitor & $100 Gift Card for $649 with free shipping (normally $849 - use coupon code on LogicBuy).

Alienware Aurora Core i7-2600 3.4GHz Quad-core microATX Liquid-cooled Gaming PC w/8GB RAM, 1TB HDD, Blu-ray, Radeon HD 6870 for $1,229 with free shipping (normally $1,729 - use coupon code on LogicBuy).

Monitors

Two (2) Dell ST2420L 24" 1080p LED-backlit HDMI LCD Monitors Bundle for $340 with free shipping (normally $480).

23" HP 2311xi 1080p IPS panel LED-backlit Monitor for $170 with free shipping (normally $230).

Tablets

10.1" Samsung Galaxy Tab 16GB Android 3.1 Tablet (Refurbished) for $249 (normally $299).

7" Nook Color eBook reader for $145 with free shipping (normally $150).

Peripherals

1TB Toshiba Canvio USB 3.0 Portable Hard Drive (HDTB110XK3BA) for $87(normally $130).

128GB Samsung 830 Series 2.5" 128GB SATA III Internal SSD for $97 with free shipping(normally $117.00).

64GB Centon DataStickPro USB 2.0 Flash Drive for $35 with free shipping(normally $50).

3GB VisionTek Radeon HD 7970 Video Card for $370 with free shipping (normally $430 - use coupon code YWI68641).

Gigabyte Radeon HD 6450 Low Profile Video Card for $10(normally $35).

Xerox Phaser 6280N Color Laser Printer for $399 with free shipping (normally $549).

Brother HL-2280DW Laser Multi-Function Printer for $95 with free shipping (normally $140 - use coupon code on LogicBuy).

Gaming:

Madden NFL 13 (PS Vita) + $10 Credit for $35 with free shipping (normally $40).

Home Entertainment:

55" Proscan PLED3792A 37" 1080p LED HDTV for $320 (normally $400).

55" Panasonic VIERA TC-P55ST50 3D 1080p Plasma HDTV + $50 Restaurant.com Gift Certificate for $1,250 with free shipping (normally $1,350).

42" LG 42PA4500 720p Plasma HDTV for $400 with free shipping (normally $500).

32" Samsung UN32EH4000 720p LED HDTV + $40 Gift Card for $319.99 with free shipping (normally $350

Panasonic DMP-BDT220 Integrated Wi-Fi 3D Blu-ray Player for $110 with free shipping (normally $145 - use coupon code on LogicBuy).

Personal Portables & Peripherals:

Klipsch Reference S4 In-Ear Noise-Isolating Headphone for $46 with free shipping (normally $69 - use coupon code on LogicBuy).

16MP Nikon COOLPIX S8200 Digital Camera (Red) for $210 with free shipping (normally $249).

16MP Canon PowerShot A2400 IS Black Digital Camera for $134 with free shipping (normally $159 - use coupon code 16MP Nikon Coolpix AW100 Waterproof Digital Camera for $269 with free shipping (normally $300).

Miscellaneous:

Ooma Telo VoIP Phone System w/ Bluetooth Adapter for $185 with free shipping (normally $250 - use coupon code on LogicBuy).

Serta Executive High-Back Leather Chair (Black or Brown) for $145 with free shipping (normally $230 - use coupon code on LogicBuy).

Source: LogicBuy

PC Perspective Hardware Workshop 2012 @ Quakecon 2012 in Dallas, TX

Subject: Editorial, General Tech, Graphics Cards, Motherboards, Cases and Cooling, Processors, Memory, Systems, Storage, Mobile, Shows and Expos | August 9, 2012 - 10:30 PM |
Tagged: video, workshop, streaming, quakecon, prizes, live, giveaways

It is that time of year again: another installment of the PC Perspective Hardware Workshop!  Once again we will be presenting on the main stage at Quakecon 2012 being held in Dallas, TX August 2-5th.  

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Main Stage - Quakecon 2012

Saturday, August 4th, 2pm CT

Our thanks go out to the organizers of Quakecon for allowing us and our partners to put together a show that we are proud of every year.  We love giving back to the community of enthusiasts and gamers that drive us to do what we do!  Get ready for 2 hours of prizes, games and raffles and the chances are pretty good that you'll take something out with you - really, they are pretty good!

Our thanks for this year's workshop logo goes to John Pastor!!

Our primary partners at the event are those that threw in for our ability to host the workshop at Quakecon and for the hundreds of shirts we have ready to toss out!  Our thanks to NVIDIA, MSI Computer and Corsair!!

 

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Live Streaming

If you can't make it to the workshop - don't worry!  You can still watch the workshop live on our page right here as we stream it over one of several online services.  Just remember this URL: http://pcper.com/workshop and you will find your way!

Case Mod Competition

Along with the Hardware Workshop, PC Perspective is working with Modders Inc on the annual case mod contest!  There are two categories for the competition: "Scratch Built" and "In the Box" that will allow those that build their computer enclosures from the ground up to compete separately from those that heavily modify their existing cases and systems.

For more details, be sure to check out the on going thread at the Modders Inc Forums!

Prize List (will continue to grow!)

Continue reading to see the list of prizes for the workshop!!!

Source: PCPer

New Icy Dock Blizzard Hard Drive Enclosure Keeps Drives Cool

Subject: Storage | August 8, 2012 - 07:31 PM |
Tagged: usb 3.0, icy dock, hard drive enclosure, external hard drive, eSATA

Hard drive enclosure manufacturer ICY DOCK has launched its new Blizzard enclosure that is designed to keep your 3.5” hard drive cool. Putting a fast hard drive in an external enclosure can shorten its lifespan if it does not provide proper airflow. As the name implies, the Blizzard takes cooling to the extreme by placing an 80mm fan at the front of the enclosure to ensure that the 3.5” hard drive is nice and chilly even when under heavy load. Specifically, ICY DOCK has released the MB080U35-1SB and MB080USEB-1SB. The former is the USB 3.0 model while the latter foregoes USB 3.0 in favor of Firewire.

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The enclosure itself is all back and constructed of ABS with a metal frame. It measures 237.5 x 126 x 146mm and weights 646 grams. The Blizzard enclosure can hold a single 3.5” SATA desktop hard drive. The front of the case is a diamond shape and hold the 80mm fan. From there, the case tapers back into a form-fitting rectangular shape a bit larger than the hard drive it is holding. Exhaust ports are present at the back and the front grill is used as a large intake. The fan is LED lit with a dimmable blue light. Further, a fan speed switch allows setting the fan to high, low, or automatic speeds. Should the drive temperature go above 50 C, the front LED will turn a red color. At the top-front of the drive enclosure are two LED lights–a solid green LED for power and a flashing orange LED for indicated hard drive access. On the side are two large release buttons that allow  the front to be pulled off and hard drive to be inserted or removed.

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Aside from the fan and the resulting odd shape, this enclosure is fairly standard. If you need fast rotating storage though, that fan design may be very important. When one of my WD MyBook drives died, I swapped it out for a 7,200 RPM hard drive I had lying around and used it as a backup-backup drive (lest it simply act as a dust catcher). It would get warm to the touch, so while it may be overkill for many people some might find it useful if you absolutely need large amounts of fast storage in an external enclosure.

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As mentioned previously, the MB080U3S-1SB model features a USB 3.0/USB 2.0 and a eSATA connector on the rear of the device for connecting to your computer. The MB080USEB-1SB model, on the other hand, features USB 2.0, FIrewire, and eSATA ports. Also included on the back of the device is the fan speed switch, LED dimmer, power switch, and power jack.

While the Icy Dock website does not list an MSRP, the enclosure can be found for around $70. It is currently listed for $71.99 over at Newegg, for example. I’ll admit that it’s a rather odd enclosure, but if you have the desk space and want to keep your drives nice and chilly this appears to be a decent option. No Thunderbolt support, but as Ryan found out, you would need a multi-drive array to really get your money’s worth out of Thunderbolt (so for a single hard drive, USB 3.0 or eSATA should be fast enough).

You can find more photos and information on the Blizzard enclosure on the company's website as well as a video of it below.

What do you think of the external hard drive enclosure?

 

Source: Icy Dock

Plextor Announces New M5 Pro SSD, Impressive Marvell Performance

Subject: Storage | August 8, 2012 - 02:26 PM |
Tagged: ssd, plextor, m5 pro, Marvell, marvell 88SS9187, flash memory

Plextor, a company known best for its line of optical drives has announced a new SSD that offers up some impressive performance numbers. The M5 Pro is powered by a Marvell 88SS9187 Monet controller and claims to offer improved data protection and throughput even when the drive is near-full.

Plextor uses 128-bit error correction built into the Marvell controller in addition to a data hold-out algorithm in Plextor’s firmware to ensure that data reads from the flash memory as accurate as possible. Further, the drive offers up AES 256-bit full drive encryption to protect your data from prying eyes. The company further stated that the drives have undergone “rigorous high-temperature burn-in tests” to ensure reliability. The reliability aspects are the features that the company is touting the most in its press release, but the other half of the coin is performance.

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Fortunately, if its numbers turn out to be true, users will not be disappointed. The Marvell controller is putting out some decent performance numbers. The M5 Pro SSD is capable of read and write IOPS of 94,000 and 86,000 respectively. Further, it can deliver a claimed 540 MB/s sequential read and 450 MB/s write operations. Not bad for Marvell at all!

According to Kathy Huynh, Product Marketing Manager for Plextor:

““In recent years, Plextor has been able to develop SSDs that deliver high real-world performance and sustained speed over the long-term. Our SSDs have one of the lowest annual failure rate in the consumer SSD industry. Now with the M5 Pro, we aim to use Plextor’s abilities to offer extreme data protection and give users total confidence in every single aspect of their drive.”

The new M5 Pro solid state drives will come with a five year warranty and will be available later this month. You will be able to pick up an M5 Pro in 128GB, 256GB, or 512GB capacities, though there is no word yet on how much they will cost. You can find more information in the company’s press release.

For more SSD information, check out our SSD Decoder!

Source: Plextor

The SandForce powered Corsair GT 240GB is a sweet deal

Subject: Storage | August 7, 2012 - 03:15 PM |
Tagged: Force GT 240 GB, ssd, corsair, sandforce, SF-2282

The Corsair Force lineup uses different controllers on different models so it can be very important to do a bit of research before you purchase one.  The Force GT 240GB that [H]ard|OCP reviewed uses the SandForce SF-2282 controller and clocks in at under $1/GB and with the current deal it is only $0.73/GB.  Part of [H]'s testing of these drives now includes the AS SSD test, which is particularly hard on SandForce base SSDs as it utilizes non-compressible data, however this SSD still kept up with the competition and sometimes surpassed them.  Check out the full review for the whole story.

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"We are reviewing the Corsair Force GT 240GB SSD. Corsair provides enthusiasts with both sides of the SSD controller coin by offering Marvell and SandForce controlled SSDs in its product lines. Today we will take a look at the SandForce option with its SandForce SF-2282 controller paired with high-performance IMFT synchronous NAND."

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Source: [H]ard|OCP

WD Red drives *do* support TLER...

Subject: Storage | August 3, 2012 - 02:25 PM |
Tagged: western digital, WD, TLER, red, raid, hdd

This morning I received a tweet about WD Red drives not supporting Time Limited Error Recovery. TLER is the feature which allows a RAID comprised of Reds to much more gracefully handle drive failures and/or read errors. It's carried down from enterprise drives like the RE4 and RE4-GP.

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I'm posting this quick note here to let the masses know that the Red drives *do* in fact support TLER. It's a primary component of NASware - the NAS aware firmware that drives the Reds. Here's the official reply I received from Western Digital:

WD does enable intelligent error recovery controls, which is not the same as a desktop drive.  WD's exclusive NASware technology is built in each WD Red drive, which reduces the concern with using desktop drives in a RAID environment.
More info on details of NASware can be found here:  http://www.wd.com/en/products/products.aspx?id=810

Western Digital has assured me they are tracking down where the miscommunication occurred.

 

Seagate lets you guess the SSD manufacturer it wants to buy

Subject: General Tech, Storage | August 1, 2012 - 10:01 PM |
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CFO of Seagate, Pat O’Malley, is looking to purchase a solid state drive manufacturer but will not confirm rumors that OCZ is who they have in mind. They then acknowledge that there is only one company who would make sense for them to acquire.

It is kind-of like you are trying to be stealthy with your interest in a girl in your classes – but it is all throughout the gossip circles. Also, you say you like tall blonde women and there is only two in your program; the other is Intel, nothing more needs to be said.

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Ya CZ.

Reuters arranged a discussion with Pat O’Malley, the Chief financial officer (CFO) of Seagate. During the interview, O’Malley announced that Seagate would be interested in purchasing an SSD manufacturer with a strong presence in the enterprise market. O’Malley was further questioned about rumors of Seagate purchasing OCZ. The response was about as thinly veiled as a non-answer could be before it would be considered a confirmation.

“We look at all technology product providers but what I would say is that on the enterprise SSDs, there’s probably only one of them that really makes and significant money.”

And they certainly will make significant money now – as investors binge a little to own a few extra shares.

“We don’t do any comments on official policy on M&A ((Mergers and Acquisitions)) until it’s done.”

Directly.

Update: As commentors and coworkers have mentioned -- it would not be too far fetched for Seagate to be talking about companies such as FusionIO. Still -- OCZ feels most likely to me.

Source: Reuters

A little DIY hard drive unbricking

Subject: Storage | July 30, 2012 - 01:31 PM |
Tagged: Seagate, repair, DIY, bricked

While this trick will not work on all bricked HDDs, if you have a Seagate 7200.11 HDD that is failing because it is convinced it is always in a busy state then you should check out this story on Hack a Day.  While the initial step of detaching the circuit board and blocking some connections with piece of cardstock can be handled with easy, it will take some expertise to use an Arduino or serial-TTL converter to issue commands to the HDD controller.  It is a good thing that there is a tutorial to walk you through the steps to unbrick your HDD, besides in the worst case scenario your HDD will still be a brick so it is worth a shot.

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"Hard drive firmware is about the last place you want to find a bug. But that turned out to be the problem with the Seagate HDD which he was using in a RAID array. It stopped working completely, and he later found out the firmware has a bug that makes the drive think it’s permanently in a busy state. There’s a firmware upgrade available, but you have to apply it before the problem shows its face, otherwise you’re out of luck. Some searching led him to a hardware fix for the problem."

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Source: Hack a Day

Drobo 5D and Drobo Mini with Thunderbolt Available for Pre-order, Final Pricing Announced

Subject: Storage | July 25, 2012 - 01:58 PM |
Tagged: thunderbolt, redundant storage, drobo mini, drobo 5d, drobo

We covered the new Thunderbolt-equipped Drobo units last month, and they are looking like promising additions to the company’s lineup. Both Drobo units were slated for a July release, and they are right on track. You can now pre-order the Drobo 5D and Drobo Mini from a number of retailers including Amazon, NCIX, B&H Photo, and Tiger Direct among others.

For the uninitiated, the Drobo 5D is a five bay Drobo S with upgrades. It features USB 3.0 and Thunderbolt interfaces as well as an mSATA SSD to improve performance. Like the predecessor, it will accept standard 3.5-inch desktop drives. You can pre-order it now for $849.

The Drobo Mini on the other hand forgoes desktop drives to achieve a much smaller form-factor. It will accept up to four 2.5-inch laptop hard drives (or SSDs if you want crazy speeds). The Drobo Mini is further able to connect to your computer using either USB 3.0 or Thunderbolt. Like the Drobo 5D, it has an integrated mSATA port (not included). You can pre-order this little redundant storage system for $649.

You can find more information about the new Drobo products on the company’s website. The full press release is available here..

Source: Drobo

OCZ Announces New Indilinx Barefoot 3 Controller

Subject: Storage | July 18, 2012 - 07:19 PM |
Tagged: ssd, aragon, Indilinx, barefoot 3, ssd controller

During a recent earnings call, OCZ CEO Ryan Petersen made an interesting announcement relating to the company’s solid state drives (SSD). Specifically, it concerns OCZ’s subsidiary company Indilinx which was purchased in 2011 for $32 million of OCZ common stock. According to a transcript provided by SeekingAlpha, OCZ is working on a new SSD based on the company’s Barefoot 3 controller. That controller is especially intriguing because it is reportedly being internally-developed and will use a new Aragon SSD processor which is a controller chip running at 400 Mhz with an optimized and custom RISC instruction set.

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The Aragon core is further a 32-bit chip based on TSMC’s 65nm process node. It is using certain IP that is being licensed from an as-yet-unnamed third party. Allegedly, it is able to execute most instructions and branches in a single clock cycle. Bearing in mind that this is an announcement to shareholders, OCZ has stated the following about the new controller:

“When implemented in SSD controller, this gives the core a much higher performance than when using an off-the-shelf embedded safety field. And this design opens a world of new possibilities for game changing SSD solutions as it supports unprecedented levels of processing power.”

Beyond that we do not know what kind of performance to expect from the drives, but we should not have to wait too long to find out. OCZ should begin sampling the drives sometime between August and September of this year and are hoping to make them available for purchase by the holiday shopping season in Q4 2012.

It will be interesting to see where this new OCZ/Indilinx controller stands in relation to the other controller makers. Here’s hoping that it can give SandForce and Intel a run for their money and give us even more competition to drive down SSD prices for consumers!

You can see the full transcript over at SeekingAlpha.

Source: SeekingAlpha

Super Talent's fast and inexpensive USB 3.0 flash drives

Subject: Storage | July 18, 2012 - 04:25 PM |
Tagged: super talent, ST1, ST2, usb 3.0

If you need fast and portable storage then a USB 3.0 flash drive is the way to go as there is a large difference in speed when you compare it to the previous USB 2.0 standard.  Super Talent currently offers two versions the the ST1 which uses ToggleMode DDR and has and advertised speed of 90MB/s read and 16MB/s write speeds as well as the ST2 which has dual channel MLC flash and 67MB/s read and 24MB/s write speeds.  The other difference between the two models is the capacity, with the ST1 going from 8GB to 16GB and the ST2 available in sizes up to 32GB.  Check out the real world results at Legit Reviews.

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"The two drives we have to review today are the Super Talent Express 3.0 ST1 4GB and the Express 3.0 ST2 8GB. These two are the smallest capacity drives of their respective lineups. The ST1 ranges from 4GB-16GB, and the ST2 ranges from 8GB-32GB. The ST1 uses Super Talent’s ToggleMode DDR (double data rate) flash which claims 90MB/s read and 16MB/s write speeds. The ST2, however, uses a dual channel MLC flash, claiming 67MB/s read and 24MB/s write speeds..."

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Intel adds 240GB model to Intel SSD 330 Series and lowers prices

Subject: Storage | July 16, 2012 - 02:55 PM |
Tagged: ssd, intel 330, Intel

Good news SSD fans Intel has not only extended their SandForce SF2281 based 330 line, they have also dropped prices across the board.  The new 240GB Intel SSD 330 should be on sale for $194, dropping comfortably below the $1/GB mark.  Intel has reduced the costs to their resellers as well, by up to 38 percent on 520 Series, 10% - 18% for the 320 Series and 27% - 34% on the 330 Series.  These price changes may not directly translate into the same savings for those purchasing from major retailers but it will certainly have some impact.  For instance, right now the Intel 330 180GB model will cost you $160 while the 120GB 320 model remains $170.  The 520 series also remains above $1/GB but with this announcement from Intel you should really keep a close eye on PC Perspective and your favourite retailers for price changes.

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Source: Intel