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In mid-February, PC Perspective broke the story about a potential issue with Intel's X25-M mainstream solid state drives involving fragmentation and performance slow downs. At that time, after having the news picked up by everyone from CNet to the Wall Street Journal, Intel's started working with us...
Corsair's 128GB SSD
Corsair's first entry into the world of solid state drives is a 128GB model based around the current generation Samsung controller. Though we have done numerous reviews of SSDs in the past, I take a slightly different approach on the evaluation looking at what advantages you can see when upgrading your notebook or system to even a lower cost SSD option.
The Green Monster gets bigger (and quieter)!
This week we take a break from the nosebleed speeds of Solid State and check out what spinning disk tech has to offer. We found there is still much life left in these beasts. If you are in the market for an insane amount of near-silent storage, this article is for you.
Indilinx Barefoot spotted
The OCZ Vertex series of solid state drives might be the most anticipated since the release of the Intel X25-M series. Using a new controller technology from Indilinx, the Vertex drive we are previewing offers incredible performance and a more reasonable price per GB.
Intel gets some competition
The OCZ Summit line of solid state drives uses a new controller from Samsung as well as 64MB of cache to speed up performance, in particular write speeds. Does this new 250GB SSD have what it takes to compete against the Intel X25-M?
For the past few months, we have been putting three Intel X25-M SSDs through their paces in long-term real world usage scenarios. The results were surprising to say the least. We explore the internals of these drives as to determine the cause and attempt solutions of varying difficulties.
OCZ Mixes up SSDs
Solid state drives (SSDs) are definitely one of the most interesting product categories of the day as they promise users benefits of flash memory for primary storage and the end of the platter-based hard drive reign. The OCZ Apex is unique in that it uses internal RAID-0 configurations to help speed that transition along.
Retail VelociRaptor Returns
Western Digital sent us a pair of retail-ready VelociRaptor hard drives that compare to our initial pre-release drive we tested a couple of months back. Of course, we couldn't get away without seeing how these drives performed in a RAID-0 array.
Intel Makes the SSD Play
We knew that Intel was going to blast in the storage market with their own solid state drive brand and today the products are actually released. Come see how Intel will be changing the game when it comes the fastest storage solutions around.
The Super Talent MasterDrive MX 60GB SSD
Super Talent is offering up a new solid state drive that promises to bring you SSD performance with prices at less than half of previous tested models. Can they possibly live up to that claim or is there something that Super Talent is holding back on?
A Surprisingly Robust Update
OCZ's second solid state drive to hit the PC Perspective labs takes all the good features of the previous version while fixing those nagging sustained transfer rate issues. Could this be the SSD that makes you drop your hard earned cash?
Our first SSD test
Our first review of a solid state disk compares the OCZ 64GB SATA-I model to the new VelociRaptor hard drive as well as other desktop HDDs and even another 2.5" notebook drive from Western Digital. The results are incredibly interesting though not as impressive as originally hoped.
Introduction and Specifications
The incredibly popular Raptor series of drives gets an upgrade today with the introduction of the Western Digital VelociRaptor 300GB hard drive. There is more to this update than just a capacity bump; performance gets a noticeable boost as well!
You need this, even if you don't
Thermaltake has a new SATA hard drive USB dock that has become one of my new favorite toys around the office. Ever want to easily and quickly swap hard drives in and out of your computer? Then you'll definitely want to invest in one of these.
A 750GB Powerhouse
Western Digital might have been late to the party, but their 750GB Caviar SE16 hard drive means business. With performance nearly up to the Raptor X and 5x the capacity, might this drive interest you??
I'm a Survivor!
Corsair has two flash drives for you to consider today: one that can get run over by cars and the other that requires a PIN number for security! If you are looking for something different in the world of flash drives, you'll want to check this out!
We throw 8 SD cards from 6 manufacturers at a battery of tests to show you if all SD cards are made equal. Throw away those speed ratings, this is the real deal.
Introduction and Theory
Gigabyte showed off a low-cost solid state storage device at Computex last year and we finally take it for a test spin. See if this device can make all your storage dreams come true!
Introduction and Specifications
Western Digital's Raptor line of SATA hard drives has been the darling of the enthusiast storage community for quite some time. Their latest iteration brings twice the storage capacity and faster transfer speeds -- what else do you want?
XFX's Revo64 is a unique RAID controller offering speed and security. Does the PCI interface matter? How can it compare to the Silicon Image SiL 3132 and NVIDIA controllers? The results are very interesting indeed! (This also a good review of integrated controllers).
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