OCZ Technology releases the Z-Drive

Subject: Storage | April 23, 2009 - 07:41 PM |
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You might have seen glimpses of the OCZ Z-Drive around the internet.  As of today, it's official.  OCZ has taken 4 Vertex SSD's and ganged them up with a PCI-Express RAID controller to form a behemoth of an SSD.  We will be putting one of these beasts through its paces just as soon as it arrives.  Sequential speeds should reach 500 MB/sec, and available capacities will be 250GB, 500GB, and 1TB (!).  Some quick searching revealed pricing at ~$1200, ~$2000, and ~$3000, repsectively.

OCZ Technology announces Vertex EX series SLC-based SSD

Subject: Storage | April 22, 2009 - 08:23 AM |
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OCZ has recently announced a new SLC based Vertex series.  Dubbed 'EX', these new drives boast considerably faster write speeds, and should theoretically be on par with Intel's X25-E series of drives.  Read on for the goods.

Subject: Storage
Manufacturer: HighPoint
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Intro and Specifications

Allyn runs a HighPoint RocketRaid 4310 through the gauntlet. Into the mix goes an Areca 1231ML and a whole bunch of Intel X25-M series SSD's. Can the newer generation HighPoint take on the tried and true Areca? Read on to find out!

Storage might not be free, but it's the next thing to it

Subject: Storage | April 20, 2009 - 10:39 AM |
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The Western Digital Black 1TB HDD can be yours for a smidgen over
$100, or about 10 cents a gigabyte if you would prefer to think of it that way.  This is a Black drive, which puts performance above long lifetime or low power consumption and with an average transfer rate of 86MB/sec in OCIA's testing, it certainly seems to qualify as a high end platter based HDD.  Drop by to see the actual benchmark numbers.

Source: OCIA

Western Digital releases enterprise class 2TB RE4-GP series drive

Subject: Storage | April 20, 2009 - 05:04 AM |
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Western Digital has released their new RE4 series of the Green Power line of hard drives.  The new release advances the RE series to include 2TB capacity, 64 MB cache, and dual processors, and also feature advanced RAID specific features such as TLER (Time Limited Error Recovery) and RAFF (Rotary Acceleration Feed Forward). 

Stop me if you've heard this one

Subject: Storage | April 14, 2009 - 09:07 AM |
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Back in February, Allyn was writing his first review for PC Perspective, a review of the new Intel X-25 M SSDs.  As he tested their various speeds, he began noticing some odd behaviour from the shiny new SSDs.  At the start of the testing the drives were incredibly fast, but over time the performance degraded significantly.

Subject: Storage
Manufacturer: Intel
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Intro

In mid-February, PC Perspective broke the story about a potential issue with Intel's X25-M mainstream solid state drives involving fragmentation and performance slow downs. At that time, after having the news picked up by everyone from CNet to the Wall Street Journal, Intel's started working with us...

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Subject: Storage
Manufacturer: Corsair Components
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Corsair's 128GB SSD

Corsair's first entry into the world of solid state drives is a 128GB model based around the current generation Samsung controller. Though we have done numerous reviews of SSDs in the past, I take a slightly different approach on the evaluation looking at what advantages you can see when upgrading your notebook or system to even a lower cost SSD option.

It's a mixed platter of results

Subject: Storage | April 8, 2009 - 11:52 AM |
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The new Seagate Barracuda 7200.12s have a few advantages over the previous generation.  There is no bad firmware to give this generation a bad name, as well they have made a move to 500GB platters for this generation.  Bjorn3D's testing showed that the move did not result in a clear improvement; speed for burst and read seems to have decreased, while the write speed has increased.  On the other hand, once in a RAID environment the drives showed improvements from the previous generation, in addition to needing

Source: Bjorn3D

HighPoint RocketRaid 4320 and 4310 hits the street

Subject: Storage | April 6, 2009 - 12:52 PM |
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Not too long ago, HighPoint released their RocketRaid 4320 card.  It employs a rather speedy Intel IOP348 XOR engine running at 1.2Ghz.  What really caught my eye was the insanely low cost of this board when purchased through Newegg.  A few days ago, HighPoint released a 4-port version, the RocketRaid 4310, which