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Subject: Storage | June 15, 2011 - 06:01 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: ocz, agility 3, ssd, sandforce, sata 6Gps
It has been a few weeks since Al took a look at OCZ's 240GB Agility 3 drive, so it seems worth revisiting. As you can see at OCIA, the drive is fast even with slightly cheaper memory inside and can compete with the theoretically more expensive Vertex drive. Unfortunately just like Al saw, the street price does not reflect the internal parts, saving $10 over the Vertex model is not a great deal.
"The SSD technology of today is worlds better than what we had in 2009. Better understanding of the technology, mature controllers, Windows 7, SATA 6Gb/sec and even the PCI-e bus have all advanced things to a point where SSDs are coming close to mainstream adoption. Pricing is also much more attractive as evident by the drive we are looking at today, OCZ's Agility 3 240GB unit. The Agility 3 is one of three new SATA 6Gb/sec SSDs and is classified as a high-performance drive alongside the higher-end Vertex 3."
Here are some more Storage reviews from around the web:
- Kingston SSDNow V100 vs. Patriot Torqx 2 128 GB SSD Review @ Hardware Secrets
- LSI 9265 MegaRAID Supplementary Review: The Beauty of CacheCade! @ The SSD Review
- ADATA S511 120gb SATA 3 SSD Review @ The SSD Review
- Kingston 32GB DTU3G2 USB 3.0 Flash Drive @ Bjorn3D
- TwinMOS A3 USB3.0 drive Quick Look @ t-break
- Mach Xtreme MX-GX USB 3.0 16GB Flash Drive Review @ eTeknix
- ICY DOCK MB881U3-1SA EZ-Dock Review @ ThinkComputers
- Kingston DataTraveler Ultimate 3.0 Gen. 2 USB 3.0 Flash Drive @ TechARP
- Samsung S2 USB 3.0 Powered Hard Drive @ VelocityReviews
Subject: Storage | June 10, 2011 - 12:15 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: hdd, western digital, caviar green, 3tb
Before you go running out and buying the Western Digital Caviar Green 3 TB HDD, there are a few caveats to remember. You will not be able to just pop this into a WinXP machine and expect to use it at full capacity, you need to have a motherboard with UEFI in order to boot from it and finally the implementation of Advanced Format Technology is still stuck in 512-byte emulation mode.
On the plus side, the drive spins at about 6600 RPM and is SATAS 6Gbs which makes it faster that it's smaller predecessor. Only the non-AFT version of the 2TB Green drive can beat it for throughput. Check out the full review at TechARP.
"Western Digital divides their internal hard drives into three distinct families - the WD Caviar Blue for their basic hard drives, the WD Caviar Green for their quieter, cooler hard drives and the WD Caviar Black for their performance-grade hard drives.
According to Western Digital, Caviar Green hard disk drives offer an average power saving of 4-5 watts over their competitors, a feat that they claim is equivalent to reducing CO2 emissions by 13.8 kg per year. Of course, that’s a mere drop in the ocean but if you can help save the environment while you work or play on your computer, why not?
Today, we will look at the improved Western Digital Caviar Green 3 TB hard disk drive - the new Western Digital WD30EZRX with Advanced Format Technology and 6 Gbps interface. Let’s find out how well this drive performs!"
Here are some more Storage reviews from around the web:
- SuperSpeed USB 3.0 INEO I-NA309D Pro @ TechwareLabs
- OCZ Technology Agility 3 240GB @ Tweaktown
- QNAP TS-659 Pro II NAS @ Benchmark Review
- Kingston Data Traveller G2 3.0 64GB @ XSReviews
- Centon Rush 3.0 @ HardwareBistro
- Patriot Memory Supersonic 64GB USB 3.0 Flash Drive Review @ PCSTATS
Subject: Storage, Mobile | June 9, 2011 - 03:21 PM | Tim Verry
Tagged: Samsung, laptop, Hard Drive, 1TB
Samsung today announced a new update to their Spinpoint laptop hard drive line, the Spinpoint M8 1 TB. Joining the storage ranks of the Seagate Constellation and Western Digital Scorpio 1 TB drives, the new Samsung hard disk features two 500 GB platters in a 2.5” 9.5mm form factor along with an 8 MB buffer, and utilizes a SATA II (3Gb/s) interface. The 500 GB per platter density was achieved by using their Advanced Format Technology (AFT), which raises the data storage density per unit area, which results in a reduced number of requisite platters and read/write heads. Samsung claims that the reduction in necessary components results in a seven percent performance increase as well as an eight percent decrease in the amount of power drawn.
The new 2.5” drive carries an MSRP of $129.00 USD. Mobile gamers and road warriors in particular are likely happy to see competition in the 1 TB+ laptop arena, which should hep to bring the 1 TB mobile drives’ prices a bit closer to their 1 TB desktop brethren. You can read more about the new drive here.
Subject: General Tech, Storage | June 9, 2011 - 01:32 PM | Scott Michaud
Tagged: tweak, ssd
The people who stick an SSD in their PC are typically the type of people who would want to optimize their performance as best as possible. Particularly with the larger investment of the earlier SSDs tweak guides were quite common to squeeze every IO/s and MB/s out of their device. Tom’s Hardware has just posted a list of common tweaks and a series of benchmarks performed on the tweaked system. According to their findings, you may wish to undo your tweaks.
Don’t do it!
Some tweaks saw the occasional increase in performance though on the whole performance suffered by some extent. Tweaks that were designed to reclaim capacity gave you back quite a bit of space however, though you should expect that if your drive is not storing system restore points, file system indexes, or your swap file that you would have more usable space on your drive. The hit on performance from the performance tweaks typically were not too great with the exception of write caching on Intel drives bringing their write speeds to single digit MB/s. Check out Tom’s Hardware’s full guide for more information.
Subject: Storage | June 7, 2011 - 05:47 PM | Allyn Malventano
Tagged: ssd, sandforce, corsair
Today Corsair announced a full recall of the CSSD-F120GB3-BK line.
For further details, I yield to the statement from Corsair:
Over the past several days, we have analyzed issues associated with the stability of our recently released 120GB Force Series 3 SSD (Corsair part number CSSD-F120GB3-BK). Our review has identified that a significant percentage of these drive do not operate to specification. The solution will require changes to both the SSD firmware and the hardware components of the SSD itself.
We’ve worked closely with our partners to determine a root cause but there is no single issue at fault. I’m sure you’ll have questions about how this could happen but we can only say that our production test did not catch this combination of issues and we have implemented multiple corrective actions, involving both firmware and hardware, and are confident we have resolved all currently known issues.
This is our fault, our production tests didn’t catch the issue before the drives were shipped to the consumer and we take full responsibility for our products, which is why we’re asking for them to be returned and will be picking up return shipping.
Consumers should be directed to the following link in our forums for instructions on returning their drives.
For those curious, since the cause is hardware stemming from the reference design of the PCB, it affects only those SandForce drives relying on it. OCZ uses their own design for the Vertex 3 and Agility 3 series SSD's, so those are safe from known hardware issues and remain subject to only the typical firmware bugs addressed by routine updates.
Back to the issue at hand. If you own a model CSSD-F120GB3-BK SSD, back up immediately and hit the link above to have Corsair sort you out.
Subject: Storage | June 6, 2011 - 12:06 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: plextor, network attached storage, NAS, external drive
There once was a time, when dinosaurs like Compaq ruled the earth, when there was only one choice for the true enthusiast when buying a CD burner. Plextor was by far the most reliable choice in a time when CDs were more sensitive to external vibrations than a fine souffle. Things have changed a great deal since then and the looks you get when you ask how many sheep your burner has can be quite amusing. This has left Plextor looking for alternative revenue sources and the area they have chosen is NAS devices. The new Plextor PX-NAS4 has impressive stats but it is competing against heavy hitters like Drobo. Think Computer tries out this ~$400 NAS device and contrasts its features and controls with similarly priced competitors offerings in their latest storage review.
"Plextor introduced the PX-NAS4 quad-bay network attached storage device late last year to augment its PX-NAS2 dual-bay device and break into a market with larger storage needs. The dual gigabit Ethernet PX-NAS4 can house up to 8 TB of storage in several RAID configurations and sports volume encryption and low power consumption among other standard enterprise and business features. ThinkComputers takes a look, and finds that while the PX-NAS4 provides the basic features, it leaves something to be desired for users with more. Read on for the review."
Here are some more Storage reviews from around the web:
- Zalman ZM-VE200 External HDD Case Review @ Madshrimps
- MUKii TransImp X3 Plus Hard Drive Enclosure Review @ OCIA
- Buffalo Linkstation Pro Quad review @ The Inquirer
- RaidSonic ICY BOX IB-230StU3-G 2.5" USB 3.0 HDD Enclosure Review @ Real World Labs
- Patriot Javelin S4 NAS Server Review @ OverclockersHQ
- Patriot SuperSonic USB 3.0 Flash Drive @ TechwareLabs
- Kingston HyperX MAX 3.0 128GB External USB 3.0 Drive Review @ Real World Labs
- Patriot LX Pro 32GB SDHC @ Overclockers Online
- Hard Disk Drive Myths Debunked @ TechARP
- The Best Budget & Enthusiast-Level SSDs @ Techspot
- OCZ Agility 3 SSD Review @ Neoseeker
- Intel 320 Series 120GB SSD Review @ ITShootOut
- Silicon Power V20 Series 120GB SSD @ OCAU
- Corsair Force Series F40 SATA II SSD Review @Hi Tech Legion
Subject: Storage | June 1, 2011 - 01:38 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: ssd, ocz, agility 3, asynchronous flash
In case you missed it in the rotation at the top, Al has wrapped up his review of the Agility 3 SSD, which utilizes less expensive asynchronous flash memory to bring the MSRP down and hopefully leaves the performance at the same level. Slow is a relative term when you describe SSDs, even one ranked at the bottom of the performance charts will give you better performance than a platter based hard drive. Al does answer the performance question in the review, unfortunately no one can answer the pricing question yet. If these sell like previous models have, retailers will be able to charge whatever they feel like if the supply cannot keep up.
"While the switch to asynchronous flash memory makes the Agility 3 cheaper to produce and therefore sell, the performance dynamic can shift in either direction, varying with what you plan to do with the drive. Many users saw the same type of thing back with the Agility 2 / Vertex 2, and some users actually preferred the cheaper drive performance wise. We may see the same thing here once users (and us) get some actual seat-of-the-pants time logged with it."
Here are some more Storage reviews from around the web:
- OCZ Vertex 3 120GB SSD Review @ Legit Reviews
- OCZ Agility 3 240GB SATA 3 SSD Review @ The SSD Review
- G.Skill Phoenix Evo 115GB SSD Review @ ITShootOut
- OCZ Technology Vertex 3 Max IOPS 240GB @ Tweaktown
- Crucial M4 128GB SSD Review @ The SSD Review
- Samsung 470 Series 256GB SSD - Long Term Test Results @ Legit Reviews
- Intel 510 Series SSD @ InsideHW
- Part flash, all flash or dedicated flash? @ The Register
- Seagate Barracuda Green 2 TB Hard Disk Drive Review @ Hardware Secrets
- Seagate Barracuda XT 3TB Review @ OCC
- Sharkoon Flexi-Drive Extreme Duo 16GB USB 3.0 Thumb Drive @ Tweaktown
- Patriot Supersonic 32 GB USB 3.0 @ techPowerUp
Subject: Storage, Shows and Expos | June 1, 2011 - 08:37 AM | Ryan Shrout
Tagged: ssd, revodrive, ocz, hybrid, computex
OCZ is definitely pushing its SSD products to the consumer and it was no different when we stopped by the OCZ suite at Computex 2011. The most interesting devices came in the form of PCI Express based SSDs including the pending RevoDrive 3 model that upgrades the SSD controllers to SandForce 2200 models and gets some pretty hefty performance boosts because of it.
The RevoDrive 3 includes a pair of SF-2200 controllers and was rated at 900 MB/s read and 700 MB/s write using the PCIe x4 interface. The 240GB model is apparently only going to have a $599 price tag and it should be available in a matter of a short few weeks. The X2 model adds another module to the mix and doubles the controller count to four and improves performance to as high as 1500 MB/s read and 1200 MB/s write. Obviously these types of devices are only for those that REALLY need to push the envelope in storage performance.
Also, more good news: OCZ has implemented a newer firmware feature on the RevoDrive 3 (and other newer PCIe based models) that will enable support for features like TRIM natively. This is done by hiding the multiple controllers from the operating system and passing on / delegating the TRIM commands as needed. Allyn will have more on this when we get a sample later this month.
Another new PCIe-based SSD was the new Z-Drive R4 that fits more into the enterprise market with insanely high IOPS and performance.
OCZ actually showed a server running a pair of the R4 88 models that were able to achieve a 1 million IOPS rating on random 4K.
Another option for consumers was the new RevoDrive Hybrid that is exactly what it sounds like it is - a combination of a PCI Express SSD and a standard 2.5-in spindle based drive on a single unit. This will bring the performance benefits of not only an SSD but a PCIE SSD to consumers that want to have the appearance of a single large hard drive inside their system. It will use SandForce SF-2200 controllers and is rated at 575 MB/s read and 500 MB/s writes with several models planned for production. The SSD portion that acts as the cache will be available in either 60GB of 120GB capacities while the HDD will start at 500GB and go up from there. Pricing will apparently start at $400 for the 60GB/500GB version and will definitely be appealing for enthusiasts. Now everyone can get the advantages of hybrid storage without being locked into the Z68 chipset or even an Intel platform at all.
This implementation does not use any kind of Intel technology at all and instead is based on a firmware option from NVELO called Dataplex. Based on the marketing numbers we saw the implementation that OCZ has created with the PCIe-based SSD will outperform Intel's SATA-based SRT technology by a noticeable margin, at least in benchmarks. We can't wait to get our hands on one to see for ourselves.
Finally, OCZ is going to throw their hat into the ring with the mSATA offering called the Devena 2 that runs on a SandForce SF-2181/2141 controller. Expect to see this marketed as an option even for Intel SRT. It looks like the rest of 2011 will be very busy for Allyn and our storage test bed.
OCZ Achieves Performance Record Live At Computex, Over 1 Million 4K Write IOPS & 1.5 Million Read IOPS
Subject: General Tech, Storage, Shows and Expos | May 31, 2011 - 01:55 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: z-drive, PCIe SSD, ocz
TAIPEI, Taiwan - May 31, 2011 - OCZ Technology Group, Inc. (Nasdaq:OCZ), a leading provider of high-performance solid-state drives (SSDs) for computing devices and systems, announces the Company has set a new benchmark of 1 million 4K write IOPS with a Z-Drive R4 equipped 3U Colfax International Server based on a Supermicro platform, which features 7.2TB of MLC storage.
As the fastest performing single server solution on the market, this Z-Drive R4 equipped platform significantly accelerates demanding transactional workloads and reduces latency across a broad array of enterprise applications.
"The Z-Drive R4 enables our data center clients to maximize performance in the industry standard 4K file size, and this achievement with Colfax International demonstrates the raw performance benefits and latency reductions that OCZ PCIe SSDs can deliver over multi-terabyte device densities in a single 3U server," said Ryan Petersen, CEO of OCZ Technology Group. "We are proud to enable our clients to deliver servers and storage arrays which provide the highest performance, maximum capacity, and lowest latency available to data centers today."
"We have been working closely with OCZ to create a ready to deploy server solution with both exceptional performance and reliability, all within a compact and energy efficient footprint," said Gautam Shah, President and CEO of Colfax International. "OCZ's Z-Drive PCIe SSDs add considerable performance and we are thrilled to achieve this significant 4K Write IOPS benchmark, as well as making this industry leading total solution available to our enterprise clients."
This demonstration highlighted the Z-Drive R4's ability to offer industry-leading performance and efficiency for enterprise clients seeking the benefits of SSDs over hard drives. This total solution will be available for pre-order from Colfax International in multiple built-to-order configurations, and will ship in the coming weeks following the Computex event.
While Legit Reviews might be mixing their metaphors when they refer to Sandforce SSDs as a 'dime' a dozen, they are certainly right that there are a lot of companies implementing that particular controller. This time it is PQI, long time sellers of flash memory based products, and their PQI S535 256 GB drive. One thing that makes this company different is that the speeds advertised on the box were slower than what Legit Reviews saw in their benchmarks. See just how much faster in the full review.
"At this point there isn't a lot new we can say about the PQI S535 256 GB drive as SF-1200 based SSDs are a dime a dozen right now. Ok, that may draw ire from those that are still waiting on buying an SSD because of the cost but we've done no less than ten reviews now on such drives. PQI is a little conservative in their specifications of 250 MB/s reads and writes as we saw well above that for each in the ATTO benchmark..."
Here are some more Storage reviews from around the web:
- Crucial m4 256GB @ TechSpot
- OCZ Vertex 2 60GB SSD @ HardwareBistro
- Silicon Power V20 120GB SandForce SF-1200 SSD @ Tweaktown
- OCZ Vertex 3 120GB SSD Review @ ITShootOut
- OCZ RevoDrive 80 GB PCI Express Solid State Drive @ TechARP
- OWC Mercury EXTREME Pro 6G 120GB SSD Review @ Legit Reviews
- OCZ Agility 3 (240GB) @ AnandTech
- OCZ Vertex 3 Max IOPS Edition SSD @ Benchmark Reviews
- OCZ Vertex 3 Max IOPS SSD vs Crucial M4 and Intel 510 Review @ HardwareHeaven
- Patriot Torqx 2 128GB SATA II SSD Review @Hi Tech Legion
- OCZ Technology Vertex 3 240GB Retail Solid State @ Tweaktown
- Samsung PM800 128GB mSATA SSD Review - Samsung Quietly Releases another Top Tier SSD @ SSD Review
- Intel Smart Response Technology Explained @ Hardware Secrets
- Mach Xtreme MX-GX USB 3.0 16GB Thumb Drive @ Tweaktown
- Beginners Guide: Intel Smart Response Technology @ PCSTATS
- Thecus N3200XXX NAS @ TechSpot
- Patriot Memory Supersonic USB 3.0 Flash Drive @ Modders-Inc
- QNAP TS-119P+ Single Bay HOME/SOHO NAS Review @ Tweaknews
Subject: Storage | May 23, 2011 - 05:24 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: patriot, torqx, ssd, phison, PS3105-S5
Instead of using everyone's favourite Sandforce controller, Patriot opted for the Phison PS3105-S5 controller to provide the speed to their new Torqx 2 lineup. The controller differs from Sandforce in two ways, one good and one bad. On the bad side even the claimed read and write speeds are slower, at 210 and 150MB/s but on the plus side the drives will be noticably less expensive than the competitions. Legion Hardware put this 128GB SSD to the test and weren't disappointed, though their expectations were fairly low going into the review.
"There was never the expectation that the Patriot Torqx 2 128GB might blow our socks off, with claimed read/write performance of just 270–230MB/s that was just not going to happen. At best we were hoping for a mid-range product and at $225 US for the 128GB version this is how the Torqx 2 is priced."
Here are some more Storage reviews from around the web:
- OCZ Technology Vertex 3 SSD Form Factor: Bigger isn't Always Better @ TweakTown
- OCZ Vertex 2 120GB SSD @ XSReviews
- Patriot Memory Torqx 2 128GB Solid State Drive (RAID 0) Review @ Modsynergy
- OCZ Vertex 3 240GB Max IOPS SATA 3 SSD Review - OCZ Reaches Even Higher and Maintains Price Point @ SSDReview
- Patriot 128GB Torqx 2 SSD @ Rbmods
- Crucial M4 512GB SATA 3 SSD Review - Top Tier Performance at an Unmatched Price @ The SSD Review
- Patriot Torqx 2 128GB SSD Review @ The SSD Review
- Samsung Spinpoint F4EG EcoGreen 2Tb Hard Drive Review @ The SSD Review
- Patriot Torqx 2 Solid State Drive @ Tweaktown
- Patriot Torqx 2 Phison SSD Tests @ Benchmark Reviews
- Intel's Smart Response; SSD Caching Tested @ Techgage
- MyDigitalSSD 50mm Bullet Proof mSATA PCIe 64GB SSD @ Tweaktown
- Buffalo CloudStor Pro (2TB) Review @ TechReviewSource
- Verbatim Store'n'Go 1 TB USB 3.0 @ techPowerUp
- ineo Tech I-NA317U+ HDD Docking Station and 3.5" HDD Storage Case Review @Hi Tech Legion
- Kingwin HDCV-1 and KF-252-BK Hard Drive and SSD Docking Solutions Review @ OverclockersHQ
- ADATA Nobility N005 16 GB USB 3.0 @ techPowerUp
Samsung recently began production on new 20nm MLC NAND flash memory chips with densities of 64Gb (Gigabit) and a toggle DDR 2.0 interface. The chips are not only twice as dense as their previous NAND chips, but Samsung also claims that they are capable of 400Mbps of bandwidth.
This 400Mbps bandwidth is thanks to a new toggle DDR 2.0 interface, which purports to bring a three times performance increase over the 133Mbps of bandwidth provided by the older toggle DDR1 interface with 32Gb NAND chips. Samsung further states that the new 64Gb MLC NAND chip offers close to a 50% increase in productivity versus 20nm 32Gb MLC NAND with a toggle DDR 1.o interface that Samsung began producing in April 2010.
The press release also states that:
"According to IHS iSuppli, the worldwide NAND flash memory market will continue to steadily grow from approximately 11 billion 1 Gigabyte (GB) equivalent unitsin 2010 to 94 billion 1GB equivalent units in 2015 with a CAGR of 54 percent. In addition, shipments of NAND flash memory with 64Gb or higher density are expected to account for approximately 70 percent of total NAND flash memory shipments in 2012, a huge increase from the three percent level in 2010."
The NAND flash market is certainly seeing rapid growth and technological progression, with the proliferation of SSDs from Intel, OCZ, Crucial, and others. As densities of flash memory get higher and manufacturing nodes get smaller, cheaper and more spacious storage will make it's way to both future mobile devices and solid state drives, which is good news for both consumers and Samsung.
Subject: Storage | May 21, 2011 - 03:10 AM | Tim Verry
Tagged: WD, TB, Hard Drive
Western Digital recently launched two new hard drives for it's AV-GP series. The AV-GP series are WD Green Power hard drives with special firmware optimized for heavy audio/visual applications such as video streaming, surveillance systems, and HD video recorders. The two new additions to the series come in 2.5 TB and 3 TB respectively. Both drives are 3.5" form factor, contain 64MB of on-board cache, and utilize the SATA II 3Gb/s interface. Designed for use in high temperature environments, the drives have a claimed 1 million hour MTBF (mean time before failure) rate and are covered by a three year warranty. Further, the 2.5 TB and 3 TB drives use the advanced format (4K sector) partitioning, which means that these drives are not well suited as boot drives, especially in the case of many older computers. The 2.5TB WD25EURS hard drive is available for $159.99 USD while the 3TB WD30EURS variant will cost $179.99 USD.
Intel is so confident in their new Intel 320 series solid state drives that they are extending the warranty from three to five years. The 320 series use 25 nm NAND flash memory, and have a claimed MTBF (mean time before failure) of 1.2 million hours.
According to the new warranty, Intel states that: "if the Product is properly used and installed, it will be free from defects in material and workmanship, and will substantially conform to Intel’s publicly available specifications for a period of five (5) years beginning on the date the Product was purchased." Naturally, it does not cover physical or other accidental damage. As SSDs are still relatively new technology, it is hard to gauge reliability in consumer systems over the long term, so it is nice to see that Intel is confident enough in it's 25nm flash technology to extend the warranty. Hopefully, this will influence other manufacturers to adopt longer warranties. You can read the full warranty details here.
Subject: General Tech, Storage | May 17, 2011 - 12:39 PM | Scott Michaud
Tagged: memristor, hp
Not satisfied with resistors, capacitors, and inductors: scientists at HP are working on a new electrical element known as the memristor. A memristor functions as a resistor with the ability to change in resistance variable to the current placed on the element. What makes a memristor desirable for a company like HP is that the alterable resistence of the element can be used to store and more recently process data.
- Switchable between on and off in a nanosecond
- Capability to store up to 4 bits per ‘device’
- Can process data on the device itself
- Quite easy to manufacture for current chip factories
Subject: Storage, Shows and Expos | May 16, 2011 - 04:34 PM | Tim Verry
Tagged: Thecus, SAN, NAS, computex
Thecus, a leading provider of Intel based NAS (Network Attached Storage) products, has announced that they will be unveiling a new XXX line powered by Intel Sandy Bridge processors and offering 10G Base T Connections at 2011's Computex in Taipei. The XXX line covers everything from 2 bay Atom powered NAS for consumer useage all the way to the new 16 bay Sandy Bridge powered NAS for enterprise use. The "XXX" stands for "Xtreme Power, Xtreme Function, and Xtreme Value," and it is their line of the best performance for the price NAS devices.
They will be unveiling an eight bay, twelve bay, and sixteen bay NAS which they have dubbed the N8900, N12000PRO, and N16000PRO respectively. The eight bay NAS will be powered by a dual core Intel i3 2120 at 3.3GHz while the twelve and sixteen bay NAS devices will be powered by a quad core Intel Xeon E3-1280 at 3.5GHz. Considering that these chips are sought after for enthusiast and workstation computers much less NAS boxes, they will be able to eliminate CPU bottle-necking and provide ample horsepower to feed all of the NAS devices' internal drives. Thecus confidently states that "these models are guaranteed to dominate the market with excellent results for consumers jues like their predecessors."
Thecus further states that their new NAS devices offer 100% availability with 10 G Base T HA and iSCSI SAN (Storage Area Network) "with absolutely no breaks or delays in service in rain, shine, or Armageddon." Their NAS boxes "finally give businesses a true alternative to messy, bulk, budget-busting servers."
Whether their claims will hold up to testing or not, Thecus certainly seems confident in their product and are not afraid to follow the adage of "go big or go home" as they partner with Intel to power their NAS boxes with the latest and greatest in CPU technology.
Subject: Motherboards, Storage | May 13, 2011 - 03:26 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: z68, ssd, larson creek, intel 311, smart response technology
One of the more interesting things about the Z68 is Intel's SRT which allows you to utilize a small SSD as a cache for your HDD, allowing you the speed benefits of an SSD in most applications without having to spend the money to buy an SSD large enough to hold all your favourite programs. Legit Reviews tests a 20GB Intel 311 SSD paired with a 600GB WD Velociraptor in both modes, enhanced and maximized to see which offers the greatest benefits. Check out their findings.
"The Intel SSD 311 Series 20GB 'Larson Creek' drive proved itself to be a great cache drive. If you have an Intel Z68 platform that can run Intel Smart Response Technology, it's worth looking into if you have a hard drive for the primary drive and don't want to splurge on an SSD and having to re-install your OS!"
Here are some more Storage reviews from around the web:
- Intel 311 Solid State Drive Tests @ Benchmark Reviews
- Z68 SSD Caching with Corsair's F40 SandForce SSD @ AnandTech
- OCZ Vertex 3 (240GB) @ AnandTech
- Intel Smart Response Technology and Intel 311 Larson Creek SSD @ PC Stats
- Enabling and Testing SSD TRIM Support Under Linux @ Techgage
- OWC Mercury Extreme Pro 6G 240GB Solid State @ Tweaktown
- Solid State Drive Performance Comparison Guide @ TechARP
- Kingston HyperX Max 3.0 @ HardwareBistro
- Mach Xtreme GX 16 GB USB 3.0 @ techPowerUp
- Seagate FreeAgent GoFlex 1.5 TB Portable (USB 3.0) Hard Disk @ TechARP
- Thermaltake Max 5G Active Cooling 3.5'' External HDD Enclosure Review @ Madshrimps
- Patriot Supersonic 32GB USB 3.0 Flash Drive Review @ ThinkComputers
- ineo I-NA559N Pro 5-Bay NAS Server @ Tweaktown
Subject: General Tech, Storage | May 12, 2011 - 04:59 PM | Tim Verry
Tagged: ssd, SAS, ocz, enterprise
OCZ Technology, a leading provider of Solid State Drives, today announced a new line of enterprise drives. The new Serial Attached SCSI SSDs differ from other enterprise offerings by using multi-level cell (MLC) NAND flash memory instead of the faster single-level cell chips. Further, OCZ has included it's proprietary VCA (Virtualized Controller Architecture) technology, which provides enterprise customers with TRIM, SMART monitoring, native command queuing (NCQ), tagged command queuing (TCQ), power fail management, and wear-leveling.
Promising up to 64,000 4K IOPS and optimized specifically for enterprise level storage applications, the MLC based Talos drives deliver "advanced application performance, all the necessary enterprise features, and substantial power savings, at a better total cost of ownership." Further, the new Talos drives represent the highest capacity SAS 6Gbps drives available today.
The new drives will be available in both 3.5" and 2.5" form factors, and range from 200 GB to 960GB. They will soon be available to small-to-medium business (SMB) as well as enterprise customers through OCZ's business-to-business channel.
Subject: General Tech, Graphics Cards, Storage | May 11, 2011 - 07:58 PM | Scott Michaud
Tagged: SQL, developer, CUDA
Programmers are beginning to understand and be ever more comfortable with the uses of GPUs in their applications. Late last week we explored the KGPU project. KGPU is designed to allow the Linux kernel to offload massively parallel processes to the GPU to offload the CPU as well as directly increase performance. KGPU showed that in terms of an encrypted file system you can see whole multiple increases in read and write bandwidth on an SSD. Perhaps this little GPU thing can be useful for more? Alenka Project thinks so: they are currently working on a CUDA-based SQL-like language for data processing.
CUDA woulda shoulda... and did.
SQL databases are some of the most common methods to store and manipulate larger sets of data. If you have a blog it almost definitely is storing its information in a SQL database. If you play an MMO your data is almost definitely stored and accessed on a SQL server. As your data size expands and your number of concurrent accesses increases you can see why using a GPU could keep your application running much smoother.
Alenka in its current release supports large data sets exceeding both GPU and system RAM via streaming chunks, processing, and moving on. Its supported primitive types are doubles, longs, and varchars. It is open source under the Apache license V2.0. Developers interested in using or assisting with the project can check out their Sourceforge. We should continue to see more and more GPU-based applications appear in the near future as problems such as these are finally lifted from the CPU and given to someone more suitable to bear.
Subject: Storage | May 10, 2011 - 11:28 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: ssd, solid, sata, ocz, agility, 6gbps, 3
SAN JOSE, CA—May 10, 2011—OCZ Technology Group, Inc. (Nasdaq:OCZ), a leading provider of high-performance solid-state drives (SSDs) for computing devices and systems, today unveiled the Agility 3 and Solid 3 SATA III SSD product lines. The Agility 3 and Solid 3 are designed to cater to speed-seeking enthusiasts in search of the best value for performance. Using the latest technology, these new series deliver nearly double the performance of the previous generation and offer a more cost-effective alternative to current SATA 6Gbps SSDs on the market.
“With increased availability of SATA III platforms, the demand for the latest generation SSDs has grown rapidly,” said Ryan Petersen, CEO of OCZ technology Group. “We are addressing this demand with new products that offer both the best performance and value for consumers. The new Agility 3 and Solid 3 SSDs make it easier than ever for consumers take advantage of the new SATA III interface. When coupled with the speed and reliability benefits that our SSDs offer over traditional hard drives, it makes the two new series the ideal choices for mobile and desktop applications.”
Agility 3 and Solid 3 SSDs feature the leading-edge SandForce® SF-2200 SSD processor and help improve the overall computing experience compared to traditional mechanical hard drives and SATA II SSDs. The Agility 3 delivers up to 525MB/s reads, 500MB/s writes, and up to 60,000 4KB random write IOPS while the value-oriented Solid 3 features 500MB/s reads, 450MB/s writes, and 20,000 4KB random write IOPS.
Available in a new boot-drive size 60GB capacity as well as 120GB and 240GB options, Agility 3 and Solid 3 SSDs feature TRIM support to optimize performance over the drive’s lifespan. Both solutions come backed by a 3-year warranty for ultimate customer satisfaction and peace of mind.