Samsung Official TRIM Firmware Released

Subject: Storage | January 20, 2010 - 10:47 PM |

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 |

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 |

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 |

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!

Subject: Storage
Manufacturer: OCZ Technology


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 |

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 |

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 |

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

CES 2010: OCZ Techology shows off SSDs in both SATA and PCIe form

Subject: Storage | January 7, 2010 - 12:38 PM |

CES 2010 is in full swing and we spent some time with OCZ and the company's new SSD product manager.  At the suite they had the new Vertex 2 SSD based on the Sandforce controller (Allyn is already planning the review!) as well as a SO-DIMM based PCI Express SSD called the Z-drive P88
that includes up to 8 SSD controllers and capacities up to 2TB!

Check out our interview with OCZ and an overview of their entire current and future line up of solid state drive!

Super Talent Breaks the USB 3.0 300MB/s Barrier

Subject: Storage | January 6, 2010 - 09:00 PM |

This isn't much of a surprise if you saw the video posted here on PC Perspective last week, but Super Talent is announcing the availability of the new RAIDDrive in 32GB, 64GB, and 128GB capacities - all capable of exceeding 300MB/s on USB 3.0.