SuperTalent Introduces Fastest & Smallest Gen 2 SSD

Subject: Storage | February 21, 2011 - 07:42 PM |
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San Jose, California - February 21th, 2011 - Super Talent Technology, a leading manufacturer of Flash storage solutions and DRAM memory modules, today announced their CoreStore TMline of SSD solutions designed to bring a new level of performance to the SSD market.

By combining the very latest Marvel controller (88NV9143), new DDR ONFi 2 flash and plugging directly to the PCIe bus, Super Talent is now able to create two solutions t

Corsair address the 25nm transition for SSDs, shows performance delta

Subject: Storage | February 18, 2011 - 09:45 PM |
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Corsair sent out an email and posted some information on their website some of the implied criticism that is surrounding the transition from 34nm flash memory to 25nm flash memory on SandForce based SSDs.  Now, you might at first think that moving from 34nm flash to 25nm flash should be straight forward and any price benefits we get would be passed to the consumer with lower prices.  All good right?  Well, there is a catch:

Write 7GB a day and your 25nm SSD will be dead in a millennium

Subject: Storage | February 18, 2011 - 09:23 PM |
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AnandTech went straight after the rumour mongers with a bit of math, showing that even though the number of times you can program/erase one flash block is cut almost in half compared to previous generations you are not going to see the drive die because of flash exhaustion.  You may see controllers fail or even see the flash memory's charge drain but the read/write error won't be the likely cause.  Check out his review of the OCZ Vertex 3 Pro with the new SandForce 2582 controll

Source: AnandTech

Intel 510 series of SATA 6G SSD coming March 1st?

Subject: Storage | February 18, 2011 - 12:28 AM |
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If rumors are what you pay attention to, then this one is worth looking at.  Following right on the foot steps of today's OCZ Vertex 3 Pro SSD based on the SATA 6G-ready SandForce SF-2000 series of controller, it looks like Intel is planning a release of the 510-series of SSDs in early March.  According to the story over at VR-Zone, we will see the launch as soon as March 1st - so just a couple of weeks away. 
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Source: VR-Zone

Zalman's multi-talented drive docking station

Subject: Storage | February 15, 2011 - 11:14 PM |
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Zalman's ZM-MH200 Dual HDD Docking Station sports two sockets that can handle 3.5" and 2.5" disk drives as well as having a microSD port for your small storage.  It connects to your PC via USB 2.0 or eSATA, so it is a little slower than competitors models which use USB 3.0.  Steve definitely gave it points for stlye,

Thermaltakes's popular BlacX gets a USB 3.0 update

Subject: Storage | February 9, 2011 - 05:35 PM |
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The Thermaltake BlacX external HDD was very popular when it first arrived and the updated 5G USB 3.0
model
looks to be even more popular.  Resembling a toaster when populated, the device is intended for naked drives making it easy to swap out HDD without disassembling a cage.  The testing that The Tech Report performed confirme

Do online back ups like a boss

Subject: Storage | February 4, 2011 - 04:48 PM |
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Techware Labs has recently tried out CA Technologies' backup service, a small part of their popular software suite.  By installing a relatively small piece of software and running through the initial back up process after choosing the size of your storage space, you can access any of your files from anywhere.  That freedom impressed Techware Labs as they retrieved a file initially backed up from a desktop PC to their laptop with no problems at all.  The suite does seem a little pric

Kingston's USB 3.0 SSD will cost you a bit and impress you a lot

Subject: Storage | February 1, 2011 - 07:39 PM |
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With the plethora of SSDs that have arrived on the market we have learned that flash based storage with a properly implemented controller is incredibly fast.  That is important now that we have a portable connector that can sustain transfer speeds high enough that a fast drive is necessary.  USB 3.0 is pushing portable USB drive makers to implement faster drives, an example of which is the 128GB Kingston HyperX Max USB 3.0 SSD

Big storage in a small package; WD's new Scorpio Black 750GB

Subject: Storage | January 27, 2011 - 08:11 PM |
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Even laptops need big amounts of storage, though you still need a trade off between power consumption and speed when using a platter based drive.  One of the most popular solutions are

Samsung builds its 470 series SSDs from scratch

Subject: Storage | January 18, 2011 - 10:01 PM |
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Samsung has a plan; they make their own flash memory and are hoping that will help them with their SSD lineup, both in cost and performance.  Their only cheat is the controller which is a 32-bit ARM9 processor and not technically a Samsung product.  Inside one particular fact stands out, which is that the PCB is only 3" long and 1.8" wide so we may see sub 2.5" drives from Samsung in the near future.

An updated SSD performance roundup

Subject: Storage | January 11, 2011 - 06:20 PM |
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TechARP has recently updated their seven SSD round up, specifically seeing how Windows 7's built in SSD features work.  They are focused on the raw performance of the drive, as opposed to calculating a performance per dollar metric or the price per gigabyte.  The drives run from 30GB up to 160GB and each and every one shows the performance difference you can expect from upgrading to an SSD.  If you still aren't convinced that these drives will improve your computing experience you should read through the

Source: Tech ARP

CES 2011: Corsair's new P3 series SSD's sports next gen Marvell SATA 6Gb/sec controller

Subject: Storage | January 8, 2011 - 08:00 AM |
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We paid a visit to the Corsair booth on the CES show floor for a peek at their new P3 series SSD line:

These will be available in 64, 128, and 256GB versions.

CES 2011: Storage goodness from the Intel booth

Subject: Storage | January 8, 2011 - 07:00 AM |
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I love Intel's massive booth on the CES show floor. The meeting rooms extend up to a second floor that can be seen just below the row of funky blue lights.

The PCPer gang was briefed by 'top men' from Intel on several items, including Solid State Storage.

CES 2011: New OCZ products make their debut

Subject: Storage | January 8, 2011 - 05:00 AM |
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We got to meet up with OCZ for a first hand look at some of their new products:


First up is the Z-Drive R3. This drive contains the enterprise SandForce variant, complete with supercap.

CES 2011: Storage tidbits from CES: Unveiled event

Subject: Storage | January 5, 2011 - 08:06 AM |
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I did a quick run around the CES Unveiled event tonight. Here's some storage tidbits:
LaCie:
A WiFi b/g/n enabled NAS, available in 1 or 2 TB. Gigabit link is included for those wanting faster speeds.

Intel releases m-SATA form factor line of SSD's

Subject: Storage | December 29, 2010 - 04:00 PM |
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Intel has released the 310 series of SSD's. Available in both 40GB and 80GB form factors, these new units are the smallest SATA form factor SSD we've seen to date:

Here the 310 series sits next to a 2.5" laptop HDD (yes, 2.5" not 3.5")

Data Robotics rolls out 3TB support for Drobo S

Subject: Storage | December 29, 2010 - 04:02 AM |
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Data Robotics has released Firmware 2.1.0 for Drobo S models. The highlight of the release notes? 3TB support!

Vantec's new USB 3.0 dual HDD dock looks a bit like a toaster

Subject: Storage | December 15, 2010 - 09:40 PM |
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The newest NexStar dual bay HDD dock offers an incredibly handy and quick way to access your data.  It can handle 2.5" and 3.5" SATA drives so you will have no serious compatibility problems to deal with and with the USB 3.0 interface you aren't going to have to wait very long watching the blue bar slowly fill as your transfer slowly goes.  Tweaknews liked the look as well as the performance but do warn you to turn off the dock when it is not in use as your drives will get quite warm.

"Vantec has been on a roll lately with their NexStar line of storage products, and their USB 3.0 dual bay HDD dock is no exception. What stands out with this unit is the ability to access two hard drives simultaneously – something that is handy for all types of buyers ranging from the casual home PC user to network admins who need a quick way to access data on a hard drive."

Here are some more Storage reviews from around the web:

  Storage

Source: Tweaknews

Samsung's new 470 Series SSD toggles its reads and writes

Subject: Storage | December 13, 2010 - 04:50 PM |
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Behind the covering of that SSD will be one of two types of flash memory, though both offer double data rate speeds by being able to read or write on the rise and fall of a clock cycle.  While most makers use the Open NAND Flash Interface, Samsung and Toshiba have chosen a different route called toggle flash which utilizes a data strobe instead of the usual clock when transferring data.  Both technologies are JEDEC approved, so it will be interesting to see which survives.  That is not the only trick this drive has, it is also the first to sport two DIMMs for cache, 128MB DRAM c