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Subject: Storage | September 9, 2010 - 01:54 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
San Jose, California - September 7, 2010 - Super Talent Technology, a leading manufacturer of Flash storage solutions and DRAM memory modules, today announced they are now shipping their new "USB 3.0 Express RAM CacheTM drive".
Subject: Storage | September 7, 2010 - 02:15 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Mushkin Callisto Deluxe 60 GB SSD, using a Sandforce controller as you can see on Al's SSD Decoder Ring, and runs about $155, is a fairly good deal per gigabyte for an SSD. It performs spot on for a drive using the popular Sandforce SF-1222 controller, blending in with the other choices available though not in a bad way.
Subject: Storage | August 30, 2010 - 03:33 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
It is easy to communicate the idea of file encryption to someone well versed in the world of technology but it can be frustrating to disseminate that type of information to your users, who are the ones who need to do it in the first place. Computing on Demand thought that it would be a good idea to write an overview of what the encryption choices are today and a quick look at how they work. If you read through it then you might stand a better chance of communicating how important and relative
Subject: Storage | August 24, 2010 - 01:32 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Traditional HDDs don't hold a candle to the performance of an SSD but the same can be said for platter based drives price per gigabyte. For instance if you were to try to emulate the 3TB Seagate FreeAgent drive on an SSD you would be looking at spending at least $8000 assuming there was no premium because of the large size of the drive. Thankfully Seagate provided a USB 3.0 connection for this drive which in the testing at Anan
Subject: Storage | August 20, 2010 - 12:28 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The Seagate Momentus XT is a 2.5", 500GB drive with a flashy little secret, 4GB of SLC flash memory to act as a sort of supercharged cache. X-bit Labs went through a long series of benchmarks to determine just what this drive can do to take advantage of its flash memory and where it remains at the same performance level as a regular HDD.
Subject: Storage | August 12, 2010 - 02:44 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The OCZ Agility 2 (E) SSD delivered a read throughput of around 283 MB/s when Tech ARP tested it with WinBench 99 Version 2.0 and it traded wins with the Intel X25M G2 for write speeds depending on the test and the size of the write being performed. Tech ARP does raise concerns about the issue that has accompanied OCZ opening up more of the flash memory for use,
Subject: Storage | August 5, 2010 - 04:58 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
G.Skill has updated their Phoenix line of SSDs with the Phoenix Pro 120GB, featuring Sandforce's new MP2 controller, tweaked for better performance on 4KB random writes. That size of write is very common and it makes sense to optimize for that to have the greatest effect on general performance. It performs exactly as you would expect a Sandforce drive to perform, blazing fast compared to platter based drives and towards
Subject: Storage | August 2, 2010 - 02:22 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Currently at $294 with rebate, the Patriot Inferno 100GB
SSD sits at $2.94/GB which makes it a little cheaper per gigabyte than anything but the Intel X25-M G2 on a good day. It's controller is a SandForce SF-1222, which means that it is using one of the faster controllers on the market and that there is an extra 28GB of space in reserve that you cannot get at. Some companies like OCZ have reclaimed that space, <
Subject: Storage | July 28, 2010 - 12:50 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
SSDs are great, they offer speeds that were previously only seen from system RAM for long term storage but their one weakness is price. While that price doesn't sting quite so much when you are looking to purchase a 60GB SSD for your OS drive, those who need several hundred gigabytes of storage are going to need to dig deep in their pockets if they want an SSD. That is where the expansion to WD's Velociraptor line comes in as they have just released
Subject: Storage | July 23, 2010 - 03:27 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Other World Computing, aka OWC, has been a major supplier of components for Apple and they are branching out with their new Mercury Extreme Pro 120GB SSD. Using the Sandforce SF-1222 controller which implies a certain level of performance, the drive retails for ~$320 putting it at a reasonable price point for an SSD of that size. There is a slight downside unfortunately as Hardware Canucks discovered during their testing to do with the new Sandforce firmware. While the performance was not bad, per se, but
Subject: Storage | July 19, 2010 - 02:22 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The Sans Digital TowerRAID TR4UT-B is a relatively small box that will hold up to four hot-swappable HDDs with a maximum storage capacity of 8TB. Almost any RAID configuration that you want to set up that can be done with 4 drives is acceptable to this box, making it one of the most flexible of RAID boxes. The eSATA connection will provide enough bandwidth between the TowerRAID and the system it is connected to especially when you use the included Rocket eSATA 6 Gb/s host adapter card. Drop by Bjorn3D to see i
Subject: Storage | July 13, 2010 - 05:26 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Covering the Agility, Solid 2, Onyz, Colossus and both Vertex series, this new roundup at X-Bit Labs covers OCZ's lineup of drives all at the same time. While these drives are not all intended for the same audience or usage it can be very handy to see just how they stack up against each other. The tests are many and varied including a rather unique defragmentation
test; not because you would ever defragment an SSD, instead because it shows how quickly the SSD can swap data around internally. Drop by and check it out, but
Subject: Storage | July 7, 2010 - 05:10 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The Tech Report has gathered a group of eleven SSDs running in price from the $110 40GB Intel X25-V
to a $668 256GB WD SiliconEdge Blue
drive which represent seven different controllers. They take it a step beyond just $/GB and use that rati
Subject: Storage | June 30, 2010 - 12:20 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
06/30/2010 – The age of USB 3.0 is almost here. Today, storage leader Thecus Technology is proud to announce its first portable storage device featuring the new USB 3.0 standard – the D0204. With massive storage capacity in a tiny package no larger than a paperback book, the D0204 delivers impressive data security and performance with an integrated USB 3.0 port, making it the most powerful and versatile portable DAS on the market.
Subject: Storage | June 28, 2010 - 06:03 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
As Allyn has become a past master at testing SSDs to destruction and was not interested in PCIe flash storage solutions that could not be used as a boot drive, OCZ has decided to merge the two into one killer product, the RevoDrive. In this case it is the OCZ RevoDrive 240GB PCIe SSD, sold at an MSRP of $639.99 or $2.66/GB. It is impressive, beating traditional SSDs easily and while not matching the performance of the FusionIO, it is bootable and it uses far less resources than that particular PCIe SSD. Check out his full r
Subject: Storage | June 28, 2010 - 02:53 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
SAN JOSE, CA—June 29, 2010—OCZ Technology Group, Inc. (Nasdaq: OCZ), a leading provider of high-performance solid-state drives (SSDs) and memory modules for computing devices and systems, releases the RevoDrive PCI-Express SSD, an innovative storage solution that focuses on both performance and affordability for consumers.
Subject: Storage | June 22, 2010 - 12:51 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
One of the nicest parts to the new Corsair's Force F120 solid-state drive
is that it allows access to more of the flash memory for storage. The original 128GB capacity drive only allowed the use of 100GB while the new version allows you 120GB, as Allyn reported on in May. The reason behind the overprovisioned memory is to increase the lifetime of the drive as well as allowing an increase in speed
as it can change the blocks of flash that are being used on the fly, if it is advantageous to.
Subject: Storage | June 18, 2010 - 02:45 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
FREMONT, Calif. — June 18, 2010 — Corsair, a worldwide designer and supplier of high-performance components to the PC gaming hardware market, today announced a new milestone in the affordability of Corsair Solid State Drives.
Subject: Storage | June 17, 2010 - 11:55 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Sticking with the theme of new types of flash memory, a story appeared on Slashdot about Anobit Technologies, a company working on a new type of MLC flash that should have the wearability of SLC. This could be a dangerous area to focus research on as the major benefit of MLC is how incredibly cheap it is compared to SLC memory, though it is hard to call either type affordable without wincing at least a little. This is important as there has been no mention of pri