Subject: General Tech, Storage | December 24, 2013 - 03:37 AM | Scott Michaud
Tagged: sandforce, SF3739
There are still not too many details to go on (at least beyond the information released a little over a month ago). The LSI SF3739 is the enthusiast-class third generation Sandforce SSD controller and is the one expected to appear in high-end desktops or workstations. They support either SATA 6Gbps or 4 lanes of PCIe 2.0 and thus can appear in either drive form factor. It is designed to support either SLC, MLC, or even TLC memory cells. Up to 2TB of storage will be possible.
Image Credit: VR-Zone
VR-Zone was unable to test the device due to a lack of firmware but, hey, if you have a camera why not take it apart? They have a few pictures of the SF3739 board in each of the two possible interfaces. I will leave the other images as an exercise to the reader to seek.
The third generation of Sandforce controllers was expected to launch in Q1 but that might be bumped to as late as Q3 according to one or more of their partners.
Subject: Storage | December 12, 2013 - 04:44 PM | Allyn Malventano
Tagged: ssd, ocz, intrepid, 3800, 3600, 3000
OCZ hasn't exactly been having a smooth run lately. Despite, or perhaps in spite of talks of bankruptcy and buyouts, they have launched an update to their enterprise lineup:
The new Intrepid 3000 Series is built on a Marvell 88SS9187 controller running custom firmware developed in-house by OCZ. This combination achieves a claimed 91,000 random 4K read IOPS and a steady 40,000 random 4K write IOPS. These specs are significantly higher than OCZ's previous generation enterprise SSD, the SandForce-driven Deveva 2. This combination has also enabled greater data endurance and protection via BCH error correction of up to 85 bits per 2Kb. The controller and new firmware also treat the flash as a RAID to further increase redundancy.
The Intrepid will be available in two models, segmented by the endurance rating of the installed 19nm Toshiba flash:
- Intrepid 3600:
- 19nm MLC
- Rated for 5 years at 1 full drive write per day
- Intrepid 3800:
- 19nm eMLC
- Rated for 5 years at 5 full drive writes per day
Both models will be available in 100, 200, 400, and 800GB capacities beginning Q1 2014.
Full press release after the break:
Subject: General Tech, Storage | December 5, 2013 - 10:23 PM | Scott Michaud
Tagged: Intel, ssd
Computer storage website, Myce, got a hold of a few slides from Intel's SSD division. The semiconductor giant is expected to have (at least) nine active product lines with new SKUs apparently coexisting with certain older models. Two of the PCIe-based product lines, the P3700 series and the P3500 series, are expected to be available in capacities of up to 2TB. They will apparently be available in 2.5" form factor as well.
Image Credit: Myce
Intel has not produced the most mindblowing components over the last 3-4 years but, to my knowledge, they have been effective at wooing the enterprise customers. 2.8 GB/s reads and 1.7 GB/s writes at 450,000 IOPS for reading (150,000 IOPS for writes) seem pretty good, though. Combined with Intel's 5-year warranty and it will probably find its way into a few servers.
Each of the new products will be fabricated on the 20nm process (the older 910 Series and DC S3700 Series, both from 2012, will remain 25nm). Of course Intel has access to smaller processes at this point but, since these are enterprise products, it makes sense for them to use the more tried and true methods for the time being.
If you are interested in enterprise SSDs, keep an eye out in a couple of quarters. Maybe we will even see some stuff coming out of CES in a month.
Subject: Storage | December 5, 2013 - 05:08 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: hgst, SAS, ssd, SSD800MM, enterprise ssd
For Enterprise level performance nothing beats SAS as it can sustain transfer speeds of up to 12Gbps if your storage media is fast enough. The partnership of Intel and HGST bring you just such a drive, rated at 700MB/s and 1150MB/s for sequential reads and writes and IOPS of 145K and 70K for random reads and writes respectively. If that isn't enough to make you jealous, The SSD Review also had a chance to test this SSD as part of an eight disk RAID.
"If you have been following The SSD Review in 2013, you are probably familiar with our coverage of 12Gbps SAS. Throughout the year we have covered HBAs, RAID Adapters, Enclosures and SSDs. We have been incredibly busy reviewing new products, but one product in particular has stood out. In all of our 12Gbps SAS reviews we have sung the praises of the HGST SSD800MM. Since the SSD800MM was more of a means to an end when reviewing the LSI SAS 9300-8e, we never really gave it its proper due. With this update, we wanted to put this SSD into perspective after nearly a year’s worth of 12Gbps SAS testing."
Here are some more Storage reviews from around the web:
- Toshiba PX02SS 12Gbps SAS Enterprise (400GB) @ SSD Review
- OCZ Vector 150 240GB @ Legion Hardware
- M.2 NGFF PCIe SSD Adapter @ SSD Review
- ioSwitch Raijin M.2 NGFF PCIe @ SSD Review
- VisionTek Data Fusion PCIe (480GB) @ SSD Review
- Western Digital RED 4TB Hard Drive Review @ Hardware Canucks
- Western Digital Red (WD40EFRX) 4 TB NAS Hard Disk Drive @ TechARP
- Synology DS1513+ Scalable NAS for SMB Review @ Madshrimps
- Western Digital My Cloud 2TB @ eTeknix
- Thecus N2560 NAS Server @ NikKTech
- Western Digital Black² Dual Drive Review – Two drives in one! @ TechwareLabs
- Western Digital Black² 1TB Dual Drive Review @ Hardware Canucks
- WD Black² Dual Drive @ Legion Hardware
- iStarUSA BPN-2535DE-SA SATA 6Gb/s Hot-Swap Cage @ NikKTech
- Lexar JumpDrive P10 32 GB USB 3.0 @ techPowerUp
- Buffalo LinkStation LS421DE Enclosure @ Kitguru
- ADATA HE720 500GB Slim External Hard Drive Review @HiTech Legion
- ADATA DashDrive HV620 External Hard Drive @ Benchmark Reviews
Subject: General Tech, Storage | November 26, 2013 - 03:46 AM | Scott Michaud
Tagged: ssd, endurance
Update 11/26/2013 @ 11:20pm Allyn weighed in, particularly about the Samsung drives. One thing that he notes (as does Tech Report in the original article) is that Samsung might just be more severe in its reporting of errors. For instance, he believes that it is just about impossible for SSDs to write 300TB of data without ever seeing a flash read error. Regardless of what they report, each of these drives keep on ticking. It is "significantly beyond the expectations of a consumer (non-Prosumer) SSD".
The Tech Report has been testing a batch of SSDs for their life expectancy over several months now. Results have been fairly interesting: drives were relatively stable even up to 200TB of cumulative writes; some drives even got faster. Now they have passed the 300TB threshold and we are seeing certain drives hit some harsh realities. As Scott Wasson said in a tweet:
Our endurance experiment has finally hit the limits of one consumer SSD: http://t.co/zxw7mRkT2K
— Scott Wasson (@scottwasson) November 26, 2013
In all, though, even the TLC offerings have surpassed reasonable expectations. Consumer drives are designed for consumer machines and will likely take decades to reach the hundreds-of-terabytes order of magnitude for today's usage.
Image Credit: The Tech Report
It makes me wonder exactly how over-provisioned enterprise hardware is if these, consumer, parts have such high reliability.
Introduction, Specifications and Packaging
If you're into the laptop storage upgrade scene, you hear the same sort of arguments all the time. "Do I go with a HDD for a large capacity and low cost/GB, but suffer performance"? "I want an SSD, but can't afford the capacity I need"! The ideal for this scenario is to combine both - go with a small capacity SSD for your operating system and apps, while going with a larger HDD for bulk storage at a lower cost/GB. The catch here is that most mobile platforms only come with a single 2.5" 9.5mm storage bay, and you just can't physically fit a full SSD and a full HDD into that space, can you? Well today Western Digital has answered that challenge with the Black2 Dual Drive:
Yup, we're not kidding. This is a 120GB SSD *and* a 1TB HDD in a single package. Not a hybrid. Two drives, and it's nothing short of a work of art.
Subject: Storage | November 22, 2013 - 01:33 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: sandforce sf3700, LSI, Codename Griffin
That image may bear a remarkable resemblance to a DIMM but it is indeed an SSD using the PCIe M.2 connector. The models that The SSD Review saw came in both M.2 and SATA versions with read and write speeds of up to 1.8GB/s over a PCIe 4x connection which is more than a little impressive. They've taught this new controller another trick as well, DuraWrite Virtual Capacity could triple the storage available on an SSD virtually, a 128GB drive could store up to 384GB. Hopefully we will get a more in depth description of how DVC will work in the near future.
1 notch PCIe X4 = 2000MB/s
2 notch PCIe x2/SATA = max 1000MB/s or 550MB/s
"Since first discovery of the next gen LSI SandForce FSP , we have seen this controller shed its ‘ Codename Griffin’ skin and receive official validation as the new LSI SandForce SF-3700 Series flash controller, indeed capable of top SSD performance speeds of 1.8GB/s. There are a ton of questions that remain, however. Why hasn’t it been released? Why haven’t we seen thorough performance benchmarks? Are there heat issues with the controller? Is it possible, like folklore describing the Griffin with its head of an eagle and body of a lion, that the SF3700 family is myth and something that we may just never see? Let’s tackle these questions one by one, all the while showing you some early examples of what various LSI SandForce partners have to offer."
Here are some more Storage reviews from around the web:
- VisionTek mSATA 480GB SSD @ SSD Review
- OCZ Vertex 450 128GB SSD Review @ Neoseeker
- Kingston SSDNow E50 240GB SSD Review @ Hardware Canucks
- OCZ Vector 150 240GB SSD Review @ Hardware Canucks
- The SSD Database is Live! @ SSD Review
- LSI MegaRAID SAS 9271-8i 6Gb/s 8-Port SATA+SAS ROC RAID Controller @ NikKTech
- Seagate Desktop SSHD 2TB Hard Drive Review @ Hardware Canucks
- Synology DS214Se ‘Special Edition’ 2-bay NAS @ eTeknix
- WD My Cloud EX4 Personal Cloud Storage NAS Review @ Techgage
- ADATA HV620 2TB External Hard Drive Review @HiTech Legion
- WD My Cloud EX4 8TB Personal Cloud Storage NAS Review @ Legit Reviews
- Teratrend (SilverStone) TS432U 4 Bay USB3.0 RAID Enclosure @ eTeknix
- ASUSTOR AS-304T NAS Server @ NikKTech
- ADATA DashDrive Elite SE720 128GB External SSD @ SSD Review
- Western Digital My Cloud EX4 Personal Cloud Storage System @ TechwareLabs
- The Western Digital My Cloud EX4 Tech Report @ Tech ARP
- Serial Cables 8-Port 12Gbps SAS Direct Attached JBOD @ SSD Review
- Seagate Business Storage 8-Bay Rackmount NAS review: 8 disks in 1U rack @ Hardware.info
- Corsair Voyager GS 128GB USB 3 flash drive @ Kitguru
- SuperTalent Pico 32GB USB 3.0 Thumbdrive Review @ Madshrimps
- Lexar JumpDrive M10 Secure 64GB Flash Drive @ eTeknix
Subject: General Tech, Processors, Storage | November 19, 2013 - 01:15 PM | Ryan Shrout
Tagged: i7-4770k, gold box, deals, amazon, 530 series
I don't often post about the Amazon Gold Box deals, but today the company has some great offerings specific to PC enthusiasts and DIY builders that you might want to take advantage of. Please keep in mind though that these deals are only good today, November 19th!!
The flagship offering is the Intel Core i7-4770K, the company's highest end LGA1150 Haswell processor, is on sale for $299; $60 off the normal MSRP. That is the best price I have seen on that flagship CPU with the exception of in-store offerings from MicroCenters.
For those of you on a tighter budget, Amazon has the Core i5-3570K Ivy Bridge processor on sale for $199.
Another great price can be had on the Intel 530 Series 240GB SSD that is going for $149; well under the MSRP price.
Here are some other interesting deals, all found on the Gold Box deal page:
- Kingston HyperX 8GB kit DDR3-1600 for $64
- Corsair H90 cooler for $69
- Corsair AX760i power supply for $149
- Corsair Obsidian 900D Super Tower case for $289
- Creative Sound Blaster Z PCIE Sound Card for $59
- Corsair K50 Gaming Keyboard for $79
- Corsair M65 Gaming Mouse for $49
- Kingston HyperX Steel Series Siberia V2 Gaming Headset for $64
And just remember: these deals are only good today, November 19th!!
Subject: General Tech, Chipsets, Storage | November 12, 2013 - 04:37 PM | Scott Michaud
Tagged: Intel, 9-series, SATA Express
Intel is preparing to launch several processors next year. For back-to-school, Haswell will return with new SKUs and a new 9-series chipset; in the holiday season, Haswell-E will arrive for high-end (high wattage) enthusiasts on the X99 chipset; and, just before 2015, Broadwell-K will be available for the mainstream 9-series desktop.
The specification, which more than triples SATA 6Gbps's "up-to 600MB/s" bandwidth rating, will not be validated for Intel 9 Series chipsets. Intel was originally rumored to be its launch partner. The host connector accepts connections from both SATA (up to two per host connector) and PCIe-based (one device, up to two lanes) hard drives. Two PCIe lanes provides 2GB/s of bandwidth.
It seems like the real benefit is to allow internal drives be connected with PCIe speeds through a ribbon-cable. Currently Intel has not given a reason to pass on the standard.
Introduction and Features
Today Western Digital launched an important addition to their Personal Cloud Storage NAS family - the My Cloud EX4:
The My Cloud EX4 is Western Digital's answer to the increased demand for larger personal storage devices. When folks look for places to consolidate all of their bulk files, media, system backups, etc, they tend to extend past what is possible with a single hard drive. Here is Western Digital's projection on where personal storage is headed:
Where the My Cloud was a single drive solution, the My Cloud EX4 extends that capability to span up to four 3.5" drives. When it comes to devices that span across several drives, the number 4 is a bit of a sweet spot, as it enables several RAID configurations:
Everything but online capacity expansion (where the user can swap drives one at a time to a larger capacitiy) is suppoted. While WD has stated that feature will be available in a future update, I find it a bit risky to intentionally and repeatedly fail an array by pulling drives and forcing rebuilds. It just makes more sense to back up the data and re-create a fresh array with the new larger drives installed.
Ok, so we've got the groundwork down with a 4-bay NAS device. What remains to be seen is how Western Digital has implemented the feature set. There is a lot to get through here, so let's get to it.