Subject: Storage | July 18, 2012 - 04:25 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: super talent, ST1, ST2, usb 3.0
If you need fast and portable storage then a USB 3.0 flash drive is the way to go as there is a large difference in speed when you compare it to the previous USB 2.0 standard. Super Talent currently offers two versions the the ST1 which uses ToggleMode DDR and has and advertised speed of 90MB/s read and 16MB/s write speeds as well as the ST2 which has dual channel MLC flash and 67MB/s read and 24MB/s write speeds. The other difference between the two models is the capacity, with the ST1 going from 8GB to 16GB and the ST2 available in sizes up to 32GB. Check out the real world results at Legit Reviews.
"The two drives we have to review today are the Super Talent Express 3.0 ST1 4GB and the Express 3.0 ST2 8GB. These two are the smallest capacity drives of their respective lineups. The ST1 ranges from 4GB-16GB, and the ST2 ranges from 8GB-32GB. The ST1 uses Super Talent’s ToggleMode DDR (double data rate) flash which claims 90MB/s read and 16MB/s write speeds. The ST2, however, uses a dual channel MLC flash, claiming 67MB/s read and 24MB/s write speeds..."
Here are some more Storage reviews from around the web:
- Kingston DataTraveler Elite 3.0 USB 3.0 Flash Drive @ TechARP
- Plextor M5S 256GB @ AnandTech
- Micron C400 256GB 6Gbps mSATA SSD Review - Crucial M4 mSATA SSD in Disguise @ SSD Review
- OCZ Vertex 4 SSD Review @ HardwareLOOK
- OCZ Vertex 4 256GB Review @ OCC
- Kingston HyperX 3K Series 240GB SSD @ [H]ard|OCP
- OCZ Vertex 4 SSD with 1.5 firmware @ Guru 3D
- Seagate Backup Plus @ The Inquirer
- Crucial Adrenaline Solid State Cache Review @ eTeknix
- Plextor M5S 256GB SATA 3 SSD Review - True Speed Through and Through @ SSD Review
- MyDigitalSSD Bullet Proof 3 SATA III 512GB SSD Review - A Force Behind SSD Affordability @ SSD Review
- Biwin NuvoDrive NX Novachips Bugatti Preview - World Exclusive @ Tweaktown
- OCZ RevoDrive X2 SSD Review @ HardwareLOOK
- Corsair Accelerator 30GB & 60GB Review @ OCC
- CoreRise Comay Venus 3S 120GB SATA3 MLC Synchronous SSD Review @ ModSynergy
- Corsair Force 3 240GB Laptop Upgrade Kit @ Pro-Clockers
- OCZ Vertex 4 256GB @ Bjorn3D
- Patriot EP Pro 32GB UHS-I SD Card Review @Hi Tech Legion
- Satechi 4 Port SuperSpeed USB 3.0 Hub Review @ Legit Reviews
- Western Digital My Passport 2TB: high capacity portable disk @ Hardware.info
- Kingston FCR-HS3 and FCR-MLG3 USB 3.0 Flash Card Readers Review @ Hi Tech Legion
- Synology DS412+ @ techPowerUp
- Western Digital My Passport 2TB Portable Hard Drive Review @ Techgage
- QNAP TurboNAS TS-869 Pro 8-Bay NAS Review @ eTeknix
- Netgear NV+ v2 and LaCie 2big NAS: A Second Look @ AnandTech
Subject: Storage | July 16, 2012 - 02:55 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: ssd, intel 330, Intel
Good news SSD fans Intel has not only extended their SandForce SF2281 based 330 line, they have also dropped prices across the board. The new 240GB Intel SSD 330 should be on sale for $194, dropping comfortably below the $1/GB mark. Intel has reduced the costs to their resellers as well, by up to 38 percent on 520 Series, 10% - 18% for the 320 Series and 27% - 34% on the 330 Series. These price changes may not directly translate into the same savings for those purchasing from major retailers but it will certainly have some impact. For instance, right now the Intel 330 180GB model will cost you $160 while the 120GB 320 model remains $170. The 520 series also remains above $1/GB but with this announcement from Intel you should really keep a close eye on PC Perspective and your favourite retailers for price changes.
Subject: Storage | July 14, 2012 - 07:43 AM | Tim Verry
Tagged: storage, ssd, SF2000, sandforce, msi
The solid state market is heating up as spindle-based drives continue to sell at much higher prices than last year and NAND flash is getting cheaper. The latest entrant may be motherboard and laptop vendor MSI, if a recent addition to SandForce’s SSD partner list holds true.
Unfortunately, we do not have any further details so it’s hard to say what sort of drive this will be other than it will use solid state NAND flash. Being a 2000-series SandForce controller is promising for performance, however. Stay tuned for more details as they develop. I’m excited to see what MSI can bring to the SSD table, and here’s hoping that they break a cost/GB record (I can dream heh). For now though, we will have to suffice with the currently available SSD options, which you can check out on our SSD Decoder at pcper.com/ssd. What do you think about the prospect of an MSI SSD?
Introduction and Internals
I'm going to let the cat out of the bag right here and now. Everyone's home RAID is likely an accident waiting to happen. If you're using regular consumer drives in a large array, there are some very simple (and likely) scenarios that can cause it to completely fail. I'm guilty of operating under this same false hope - I have an 8-drive array of 3TB WD Caviar Greens in a RAID-5. For those uninitiated, RAID-5 is where one drive worth of capacity is volunteered for use as parity data, which is distributed amongst all drives in the array. This trick allows for no data loss in the case where a single drive fails. The RAID controller can simply figure out the missing data by running the extra parity through the same formula that created it. This is called redundancy, but I propose that it's not.
Subject: Storage | July 10, 2012 - 09:18 PM | Allyn Malventano
Kingston has announced an addition to their USB drive lineup, this time a securely encrypted model featuring hardware-based AES-256 crypto.
It might not be the fastest out there, as the controller chip only supports USB 2.0 speeds, but the pricing looks to be highly competitive for a part with this encryption capability. The Locker+ also features software capable of securely storing login information for up to 20 internet accounts. As a bonus, the front end software responsible for unlocking the secure store is compatible with both OSX and Windows systems.
- 4GB - $18
- 8GB - $21
- 16GB - $37
- 32GB - $82
Full release after the break!
Subject: Storage | July 10, 2012 - 08:04 AM | Allyn Malventano
Tagged: western digital, wdc, red, NAS, hdd, Hard Drive
** Note ** - Full review has been posted HERE!
Today Western Digital launches their Red series of hard drives. These are basically Caviar Greens that are specificially tuned to operate in small RAID configurations - namely home and small business NAS solutions containing up to 5 drives. These drives carry over some of the features present on Western Digital's Enterprise lines while adding a few of their own.
We got samples of the Red in yesterday evening, so instead of going on with conjecture derived from the news post, I'll hit you with the new features and a bit of my initial impressions from our early benching:
- Extremely quiet operation thanks to a new dynamic balancing mechanism built into the spindle motor hub. The drive essentially re-balances itself on-the-fly as temperatures change, etc.
- Seeks are equally quiet - quiet enough that a bunch of these doing random access outside of an enclosure would barely be audible from only a few feet away.
- Great sequential throughput (~150MB/sec at start of disk, ramping down to ~65MB/sec at the end).
- Random access times in the 20ms range - likely due to the very quiet seeking mechanism.
- Red Series drives will all be advanced format (i.e. internally addressed by 4k sectors).
- Reds will all be 1TB/platter, available in 1, 2, and 3TB capacities. This gives similar throughput figures regardless of capacity purchased.
- 3-year warranty, with a 24/7 support hotline specifically for Red owners.
- Red drives feature a QR code on the label to assist with any support issues down the road.
I'm not kidding about the quiet operation. The only sound the Red makes is reminiscent of a DVD spinning at low speed, in a sound deadening enclosure. There is no motor whine whatsoever and the head actuator is nearly inaudible. I have to almost lay my head on the drive to tell it is seeking at all.
A full review with all of the gory details will be up later today. For now I leave you with the WD press release after the break, along with this nifty QR to get you more info on the Red Series:
*note - the QR page may not yet be live.
Subject: Storage | July 5, 2012 - 03:35 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: ssd, corsair, Force Series GS, toggle NAND
The new Corsair Force GS series come in four sizes, 180GB, 240GB, 360GB, 480GB. All are SATA 6Gbps drives and powered by the Sandforce 2200 controller but there are differences in speed because of the different sizes of drive, though perhaps not in the breakdown you would expect. The smaller 180GB and 240GB models sport specifications of:
- Max Sequential R/W (ATTO): 555 MB/s sequential read
- 525 MB/s sequential write
- Max Random 4k Write (IOMeter 08): 90k IOPS (4k aligned)
The two larger drives have slightly slower listed random write speeds, with the 360GB having slightly improved sequential writes:
- Max Sequential R/W (ATTO): 555 MB/s sequential read
- 530 MB/s sequential write
- Max Random 4k Write (IOMeter 08): 50k IOPS (4k aligned)
Finally the largest 480GB model is slower at everything:
- Max Sequential R/W (ATTO): 540 MB/s sequential read
- 455 MB/s sequential write
- Max Random 4k Write (IOMeter 08): 50k IOPS (4k aligned)
You can head over to Corsair and see the drives yourself. If you are looking to purchase the drives their MRSPs are $189.99 for 180GB, $239.99 for 240GB, $349.99 for 340GB and $489.99 for 480GB capacities, meeting the ~$1/GB we all like to see.
Subject: Storage | July 4, 2012 - 03:53 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: Vertex 4, vertex, ocz, Indilinx, ssd
It has been a while since Allan first reviewed the Indilinx Everest 2 powered OCZ Vertex 4 so it seems like a good time to refresh your memory. That is not just because newer firmware is increasing the performance of this drive but also because the 256GB model can be had for under $1/GB! You can see the performance against over a dozen other SSDs of varying prices at TechSpot, where it might not hold the top spot for overall performance it fares very well when you consider the price to performance ratio. That is not to say it is the least expensive drive available but it deserves to be in your list when you are considering a new SSD for your system.
"Although SandForce controllers have powered much of OCZ's solid-state lineup, the company is shifting to its own solutions after purchasing Indilinx early last year. The "Octane" flash drives were the first to use the Indilinx Everest controller last holiday season and now that its SF-2281-based drives are over a year old, OCZ has begun phasing Everest into the rest of its offerings, including the Vertex series.
The Vertex 4 series is aimed at performance buffs, with initial Indilinx Everest 2 based models offering capacities of 64GB, 128GB, 256GB and 512GB. Performance is the name of the game here and OCZ doesn't disappoint."
Here are some more Storage reviews from around the web:
- OCZ Vertex 4 240GB SATA 6Gbit/s SSD Review @ Techgage
- OCZ Vertex 4 128GB Solid State Drive Review @ eTeknix
- OCZ Vertex 4 128GB Solid State Drive @ Pro-Clockers
- Crucial M4 SSD 128GB @ Computing on Demand
- Plextor M3 Pro (256GB) @ AnandTech
- Kingston HyperX 3k 240GB Solid State Drive @ Pro-Clockers
- CZ Vertex 4 256GB Solid State Drive Firmware 188.8.131.52 Testing @ Tweaktown
- LSI SAS 9207-8i PCIe 3.0 HBA Overview - Eight Crucial M4 SSDs Pushed to 4.1GB/s Performance @ SSD Review
- ADATA 500 Series S510 120GB SSD Review @ eTeknix
- 48 SATA 600 SSDs round-up @ Hardware.Info
- Intel 330 Series SSD 120GB Review @ HardwareHeaven
- Crucial Adrenaline Caching SSD Review @ HardwareLOOK
- MyDigitalSSD BulletProof 3 mSATA 256GB @ SSD Review
- SuperSSpeed S301 Hyper SLC 120GB Solid State Drive @ Tweaktown
- MyDigitalSSD Bullet Proof 3 256GB mSATA Solid State Drive @ Tweaktown
- Intel 910 800GB and 400GB PCI Express Solid State Drive @ Tweaktown
- Solid State Drive Performance Comparison Guide @ TechARP
- Western Digital VelociRaptor 1TB 10K RPM Hard Drive Review @ Techgage
- Better Power Management for your NAS @ Computing on Demand
- Thecus N4800 @ Bjorn3D
- Thecus N4800 4-Bay Battery Backup NAS @ Tweaktown
- QNAP TS-412 review: an affordable NAS @ Hardware.info
- Icy Dock MB559U3S Ultra Slim 3.5in USB 3.0 and eSATA Enclosure Review @ Hi Tech Legion
- QNAP TS-669 Pro @ techPowerUp
- Netgear ReadyNAS Duo V2: Fast and affordable @ Hardware.info
- QNAP vs Thecus @ Computing on Demand
- LaCie 2big Thunderbolt 4TB @ Hardware.info
Subject: Storage | July 3, 2012 - 12:21 AM | Tim Verry
Tagged: ssd, slc, server, sandisk, PCIe SSD, flash, enterprise, caching
Flash storage company Sandisk has recently jumped into the world of enterprise PCI-E caching SSDs – what they are calling Solid State Accelerators. Currently, they are offering a 200GB and 400GB model under the company’s Lightning PCIe series. The SSDs feature a proprietary Sandisk controller driving 24nm SLC NAND flash, a PCI-E 2.0 x4 interface, and maximum power draw of 15 watts.
The Lightning Accelerators use the NAND flash for Sandisk’s own foundry and offer a large performance boost for servers and workstations over hard drives and SATA SSDs. It is capable of 410 MB/s sequential reads or 110,000 IOPS. Further, when using 4KB and 8KB blocks, the drives can reach 23,000 and 17,000 read/write IOPS respectively. Other specifications include an average response time of 245 microseconds, and less than 30 millisecond maximum response times. The Solid State Accelerators also feature sustained read and write latencies as low as 50 microseconds.
Sandisk has built the drives so that they can be configured as boot drives, storage drives, or caching drives. The company supports up to 5 drives in a single system, for a maximum of 2TB of flash storage. In addition, Sandisk is offering up its Flashsoft software that allows the Lightning Accelerators to be used as caching drives on Windows-based systems. Unfortunately, that is an additional cost which is not included in the already pricey SSDs (good thing for corporate expense accounts!).
Speaking of pricing, the 200GB LP206M has an MSRP of $1,350 while the 400GB LP406M has an MSRP of $2,350. Both cards have five year warranties and a MTBF rating of 2 million hours. You can find more information on the Sandisk Website.
It will be interesting to see how this Sandisk accelerator stacks up to the likes of the Intel 910 and FusioIO drives! The FusionIO FX, for example, gives you 420GB of QDP MLC NAND for $2,495, which works out such that Sandisk has a slightly lower cost-per-gigabyte value and SLC flash. We will have to wait for some independant reviews to say which drive is actually faster, however.
Subject: General Tech, Storage | June 29, 2012 - 03:25 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: hdd, Futuremark, thailand
While it is easy to understand why the destruction of a good portion of the HDD industries manufacturing capabilities caused by the flooding in Thailand would effect both the availability and pricing of HDDs it is not so easy to explain what those manufacturers are doing now. It is not just the reduction in warranty to 1 year which we previously informed you about, it is the bizarre pricing which adds to the confusion. This is an industry which has collapsed into two major players, with two others appearing to compete but in reality are working with or outright owned by the two major players. They are under siege from the SSD industry which offers longer warranty, better performance and prices which are falling quickly; making the high prices and lousy warranty offered by HDD manufactures quite unattractive. The Tech Report assembled an array of graphs which display the state of the hard drive companies as well as some suggestions on the best current deals in HDDs if you are inclined to pick one up.
"Mechanical hard drive prices rose sharply after last year's Thailand flooding. Prices have fallen since, but their decline has slowed in recent months. We take a closer look at the numbers."
Here is some more Tech News from around the web:
- Fiberglass-reinforced cases expected to be adopted for ultrabooks in 2H12 @ DigiTimes
- Adobe Stops Flash Player Support For Android @ Slashdot
- Techies evac'd as raging wildfire menaces $100m Colorado data centre @ The Register
- Raspberry Pi enclosure turns it into a desktop PC @ Hack a Day
- Netgear WNDR4500 Dual Band Gigabit Router @ X-bit Labs
- I, Cyborg @ The Tech Report
- Win the KFA2 GeForce GTX 680 LTD OC 2048MB @ Kitguru
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