That's waste management to the other PC types

Subject: Storage | August 10, 2009 - 02:38 PM |
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Allyn has been hard at work on the new OZC Vertex custom Indilinx firmware
which enables garbage collection, perhaps one of the most interesting features an SSD can have.  Think of it as a way for SSDs to heal themselves from the damage of file transfers and deletions that defragmenting took care of on platter based drives.  Allyn subjects the poor drive to his custom made SSD killing test and watched in amazement as the drive healed its self over time without his needing to repair it.

A bargain SSD?!?

Subject: Storage | August 6, 2009 - 04:37 PM |
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You can thank Intel for the sudden drop in SSD prices as their second generation X25 series has forced the competition to drop prices or suffer.  A perfect example is the OCZ Agility SSD 120GB, which will run you $300.  On paper it reads up to 230 MB/s
writes at 135 MB/s
and sustained writes of 80 MB/s.  The Guru of 3D tests those claims in their new review, so

Source: Guru of 3D

Fusion-io ioXtreme Maya testing

Subject: Storage | August 4, 2009 - 12:36 PM |
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Fusion-io passed along a press release with some of their internal testing results of the ioXtreme.  In the below release, they claim a 6x performance gain under Maya as compared to a high end 4-drive RAID.  Details are scarce at present and we have yet to see hard benchmark figures from the ioXtreme, but here is the tease they provided on the published spec sheet:


Source: Fusion-io

They grow up so quickly

Subject: Storage | August 3, 2009 - 02:21 PM |
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You may think of SSDs as a very new technology for mainstream users; something that is only true compared to platter technology.  Intel has already hit their second generation and one of the biggest improvements was the price; not to take anything away from its performance numbers.  Now it is OCZ's turn, with the third generation of their Vertex series.  The newest is a 120GB Vertex Turbo drive which

It's a photo finish!

Subject: Storage | July 30, 2009 - 03:32 PM |
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PhotoFast may not sound like a big name in storage, but believe it or not, their G-Monster V5 256GB is one of the fastest SSDs on the planet, though also one of the most expensive, at $1000.  Tweaktown tested it out on an 8 core Opteron system and found that the system its self was a bottleneck for the drives performance.  Even so, the G-Monster V5 has hitting almost 250 MB/s read speeds and 210MB/s write speeds.

Source: TweakTown

Success on the second try

Subject: Storage | July 28, 2009 - 12:32 PM |
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As Allyn has proved, the new technology used in the second generation has almost completely removed the fragmentation over time problem.  You can see that confirmed by The Tech Report's review of the drive, where they tested the response times of drives before and after heavy testing.  They still anxiously await Win7 and the TRIM commands that will help Indilinx and Samsung controlled drives performance; the question is can it help them cl

Fusion-io + Dell = mean database server

Subject: Storage | July 27, 2009 - 12:11 PM |
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Much of the below press release is industry jargon, but what you can take home from this is Fusion-io paired an ioDrive with a Dell PowerEdge and MS SQL Server to produce a solid, high performing product that puts out some impressive stats.  This should make companies want to adopt the tech, which leads to volume sales and ultimately drives down the cost of consumer-grade products (in this case PCI-e SSDs).  The potential end result?  Cheaper ioXtreme SSDs for the rest of us.

Source: Fusion-io

*DO NOT* set a BIOS HDD password on your X25-M G2

Subject: Storage | July 24, 2009 - 06:36 PM |
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***Public Service Announcement***



Intel has informed me of a bug in the X25-M G2 shipping firmware (02G2).  This
bug is specific to setting a hard drive password in your BIOS.  If you
have set a BIOS HDD password, then subsequently change or disable that
password, the SSD may become inoperable.  Intel is correcting the issue
in firmware and will be posting a fix shortly.  In summary:

Win win with Intel's new SSD

Subject: Storage | July 23, 2009 - 01:14 PM |
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If you watched the live Podcast last night you got a sneak preview of the results of Allyn's testing of the 2nd generation Intel X25-M.  Today the hard numbers have arrived in his full review.  Write speeds remain the drives Achilles Heel, the Indilinx controlled drives still end up on top though this new drive from Intel now has less than a 0.1ms Random Access time.  It is better than its predecessor across the board, and cheaper to boot!

OCZ Colossus early testing data, now with ETA and pricing

Subject: Storage | July 22, 2009 - 09:15 PM |
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You may remember us talking about the upcoming OCZ Colossus SSD - the first standard 3.5-in form factor solid state drive first shown at Computex 2009.  As it happens, some preliminary performance results happened to swing by our email this morning. 

 
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Intel G2 X25-M: In The Lab (with earlly testing data!)

Subject: Storage | July 22, 2009 - 04:11 PM |
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Our Intel X25-M G2 sample just arrived.  I promptly threw it on the storage testbed and got some initial data.  I'll let the pics do the talking:

X25-M G2 in the lab.

Intel announces 34nm flash X25-M and X18-M SSDs

Subject: Storage | July 21, 2009 - 06:56 PM |
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Earlier today Intel announced their second generation SSD line.  Models will retain the X25 and X18 names, but will contain "G2" at the end of their model numbers.  The G2 drives are based on new Intel 34nm flash, which promises to bring speeds up a bit.  The smaller process will enable more units per wafer and will ultimately bring costs down.  New processes normally take some time for the lower costs to trickle down to end users, but Intel plans to undercut the current market.  This is especially significant when you consider the X25 series are among the best perform

The story so far

Subject: Storage | July 21, 2009 - 12:36 PM |
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We now have a bit more information on Intel's new 34nm NAND SSDs, the X25-M and eventually the X18-M.  The names remain the same but the technology behind it does not, which results in two very nice gifts to the consumer.  The first is a price slash, these brand new drives will be cheaper than the originals by a fairly large margin.  The second is improved performance in certain random writes, which seem to improve the larger the drive is.  Random read speed is unaffected, though latencies are reduced across the board. 

Source: AnandTech

Intel Delivers Industry's First 34-Nanometer NAND Flash

Subject: Storage | July 21, 2009 - 12:09 PM |
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SANTA CLARA, Calif., July 21, 2009 - Intel Corporation is moving to a more advanced, 34- nanometer (nm) manufacturing process for its leading NAND flash-based Solid State Drive (SSD) products, which are an alternative to a computer's hard drive.

New Intel SSDs likely to be announced in the morning

Subject: Storage | July 21, 2009 - 01:46 AM |
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UPDATE: Yeah, the new Intel SSDs were announced as expected.

Huge storage space, tiny power needs

Subject: Storage | July 16, 2009 - 12:38 PM |
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Although it will cost you a bit of a premium, the Seagate Barracuda LP 2TBgives you huge amount of storage in a single 3.5" HDD thanks to 4 500GB platters.  The LP denotes a low power drive, in this case the drive is designed to run at an odd 5900RPM.  That slightly increased platter speed, along with the 32MB cache ensure that this drive is not left eating the dirt of a 7200RPM drive.  While it's performance did lag behind the

Source: Bjorn3D

Corsair SSD additions and changes

Subject: Storage | July 16, 2009 - 10:37 AM |
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Corsair has updated their SSD pages to include the new Indilinx controller based Extreme Series.  While their stated spec of 240 MB/sec read and 170 MB/sec write seems very nice, we can expect them to perform like the other Indilinx-based units out there without the use of the special Indilinx TRIM tool.

UPDATED: SATA 6G launch delayed to do tech issues on nearly all P55 boards

Subject: Storage | July 16, 2009 - 01:00 AM |
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You've come a long way ...

Subject: Storage | July 13, 2009 - 03:43 PM |
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The Tech Report has put together a massive conglomeration of drives both SSD and platter based, run singly and in RAID to see the recent evolution of storage.  From the fastest SSDs through RAM based storage to old 5400RPM platter drives, there is a lot of numbers to go through.  Take a look at which drives excel at which tasks in addition to technology differences and RAID setups.