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Subject: Storage | August 18, 2009 - 07:07 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Apart from the form factor and the use of a much faster transfer bus, flash drives are becoming the defacto standard for data storage. The 120GB+ tend to prefer a SATA or eSATA interface, while the smaller drives tend to use USB for transfer and lack sophisticated controllers. The A-DATA 32GB XPG
is one of the smaller drives, both in storage capacity and in physical size and it is up for review at Legit Reviews. Can it live up to its Xupreme name? Follow the link to find out.
Subject: Storage | August 14, 2009 - 12:13 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Indilinx has gone from a company that only the most hardened of storage geeks used on a daily basis to one of the more common names dropped in tech discussions. This is all thanks to the rise of the Solid State Drive and Indilinx's Barefoot controller. A quick peek at Allyn's SSD Decoder Ring shows you just how popular a controller it is. This implementation is paired with Elpida RAM and Samsung NAND in the
Subject: Storage | August 13, 2009 - 12:00 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Fremont, CA. August 13th, 2009 - Corsair®, a worldwide leader in high-performance computer memory, power supplies and flash memory products, including solid-state drives, today announced the 128GB Flash Voyager GT, the world’s fastest 128GB USB flash drive.
The newest Flash Voyager GT is based upon a revolutionary design that employs a unique dual-controller architecture to achieve SLC-levels of performance using MLC NAND flash memory.
Subject: Storage | August 11, 2009 - 01:47 PM | Allyn Malventano
The Flash Memory Summit has just begun, and to kick things off, Intel and Micron have announced something unexpected: 3 bit per cell flash memory. This is significant on many levels (pun intended). SLC (single level cell) flash is 1 bpc. The vast majority of MLC (multi level cell) flash is 2 bpc, netting a 100% capacity gain over SLC. This new flash is 3 bpc, pushing bit density to 200% over SLC and 50% over previous generation MLC flash.
Subject: Storage | August 10, 2009 - 07:52 PM | Allyn Malventano
Kingston has informed us of a new addition to their SSDNow V series line. The new "V+" series incorporate Samsung RBB controllers and will be available in the usual Samsung sizes (64 / 128 / 256 GB). They will also sport a 3 year warranty. This will add Kingston to another section of our SSD Decoder during its next update.
Subject: Storage | August 10, 2009 - 07:39 PM | Allyn Malventano
For those who managed to sneak an early purchase of an Intel X25-M G2 series SSD, there is now a firmware update available for your downloading pleasure. Please ensure you update prior to updating or removing any BIOS HDD password you might have set since your purchase. Once updated, you are free to do whatever you wish with said password (except forget it, of course). This u
Subject: Storage | August 10, 2009 - 02:38 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
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.
Subject: Storage | August 6, 2009 - 04:37 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
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
Subject: Storage | August 4, 2009 - 12:36 PM | Allyn Malventano
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:
Subject: Storage | August 3, 2009 - 02:21 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
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
Subject: Storage | July 30, 2009 - 03:32 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
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.
Subject: Storage | July 28, 2009 - 12:32 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
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
Subject: Storage | July 27, 2009 - 12:11 PM | Allyn Malventano
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.
Subject: Storage | July 24, 2009 - 06:36 PM | Allyn Malventano
***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:
Subject: Storage | July 23, 2009 - 01:14 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
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!
Subject: Storage | July 22, 2009 - 09:15 PM | Allyn Malventano
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.
Subject: Storage | July 22, 2009 - 04:11 PM | Allyn Malventano
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:
Subject: Storage | July 21, 2009 - 06:56 PM | Allyn Malventano
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
Subject: Storage | July 21, 2009 - 12:36 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
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.
Subject: Storage | July 21, 2009 - 12:09 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
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.