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!
Subject: Storage | June 15, 2009 - 12:54 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
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
Subject: Storage | June 10, 2009 - 06:19 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
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.
Subject: Storage | June 8, 2009 - 12:34 AM | Ryan Shrout
Our stop by the Super Talent booth resulted in some interesting new products including a 128GB USB drive:
Subject: Storage | June 4, 2009 - 01:18 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
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.
Subject: Storage | June 1, 2009 - 11:34 AM | Ryan Shrout
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.
Subject: Storage | June 1, 2009 - 11:16 AM | Ryan Shrout
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.
Subject: Storage | June 1, 2009 - 01:36 AM | Allyn Malventano
If you listen to our Wednesday fun on Leo Laporte's TWIT network or to our weekly podcast, you might have caught some initial tidbits about a new SSD controller in the works over at JMicron. I did a bit more digging to bring you a scoop worthy of sufficient detail.
Subject: Storage | May 28, 2009 - 02:55 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
If you haven't heard or seen this weeks podcast yet, we offer a bit of background to take into our discussion of the state of SATA drives. The Tech Report fired up some heavily used SSDs from Corsair, OCZ and Intel to see just how the performance has degraded, if at all. It is also a study of the controllers, from Indilinx, Samsung and Intel as the controller is one of the major influences on the change of speed of an SSD over time. Head on over to get a firm gr