Serial SSD killer

Subject: Storage | June 18, 2009 - 02:28 PM |
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Allyn has a natural talent when it comes to exposing the weaknesses of the new solid state drives and exposing them to the world.  He has also had great success working with the companies that produce them to bring the drives back from the dead, like he did with Intel.  His current targets are the OCZ Vertex and Super Talent UltraDrive ME, both using the Indilinx
controller.  Check out what happened when he ran them through the gauntlet at the top of the page.

Squashing Some Western Digital SSD Rumors

Subject: Storage | June 17, 2009 - 06:03 PM |
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There have been various rumors flying about Western Digital bringing a SSD to market.  I wanted to take a quick moment to clear the air on this before those rumors get out of hand.


Subject: Storage
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Introduction

We revisit the OCZ Vertex and throw in the recently introduced Super Talent UltraDrive ME into the mix. Both drives are controlled by the ARM-based Indilinx CPU. We put these two against SSD's with Samsung, Intel, and JMicron controllers, and even threw a few high end hard drives for fun. Evaluation of fragmentation slow downs and TRIM tool operation will also be addressed. Come on in and check 'er out!

Leaving some room for improvement

Subject: Storage | June 15, 2009 - 12:54 PM |
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The review of the G.Skill Falcon at Hardware Canucks comes with an interesting fact that may help some SSD's reputations.  It seems very possible that any built using the Indilinx Big Foot Controller will come with jumpers, which means hardware flashing will be possible.  Considering that the Falcon supports the TRIM command right out of the box, this shows a plan for steady improvements to the co

Bigger than you think

Subject: Storage | June 10, 2009 - 06:19 PM |
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If you have never heard the term overburning before, at least in terms of how it applies to CDs and DVDs you are probably safer staying far away from it.  On the other hand, if you have managed to physically damage an optical drive by overburning, this overview from OCMODSHOP will seem like familiar territory.  Overburning takes advantage of the roughly 10% of the disk that remains unused in a normal burn.  The reason that there is unused space is to prevent damage to burners as well as to help with compatibility. 

Source: OCMODSHOP

Computex 2009: Super Talent PCIe SSD and more

Subject: Storage | June 8, 2009 - 12:34 AM |
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Our stop by the Super Talent booth resulted in some interesting new products including a 128GB USB drive:

With some help from double stacked memory modules ST was able cram an IMPRESSIVE amount of storage in a small form factor.

More details on the JMicron 612 SSD controller

Subject: Storage | June 4, 2009 - 01:23 PM |
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Those of you who watched us record our podcast over at TWIT.tv last night got an early peek at this:


Noteworthy items:

It's a RAID race

Subject: Storage | June 4, 2009 - 01:18 PM |
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X-bit Labs has had RAIDs on the brain as well as a lot of 500GB drives lying around, so testing these drives in RAID just makes sense.  With 4 Seagate models, single Hitachi and Samsung models a pair of Western Digital drives and an Areca ARC1220 to handle the RAID arrays.  They chose to test RAID 0, 5 and 10 and since the only part changing is the drive it is easy to see what effect the different drives have on system performance.  Check out the full review.

Source: X-Bit Labs

Computex 2009: NVIDIA ION-based netbook and nettop from OCZ shown

Subject: Storage | June 1, 2009 - 11:34 AM |
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Though the OCZ Neutrino has already been getting a lot of positive feedback recently, OCZ decided to upgrade the platform by removing the Intel integrated graphics and replacing it with the NVIDIA ION chipset and graphics solution.


Computex 2009: OCZ Introduces Colossus 3.5-in SSD in 500GB and 1TB capacities

Subject: Storage | June 1, 2009 - 11:16 AM |
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The news is coming swiftly already at Computex with a stop by the OCZ booth a bit before the show starts.  We found a lot of goodies hidden inside, not the least of which is a brand-spanking-new solid state drive called the "Colossus" for some obvious reasons. 

First, it's size: the drive fits into the standard 3.5-in hard drive form factor we have been used to for years.  Secondly, it's capacity: the drive will be available in 500GB and 1TB capacities in about 8 weeks.