SuperTalent brings you RAID on a (USB) stick

Subject: Storage | May 27, 2010 - 02:00 PM |

The Tech Report is checking out the performance of the SuperTalent 32GB RAIDDrive today, though if that isn't enough space there 64 and 128GB capacities available as well if you can afford the entry price.  Inside the flash memory is organized into two drives with a pair of JMicron JM612 flash controllers and a RAID chip, along with a SATA to USB bridge which makes the drive both faster and larger than most USB drives out there.  The smaller 3

VIA Labs Demos World's First 4-Port USB 3.0 Host Controller at Computex 2010

Subject: Storage | May 26, 2010 - 11:12 AM |

Taipei, Taiwan, May 26, 2010 - VIA Labs, Inc., a leading supplier of USB 3.0 integrated chip controllers, today announced the VIA Labs VL800 USB 3.0 Host Controller.

OCZ Technology Introduces 400GB and 480GB Capacities for Vertex 2 and Agility 2 SSD Lineup

Subject: Storage | May 24, 2010 - 02:09 PM |

SAN JOSE, Calif., May 24, 2010 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- OCZ Technology
Group, Inc. (Nasdaq:OCZ), a leading provider of high-performance
solid-state drives (SSDs) and memory modules for computing devices and
systems, today introduced new high-capacity Vertex 2 and Agility 2 SATA
II 2.5" Solid State Drives.

Corsair Launches 60GB, 120GB, and 240GB Force Series Solid-State Drives

Subject: Storage | May 20, 2010 - 12:01 PM |

FREMONT, California - May 20, 2010 - Corsair, a worldwide designer and supplier of high-performance components to the PC gaming hardware market, today announced three additions to its ultra high-speed Force Series™ SSDs. The additions to this product family include the F60, F120, and F240 Force Series SSDs, sporting densities of 60GB, 120GB, and 240GB respectively.

All Corsair Force Series SSDs are built using the Sandforce SF-1200 SSD Processors, which provide unparalleled write endurance, superior ECC data protection, and outstanding performance.

OCZ and Indilinx bring a Solid 2 SSD value

Subject: Storage | May 18, 2010 - 01:41 PM |

Dipping your toes into the world of SSDs is getting easier, especially as we start to see what might almost be called value class SSDs.  It is a little hard to refer to the ~$3/GB that you are required to spend to get your hands on one of OCZ's Solid 2 Series SSD's, but $100 is a fair price if you are curious as to what an SSD can do.  Simply stick a copy of Windows on it

Source: Bjorn3D

It's time for a new death wish RAID at PC Perspective

Subject: Storage | May 13, 2010 - 02:33 PM |

Now that we have more video content at PC Perspective Ryan decided it was time to upgrade the rendering machine.  The big question on his mind was solid state versus platter based storage.  The SSDs should offer faster performance in some cases but would significantly reduce the amount of space available.  The platter based HDDs might be a bit slower at some things but offer a lot more storage space.  Read on to see which way he decided to go and why.

Patriot's new SSD breezes onto the market

Subject: Storage | May 10, 2010 - 01:45 PM |

Check out Patriot's 128GB Zephyr SSD which uses the JMicron 612 controller, very similar to the 618 apart from supporting Samsung NAND instead of Toshiba NAND.  At about $2.80/GB the drive is cheaper than offerings by Corsair and OCZ but still runs you more than the Intel X25-M G2.  Legit Reviews saw the advertised 240MB/s read and 145MB/s writein their testing; not bad

OCZ Technology Introduces the Enyo USB 3.0 Portable Solid State Drive

Subject: Storage | May 5, 2010 - 02:33 PM |

SAN JOSE, CA—May 5, 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, announces the Enyo Portable SSD, utilizing the next generation USB 3.0 interface. The Enyo features all the performance and durability advantages of an internal SSD but delivers portability with an external storage solution for on-the-go users who need to share files between various PC systems.

Sandforce - The Second Generation

Subject: Storage | May 4, 2010 - 03:43 PM |

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 |

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 |

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 |

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 |

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 |

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


Tracking down the best all around affordable SSD

Subject: Storage | April 16, 2010 - 11:51 AM |

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 |

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 |

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 |

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 |

Today the 10,000 RPM VelociRaptor gets a new pack leader in the form of a 600GB

The effect of pairing cheaper Intel SSDs

Subject: Storage | March 31, 2010 - 02:13 PM |

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