Intel releases SSD friendly AHCI/RAID driver

Subject: Storage | March 24, 2010 - 06:00 PM |

For the past few months, Intel has been working on a new Rapid Storage Technology (RST) driver to replace the old Intel Matrix Storage Manager (IMSM) series.

Trimming the performance and the price; Intel and Kingston's low price SSDs

Subject: Storage | March 23, 2010 - 01:10 PM |

The Intel X25-V 40GB 2.5" Solid State Drive will set you back $123 and Kingston's 30GB SSDNOW Vis only $92.  Keeping the size down results in using half the channels of an 80GB model which then results in a slow down in read and write speeds all of which add up to an inexpensive SSD.  The ques

Source: AnandTech

Get Blu-Ray for cheap

Subject: Storage | March 18, 2010 - 01:12 PM |

It has taken a while before the industry realized that if people need to pay almost the full price of a PS3 to get a Blu-Ray drive that most people will choose the Sony product over a 5.25" internal drive.  The prices have plummeted, at least on the readers if not the writers which is why the LITE-ON iHOS104-08 Blu-Ray Driveis a rather nice product.  At $70 it is approaching a reasonable price point and

Intel Brings Affordable Solid-State Computing to Netbooks and Desktop PCs

Subject: Storage | March 15, 2010 - 02:46 PM |

SANTA CLARA, Calif., March 15, 2010 – Intel Corporation announced today a new addition to its award-winning lineup of high-performance solid-state drives (SSDs): the Intel X25-V Value SATA SSD.

Kingston's SSD take 2; action!

Subject: Storage | March 12, 2010 - 12:48 PM |

Kingston has released the second generation of their larger capacity SSDs, the V+ SNVP325-S2 128GB SSD which uses the rare Toshiba T6UG1XBG controller, a controller we are not very familiar with.  Kingston claims sequential reads of 230MB/s and writes of 180MB/s, which PureOverclock put to the test in their review.  As their results show, this drive has no problems keeping

OCZ releases new line of SSD's - hits $100 mark

Subject: Storage | March 10, 2010 - 10:30 PM |

Today OCZ released a new 'Onyx' line of SSD's.  Their aim is the low end market this time around, focusing on smaller capacities and modest performance.  The first entry of the line will be only 32GB in capacity, limiting it to boot-only duties.  Sequential transfer rates top out at 125 MB/sec for reads and 70 MB/sec for writes.

Adding SATA 6Gb/s to SSDs

Subject: Storage | March 5, 2010 - 02:21 PM |

The Marvell 88SS9174-BJP2 controller brings SATA 6Gb/s to the Crucial RealSSD-C300.  Benchmark Reviews has paired that SSD with an Intel ICH10R to see just how well the SSD can do.  With peaks of 330 MBps on read and 225 MBps for writes, it would seem that one SSD still isn't able to saturate the new standard.  It is st

Corsair launches Force seres of SSDs using SandForce controller

Subject: Storage | March 4, 2010 - 02:41 AM |

The hits just keep on coming as Corsair goes off like a company possessed releasing yet another line of solid state drives.  Looking back at the Nova and Reactor lines first shown just this past Friday, the new Force-series of SSDs make a total of three new lines in under a week!  Corsair is obviously intent on keeping or passing competitors like OCZ Technology that have a wide array of SSD options for different performance segments and price levels.

Met Western Digital's new SSD, now they swing both ways

Subject: Storage | March 3, 2010 - 01:15 PM |

While the original body of Western Digital has been very busy improving platter based hard drives, the company that they recently bought out, Silicon Systems
has been developing an SSD for WD.  The WD SiliconEdge Blue 256GB has a new branded controller and Allyn spotted quite a few similarities to a Kingston/JMicron board, though the performance did not match.  The pricing did not match either, with MSRPs of $249 for 64GB, $529 for 128

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!