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Subject: Storage | April 22, 2010 - 12:17 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
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
Subject: Storage | April 19, 2010 - 04:10 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
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
Subject: Storage | April 13, 2010 - 12:16 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
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
Subject: Storage | April 6, 2010 - 02:22 PM | Ryan Shrout
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
Subject: Storage | April 6, 2010 - 08:30 AM | Allyn Malventano
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.
Subject: Storage | April 6, 2010 - 08:00 AM | Allyn Malventano
Today the 10,000 RPM VelociRaptor gets a new pack leader in the form of a 600GB
Subject: Storage | March 31, 2010 - 02:13 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
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
Subject: Storage | March 26, 2010 - 12:31 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
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
Subject: Storage | March 23, 2010 - 01:10 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
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
Subject: Storage | March 18, 2010 - 01:12 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
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
Subject: Storage | March 15, 2010 - 02:46 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
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.
Subject: Storage | March 12, 2010 - 12:48 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
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
Subject: Storage | March 10, 2010 - 10:30 PM | Allyn Malventano
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.
Subject: Storage | March 5, 2010 - 02:21 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
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
Subject: Storage | March 4, 2010 - 02:41 AM | Ryan Shrout
The hits just keep on coming as Corsair goes off like a company possessed releasing yet another line of solid state drives. Looking back at the Nova and Reactor lines first shown just this past Friday, the new Force-series of SSDs make a total of three new lines in under a week! Corsair is obviously intent on keeping or passing competitors like OCZ Technology that have a wide array of SSD options for different performance segments and price levels.
Subject: Storage | March 3, 2010 - 01:15 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
While the original body of Western Digital has been very busy improving platter based hard drives, the company that they recently bought out, Silicon Systems
has been developing an SSD for WD. The WD SiliconEdge Blue 256GB has a new branded controller and Allyn spotted quite a few similarities to a Kingston/JMicron board, though the performance did not match. The pricing did not match either, with MSRPs of $249 for 64GB, $529 for 128
Subject: Storage | March 3, 2010 - 08:00 AM | Allyn Malventano
For a first in the industry, Western Digital has announced a line of Solid State Drives. You may recall this time last year, when Western Digital acquired SiliconSystems. We suspected that may eventually lead to a consumer grade SSD in their future, but we didn't quite expect them to turn one around in less than one years time!
Subject: Storage | March 2, 2010 - 05:58 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Other World Computing (OWC) apparently makes well known products in the world of Apple but their OWC Mercury Extreme SSD is purely PC. Using the young upstart controller that everyone is drooling about, the SandForce, this SSD deserves the Extreme moniker as it kept up to the Vertex LE in AnandTech's testing. Even more interesting for some is that this 50GB model retails at $229 and happens to be the only 50GB model on the market although the Intel X25-M G2 80GB
sits in the same price range.