Subject: Storage | April 23, 2009 - 10:41 PM | Allyn Malventano
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.
Subject: Storage | April 22, 2009 - 11:23 AM | Allyn Malventano
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!
Subject: Storage | April 20, 2009 - 01:39 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
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.
Subject: Storage | April 20, 2009 - 08:04 AM | Allyn Malventano
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).
Subject: Storage | April 14, 2009 - 12:07 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
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.
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...
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.
Subject: Storage | April 8, 2009 - 02:52 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
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
Subject: Storage | April 6, 2009 - 03:52 PM | Allyn Malventano
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