OCZ Plans USB 3.0 based SSD for CES 2010

Subject: Storage | November 19, 2009 - 07:30 PM |
Tagged:

I am a big proponent of USB 3.0 technology - I had an early test and experience with USB 3.0 hardware last month.  In that article I evaluated the performance of the ASUS P7P55D-E Premium motherboard that used the NEC 720200 USB 3.0 controller paired with a USB 3.0 HDD dock.  The results were pretty impressive:


OCZ Colossus officially released

Subject: Storage | November 19, 2009 - 02:31 AM |
Tagged:

It's been a bumpy road for the OCZ Colossus.  We caught our first glimpse of it back in June, and posted up some exclusive early testing data and pricing back in July.  We've spent the past few months evaluating firmware performance, and have spent the past week torturing the prospective shipping firmware.  I'm finishing up my long-term performance evaluation and will have a full review up shortly for your viewing pleasure.

Sorry for the inconvenience! (Intel X25-M G2 160GB for $414.99!)

Subject: Storage | November 18, 2009 - 02:46 PM |
Tagged:

Right now at NewEgg you can pick up an Intel X25-M Mainstream 2.5" 160GB SATA II MLC Internal SSD(SSDSA2M160G2XXX) at an incredible price

The OEM
price is $639.99 but there is a $50.00 instant rebate that brings the price down to $589.99.

But wait, there's more!

Intel pushing for X25-M G2 firmware re-release by November's end

Subject: Storage | November 18, 2009 - 02:01 AM |
Tagged:

I've been tracking the release and subsequent recall of the new TRIM firmware for the Intel X25-M G2 SSD.  A recent update came from the Intel NAND solutions group to reflect an estimated release date set to ha

Harness the power of the RAID in the palm of your hand

Subject: Storage | November 16, 2009 - 05:49 PM |
Tagged:

At 132 x 88 x 63 mm, or 5.2" x 3.4" x 2.5" for you imperialists the Thecus N0204 is tiny; a paperback book tends to be 110 mm x 178mm or 4.33" x 7.01" or if that doesn't put it into context, then the can of Bud Light at the end
of Legit Reviews article
will probably help.  It houses a pair of 2.5" drives, perfect for those SSDs, and can transfer data via Ethernet or USB 2.0 and even has a USB port to hook a printer up to.  The OXFord 810DSE processor that powers this miniature storage device really can't keep

A crucial move for solid state storage

Subject: Storage | November 11, 2009 - 04:28 PM |
Tagged:

Crucial is jumping into the SSD market with their 256GB M225 SSD.  It uses the Indilinx Barefoot controller and a 64MB cache chip from Elpida along with a fairly unique dual PCB implementation to house the MLC flash chips.  The testing that Think Computers performed against a similar drive, the OCZ Agility showed both drives

Corsair Announces New Flash Survivor GT Family of USB Flash Drives

Subject: Storage | November 10, 2009 - 02:23 PM |
Tagged:

FREMONT, Calif., November 10, 2009 — Corsair, a worldwide leader in high-performance computer and flash memory products, today announced two new Flash Survivor GT USB flash drives. The new drives are available in capacities of 32GB and 64GB, and feature the same ultra-durable metal housing found on all Flash Survivor models, along with the signature red GT highlights.

“The Flash Survivor GT is the ultimate flash drive for users requiring both high speed and extreme ruggedness,” said John Beekley, VP of Technical Marketing at Corsair.

Super Talent Announces World's First USB 3.0 RAIDDrive

Subject: Storage | November 4, 2009 - 11:16 AM |
Tagged:

San Jose, California - November 4, 2009 - Super Talent Technology, a leading manufacturer of Flash storage solutions and DRAM memory modules, today announced the new SuperSpeed USB 3.0 RAIDDrive, which supports transfer speeds up to ten times faster than USB 2.0 drives.

Western Digital rolls out SAS to the Enterprise

Subject: Storage | November 3, 2009 - 08:00 AM |
Tagged:

Western Digital puts out some great hard drives, as well as the Velociraptor series of 10,000 RPM disks.  What has always held them back from full adoption across the enterprise environments has been lack of support for Serial Attached SCSI (SAS).  Today WD rectifies this with their first enterprise class SAS unit - the S25.  From the specs and physical description it appears to be a reworked 300GB Velociraptor.  We'll get you hard performance figures as soon as the huge demand from the OEM's subsides.

But whatever should we call the illegitimate offspring of eSATA and USB

Subject: Storage | November 2, 2009 - 05:59 PM |
Tagged:

The Tech Report has put their hands on a piece of storage hardware, the Kanguru's e-Flash eSATA/USB thumb drive.  It looks like a normal flash drive, barring a slightly longer overall length, but it hides two heads.  One is the usual USB 2.0 connection but the head on the other end is new and unique.  It combines the speed of eSATA with USBs ability to deliver power in a hybrid connector.  You won't find too many motherboard headers that already have this plug, but that is not a problem thanks to the PCI backplate with power and SATA cables. 

Highpoint announces SATA 6Gb/sec add-on host controllers

Subject: Storage | November 2, 2009 - 01:57 AM |
Tagged:

Highpoint recently announced availability of their SATA3 / SATA 6Gb/s host adapters.  While their introductory price seems a bit high as compared to other offerings we've recently reviewed, it is still great to see new tech catching on at full speed.

Their official press release appears after the pic.

Intel and Numonyx announce vertical Phase Change Memory

Subject: Storage | October 28, 2009 - 01:00 PM |
Tagged:

I just got off of a conference call with Intel where they announced reaching a development milestone in the area of Phase Change Memory.  PCM is exciting tech to me because it has the fast access times of RAM and the non-volatility of Flash memory. 

Intel halts downloads of new X25-M firmware due to corruption

Subject: Storage | October 27, 2009 - 06:20 PM |
Tagged:

Yesterday some news began filtering in to me that there were some potential issues with the newly released Intel X25-M firmware that updates the G2 drives to support the TRIM command as well as boosting write speeds.  (You can read all about the new features and performance of the new firmware in our article here.)  That news was basically confirmed today when Intel sent along a note saying they had pulled the new firmware until they could figure out the issue:

TRIM that 160GB drive

Subject: Storage | October 26, 2009 - 12:34 PM |
Tagged:

Thanks to Intel's new firmware and SSD Toolbox application along with Windows 7's TRIM ability, those with the second generation (G2) 160GB Intel SSD can get some rather noticeable speed improvements.  The bad news is that this update will not have an effect on 80GB models, nor on the 50nm generation.  Those with the G2 160GB drive will have a pleasant surprise; you can see how nice a surprise in Allyn's review.

Intel releases SSD Toolbox and TRIM-enabled firmware for X25-M G2

Subject: Storage | October 26, 2009 - 11:00 AM |
Tagged:

Back when the original Intel X25-M SSD came out, Intel hinted at the
future release of software that would let you monitor your SSD under
Windows.  It took them a while, but they have now released such a tool. The press release is below, and my evaluation of the new firmware and the SSD Toolbox software can be found here, in the Storage section.

Long Playing Hard Drive

Subject: Storage | October 15, 2009 - 05:30 PM |
Tagged:

Corsair Announces Updated Flash Voyager GT Family

Subject: Storage | October 13, 2009 - 02:35 PM |
Tagged:

FREMONT, Calif., Oct. 13, 2009 — Corsair, a worldwide leader in high-performance computer and flash memory products, today announced a revamped Flash Voyager GT product lineup.

$230 plus $100 for a storage drive

Subject: Storage | October 8, 2009 - 06:31 PM |
Tagged:

An SSD that only costs $230, on the market, as opposed to $300-ish if you can find it for sale, is a rather attractive buy, even if it is only 60GB.  OCZ has used different NAND chips to bring down the price of this drive which raised the quest

An accommodating drive

Subject: Storage | October 6, 2009 - 02:48 PM |
Tagged:

Verbatim's PRO QUAD-INT 1TB DT HDD, aka the Quad-Interface eHDD is particularly versatile, with eSATA ll, FireWire 800, FireWire 400, and USB 2.0 connections.  This is perfect for a back up solution, transferring 100GB of data over a USB 2.0 interface is a long painful experience and can easy convince you to skip backing up your data.  OCModShop reviews this external HDD that claims up to 3000Mb/s maximum speed ov

Source: OCMODSHOP

Patriot's solid disk technology

Subject: Storage | September 30, 2009 - 05:57 PM |
Tagged:

Patriot's Torqx 128GB MLC SSD uses the familiar Indilinx Bigfoot controller and comes in 64GB, 128GB and 256GB flavours.  The 128GB model is what is up for review at Legit Reviews, compared to all the other SSDs they have had a chance to test.  We know that this drive will support TRIM in Windows 7 but they did not have a chance to test that particular feature.  You can be guaranteed that all the other features are covered in their full review.