Western Digital makes SSD's?

Subject: Storage | March 3, 2010 - 08:00 AM |

For a first in the industry, Western Digital has announced a line of Solid State Drives.  You may recall this time last year, when Western Digital acquired SiliconSystems.  We suspected that may eventually lead to a consumer grade SSD in their future, but we didn't quite expect them to turn one around in less than one years time!

An Extreme SSD that only Apple fans have heard of

Subject: Storage | March 2, 2010 - 05:58 PM |

Other World Computing (OWC) apparently makes well known products in the world of Apple but their OWC Mercury Extreme SSD is purely PC.  Using the young upstart controller that everyone is drooling about, the SandForce, this SSD deserves the Extreme moniker as it kept up to the Vertex LE in AnandTech's testing.  Even more interesting for some is that this 50GB model retails at $229 and happens to be the only 50GB model on the market although the Intel X25-M G2 80GB
sits in the same price range. 

Source: AnandTech

Super Talent intros USB 3.0 flash drive with encryption

Subject: Storage | March 2, 2010 - 01:19 PM |

We love us some USB 3.0 accessories - ever since we first started testing the data transfer and connectivity standard back in October of 2009 we have been scouring for each and every product using the standard.  Today Super Talent is announcing a new USB 3.0 flash drive that will offer speeds up to 240 MB/s (!!) allowing you to transfer a 600MB movie in just about 7 seconds.  The drive

Plextor gets into the SSD game!

Subject: Storage | March 1, 2010 - 11:00 AM |

Plextor has joined the SSD bandwagon, releasing a Marvell based line of SSD's!

Make your portable storage as safe as Ryan's

Subject: Storage | February 26, 2010 - 12:42 PM |

If you have seen or listened to this weeks PC Perspective Podcast, you heard Ryan talk about Corsair's Padlock 2 USB thumb drive.  At $52 it is more expensive than your average 8GB thumb drive, with the extra cost coming from some rather impressive security features.  A combination of up to 10 keys can be set to protect your data, but make sure not to forget the combo because the only way the

Corsair adds two new models to SSD lineup: Reactor and Nova

Subject: Storage | February 26, 2010 - 12:40 PM |

Corsair is finally coming out of the seemingly silent void it was in over the last couple of months and is announcing new products including a pair of SSD lines today.  The Reactor series of solid state drives will utilize the new JMicron JMF612 controller and a 128MB DDR2-based caching system for stutter-free performance and a reasonable cost.  The drive will be available in both 60GB and 120GB capacities with performance as high as 250 MB/s read and 170 MB/s on writes for the larger model.  You'll be able to pick up the 60GB Reactor SSD for about $185 or the 120GB model for $3

Memory Cards Enter Next Generation - Sandisk 64GB SDXC and New CF Spec 5

Subject: Storage | February 23, 2010 - 10:51 PM |

Are you ready for the next generation of memory cards? Sandisk has just announced their first SDXC memory card carrying a 64GB capacity and a Class 4 read speed of 15 MB/s.

To quote the Sandisk press release:

Source: General

Which SATA 6G controller do you have?

Subject: Storage | February 23, 2010 - 12:27 PM |

[H]ard|OCP tests the two controllers that offer native SATA 6G support on motherboards, the Marvell 88SE912and the Marvell 88SE9123.  They compare it to the Intel ICH10R which is of the previous 3Gb/s generation of controller and the results are enlightening.  The ICH10R should be about half the speed of the Marvell transfer rates but the testing does not bear that hypothesis out.  When they tried RAID0 the results become even more interesting, you definitely want to check this

Source: [H]ard|OCP

Kingston's new low cost SSDs

Subject: Storage | February 18, 2010 - 04:58 PM |

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 |

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 |

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 |

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 |

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 |

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 |

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 |

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 |

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!

Source: ASUS

Intel and Micron to announce 25nm flash memory

Subject: Storage | January 30, 2010 - 05:22 PM |

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 |

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 |

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