Subject: Storage | March 19, 2009 - 12:08 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Platter based storage may be on the way out, but that doesn't mean you should be avoiding them as they have never been bigger nor less expensive. To show off the latest 1TB drives, X-bit Labs has assembled fourteen drives from four different companies. Some of the drives may seem familiar, but you might be surprised at what an increase in the revision number can do for the performance of a drive you thought you knew. At the end, there was a clear winner in speed, read on to see w
Subject: Storage | March 16, 2009 - 02:36 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
VIA is not out of the business of providing computational power to shoebox sized tech, even with the competition from Intel and nVIDIA. One of their newest products is a network attached storage device that includes a 1.5GHz VIA C7-D CPU to extend the functionality of the ARTiGO A2000 beyond what you might expect from an NAS. Consider the audio ports on the back, something you wouldn't really expect to see in a NAS, but well within the power of the ARTiGO. Drop by Think Computers to see how
Subject: Storage | March 14, 2009 - 07:46 AM | Allyn Malventano
By splicing two ioDrives together on a single card, Fusion-io has shown the scaleability of their uber-fast flash technology by simultaneously doubling the throughput and capacity of their ioDrive line. As if 3/4 GB/sec was not enough, the new boards (dubbed ioDrive Duo) promise to deliver upwards of 1.5GB/sec speeds. Capacity is also increased from the prior 80/160/320GB to 160/320/640GB, with the possibi
Subject: Storage | March 12, 2009 - 12:03 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
You have two important jobs to do today, if you have not already done so. The first is to listen to the brand new episode of the PC Perspective Podcast and share it with a dozen friends. The second is to read through Allyn's review of the Western Digital 2TB Caviar Green drive. If you have done either of those jobs, you already know that this drive may spin at 5400RPM and
The Green Monster gets bigger (and quieter)!
This week we take a break from the nosebleed speeds of Solid State and check out what spinning disk tech has to offer. We found there is still much life left in these beasts. If you are in the market for an insane amount of near-silent storage, this article is for you.
Subject: Storage | March 9, 2009 - 01:45 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
MADSHRIMPS caught some pictures of the new OCZ Z-Drive, made of four 250GB SSD drives in RAID-0 with onboard RAM for cache. What is special is that you can see some benchmark figures from the display. In HDTune you can see the benefits of the PCIe interface as read and right speeds increase in tandem with file size. In Sandra, you can see it matched with the Gigabyte iRAM drive and while the response time is the same, the throughput is very different. Check out their pretty pictures right here<
Subject: Storage | March 7, 2009 - 03:23 PM | Ryan Shrout
03/06/2009 – Already considered as two of the most convenient network devices at homes and office, the latest 3 bay and 4 bay NAS from Thecus, N3200PRO and N4100PRO, are receiving enormous welcome around the globe. Not only providing huge storage capacity, but also reliable data protection with RAID mechanism and tons of application features, Thecus N3200PRO and N4100PRO are both designed to operate at minimal electricity.
Subject: Storage | March 4, 2009 - 06:30 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
It is hard not to like the Cavalry Pelican 32GB SSD. Not only is it's MSRP sitting at about $100, it has both a SATA connector and a USB plug, making it perfect as an external drive as well as feeling right at home ensconced in a 3.5" bay. Maximum CPU's reviewer also found that it performed above spec on his machine, and did so as you would expect a SATA drive to; absolutel
Subject: Storage | March 2, 2009 - 12:38 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The big news in the 12th iteration of Seagate's Barracuda 7200RPM drives is the platters, each weighing in at 500GB. With the larger drives, you also get 32MB of cache which should help you use up a bit more of the bandwidth on the eSATA connection. The Tech Report found that the extra cache was most helpful in reading, this drive was looking more like a VelociRaptor than a Barracuda in those tests. When writing or coping, the drive was not nearly as impressive and fell more into the middle of the pack.