The best of both worlds
When comparing the world of SSDs to spindle-based storage it is easy to just dismiss the SSDs due to price and capacity or to dismiss standard drives based on performance. What if you are looking for a really high end solution for something like...a video editing machine? Do arrays of either technology make a difference worth noting? Stop in to see our quick experimenting.
Introduction and Packaging
In an attempt to bring down the cost/GB of their Vertex 2 and Agility 2 products, OCZ has been futzing with the SandForce controller's firmware for the past few weeks. They managed to unlock an additional 20% capacity, but how will this impact performance? They just passed us a prototype sample, so lets find out!
Subject: Storage | May 10, 2010 - 01:45 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Check out Patriot's 128GB Zephyr SSD which uses the JMicron 612 controller, very similar to the 618 apart from supporting Samsung NAND instead of Toshiba NAND. At about $2.80/GB the drive is cheaper than offerings by Corsair and OCZ but still runs you more than the Intel X25-M G2. Legit Reviews saw the advertised 240MB/s read and 145MB/s writein their testing; not bad
Subject: Storage | May 5, 2010 - 02:33 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
SAN JOSE, CA—May 5, 2010—OCZ Technology Group, Inc. (Nasdaq:OCZ), a leading provider of high-performance solid-state drives (SSDs) and memory modules for computing devices and systems, announces the Enyo Portable SSD, utilizing the next generation USB 3.0 interface. The Enyo features all the performance and durability advantages of an internal SSD but delivers portability with an external storage solution for on-the-go users who need to share files between various PC systems.
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.