Subject: Storage | March 3, 2010 - 01:15 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
While the original body of Western Digital has been very busy improving platter based hard drives, the company that they recently bought out, Silicon Systems
has been developing an SSD for WD. The WD SiliconEdge Blue 256GB has a new branded controller and Allyn spotted quite a few similarities to a Kingston/JMicron board, though the performance did not match. The pricing did not match either, with MSRPs of $249 for 64GB, $529 for 128
Subject: Storage | March 3, 2010 - 08:00 AM | Allyn Malventano
For a first in the industry, Western Digital has announced a line of Solid State Drives. You may recall this time last year, when Western Digital acquired SiliconSystems. We suspected that may eventually lead to a consumer grade SSD in their future, but we didn't quite expect them to turn one around in less than one years time!
Introduction and Specifications
Yes, you heard us right, we put "Western Digital" and "SSD" in the same sentence! For a first-in-industry move, a Hard Disk manufacturer has taken the Solid State plunge. We'll put this new unit to the test and see how it stacks up against the fierce competition in this arena.
Subject: Storage | March 2, 2010 - 05:58 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Other World Computing (OWC) apparently makes well known products in the world of Apple but their OWC Mercury Extreme SSD is purely PC. Using the young upstart controller that everyone is drooling about, the SandForce, this SSD deserves the Extreme moniker as it kept up to the Vertex LE in AnandTech's testing. Even more interesting for some is that this 50GB model retails at $229 and happens to be the only 50GB model on the market although the Intel X25-M G2 80GB
sits in the same price range.
Subject: Storage | March 2, 2010 - 01:19 PM | Ryan Shrout
We love us some USB 3.0 accessories - ever since we first started testing the data transfer and connectivity standard back in October of 2009 we have been scouring for each and every product using the standard. Today Super Talent is announcing a new USB 3.0 flash drive that will offer speeds up to 240 MB/s (!!) allowing you to transfer a 600MB movie in just about 7 seconds. The drive
Subject: Storage | February 26, 2010 - 12:42 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
If you have seen or listened to this weeks PC Perspective Podcast, you heard Ryan talk about Corsair's Padlock 2 USB thumb drive. At $52 it is more expensive than your average 8GB thumb drive, with the extra cost coming from some rather impressive security features. A combination of up to 10 keys can be set to protect your data, but make sure not to forget the combo because the only way the
Subject: Storage | February 26, 2010 - 12:40 PM | Ryan Shrout
Corsair is finally coming out of the seemingly silent void it was in over the last couple of months and is announcing new products including a pair of SSD lines today. The Reactor series of solid state drives will utilize the new JMicron JMF612 controller and a 128MB DDR2-based caching system for stutter-free performance and a reasonable cost. The drive will be available in both 60GB and 120GB capacities with performance as high as 250 MB/s read and 170 MB/s on writes for the larger model. You'll be able to pick up the 60GB Reactor SSD for about $185 or the 120GB model for $3
Subject: Storage | February 23, 2010 - 10:51 PM | Jonathan Hung
Are you ready for the next generation of memory cards? Sandisk has just announced their first SDXC memory card carrying a 64GB capacity and a Class 4 read speed of 15 MB/s.
To quote the Sandisk press release:
Subject: Storage | February 23, 2010 - 12:27 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
[H]ard|OCP tests the two controllers that offer native SATA 6G support on motherboards, the Marvell 88SE912and the Marvell 88SE9123. They compare it to the Intel ICH10R which is of the previous 3Gb/s generation of controller and the results are enlightening. The ICH10R should be about half the speed of the Marvell transfer rates but the testing does not bear that hypothesis out. When they tried RAID0 the results become even more interesting, you definitely want to check this