Sandforce - The Second Generation

Subject: Storage | May 4, 2010 - 03:43 PM |
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There are new Sandforce controller chips and if you were impressed with the previous generation and the first iteration of the new series, the SF-1222TA wait until you read about the new tricks this generation has learned.  SemiAccurate has posted a look at the new controller and its new features such as DuraClass and how they make MLC flash memory perform more like SLC.  You can also check out the new record posted at the Transac

Source: SemiAccurate

Corsair Adds 32GB and 256GB Drives to Nova Series SSD Product Family

Subject: Storage | May 4, 2010 - 11:00 AM |
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FREMONT, California, May 4, 2009 — Corsair, a worldwide leader in high-performance computer and flash memory products, today announced the addition of two new drives to their award-winning Nova Series SSD family.

The 32GB Nova Series SSD is the perfect mix of performance and value for use as a boot drive for basic configurations, and can also be used in high-performance multi-drive RAID configuratio

SuperTalent's USB3 thumb drive arrives; hot hot hot!

Subject: Storage | April 30, 2010 - 12:34 PM |
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SuperTalent's new USB 3.0 SuperCrypt thumb drive has a lot going for it.  You get the security of two AES encryption options, including an STT encryption utility for password protection and 128-bit ECB encryption, so your data is secure.  You also get to access those files faster, 216 MB/s if you install SuperTalent's proprietary driver. 
If you are interested in a thumb drive that gives the performance of an SSD you owe it to yourself to

The USB 3.0 thumbdrive has arrived and boy is it big

Subject: Storage | April 27, 2010 - 05:21 PM |
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The new SuperTalent RAIDDrive Superspeed USB 3.0 is the first USB 3.0 drive that we have seen that comes in the familiar thumbdrive form factor.  It is a little larger than you might expect at 95 x 34 x 15.4mm
(3.7" x 1.3" x 0.6") when you compare it to a previous SuperTalent USB 2.0 drive at 61 x 23 x 9 mm
(2.4" x 0.9" x 0.3").  This lends credence to the claims that USB 3.0 drives need some sort of heatsink.

OCZ switched controllers for their second generation of SSDs

Subject: Storage | April 22, 2010 - 12:17 PM |
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The new drives from OCZ, the Vertex 2 and Agility 2 are based on the SandForce SF-1200 chipset, a big change for drives who's first generation were Indilinx based.  The lack of any DRAM on the drive is also a big change, as OCZ is attempting to use some interesting compression and deduplication techniques to avoid problems with NAND write amplification, which you can learn more about at AnandTech.  At the end of the review it is obvious that Sandforce will give y

Source: AnandTech

Green, black and blue, Western Digital tries to bruise the competition in the storage market

Subject: Storage | April 19, 2010 - 04:10 PM |
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Blue is the colour of extreme speed at Western Digital as they introduced their SiliconEdge Blue series.  The 256GB
model is currently up for review at Techgage
; sure it is $700 but wouldn't you think that is a good hint of its performance?  Unfortunately, while we saw performance scal

Source: TECHGAGE

Tracking down the best all around affordable SSD

Subject: Storage | April 16, 2010 - 11:51 AM |
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Four SSDs have been assembled for testing at The Tech Report, three 128GB drives include the Corsair Nova V128, Kingston's SSDNow V+ and the

Bargain hunting 128GB SSDs

Subject: Storage | April 13, 2010 - 12:16 PM |
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Hardware Secrets has assembled seven* 128GB SSDs to compare, ranging from the $280 Kingston SSD Now V to the $440 Intel X25-M (*Yes it is 160GB but what other category could you stick it with?).   There are five different controllers represented in the testing, six different

OCZ Launches Next-Gen Z-Drive R2 PCI Express SSD

Subject: Storage | April 6, 2010 - 02:22 PM |
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I continue to be highly skeptical here, if only because we have YET to actually test any of these OCZ PCIe SSDs in-house nor have we seen the previously announced ones in wide circulation, but anything with "PCI Express" and "SSD" is enough to perk up our ears.  The new R2 version of the Z-Drive is set to hit mass production this month and should be available soon.  By removing the SATA bottleneck the Z-Drive R2 has a capacity as high as 2TB and can reach speeds exceedin

Data Robotics releases much requested NAS-enabled Drobo

Subject: Storage | April 6, 2010 - 08:30 AM |
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One of the most requested features is NAS connectivity.  The Drobo line of products has required direct connectivity to at least one host machine - until now.  The new Drobo FS (File Sharing) inherits all of the features and redundancy of the Drobo S model, while trading the eSATA port for Gigabit Ethernet.

Western Digital announces new VelociRaptor with 2x capacity, SATA 6Gb/sec

Subject: Storage | April 6, 2010 - 08:00 AM |
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Today the 10,000 RPM VelociRaptor gets a new pack leader in the form of a 600GB
version:

The effect of pairing cheaper Intel SSDs

Subject: Storage | March 31, 2010 - 02:13 PM |
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The 40GB Intel X25-V requires a $123 investment, while the 80GB Intel X25-M G2 will cost you $224.  That puts a pair of X25-V's into about the same price range as a single X25-M and buying a pair opens up options for setting up those drives.  A single X25-V is slower than a single X25-M but what ha

Source: AnandTech

Plextor's stab at an SSD

Subject: Storage | March 26, 2010 - 12:31 PM |
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As Al mentioned on the PC Perspective podcast, he has been spending a lot of time with a new SSD from Plextor, a company synonymous with CD/DVD burners in many techies minds.  They have moved on from that segment with the recently released Plextor PX-128M1S SSD.  Inside is a
Marvell 88SS8014-BHP2 controller, 128GB of Samsung flash storage and 64MB of HYNIX DDR SDRAM.&n

Intel releases SSD friendly AHCI/RAID driver

Subject: Storage | March 24, 2010 - 06:00 PM |
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For the past few months, Intel has been working on a new Rapid Storage Technology (RST) driver to replace the old Intel Matrix Storage Manager (IMSM) series.


Trimming the performance and the price; Intel and Kingston's low price SSDs

Subject: Storage | March 23, 2010 - 01:10 PM |
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The Intel X25-V 40GB 2.5" Solid State Drive will set you back $123 and Kingston's 30GB SSDNOW Vis only $92.  Keeping the size down results in using half the channels of an 80GB model which then results in a slow down in read and write speeds all of which add up to an inexpensive SSD.  The ques

Source: AnandTech

Get Blu-Ray for cheap

Subject: Storage | March 18, 2010 - 01:12 PM |
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It has taken a while before the industry realized that if people need to pay almost the full price of a PS3 to get a Blu-Ray drive that most people will choose the Sony product over a 5.25" internal drive.  The prices have plummeted, at least on the readers if not the writers which is why the LITE-ON iHOS104-08 Blu-Ray Driveis a rather nice product.  At $70 it is approaching a reasonable price point and

Intel Brings Affordable Solid-State Computing to Netbooks and Desktop PCs

Subject: Storage | March 15, 2010 - 02:46 PM |
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SANTA CLARA, Calif., March 15, 2010 – Intel Corporation announced today a new addition to its award-winning lineup of high-performance solid-state drives (SSDs): the Intel X25-V Value SATA SSD.

Kingston's SSD take 2; action!

Subject: Storage | March 12, 2010 - 12:48 PM |
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Kingston has released the second generation of their larger capacity SSDs, the V+ SNVP325-S2 128GB SSD which uses the rare Toshiba T6UG1XBG controller, a controller we are not very familiar with.  Kingston claims sequential reads of 230MB/s and writes of 180MB/s, which PureOverclock put to the test in their review.  As their results show, this drive has no problems keeping

OCZ releases new line of SSD's - hits $100 mark

Subject: Storage | March 10, 2010 - 10:30 PM |
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Today OCZ released a new 'Onyx' line of SSD's.  Their aim is the low end market this time around, focusing on smaller capacities and modest performance.  The first entry of the line will be only 32GB in capacity, limiting it to boot-only duties.  Sequential transfer rates top out at 125 MB/sec for reads and 70 MB/sec for writes.

Adding SATA 6Gb/s to SSDs

Subject: Storage | March 5, 2010 - 02:21 PM |
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The Marvell 88SS9174-BJP2 controller brings SATA 6Gb/s to the Crucial RealSSD-C300.  Benchmark Reviews has paired that SSD with an Intel ICH10R to see just how well the SSD can do.  With peaks of 330 MBps on read and 225 MBps for writes, it would seem that one SSD still isn't able to saturate the new standard.  It is st