Subject: Storage | August 11, 2009 - 01:47 PM | Allyn Malventano
The Flash Memory Summit has just begun, and to kick things off, Intel and Micron have announced something unexpected: 3 bit per cell flash memory. This is significant on many levels (pun intended). SLC (single level cell) flash is 1 bpc. The vast majority of MLC (multi level cell) flash is 2 bpc, netting a 100% capacity gain over SLC. This new flash is 3 bpc, pushing bit density to 200% over SLC and 50% over previous generation MLC flash.
Subject: Storage | August 10, 2009 - 07:52 PM | Allyn Malventano
Kingston has informed us of a new addition to their SSDNow V series line. The new "V+" series incorporate Samsung RBB controllers and will be available in the usual Samsung sizes (64 / 128 / 256 GB). They will also sport a 3 year warranty. This will add Kingston to another section of our SSD Decoder during its next update.
Subject: Storage | August 10, 2009 - 07:39 PM | Allyn Malventano
For those who managed to sneak an early purchase of an Intel X25-M G2 series SSD, there is now a firmware update available for your downloading pleasure. Please ensure you update prior to updating or removing any BIOS HDD password you might have set since your purchase. Once updated, you are free to do whatever you wish with said password (except forget it, of course). This u
Subject: Storage | August 10, 2009 - 02:38 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Allyn has been hard at work on the new OZC Vertex custom Indilinx firmware
which enables garbage collection, perhaps one of the most interesting features an SSD can have. Think of it as a way for SSDs to heal themselves from the damage of file transfers and deletions that defragmenting took care of on platter based drives. Allyn subjects the poor drive to his custom made SSD killing test and watched in amazement as the drive healed its self over time without his needing to repair it.
Allyn has spent the last few days thrashing a pre-production firmware for the OCZ Vertex. This is OCZ's first crack at rolling their own firmware, and they aim to address some of the issues Indilinx has not been able to correct on their own. Can OCZ pull it off? Come on in and find out!
Subject: Storage | August 6, 2009 - 04:37 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
You can thank Intel for the sudden drop in SSD prices as their second generation X25 series has forced the competition to drop prices or suffer. A perfect example is the OCZ Agility SSD 120GB, which will run you $300. On paper it reads up to 230 MB/s
writes at 135 MB/s
and sustained writes of 80 MB/s. The Guru of 3D tests those claims in their new review, so
Subject: Storage | August 4, 2009 - 12:36 PM | Allyn Malventano
Fusion-io passed along a press release with some of their internal testing results of the ioXtreme. In the below release, they claim a 6x performance gain under Maya as compared to a high end 4-drive RAID. Details are scarce at present and we have yet to see hard benchmark figures from the ioXtreme, but here is the tease they provided on the published spec sheet:
Subject: Storage | August 3, 2009 - 02:21 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
You may think of SSDs as a very new technology for mainstream users; something that is only true compared to platter technology. Intel has already hit their second generation and one of the biggest improvements was the price; not to take anything away from its performance numbers. Now it is OCZ's turn, with the third generation of their Vertex series. The newest is a 120GB Vertex Turbo drive which
Subject: Storage | July 30, 2009 - 03:32 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
PhotoFast may not sound like a big name in storage, but believe it or not, their G-Monster V5 256GB is one of the fastest SSDs on the planet, though also one of the most expensive, at $1000. Tweaktown tested it out on an 8 core Opteron system and found that the system its self was a bottleneck for the drives performance. Even so, the G-Monster V5 has hitting almost 250 MB/s read speeds and 210MB/s write speeds.
Subject: Storage | July 28, 2009 - 12:32 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
As Allyn has proved, the new technology used in the second generation has almost completely removed the fragmentation over time problem. You can see that confirmed by The Tech Report's review of the drive, where they tested the response times of drives before and after heavy testing. They still anxiously await Win7 and the TRIM commands that will help Indilinx and Samsung controlled drives performance; the question is can it help them cl