Which SATA 6G controller do you have?

Subject: Storage | February 23, 2010 - 12:27 PM |
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[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

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Subject: Storage
Manufacturer: OCZ Technology
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Introduction and Packaging

OCZ worked tirelessly to bring their new Vertex LE to market, so we worked tirelessly to bring you the first full review of a retail unit. How does this slightly pared-down unit stack up against the Vertex 2 Pro we evaluated after CES? Read our full evaluation to find out!

Kingston's new low cost SSDs

Subject: Storage | February 18, 2010 - 04:58 PM |
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Before there is a chance for a negative impression of Kingston's new SSD Now kit, it is worth noting that an SSD, even one referred to as slow, is significantly faster than a platter based hard drive.  That is something you must keep firmly in mind when this kit is referred to as having middling performance.  That is one of the reasons why Allyn was impressed by this SSD that will cost you about $2/Gb.  Perhaps the other major reason was that it was completely immune to his SSD killing test, the one that destroyed the first generation of Intel's SSDs. 

Subject: Storage
Manufacturer: Kingston
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Introduction and Packaging

Our storage guru takes a look at the revived SSDNow V Series (second generation) line. These drives sport Toshiba flash and a new controller from JMicron. We size up a 128GB model to see how it stacks up against the competition, as well as taking a look at the available Notebook Upgrade Kit.

The platter still has some life; WD Caviar Black hits SATA 6G

Subject: Storage | February 15, 2010 - 12:39 PM |
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Western Digital's Caviar Black has been a very popular series for quite a while and it is getting a refresh with their new SATA 6G 1TB drive.  For just $120 you get 1TB of storage and transfer rates that are comparable to the 2TB version or even the enterprise class RE4. 
Of course you won't see the performance of an SSD, but the storage space is nowhere near as limiting. 

10 MB/sec, 16GB, all in one Kingston microSDHC card!

Subject: Storage | February 15, 2010 - 04:00 AM |
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Today Kingston released their new 16GB class 10 (!) microSDHC card.  Packing this much storage capacity into such a small form factor is a feat in itself, but Kingston took things a step further in meeting Class 10 requirements.  This means the new microSDHC card can guarantee minimum 10 MB/sec transfer rates!

Subject: Storage
Manufacturer: Western Digital
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Introduction

Today we look at Western Digital's first entry into the SATA 6Gb/sec arena with their new Caviar Black 1TB. This new drive borrows some features previously available in their enterprise offerings and hopes to be a worthy contender. How will the doubling of interface throughput impact performance? Satisfy your curiosity inside!

Mushkin joins the SSD crowd

Subject: Storage | February 11, 2010 - 01:57 PM |
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The trend continues as even more companies jump out of their particular niche and try their hand at related (or not so related) products.  PSUs and watercoolers are sporting the name of companies better known for RAM, gaming mice have branding you would expect to see on a case and even graphics companies are doing their best to push out CPU makers.  Now it is Mushkin's turn as they enter the world of non-volatile storage with their Io series 128GB SSD

Kingston releases second gen SSDNow V Series

Subject: Storage | February 10, 2010 - 06:21 PM |
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The first generation of Kingston SSDNow V series drives was a puzzling one.  It consisted of 64 and 128GB JMicron based drives and a later-introduced 40GB model sporting the second gen Intel controller.  The end result was their smallest capacity unit would largely outperform their older and larger capacity drive.  The 40GB model lacked TRIM support, and the subsequent release of the Intel X25-V put the last nail in its coffin.

Lite-On does SSDs!?!

Subject: Storage | February 9, 2010 - 06:26 PM |
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A joint program between Royal Philips Electronics and Lite-On IT Corporation has brought yet another SSD to the market, the 32GB LiteOn Strong-Page.  To make things even more confusing, if these drives catch on in the market they will likely be branded Plextor, but for now they are PLDS drives.  Using MLC flash and driven by a Marvell 88SS8014 controller, this is not going to be at the more expensive end of the SSD market.  The big question is its performance, both fresh out of the package and after heavy usage;