Subject: Storage | May 4, 2010 - 03:43 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
There are new Sandforce controller chips and if you were impressed with the previous generation and the first iteration of the new series, the SF-1222TA wait until you read about the new tricks this generation has learned. SemiAccurate has posted a look at the new controller and its new features such as DuraClass and how they make MLC flash memory perform more like SLC. You can also check out the new record posted at the Transac
Subject: Storage | May 4, 2010 - 11:00 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
FREMONT, California, May 4, 2009 — Corsair, a worldwide leader in high-performance computer and flash memory products, today announced the addition of two new drives to their award-winning Nova Series SSD family.
The 32GB Nova Series SSD is the perfect mix of performance and value for use as a boot drive for basic configurations, and can also be used in high-performance multi-drive RAID configuratio
Subject: Storage | April 30, 2010 - 12:34 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
SuperTalent's new USB 3.0 SuperCrypt thumb drive has a lot going for it. You get the security of two AES encryption options, including an STT encryption utility for password protection and 128-bit ECB encryption, so your data is secure. You also get to access those files faster, 216 MB/s if you install SuperTalent's proprietary driver.
If you are interested in a thumb drive that gives the performance of an SSD you owe it to yourself to
One Big Thumb Drive
Super Talent is the first vendor to send us a USB 3.0-ready thumb drive. Not only does it offer speeds as high as 230 MB/s in our testing but it also includes support for hardware AES encryption. Are you prepared for a thumb drive that is faster than your hard drive and maybe even faster than your SATA SSD?
Introduction and Packaging
Since the Vertex LE hit the streets a couple of months back, we've been waiting for a larger market push of the excellent SandForce controller. Today we review three new models that have just arrived on the market, comparing offerings from both Corsair and OCZ.
Subject: Storage | April 27, 2010 - 05:21 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The new SuperTalent RAIDDrive Superspeed USB 3.0 is the first USB 3.0 drive that we have seen that comes in the familiar thumbdrive form factor. It is a little larger than you might expect at 95 x 34 x 15.4mm
(3.7" x 1.3" x 0.6") when you compare it to a previous SuperTalent USB 2.0 drive at 61 x 23 x 9 mm
(2.4" x 0.9" x 0.3"). This lends credence to the claims that USB 3.0 drives need some sort of heatsink.
Subject: Storage | April 22, 2010 - 12:17 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The new drives from OCZ, the Vertex 2 and Agility 2 are based on the SandForce SF-1200 chipset, a big change for drives who's first generation were Indilinx based. The lack of any DRAM on the drive is also a big change, as OCZ is attempting to use some interesting compression and deduplication techniques to avoid problems with NAND write amplification, which you can learn more about at AnandTech. At the end of the review it is obvious that Sandforce will give y
Subject: Storage | April 19, 2010 - 04:10 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Blue is the colour of extreme speed at Western Digital as they introduced their SiliconEdge Blue series. The 256GB
model is currently up for review at Techgage; sure it is $700 but wouldn't you think that is a good hint of its performance? Unfortunately, while we saw performance scal
A recent article on the topic of SSD performance of various controllers in AHCI vs. IDE mode caught the attention of our storage editor. This editorial serves as a rebuttal to those findings and should help clarify any lingering questions users might have about whether or not they should be running their system in AHCI or IDE mode.