Kingston's new low cost SSDs

Subject: Storage | February 18, 2010 - 04:58 PM |
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Before there is a chance for a negative impression of Kingston's new SSD Now kit, it is worth noting that an SSD, even one referred to as slow, is significantly faster than a platter based hard drive.  That is something you must keep firmly in mind when this kit is referred to as having middling performance.  That is one of the reasons why Allyn was impressed by this SSD that will cost you about $2/Gb.  Perhaps the other major reason was that it was completely immune to his SSD killing test, the one that destroyed the first generation of Intel's SSDs. 

The platter still has some life; WD Caviar Black hits SATA 6G

Subject: Storage | February 15, 2010 - 12:39 PM |
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Western Digital's Caviar Black has been a very popular series for quite a while and it is getting a refresh with their new SATA 6G 1TB drive.  For just $120 you get 1TB of storage and transfer rates that are comparable to the 2TB version or even the enterprise class RE4. 
Of course you won't see the performance of an SSD, but the storage space is nowhere near as limiting. 

10 MB/sec, 16GB, all in one Kingston microSDHC card!

Subject: Storage | February 15, 2010 - 04:00 AM |
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Today Kingston released their new 16GB class 10 (!) microSDHC card.  Packing this much storage capacity into such a small form factor is a feat in itself, but Kingston took things a step further in meeting Class 10 requirements.  This means the new microSDHC card can guarantee minimum 10 MB/sec transfer rates!

Mushkin joins the SSD crowd

Subject: Storage | February 11, 2010 - 01:57 PM |
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The trend continues as even more companies jump out of their particular niche and try their hand at related (or not so related) products.  PSUs and watercoolers are sporting the name of companies better known for RAM, gaming mice have branding you would expect to see on a case and even graphics companies are doing their best to push out CPU makers.  Now it is Mushkin's turn as they enter the world of non-volatile storage with their Io series 128GB SSD

Kingston releases second gen SSDNow V Series

Subject: Storage | February 10, 2010 - 06:21 PM |
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The first generation of Kingston SSDNow V series drives was a puzzling one.  It consisted of 64 and 128GB JMicron based drives and a later-introduced 40GB model sporting the second gen Intel controller.  The end result was their smallest capacity unit would largely outperform their older and larger capacity drive.  The 40GB model lacked TRIM support, and the subsequent release of the Intel X25-V put the last nail in its coffin.

Lite-On does SSDs!?!

Subject: Storage | February 9, 2010 - 06:26 PM |
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A joint program between Royal Philips Electronics and Lite-On IT Corporation has brought yet another SSD to the market, the 32GB LiteOn Strong-Page.  To make things even more confusing, if these drives catch on in the market they will likely be branded Plextor, but for now they are PLDS drives.  Using MLC flash and driven by a Marvell 88SS8014 controller, this is not going to be at the more expensive end of the SSD market.  The big question is its performance, both fresh out of the package and after heavy usage;

Evolution in action, watch a Barracuda become a Velciraptor

Subject: Storage | February 5, 2010 - 01:59 PM |
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Tech ARP stumbled upon a nice trick at Techware Labs and improved it.  The initial mod involved taking a 1.5TB Barracuda and changing the LBA table to make the drive think it is only 300GB, which made it about 30% faster that a Velocirapter in their testing.  TechARP simply repartitioned the drive into a 300GB and a 1.2TB partition.  The 300GB portion achieved the speed increase and using a partition means that you don't loose out on the storage space you paid for in the first place.

Source: Tech ARP

Kingston's new SSDNow+ revision arrives in good form

Subject: Storage | February 2, 2010 - 12:42 PM |
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SSDs are quickly maturing now that they have hit the market; one of the latest companies to put out a second revision of their drive is Kingston with their SSDNow V+ Series (Rev 2.0) 128GB drive.  They utilize different flash memory inside but the big difference is a new controller, which changes the rated as well as observed speeds.  Once Futur

Source: futurelooks

Asus U3S6 now available at Newegg!

Subject: Storage | February 1, 2010 - 09:43 PM |
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Just a quick note to let our readers know that snazzy Asus $30 combination USB 3.0 and SATA 6Gb/sec card you've heard us go on about in our podcasts is now available at Newegg!

Finally!
Source: ASUS

Intel and Micron to announce 25nm flash memory

Subject: Storage | January 30, 2010 - 05:22 PM |
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Intel and Micron had planned on a Monday morning release, but a leak resulted in the cat being out of the bag so here's a tidbit for those curious.  Intel and Micron will be announcing a die shrink of their flash memory.  What used to be so-called '2x nm' flash as a future stepping stone is now officially 25nm.  This puts Intel and Micron significantly ahead of the competition in terms of die shrink and capacity.


60GB of SSD for $200 - Correction, make that $170!

Subject: Storage | January 29, 2010 - 12:07 PM |
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The OCZ Agility 60GB tries to straddle two worlds of SSDs.  At $200 for 60GB it is rather inexpensive and thanks to the use of the Indilinx controller it is not crippled for speed or features.  When Neoseeker ran it through their battery of tests they found that while the drive did not live up to the advertising it came close and the difference betwe

Source: Neoseeker

Big storage size doesn't necessarily mean slow access

Subject: Storage | January 26, 2010 - 01:37 PM |
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Call it SATA 3.0, or you could call it SATA 6Gbs if you want, but what you will be referring to is the newest SATA interface, faster than the previous though not quite 6Gbs.  The newest drive to take advantage of this update is the 2TB Seagate Barracuda XT.  Its size does make it fairly expensive compared to most platter based drives but it still sits in a lower price bracket than most SSDs. 

Source: hardCOREware

Sandforce might beat a RAID, but the RAID card lives on

Subject: Storage | January 21, 2010 - 04:28 PM |
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Sure Allyn has proved that the new OCZ Sandforce controller is so fast it may have obsoleted standard SAS/SATA RAID cards, but the RAID does have an advantage.  Those last 2 letters do stand for Inexpensive Disks, something that SSDs are most certainly not.  The LSI MegaRAID SATA and SAS 9260-8i RAID Card will set you back about $500, so that might weaken the financial argument a bit.&

Super Talent Announces Enterprise Class TeraDrive SSDs

Subject: Storage | January 20, 2010 - 11:33 PM |
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San Jose, California - January 21, 2010 - Super Talent Technology, a leading manufacturer of Flash storage solutions and DRAM memory modules, today announced a new line of TeraDrive SSDs designed specifically for high end enterprise and database server applications.

"Super Talent has a solid track record of developing leading edge SSDs.

Source: 3DCenter

Samsung Official TRIM Firmware Released

Subject: Storage | January 20, 2010 - 10:47 PM |
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While manufacturers incorporating Samsung SSD controllers have recently pushed out TRIM enabled firmware (OCZ /

Smoking hot portable storage

Subject: Storage | January 18, 2010 - 06:29 PM |
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It might look like a plastic lighter, but there is no butane inside, only a full charge of 60GB of storage.  At $60, the XIGMATEK Lighter offers you 60GB of portable storage in a USB 2.0 lighter sized package.  As you probably have guessed from the price, this is not a flash drive, there is a rather small platter housed inside the drive; something you should

Source: Tweaknews

VIA Group Announces Industry's Fastest USB 3.0 to SATA Controller

Subject: Storage | January 14, 2010 - 03:45 PM |
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Taipei, Taiwan, January 6, 2010 - VIA Technologies, Inc., a leading innovator of power efficient x86 processor platforms, today launched the VIA VL700 USB 3.0-SATA Controller, a highly integrated single chip solution that allows users to connect SATA hard disk drive (HDD), solid state drive (SSD), and optical disc drive (ODD) devices to their PC via new USB 3.0 specification ports.

With data transfer rates of up to 5Gbps, USB 3.0 (also known as SuperSpeed USB) offers t

Source: VIA Arena

Think fast and small

Subject: Storage | January 14, 2010 - 02:08 PM |
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The biggest news in storage this week is not a review and it is possible that many never heard of it because of how quietly the launch took place.  The news is that Intel now has a 40GB SSD and it is for sale, at a price of $129!

CES 2010: Lite-On Showcases New LabelTag Technology, External Slim and Blu-Ray Drives

Subject: Storage | January 10, 2010 - 03:06 AM |
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I visited the Lite-On / Plextor booth at the CES Digital Experience on Wednesday.  The booth is run by 'PLDS', the relations company representing both Plextor and Lite-On. 

The PLDS booth at the show floor, sporing all sorts of optical storage goodness.

CES 2010: Plextor Launches SSDs and New 24x External Writer with eSATA Dual Interface

Subject: Storage | January 10, 2010 - 02:36 AM |
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PCPer has gone quite a while without delving into optical storage, and it's high time we start taking a crack at it.  We'll kick it off with Plextor's announcement at CES - SSD's!.  Plextor will be producing drives based on the Marvell chipset.  While we haven't seen production models of this new controller in our lab as of yet, we should have something cooking shortly.  The new Plextor units are expected to start shipping in this quarter (Q1 2010) in capacities of 64 and 128GB.