Subject: Storage | February 18, 2010 - 04:58 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
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.
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.
Subject: Storage | February 15, 2010 - 12:39 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
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.
Subject: Storage | February 15, 2010 - 04:00 AM | Allyn Malventano
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!
Subject: Storage | February 11, 2010 - 01:57 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
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
Subject: Storage | February 10, 2010 - 06:21 PM | Allyn Malventano
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.
Subject: Storage | February 9, 2010 - 06:26 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
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;
Subject: Storage | February 5, 2010 - 01:59 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
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.
Subject: Storage | February 2, 2010 - 12:42 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
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