This morning, OCZ pushed out a new firmware, dubbed 1.4RC. This is a release candidate of the upcoming performance-boosting firmware, and is meant for "enthusiasts who like to tinker with their hardware".
New Performance Specs in Red:
Max Read / Write
128GB: 535MB/s - 550MB/s / 200MB/s - 420MB/s
256GB: 535MB/s - 550MB/s / 380MB/s - 465MB/s
512GB: 535MB/s - 550MB/s / 475MB/s
As a heads up for those who are feeling froggy this Monday morning and choose to update their Vertex 4 - this is a destructive update and will wipe the drive. The updater runs within a Windows session with the Vertex 4 connected as a secondary drive. While you're 'under the hood', I'd also recommend performing a secure erase with the OCZ Toolbox software after you have udpated and power cycled the SSD.
I have been able to partially confirm the performance increases, and will be reporting full results later this evening (for all three capacity points). Stay tuned!
*Note* OCZ NDA'd this update for this morning, but we have not seen where they have posted it for download from their site. We will post a link in the comments below once it has become available.
Subject: Storage | May 3, 2012 - 08:10 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: TCS, Galatea Ultra-Rugged SSD, ssd, 100GB, slc, SandForce SF-1565
Just by their very nature SSDs are physically tough, with no moving parts like you find in platter based disks, so they are able to withstand much great acceleration forces ... or deceleration depending on how you look at it. TeleCommunication Systems is not a name you are likely to recognize when it comes to SSDs so you should take note of the Galatea Ultra Rugged SSD. The flash is just as tough, with 20,000 terabytes of write guaranteed along with 10 year data retention also guaranteed. Performance is also guaranteed thanks to the SandForce SF-1565 controller and Micron 25nm SLC flash. If there is an SSD likely to make it into orbit soon, this will probably be the one to do it. Check it out at SSD Review.
"This report covers the Telecommunications Systems (TCS) Galatea line of ultra-rugged SLC SSDs. Adhering to the MIL-STD-810 military specifications governing a multitude of ultra-ruggedized requirements, this SSD is designed for ultimate reliability in the harshest of environments. Designed and tested with the most hostile environments imaginable in mind, these SSDs are surely amongst the toughest storage mediums available."
Here are some more Storage reviews from around the web:
- Intel 910 400/800GB PCIe SSD Quick Preview - On The Bench and Pushing Out 1.9GB/s Performance @ The SSD Review
- Corsair Force Series 3 180GB @ Tweaktown
- Intel SSD 330 120GB / 180GB review @ Hardware.Info
- Intel 330 Series 120GB @ SSD Review
- ADATA Premier Pro SP900 (0-provision) 256GB @ Tweaktown
- Crucial Adrenaline 50GB m4 Cache SSD Review @ Legit Reviews
- Patriot Pyro SE 240GB SSD Review @ Hardware Canucks
- RunCore Pro V MAX 240GB @ Tweaktown
- Corsair Force GT 180GB SATA III SandForce SF-2282 SSD Review @ Hi Tech Legion
- MemoRight FTM Plus Slim 7mm 240GB @ Tweaktown
- Plextor M3P 256GB SATA 3 SSD @ SSD Review
- Crucial Adrenaline 50GB Solid State Cache Review @ circuitREMIX
- Kingston HyperX 3k 240GB SATA III SSD Upgrade Kit Review @ NikKTech
- Corsair Accelerator Series 60GB Cache SSD @ SSD Review
- Adaptec RAID 6805E RAID Controller @ TechwareLabs
- Western Digital VelociRaptor 1TB (WD1000DHTZ) Review @ TechwareLabs
- Synology DS212j, DS212, and RS212 review @ Hardware.Info
- 16 4- and 5-bay NAS devices roundup test @ Hardware.Info
- QNAP TurboNAS TS-259 Pro+ NAS Server Review @ NikKTech
- Hitachi 7K4000 / 5K4000 4 TB review @ Hardware.Info
- QNAP TS-879 Pro @ Legion Hardware
- Kingston Wi-Fi Drive @ Hardwarebistro
- Kingston USB-Flash Drive Roundup @ Rbmods
According to a recent press release, OCZ Technology Co. is going to up the Octane ante with a 1TB solid state drive. Coming in at an MSRP of $3,238 USD (approx. 260,000 yen), the SSD features 1TB of synchronous MLC flash, 512MB of DRAM, and an Indilinx Everest controller bundled in a 2.5” form factor.
The SATA 3 (6Gbps) OCT1-25SAT3-1T SSD not only brings gobs of storage, but puts up some respectable performance numbers. It is capable of 460MB/s sequential reads and 330MB/s sequential write speeds. Also, it can deliver a maximum of 24,000 4K read IOPS (input/output operations per second) and 32,000 4K random write IOPS [the translation may be off here, I was expecting to see the higher IOPS reflected as 4K reads and not writes]. Other drive features include TRIP support, ECC (error correction), AES-256 drive encryption, SMART diagnostics, and a MTBF (mean time between failures) of 1,200,000 hours.
The 1TB SSD is slated for a mid-May release and will come with a 3 year warranty. You know, my birthday is coming up in a couple months... (hehe)
Background and Internals
A little over two weeks back, Intel briefed me on their new SSD 910 Series PCIe SSD. Since that day I've been patiently awaiting its arrival, which happened just a few short hours ago. I've burned the midnight oil for the sake of getting some greater details out there. Before we get into the goods, here's a quick recap of the specs for the 800 (or 400) GB model:
- PCIe 2.0 x8 LSI Falcon 2008 SAS HBA driving 4 (or 2) Hitachi Ultrastar SAS controllers, each in turn driving 200GB of IMFT 25nm High Endurance Technology flash memory, all on a triple stacked half-height PCB.
- 400GB model yields (r/w) 1GB/s / 750MB/s sequential and 90,000 / 38,000 4k IOPS.
- 800GB model yields (r/w) 2GB/s / 1GB/s sequential and 180,000 / 75,000 4k IOPS.
- 800GB 'performance mode' (r/w) 2GB/s / 1.5GB/s sequential and 180,000 / 75,000 4k IOPS.
"Performance Mode" is a feature that can be enabled through the Intel Data Center Tool Software. This feature is only possible on the 800GB model, but not for the reason you might think. The 400GB model is *always* in Performance Mode, since it can go full speed without drawing greater than the standard PCIe 25W power specification. The 800GB model has twice the components to drive yet it stays below the 25W limit so long as it is in its Default Mode. Switching the 800GB model to Performance Mode increases that draw to 38W (the initial press briefing stated 28W, which appears to have been a typo). Note that this increased draw is only seen during writes.
Ok, now into the goodies:
Fusion-io, a manufacturer of various PCI-E based solid state drives, has released a software development kit (SDK) that allows developers to access the NAND flash memory directly. Debuting at the DEMO conference, the SDK gives software developers direct access to the memory and how it operates. As Allyn mentioned on the podcast, the Fusion-io drives use rather dumb controllers and rely on software and the host machines processor to do the heavy lifting.
But because of the way the Fusion-io drives work, and being PCI-E based, they are able to present the NAND flash to software without going through other layers of abstraction such as the SATA interface and internal drive controller processing. Software is then able use the NAND flash as storage for applications that demand high input/output operations per second. And because of the direct access, latency is greatly reduced.
The full press release is below:
Subject: Storage | April 19, 2012 - 06:09 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: ssd, sata 6Gbs, raid, kingston, hyperx 240GB
The only thing faster than a SATA 6Gbp/s SSD is a pair of them running in RAID-0, which was the inspiration of this review at Bjorn3D. They took a pair of Kingston HyperX 240GB SSDs and formed a $600 RAID-0 array which sounds expensive but is still cheaper than many 480GB SSDs. In many cases the RAID-0 will outperform the 480GB SSD, though some of the benchmarks produced some unexpected results which may signify improvements that need to be made on the Intel RAID driver. Before you decide on heading down this route there is one thing of which you must be aware, once your SSDs are in RAID the Windows TRIM command will no longer function.
"If you're a gamer, and you'd like to improve your gaming experience with faster loading and less jumpy gameplay, the Kingston HyperX 3K SATA III SSD could be an option for you."
Here are some more Storage reviews from around the web:
- OCZ Vertex 4 256GB/512GB review @ Hardware.Info
- Corsair Performance Pro 128 GB SSD Review @ Hardware Secrets
- Corsair Accelerator SSD Cache (60GB) Review @ HardwareHeaven
- SanDisk Extreme 120GB Solid State Drive Review @ eTeknix
- Intel 330 SSD; A New Budget Friendly Drive @ Hardware Canucks
- Kingston V+200 90GB SSD Upgrade Bundle Review @Hi Tech Legion
- Memoright MS-701 mSATA SSD @ SSD Review
- Corsair Accelerator 60GB Caching SSD Review @ VR-Zone
- Renice X3 50mm 240GB mSATA SSD @ SSD Review
- SMART Storage Systems XceedIOPS 2 200GB eMLC 6Gbps Enterprise SSD @ SSD Review
- Garbage Collection and TRIM in SSDs Explained - An SSD Primer @ SSD Review
- Areca ARC-1882i RAID Controller @ Tweaktown
- IcyDock MB994SP-4SB-1 Four-bay 2.5-inch SATA Hard Drive Rack @ PC Stats
- ADATA DashDrive Durable HD710 Portable HDD @ kitguru
- Buffalo USB3 Addon cards + Kingston HyperX USB3 64GB @ Rbmods
- Western Digital Velociraptor 1TB review @ Hardware.Info
- Western Digital VelociRaptor 1TB Hard Drive Review @ Legit Reviews
- Western Digital VelociRaptor 1TB @ AnandTech
- Western Digital's VelociRaptor 1TB hard drive @ The Tech Report
Subject: Storage | April 17, 2012 - 01:11 AM | Tim Verry
Tagged: ssd, ioFX, fusion-io, enterprise ssd
Popular PCI-E SSD maker Fusion-io recently announced a new product aimed at professional content creators. Based on the company’s ioMemory technology, the new Fusion-io ioFX is a professional SSD designed to speed up video encoding, CAD work, 3D renders, and motion graphics.
The new solid state drive uses the PCI-E bus and 420 GB of fast QDP MLC NAND flash to deliver less than a millisecond of sustained access speed and an impressive 1.5 GB/s of bandwidth. The PCI-E SSD uses a physical x8 connector but is electrically a x4 connection. What I found interesting about the device was the presence of a fan, which our Storage Editor Allyn says is necessary in order to keep the super fast flash chips from overheating. When the SSD needs active cooling, that at least implies this drive is going to scream performance wise!
Another interesting aspect about this new drive is a piece of software called the ioSphere. The software will allow studios to remotely monitor all the Fusion ioMemory products deployed in the studio through a single interface. Unfortunately, there is not much more in the way of detailed performance specifications but I will definitely keep an eye on this for the drool factor alone. Fusion-io is currently listing the ioFX for $2,495 USD, and it will be available later this Spring 2012. More information should be posted to their site as the SSD gets closer to launch here.
Subject: Storage | April 16, 2012 - 01:14 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: ssd, Intel, intel 330, sata 6Gps
Intel has released an SSD aimed at the consumer and casual user market, as well as offering a choice which might help future Ultrabook models dip below the $1000 mark while keeping the speed of an SSD. At a price of just under $1.50/GB on the smallest 60GB drive and better pricing on the 120GB and 180GB models, it is possible to upgrade your system to a good sized SSD for less than $250. You don't lose much performance either, the drive beats the old 320 series and can come close to the new 520 series. One thing to note is that those drives both carried 5 year warranties, while the 330 has only a 3 year warranty. Check out the full scoop in Intel's news room.
SANTA CLARA, Calif., April 16, 2012 – Intel Corporation announced today the Intel Solid-State Drive 330 Series (Intel SSD 330 Series), a SATA 6 gigabit-per-second (Gb/s) solid-state drive (SSD) that gives consumers a more affordable entry into the accelerated storage performance of SSDs.
Ideal for upgrading desktop or notebook PCs, the Intel SSD 330 Series offers the price-conscious PC enthusiast a brand-name SSD that blends performance, Intel quality and value. Offered in the most popular capacity points, 60 gigabytes (GB), 120GB and 180GB, the Intel SSD 330 Series boosts overall system performance and responsiveness for a broad range of applications.
“An SSD is still the single best upgrade you can make to your existing PC, and the Intel SSD 330 Series gives users the latest Intel SSD technology at a price to meet their budget,” said James Slattery, product line manager for client SSDs, Intel Non-Volatile Memory Solutions Group. “Backed by Intel’s rigorous testing process, the Intel SSD 330 Series offers our users the speed they need at a great price, backed by world-class manufacturing, reliability and tech support.”
Unlike a traditional hard disk drive (HDD) with spinning disks and moveable parts, SSDs offer a more rugged, low-power storage solution that dramatically improves system performance to keep up with today’s I/O-intensive applications. The Intel SSD 330 Series contains Intel 25-nanometer (nm) multi-level cell (MLC) NAND memory. Its SATA 6Gb/s interface doubles the bandwidth of its current SATA 3Gb/s Intel SSD 320 Series, providing up to 500 megabytes-per-second (MB/s) sequential read speeds and up to 450MB/s sequential write speeds for faster data transfers. Random read performance can go up to 22,500 Input-Output Operations Per Second (IOPS) and 33,000 write IOPS to boost overall application and system responsiveness, significantly outperforming a typical consumer hard disk drive.
Intel offers a broad range of SSD choices within four product families. The Intel SSD 300 Family is aimed at entry-level, mainstream client users. The Intel SSD 500 Family offers more fully featured, higher-performing client SSDs for computer and gaming enthusiasts. The Intel SSD 700 and Intel SSD 900 Families are targeted for data center applications.
The Intel SSD 330 Series comes in a standard 2.5-inch/9.5mm form factor as a replacement to a slower-performing HDD. It can be used in a dual-drive desktop PC configuration to speed up boot times and applications speeds, or as a single-drive notebook upgrade.
Available beginning today at worldwide retailers and online e-tailers, the Intel SSD 330 Series is offered at the suggested channel price of $89 for a 60GB drive, $149 for a 120GB drive and $234 for a 180GB drive. It is also backed by a 3-year limited warranty.
It's been a long while since we've looked at a hard drive, and how fitting that it be a new model of the Western Digital VelociRaptor! Western Digital appears to be on a somewhat fixed 2-year cycle with these, as out 600GB VelociRaptor Review went up two Aprils ago, and the 300GB two years prior to that. Well then, let's take a look at this new model!
(from left) 300GB, 600GB, and finally the 1TB VelociRaptor
Here's the old school VelociRaptor logo (from back when they were less than 100GB!)
Subject: Storage | April 12, 2012 - 02:06 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: owc, Mercury Enterprise Pro 6G, sata 6Gbs, ssd, synchronous flash, LSI, sf-2582
The OWC Mercury Enterprise Pro 6G SSD comes in four sizes, 50GB, 100GB, 200GB and 400GB, with all models sharing the same impressive statistics. Inside you will find Toshiba Enterprise Toggle Synchronous eMLC 24nm NAND and a new Sandforce controller from LSI, the SF-2582. As well there is a proprietary power technology called Paratus to prevent data loss from power interruptions as well as capacitors designed to handle high heat. SSD Review liked the performance, were impressed by the price and absolutely love the 7 year warranty, which is so far unique for SSDs.
"OWC has jumped feet first into the Enterprise space with the new OWC Mercury Enterprise Pro 6G SSD. Leveraging one of the fastest controllers on the planet, the LSI SF-2582 in tandem with Toshibas Enterprise Toggle Synchronous eMLC NAND, this SSD promises the absolute best in long term performance and endurance. OWC is also throwing in an outstanding industry-leading 7 Year Warranty with this product."
Here are some more Storage reviews from around the web:
- Kingston HyperX 3K 240GB SATA III SSD @ SSD News
- OCZ Octane 512GB SSD Review @ Hardware Canucks
- Crucial Adrenaline Solid State Cache Review @ HardwareHeaven
- Kingston HyperX 3K (240GB) @ AnandTech
- Crucial Adrenaline Solid State Cache Review @ TechwareLabs
- Micron RealSSD C400 128GB mSATA SSD @ SSD News
- Micron C400 mSATA (128GB) @ AnandTech
- Corsair 128 GB Performance Series Pro Solid State Drive @ Pro-Clockers
- Corsair Force Series GT 180GB Solid State Drive @ Tweaktown
- The Plextor M3 (256GB) @ AnandTech
- OCZ Vertex 4 SATA 3 SSD @ SSD News
- Kingston HyperX 3K 120GB SSD @ Kitguru
- Hitachi GST Deskstar 7K4000 4TB HDD Review @ NikKTech
- ioSafe SoloPRO: Disaster Proofing Your Storage Needs @ AnandTech
- Hard Disk Drive Myths Debunked @ TechARP
- Icy Dock 2.5"/3.5" Drive Accessories @ SPCR
- Kingston Wi-Drive @ LanOC Reviews
- Icy Dock MB971SP-B DuoSwap 2.5"/3.5" SATA Hot Swap Drive Caddy Review @ Hi Tech Legion
- Icy Dock MB994SP-4SB-1 Full Metal Quad Bay 2.5in HDD & SSD Backplane Cage Review @ Hi Tech Legion
- Kingston DataTraveler HyperX 3.0 64GB @ Legion Hardware
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