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Subject: Storage | March 3, 2010 - 01:15 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
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
Subject: Storage | March 3, 2010 - 08:00 AM | Allyn Malventano
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!
Subject: Storage | March 2, 2010 - 05:58 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
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.
Subject: Storage | March 2, 2010 - 01:19 PM | Ryan Shrout
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
Subject: Storage | February 26, 2010 - 12:42 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
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
Subject: Storage | February 26, 2010 - 12:40 PM | Ryan Shrout
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
Subject: Storage | February 23, 2010 - 10:51 PM | Jonathan Hung
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:
Subject: Storage | February 23, 2010 - 12:27 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
[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
Subject: Storage | February 18, 2010 - 04:58 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
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.
Subject: Storage | February 15, 2010 - 12:39 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
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.
Subject: Storage | February 15, 2010 - 04:00 AM | Allyn Malventano
Subject: Storage | February 11, 2010 - 01:57 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
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
Subject: Storage | February 10, 2010 - 06:21 PM | Allyn Malventano
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.
Subject: Storage | February 9, 2010 - 06:26 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
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;
Subject: Storage | February 5, 2010 - 01:59 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
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.
Subject: Storage | February 2, 2010 - 12:42 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
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
Subject: Storage | February 1, 2010 - 09:43 PM | Allyn Malventano
Subject: Storage | January 30, 2010 - 05:22 PM | Allyn Malventano
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.
Subject: Storage | January 29, 2010 - 12:07 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
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