Even Apple's suppliers are getting into the SSD biz

Subject: Storage | July 23, 2010 - 03:27 PM |

Other World Computing, aka OWC, has been a major supplier of components for Apple and they are branching out with their new Mercury Extreme Pro 120GB SSD.  Using the Sandforce SF-1222 controller which implies a certain level of performance, the drive retails for ~$320 putting it at a reasonable price point for an SSD of that size.  There is a slight downside unfortunately as Hardware Canucks discovered during their testing to do with the new Sandforce firmware.  While the performance was not bad, per se, but

A towering eSATA RAID

Subject: Storage | July 19, 2010 - 02:22 PM |

The Sans Digital TowerRAID TR4UT-B is a relatively small box that will hold up to four hot-swappable HDDs with a maximum storage capacity of 8TB.  Almost any RAID configuration that you want to set up that can be done with 4 drives is acceptable to this box, making it one of the most flexible of RAID boxes.  The eSATA connection will provide enough bandwidth between the TowerRAID and the system it is connected to especially when you use the included Rocket eSATA 6 Gb/s host adapter card.  Drop by Bjorn3D to see i

Source: Bjorn3D

10 SSDs from OCZ; a solid revolution

Subject: Storage | July 13, 2010 - 05:26 PM |

Covering the Agility, Solid 2, Onyz, Colossus and both Vertex series, this new roundup at X-Bit Labs covers OCZ's lineup of drives all at the same time.  While these drives are not all intended for the same audience or usage it can be very handy to see just how they stack up against each other.  The tests are many and varied including a rather unique defragmentation
test; not because you would ever defragment an SSD, instead because it shows how quickly the SSD can swap data around internally.  Drop by and check it out, but

Source: X-Bit Labs

A dollars for doughnuts look at SSDs

Subject: Storage | July 7, 2010 - 05:10 PM |

The Tech Report has gathered a group of eleven SSDs running in price from the $110 40GB Intel X25-V
to a $668 256GB WD SiliconEdge Blue
drive which represent seven different controllers.  They take it a step beyond just $/GB and use that rati

Gather your SSDs together, it's time for a roundup

Subject: Storage | July 2, 2010 - 02:25 PM |

If you drop by X-Bit Labs you can see three new SSDs compared, the 32GB Intel X25-E a 128GB Kingston V series and the 128GB

Source: X-Bit Labs

Introducing Thecus D0204 Portable Storage Device

Subject: Storage | June 30, 2010 - 12:20 PM |

06/30/2010 – The age of USB 3.0 is almost here. Today, storage leader Thecus Technology is proud to announce its first portable storage device featuring the new USB 3.0 standard – the D0204. With massive storage capacity in a tiny package no larger than a paperback book, the D0204 delivers impressive data security and performance with an integrated USB 3.0 port, making it the most powerful and versatile portable DAS on the market.

Source: Thecus

PCIe SSD performance that can boot!

Subject: Storage | June 28, 2010 - 06:03 PM |

As Allyn has become a past master at testing SSDs to destruction and was not interested in PCIe flash storage solutions that could not be used as a boot drive, OCZ has decided to merge the two into one killer product, the RevoDrive.  In this case it is the OCZ RevoDrive 240GB PCIe SSD, sold at an MSRP of $639.99 or $2.66/GB.   It is impressive, beating traditional SSDs easily and while not matching the performance of the FusionIO, it is bootable and it uses far less resources than that particular PCIe SSD.  Check out his full r

OCZ Increases Performance but not the Price of High-End PCIe Solid State Storage

Subject: Storage | June 28, 2010 - 02:53 PM |

SAN JOSE, CA—June 29, 2010—OCZ Technology Group, Inc. (Nasdaq: OCZ), a leading provider of high-performance solid-state drives (SSDs) and memory modules for computing devices and systems, releases the RevoDrive PCI-Express SSD, an innovative storage solution that focuses on both performance and affordability for consumers.

The new Sandforce; bigger, stronger, faster

Subject: Storage | June 22, 2010 - 12:51 PM |

One of the nicest parts to the new Corsair's Force F120 solid-state drive
is that it allows access to more of the flash memory for storage.  The original 128GB capacity drive only allowed the use of 100GB while the new version allows you 120GB, as Allyn reported on in May.  The reason behind the overprovisioned memory is to increase the lifetime of the drive as well as allowing an increase in speed
as it can change the blocks of flash that are being used on the fly, if it is advantageous to. 

Corsair Shatters SSD Affordability Barrier - 32GB SSD for $69.99 after Rebate

Subject: Storage | June 18, 2010 - 02:45 PM |

FREMONT, Calif. — June 18, 2010 — Corsair, a worldwide designer and supplier of high-performance components to the PC gaming hardware market, today announced a new milestone in the affordability of Corsair Solid State Drives.

Extending the lifetime of MLC and most likely adding to the price tag as well

Subject: Storage | June 17, 2010 - 11:55 AM |

Sticking with the theme of new types of flash memory, a story appeared on Slashdot about Anobit Technologies, a company working on a new type of MLC flash that should have the wearability of SLC.  This could be a dangerous area to focus research on as the major benefit of MLC is how incredibly cheap it is compared to SLC memory, though it is hard to call either type affordable without wincing at least a little.  This is important as there has been no mention of pri

Source: Slashdot

Super Talent Ships New TeraDrive CT SATA 3Gbps SSDs based on SandForce SSD Processor

Subject: Storage | June 14, 2010 - 02:26 PM |

San Jose, California - June 14, 2010 - Super Talent Technology, a leading manufacturer of Flash storage solutions and DRAM memory modules, today announced immediate availability of the new TeraDrive CT SSD, which uses the SandForce 1222 SSD processor to deliver astounding performance in laptops and desktops.

The new TeraDrive CT has a standard SATA-II 3Gbps interface. It delivers sequential read and write speeds up to 285 and 275 MB/sec respectively.

OCZ Technology Introduces Customizable Deneva Series Enterprise Solid State Drives

Subject: Storage | June 14, 2010 - 02:19 PM |

SAN JOSE, CA - June 14, 2010 - OCZ Technology Group, Inc.

Crucial brings 6Gbs to the SSD

Subject: Storage | June 14, 2010 - 01:51 PM |

To get the bad news out of the way first, the 256GB version of Crucial's RealSSD C300 series will cost you just over $600 and the 128GB version about $350.  
What that investment gives you is an SSD designed around the new SATA 6Gbs using Marvell's 88SS9174 fla

OCZ Technology Unveils Vertex 2 Pro and Vertex 2 EX Solid State Drives for Enterprise Clients

Subject: Storage | June 10, 2010 - 12:15 PM |

SAN JOSE, Calif., June 10, 2010 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- OCZ Technology
Group, Inc.

Buying a small capacity SSD on the cheap

Subject: Storage | June 8, 2010 - 01:11 PM |

Three low cost SSDs are up for review at Ars Technica, the $124, 40GB Intel X25-V,  the $95, 30GB Kingston SSDNow V Series Boot Drive and the $85

Source: AnandTech

Computex: Thecus offers NAS devices for all budgets

Subject: Storage | June 8, 2010 - 10:42 AM |

Thecus is a name that we know very well for NAS devices but chances are they are new to many of our readers.  As a company Thecus is heading towards both the high-end and budget markets with the intent of targeting the consumer and enterprise markets. 

Can't wait for a motherboard upgrade to get USB 3? Startech has you covered

Subject: Storage | June 1, 2010 - 06:20 PM |

TechSpot has recently posted a double review of the StarTech USB 3.0 Enclosure and PCIe Adapter.  The adaptor will plug into an unused PCIe slot and give you a pair of USB 3.0 ports and the enclosure has a SATA to USB 3.0 connector and will fit any 3.5 HDD or SSD and you can g

Source: Tech Spot

Computex: OCZ shows low cost PCIe SSD and new HSDL storage connection

Subject: Storage | May 31, 2010 - 01:18 PM |

OCZ's booth was once ruled by memory and memory demonstrations; but not anymore.  Now the dominant technology on hand at OCZ is solid state drives.  We have already looked at and reviewed numerous OCZ SSDs here at PC Perspective but this week at Computex 2010 in Taipei the company had a few new things for us to curiously poke at.

OCZ Technology Solid State Drives Officially Qualified With Adaptec MaxIQ Caching Solutions

Subject: Storage | May 27, 2010 - 02:05 PM |

SAN JOSE, CA-May 27, 2010-OCZ Technology Group, Inc., a leading provider of high-performance solid-state drives (SSDs) and memory modules for computing devices and systems, is pleased to announce the Company's enterprise storage solutions are now qualified with Adaptec MaxIQ SSD caching products.