Subject: Storage | September 17, 2012 - 07:34 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: Hynix, Strontium Hawk Series, ssd, SandForce SF-2281, synchronous NAND
Hynix jumped into the world of SSDs with the first model containing a LAMD controller, their Neutron series. Obviously Hynix are not limiting themselves to that controller as the release of the new Strontium Hawk series demonstrates, with the well known SF-2281 controller making an appearance. When the SSD Review began their testing they expected results in line with other SandForce based drives but soon found themselves very pleasantly surprised. With compressed data, this drive surpassed other 120GB models and kept up with some 240GB models, a very impressive feat but not as impressive as the results they saw when checking out the incompressible data benchmarks. It would seem that Hynix has found a way to beef up performance in a way no other SandForce drive has managed yet. This review is well worth checking out.
"The production of a non-LAMD based SSD for Hynix is actually not that shocking as an exclusive contract between Corsair and LAMD was in place long before the Hynix purchase. The length of this contract is not known, however, it accounts for probably one of the smartest moves made by Corsair to date. The performance of their newly released LAMD controlled Neutron Series has taken the industry by storm and can be seen in our recent review of both the Neutron and Neutron GTX."
Here are some more Storage reviews from around the web:
- OCZ Agility 3 60GB SSD @ Rbmods
- Corsair Neutron 240GB SSD Review - Link_A_Media Controller @ Legit Reviews
- Adata XPG SX300 128GB vs Crucial m4 256GB @ Hardware.info
- CoreRise Comay Venus 3S 120GB Fixed TRIM [SandForce 5.04] SATA3 SSD Review @ ModSynergy
- Zalman F1 120GB @ Tweaktown
- Corsair Neutron GTX 240 GB Review @ XSReviews
- Samsung 830 Series 256 GB SSD Review @ Hardware Secrets
- ADATA XPG SX900 Solid State Drive @ Benchmark Reviews
- WD My Book VelociRaptor Duo review: the way Thunderbolt was intended @ Hardware.info
- Thermaltake BlacX Duet HDD Docking Station Review @ eTeknix
- Pretec P240 USB 3.0 Multi Card Reader Review @ eTeknix
- Strontium 16GB AUTO USB Flash Drive @ Pro-Clockers
- SanDisk Extreme 64GB USB 3.0 Flash Drive @ PC STATS
- Bruce Lee MIMOBOT 8GB USB 2.0 Flash Drive Review @ Legit Reviews
Subject: Storage | September 12, 2012 - 02:08 PM | Ryan Shrout
Tagged: idf, idf 2012, western digital, wdc, 5mm, hybrid hdd
At the Technology Showcase yesterday during IDF I got see in person the new Western Digital hybrid hard drives that will combine a single platter spinning disk with a NAND flash for a hybrid solution at under 5mm thick.
You can see that is barely enough z-height for a standard installation screw and this will really help get larger amounts of storage into thinner devices. WD will have it available in 500GB and 1TB versions though the 1TB model will come in a slightly higher 7mm variety.
The WD Blue models will be spinning disk only while the WD Black will combine as much as 32GB of flash memory but it could vary based on the specific OEM request and considerations.
Another requirement of this new form factor is the need for a new connector, conveniently named SFF-8038, that handles both power and data.
We are still waiting for pricing information, but another wave of hybrid technology looks to be on its way!
Subject: Storage | September 11, 2012 - 09:48 PM | Ryan Shrout
Tagged: ocz, idf, idf 2012, vector, ssd, Indilinx, barefoot 3
While wandering around San Francisco today, I was stopped by a stranger on the corner of Market and 4th to show me something he found outside the convention hall. It LOOKS like an SSD PCB but what do you think?
What you have here is a the internals of a new OCZ Technology SSD brand called Vector that will sit ABOVE the Vertex 4 in the product stack. This SSD uses the as yet unreleased Indilinx Barefoot 3 controller.
The drive should be available sometime in Q4 of this year and it marks the first complete Indilinx controller design - no Marvell or other third party intellectual property to be found.
That's all we know for now but you can be sure we'll have the details as they are released!!
Subject: General Tech, Systems, Storage | September 10, 2012 - 05:50 PM | Scott Michaud
Tagged: ultrabook, ssd caching, ssd, Hard Drive
Western Digital has been sampling 5mm-thin 2.5” hard drives designed for Ultrabooks. They have currently announced partnerships with Acer and ASUS to include these drives in future ultrathin laptops. Western Digital has currently only listed capacities of 500GB for the spindle portion of the drive but no word how much MLC flash will be included to cache most used files. The product will be discussed during the company’s investor day on the 13th of this month.
At this stage SSDs are pretty much the missing link to a fast and responsive computer.
Prices have dropped to under one dollar per gigabyte ($1/GB) a few months ago with some models reaching 70c/GB – and those are the good ones too. The massive drop in price is still about an order of magnitude more expensive than spindle hard drives and consumers are using whatever space they can get. Several solutions exist to balance the speed of SSDs with the storage effectiveness of HDDs.
One solution is to include both in a single drive and keep the most used data in the SSD cache. Western Digital has just released samples of 5mm-thin hybrid hard drives for OEMs to put in extremely thin laptops.
I wonder if they're feeling chip-er...
Users who purchase laptops often have the mistaken assumption that a faster processor directly leads to increased response. That is certainly the case when comparing an Intel Atom to an i5 – but an i3 will probably spend just as much time idle and awaiting instructions from the hard drive as an i5 would.
Western Digital has not broken the SSD market despite their long success with spindle storage. It makes sense that Western Digital will push into the market with the starting point from which they are most comfortable. Western Digital has been shipping SSDs for over two-and-a-half years at this point but never really gained any traction.
It looks like Western Digital is realizing that they need to mix SSDs with what they know best and do something innovative to get a unique hook in the market – buying just a little more time.
The drive which has been announced today will contain a storage capacity of 500GB with an undisclosed amount of MLC NAND flash memory caching the most used data. The hook to differentiate themselves from other hybrid hard drives is its size: 5mm compared to the more common 9.5mm.
The Ultrabook market could be a lucrative wave to ride for the time being and give them even more capital to invest future SSDs. Hopefully they will not wait for solid state storage to creep up on them twice. Fool you once…
Western Digital is expected to discuss and showcase this product more at their Western Digital Investor Day on this Thursday, September 13th, 2012.
Subject: Storage | September 7, 2012 - 08:24 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: LAMD, Amber, corsair, neutron
The new kid in the SSD controller wars is LAMD, or Link_A_Media which is paired with 256GB of IMFT 25nm NAND in the new Corsair Neutron SSD. [H]ard|OCP loved what they saw, the lowest recorded latency in their max read tests and their max write tests. This great result may not shock those of you who have encountered LAMD in the past, they have provided enterprise class products for a long time now, they are only new to the consumer/enthusiast market. Check out the next great SSD controller on the market, which will hopefully drive Indilinx, Intel and Sandforce to better their upcoming controllers.
"Corsair innovates as the first company to market a consumer LAMD controlled SSD. While the Corsair line currently utilizes both of the highest performing controllers on the market, the new LAMD controller has generated more than its fair share of interest, so we take a look and see how the newest entrant to the SSD realm fares."
Here are some more Storage reviews from around the web:
- Crucial V4 256GB SSD Review @ Hardware Canucks
- Corsair Force GT 240GB @ Tweaktown
- Corsair Neutron 240GB and Neutron GTX 240GB @ Kitguru
- Silicon Power Velox V70 240GB @ SSD Review
- ADATA SX300 128GB mSATA SSD Review - LSI SandForce Performance In Top Capacities @ SSD Review
- OCZ Agility 4 @ AnandTech
- Samsung 830 256GB SSD Review @ HCW
- Crucial V4 256GB SSD Review - All Is Not SATA 3 Just Yet @ SSD Review
- OCZ Agility 4 256 GB SSD @ Hardware.Info
- Plextor M5 Pro SSD @ XSReviews
- Plextor M5 Pro (256GB) @ AnandTech
- SuperSSpeed S302 Hyper Gold MLC 240GB SSD @ Tweaktown
- VisionTek Racer Series 120GB @ Tweaktown
- Mushkin Catalyst Cache 50GB SSD @ Bjorn 3D
- Corsair Force GS 240GB SSD Review @ Hardware Canucks
- Kingston HyperX 3K 120GB @ Tweaktown
- Crucial v4 256GB vs. OCZ Agility 4 256GB SSD Shootout @ Techspot
- OCZ Agility 4 256GB Review @ OCC
- ZXT Aperture M 5.25" USB 3.0 Card Reader @ TechwareLabs
- Adaptec Series 7 Enterprise RAID Controllers with PCIe 3.0 @ Tweaktown
- Kingston DataTraveler Locker+ G2 USB Drive Review @ OCC
- Patriot 32GB Class 10 EP Pro SDHC @ Neoseeker
- Vantec NexStar MX Enclosure Review @ Hi Tech Legion
- Thermaltake BlacX 5G HDD Docking Station Review @ eTeknix
- Buffalo TeraStation Pro Duo WSS review - NAS with Windows Storage Server @ Hardware.info
- Kingston 64GB Wi-Drive @ SSD News
- D-Link ShareCenter Quattro DNS-345 @ Hardware.info
- Convar BytePac Eco-Friendly Paper Hard Drive Enclosure Review @ Legit Reviews
- Icy Dock Convenient SSD/HDD Conversion Kits @ Pro-Clockers
- Patriot Supersonic 64GB USB 3.0 Flash Drive Review - Updated @ PCSTATS
- RAIDON Runner R2420-B3 Easy Ejection 2.5" SSD/HDD RAID Enclosure Review @ NikKTech
- Fractal Design Array R2 mini-ITX NAS Chassis Review @ Techgage
- Patriot EP Pro SDHC UHS-1 32GB @ Guru of 3D
- ADATA Nobility NH13 750GB External Hard Drive Review @ TechwareLabs
- Thermaltake BlacX 5G SATA/USB Docking Station @ Benchmark Reviews
- LaCie 4big Rack Office review: deluxe storage rack for the office? @ Hardware.info
- Synology DiskStation DS413j NAS Review @ HardwareHeaven
- Promise Pegasus J2 Review: The Smallest High Performance Thunderbolt Drive @ AnandTech
- Icy Dock MB994IPO-3SB Slim ODD + 2x 2.5" HDD Multi Bay Review @ Hi Tech Legion
- Synology DS213 and DS213+ NAS review: the same but different @ Hardware.info
Subject: General Tech, Storage | September 4, 2012 - 06:11 PM | Ryan Shrout
Tagged: ssd, plextor, deal of the day
Today's deal comes from TigerDirect and will allow you jump on the SSD bandwagon for a more than reasonable price. How does a 256GB Plextor M5 series SSD for just $195 with free shipping sound?
Subject: Storage | August 30, 2012 - 10:49 PM | Allyn Malventano
Tagged: western digital, WD, VelociRaptor, my book, duo
We took a look at the 1TB VelociRaptor back in April. Well now Western Digital went and stuck a pair of them into an oversized My Book chassis, connected it via Thunderbolt, and voala:
This is a nice little external storage device that can be configured as a RAID 0 or 1. My Book Duos can even be daisychained to support RAID 10! Daisychaining allows up to four My Book Duos to be connected simultaneously. The price is a bit steep, but seems to be in-line with other Thunderbolt enabled products. More to follow once we get a sample in for review!
Subject: Editorial, Storage | August 28, 2012 - 05:40 PM | Ryan Shrout
Tagged: ssd, kingston, deal of the day
120GB Kingston SSDNow V+200 SATA 6Gb/s SSD for $70 (normally $90).
Cheaper and cheaper SSDs continue to find their way to our deals pages!!
Rare $150 coupon code gives lowest price ever on Core i7 model of Inspiron 17R Special Edition
17.3" Dell Inspiron 17R Special Edition Core i7-3610QM 2.3GHz Quad-core Ivy Bridge Laptop w/8GB RAM, 1TB HDD, 1GB GeForce GT 650M & 1080p LCD for $950 with free shipping (normally $1,139 - use coupon code on LogicBuy).
Lowest price we've seen on this Inspiron 14z Core i3 Laptop bundle
14" Dell Inspiron 14z Core i3-2350M 2.3GHz Dual-core thin & light Aluminum-body Laptop w/4GB RAM, 500GB HDD & Adobe Elements 9 Bundle for $430 with free shipping (normally $600 - use coupon code on LogicBuy).
11.6" ASUS Zenbook UX21E-DH52 Core i5-2467M 1.6GHz Dual-core Ultrabook w/4GB RAM, 128GB SSD for $904 with free shipping (normally $1000 - use coupon code on LogicBuy).
HP Pavilion p7-1380t Core i5-2320 3GHz Quad-core Desktop w/6GB RAM, 1TB HDD for $480 with free shipping (normally $650 - use coupon code on LogicBuy).
Dell Optiplex 990 Core i5-2500 3.3GHz Quad-core Desktop w/4GB RAM, 250GB SATA III HDD, Windows 7 Professional & $100 Gift card for $669 with free shipping (normally $1,199 - use coupon code on LogicBuy).
20" Dell Inspiron One 2020 Core i3 All-in-one PC w/6GB RAM, 1TB Hard Drive, Wireless Keyboard + Mouse Bundle for $600 with free shipping (normally $750 - use coupon code on LogicBuy).
27" HP ZR2740w 2560 x 1440 LED-Backlit IPS Monitor for $690 (normally $730).
27" I-Inc IL272DPB 1080p 2ms LED-backlit LCD Monitor for $200 (normally $300).
10.1" ASUS Eee Pad Transformer Prime 32GB Android 4.0 Quad-Core Tablet (pre-owned) for $290 with free shipping (normally $350 - use coupon code on LogicBuy).
500GB Lenovo F360 Portable USB 2.0 Hard Drive (Black) for $66 with free shipping (noramlly $99 - use coupon code on LogicBuy).
120GB Kingston SSDNow V+200 SATA 6Gb/s SSD for $70 (normally $90).
64GB CentonDataStick Waterproof USB 2.0 Flash Drive for $30 (normally $40)
Gigabyte GeForce GTX 660 Ti 2GB GDDR5 Video Card for $300 (normally $320>).
HP LaserJet Pro 400 Color Printer (M451dn) for $380 with free shipping (normally $500 - use coupon code 20LOGICBUY).
60" LG 60PA5500 1080p Plasma HDTV for $900 with free shipping (normally $1,100).
55" TCL LE55FHDF3300 1080p 240Hz LED HDTV for $700with free shipping (normally $800 - use coupon code on LogicBuy).
55" Samsung UN55EH6070 3D 240Hz 1080p LED HDTV + Blu-ray Player Bundle for $1,200 with free shipping (normally $1,500 - use coupon code on LogicBuy).
50" LG 50PA5500 1080p Plasma HDTV for $600 with free shipping (normally $1,000).
47" LG 47LS4600 1080p 120Hz LED HDTV for $700 with free shipping (normally $850).
40" Samsung LN40E550 1080p LCD HDTV for $428 with free shipping (normally $500)
Harman Kardon HKTS 60BQ 5.1 Home Theater System + Yamaha 5.1-Channel Receiver for $699.99 (normally $800 - use coupon code on LogicBuy).
Personal Portables & Peripherals:
16MP Nikon Coolpix S9300 Red Digital Camera for $240 with free shipping (normally $279 - use coupon code on LogicBuy).
Logitech Harmony 1100 Infrared Universal Remote for $244 with free shipping (normally $300 - use coupon code USMEDALS.
Subject: Storage | August 28, 2012 - 09:45 AM | Allyn Malventano
Tagged: synology, NAS, diskstation
Today Synology launched an updated revision to their DS212 and DS212+. We looked at the DiskStation 212+ as part of our ioSafe review.
The new DS213 models boast further improvements to their predecessors:
DS213+ Hardware Highlights
- Floating-point to greatly accelerate decoding and encoding
DS213 Hardware Highlights
- Equipped with SD slot
- 2 USB 3.0 slots
- Support for backups from Windows® and Mac OS X clients
- Centralized file sharing using common network protocols
- ACL support for granular, file-level control
- ADS support up to 100,000 users and groups
- Granular notification system via email, SMS, and push
- Antivirus package
DS213 $299 and DS213+ $369 respectively.
Press blast after the break.
Subject: Storage | August 27, 2012 - 06:31 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: Link A Media, LAMD, corsair, neutron, neutron gtx, ssd, LM87800
We have certainly seen a lot of new versions of SSD controllers from companies well established in the market but there haven't been any new companies join the market until earlier this month. Corsair unveiled their new Neutron series of SSDs, featuring the new LM87800 controller from Link A Media. Both models contain a pair of Samsung DDR2-800 128MB DRAM cache for a total of 256MB of cache, the difference is in the flash, with the GXT sporting eight 32GB modules of Toshiba Toggle Mode 24nm NAND while the non-GTX model has sixteen 16GB modules of synchronous Micron 25nm NAND. Check out SSD Reviews article to see how that effects the performance.
"It is always an exciting time when a new controller makes it’s way on to the SSD scene. It is like seeing a new contender in any sporting event and predicting their success based on the balance of strength and inexperience. Our analysis today examines the new Link A Media (LAMD) 6Gbps controller found within the Corsair Neutron and Neutron GTX SSDs. Watch as the Neutron delivers a first round knockout."
Here are some more Storage reviews from around the web:
- Mushkin Catalyst Cache SSD @ Guru of 3D
- ADATA XPG SX900 128GB SSD Review @ Legit Reviews
- OCZ Vertex 4 256GB @ HCW
- rucial V4 256GB SATA II SSD Review @ Legit Reviews
- Transcend SSD720 128GB @ Hardware.info
- Corsair Force GS 240 GB @ Hardware.info
- SanDisk Extreme 240GB Fixed TRIM Solid State Drive @ Tweaktown
- KingFast F3 Series mSATA 3.0 KF1310MCF MLC SSD Review @ ModSynergy
- Western Digital Red Drive 2TB Hard Drive @ TechwareLabs
- Western Digital Red NAS Hard Drive Review @ Techgage
- QNAP TurboNAS TS-269 Pro NAS Server Review @ NikKTech
- Kingston DataTraveler Locker G2 USB Flash Drive @ Pro-Clockers
- Vantec NexStar HX NST-330SU3 Hard Drive to USB 3.0 / eSATA II External Case @ PCSTATS
- Icy Dock MB080U3S-1SB Blizzard 3.5" SATA External Hard Drive Enclosure Review @ eTeknix
- StarTech USB 3.0 to 2.5" SATA Enclosure with Encryption @ Computing on Demand
- Icy Dock MB559U3S External 3.5″ SATA Hard Drive Enclosure @ Kitguru
- Buffalo MiniStation Extreme USB 3.0 Hard Drive Review with Drop Test @ HardwareHeaven