Sandforce might beat a RAID, but the RAID card lives on

Subject: Storage | January 21, 2010 - 04:28 PM |
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Sure Allyn has proved that the new OCZ Sandforce controller is so fast it may have obsoleted standard SAS/SATA RAID cards, but the RAID does have an advantage.  Those last 2 letters do stand for Inexpensive Disks, something that SSDs are most certainly not.  The LSI MegaRAID SATA and SAS 9260-8i RAID Card will set you back about $500, so that might weaken the financial argument a bit.&

Super Talent Announces Enterprise Class TeraDrive SSDs

Subject: Storage | January 20, 2010 - 11:33 PM |
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San Jose, California - January 21, 2010 - Super Talent Technology, a leading manufacturer of Flash storage solutions and DRAM memory modules, today announced a new line of TeraDrive SSDs designed specifically for high end enterprise and database server applications.

"Super Talent has a solid track record of developing leading edge SSDs.

Source: 3DCenter

Samsung Official TRIM Firmware Released

Subject: Storage | January 20, 2010 - 10:47 PM |
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While manufacturers incorporating Samsung SSD controllers have recently pushed out TRIM enabled firmware (OCZ /

Smoking hot portable storage

Subject: Storage | January 18, 2010 - 06:29 PM |
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It might look like a plastic lighter, but there is no butane inside, only a full charge of 60GB of storage.  At $60, the XIGMATEK Lighter offers you 60GB of portable storage in a USB 2.0 lighter sized package.  As you probably have guessed from the price, this is not a flash drive, there is a rather small platter housed inside the drive; something you should

Source: Tweaknews

VIA Group Announces Industry's Fastest USB 3.0 to SATA Controller

Subject: Storage | January 14, 2010 - 03:45 PM |
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Taipei, Taiwan, January 6, 2010 - VIA Technologies, Inc., a leading innovator of power efficient x86 processor platforms, today launched the VIA VL700 USB 3.0-SATA Controller, a highly integrated single chip solution that allows users to connect SATA hard disk drive (HDD), solid state drive (SSD), and optical disc drive (ODD) devices to their PC via new USB 3.0 specification ports.

With data transfer rates of up to 5Gbps, USB 3.0 (also known as SuperSpeed USB) offers t

Source: VIA Arena

Think fast and small

Subject: Storage | January 14, 2010 - 02:08 PM |
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The biggest news in storage this week is not a review and it is possible that many never heard of it because of how quietly the launch took place.  The news is that Intel now has a 40GB SSD and it is for sale, at a price of $129!

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Manufacturer: OCZ Technology
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Introduction

Allyn came back from CES with a pre-release Vertex 2 Pro from OCZ. This new drive comes equipped with a previously unknown Sandforce controller, which gave us some shocking results, especially in the areas of IOPS scaling and fragmentation-over-time. Check out his detailed review for the full scoop.

CES 2010: Lite-On Showcases New LabelTag Technology, External Slim and Blu-Ray Drives

Subject: Storage | January 10, 2010 - 03:06 AM |
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I visited the Lite-On / Plextor booth at the CES Digital Experience on Wednesday.  The booth is run by 'PLDS', the relations company representing both Plextor and Lite-On. 

The PLDS booth at the show floor, sporing all sorts of optical storage goodness.

CES 2010: Plextor Launches SSDs and New 24x External Writer with eSATA Dual Interface

Subject: Storage | January 10, 2010 - 02:36 AM |
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PCPer has gone quite a while without delving into optical storage, and it's high time we start taking a crack at it.  We'll kick it off with Plextor's announcement at CES - SSD's!.  Plextor will be producing drives based on the Marvell chipset.  While we haven't seen production models of this new controller in our lab as of yet, we should have something cooking shortly.  The new Plextor units are expected to start shipping in this quarter (Q1 2010) in capacities of 64 and 128GB.

Crucial's little SSD

Subject: Storage | January 7, 2010 - 03:10 PM |
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The 64GB Crucial M225 Solid-State Driveis up for review at R&B Mods.  At $214 it really won't break the bank compared to some SSDs, especially considering that they are using the Indilinx Barefoot controller.  That should put them up near the top of the performance heap as only the Intel controller tends to beat out the Barefoot.  It is also nice to see that the latest firmware supports TRIM, helping keep the per

Source: NVIDIA