Kingston releases second gen SSDNow V Series

Subject: Storage | February 10, 2010 - 06:21 PM |

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 |

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;

Evolution in action, watch a Barracuda become a Velciraptor

Subject: Storage | February 5, 2010 - 01:59 PM |

Tech ARP stumbled upon a nice trick at Techware Labs and improved it.  The initial mod involved taking a 1.5TB Barracuda and changing the LBA table to make the drive think it is only 300GB, which made it about 30% faster that a Velocirapter in their testing.  TechARP simply repartitioned the drive into a 300GB and a 1.2TB partition.  The 300GB portion achieved the speed increase and using a partition means that you don't loose out on the storage space you paid for in the first place.

Source: Tech ARP

Kingston's new SSDNow+ revision arrives in good form

Subject: Storage | February 2, 2010 - 12:42 PM |

SSDs are quickly maturing now that they have hit the market; one of the latest companies to put out a second revision of their drive is Kingston with their SSDNow V+ Series (Rev 2.0) 128GB drive.  They utilize different flash memory inside but the big difference is a new controller, which changes the rated as well as observed speeds.  Once Futur

Source: futurelooks

Asus U3S6 now available at Newegg!

Subject: Storage | February 1, 2010 - 09:43 PM |

Just a quick note to let our readers know that snazzy Asus $30 combination USB 3.0 and SATA 6Gb/sec card you've heard us go on about in our podcasts is now available at Newegg!

Source: ASUS
Subject: Storage
Manufacturer: Intel


Our storage guru took a stroll through a state of the art flash memory plant in Lehi, Utah. This plant, dubbed 'IM Flash Technologies', is jointly run by both Intel and Micron. Together they have announced the smallest production transistor process on the planet, and are now in volume production of this new 25nm flash memory.

Intel and Micron to announce 25nm flash memory

Subject: Storage | January 30, 2010 - 05:22 PM |

Intel and Micron had planned on a Monday morning release, but a leak resulted in the cat being out of the bag so here's a tidbit for those curious.  Intel and Micron will be announcing a die shrink of their flash memory.  What used to be so-called '2x nm' flash as a future stepping stone is now officially 25nm.  This puts Intel and Micron significantly ahead of the competition in terms of die shrink and capacity.

60GB of SSD for $200 - Correction, make that $170!

Subject: Storage | January 29, 2010 - 12:07 PM |

The OCZ Agility 60GB tries to straddle two worlds of SSDs.  At $200 for 60GB it is rather inexpensive and thanks to the use of the Indilinx controller it is not crippled for speed or features.  When Neoseeker ran it through their battery of tests they found that while the drive did not live up to the advertising it came close and the difference betwe

Source: Neoseeker

Big storage size doesn't necessarily mean slow access

Subject: Storage | January 26, 2010 - 01:37 PM |

Call it SATA 3.0, or you could call it SATA 6Gbs if you want, but what you will be referring to is the newest SATA interface, faster than the previous though not quite 6Gbs.  The newest drive to take advantage of this update is the 2TB Seagate Barracuda XT.  Its size does make it fairly expensive compared to most platter based drives but it still sits in a lower price bracket than most SSDs. 

Source: hardCOREware

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

Subject: Storage | January 21, 2010 - 04:28 PM |

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.&