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Subject: Storage | July 24, 2009 - 06:36 PM | Allyn Malventano
***Public Service Announcement***
Intel has informed me of a bug in the X25-M G2 shipping firmware (02G2). This
bug is specific to setting a hard drive password in your BIOS. If you
have set a BIOS HDD password, then subsequently change or disable that
password, the SSD may become inoperable. Intel is correcting the issue
in firmware and will be posting a fix shortly. In summary:
Subject: Storage | July 23, 2009 - 01:14 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
If you watched the live Podcast last night you got a sneak preview of the results of Allyn's testing of the 2nd generation Intel X25-M. Today the hard numbers have arrived in his full review. Write speeds remain the drives Achilles Heel, the Indilinx controlled drives still end up on top though this new drive from Intel now has less than a 0.1ms Random Access time. It is better than its predecessor across the board, and cheaper to boot!
Subject: Storage | July 22, 2009 - 09:15 PM | Allyn Malventano
You may remember us talking about the upcoming OCZ Colossus SSD - the first standard 3.5-in form factor solid state drive first shown at Computex 2009. As it happens, some preliminary performance results happened to swing by our email this morning.
Subject: Storage | July 22, 2009 - 04:11 PM | Allyn Malventano
Our Intel X25-M G2 sample just arrived. I promptly threw it on the storage testbed and got some initial data. I'll let the pics do the talking:
Subject: Storage | July 21, 2009 - 06:56 PM | Allyn Malventano
Earlier today Intel announced their second generation SSD line. Models will retain the X25 and X18 names, but will contain "G2" at the end of their model numbers. The G2 drives are based on new Intel 34nm flash, which promises to bring speeds up a bit. The smaller process will enable more units per wafer and will ultimately bring costs down. New processes normally take some time for the lower costs to trickle down to end users, but Intel plans to undercut the current market. This is especially significant when you consider the X25 series are among the best perform
Subject: Storage | July 21, 2009 - 12:36 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
We now have a bit more information on Intel's new 34nm NAND SSDs, the X25-M and eventually the X18-M. The names remain the same but the technology behind it does not, which results in two very nice gifts to the consumer. The first is a price slash, these brand new drives will be cheaper than the originals by a fairly large margin. The second is improved performance in certain random writes, which seem to improve the larger the drive is. Random read speed is unaffected, though latencies are reduced across the board.
Subject: Storage | July 21, 2009 - 12:09 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
SANTA CLARA, Calif., July 21, 2009 - Intel Corporation is moving to a more advanced, 34- nanometer (nm) manufacturing process for its leading NAND flash-based Solid State Drive (SSD) products, which are an alternative to a computer's hard drive.
Subject: Storage | July 21, 2009 - 01:46 AM | Ryan Shrout
UPDATE: Yeah, the new Intel SSDs were announced as expected.
Subject: Storage | July 16, 2009 - 06:31 PM | Allyn Malventano
Subject: Storage | July 16, 2009 - 12:38 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Although it will cost you a bit of a premium, the Seagate Barracuda LP 2TBgives you huge amount of storage in a single 3.5" HDD thanks to 4 500GB platters. The LP denotes a low power drive, in this case the drive is designed to run at an odd 5900RPM. That slightly increased platter speed, along with the 32MB cache ensure that this drive is not left eating the dirt of a 7200RPM drive. While it's performance did lag behind the
Subject: Storage | July 16, 2009 - 10:37 AM | Allyn Malventano
Corsair has updated their SSD pages to include the new Indilinx controller based Extreme Series. While their stated spec of 240 MB/sec read and 170 MB/sec write seems very nice, we can expect them to perform like the other Indilinx-based units out there without the use of the special Indilinx TRIM tool.
Subject: Storage | July 16, 2009 - 01:00 AM | Ryan Shrout
Subject: Storage | July 13, 2009 - 03:43 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The Tech Report has put together a massive conglomeration of drives both SSD and platter based, run singly and in RAID to see the recent evolution of storage. From the fastest SSDs through RAM based storage to old 5400RPM platter drives, there is a lot of numbers to go through. Take a look at which drives excel at which tasks in addition to technology differences and RAID setups.
Subject: Storage | July 6, 2009 - 06:06 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The Tech Report takes a quick peek at an upgrade kit designed to get you up and running with the Intel X-25M SSD. The kit includes adaptors for a home system, which you would not need in a mobile system. They ran some quick tests, avoiding the amount of benchmarking that Allyn has done; much to the dismay of those trying to sell SSD drives. The mobile performance increase is noticeable at a glance, while we are all familiar with the performance on a desktop.
Subject: Storage | July 2, 2009 - 03:26 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The Tech Report's previous review of SSDs, in which they found serious problems with the performance of the Indilinx Barefoot controlled Super Talent and OCZ SSD drives generated some feedback from listeners. Their comments can be summed up as a complaint that if they had used Vista, instead of XP and its default 63-sector partition offset which is a problem for Indilinx controlled SSDs and updated the firmware of the drives, all the problems would go away. Read on to see how the test results differed from their first
Subject: Storage | June 29, 2009 - 02:38 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Now that Blu-Ray burners and re-writers are sitting near the $200 mark, the DVD seems to be on its way to extinction. It is not just the sheer size of storage on this optical media, the disks themselves are much more resistant to scratching and a rewriteable disk will not become useless after just a few uses. Even more attractive than the first generation of disks are the new single and dual-layer BluRay discs;
Subject: Storage | June 25, 2009 - 04:24 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Fremont, CA. June 25th, 2009.
Subject: Storage | June 25, 2009 - 12:28 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Looking nice in shiny white and standing all of 6.7" tall, 3.9" wide, and 6.3" deep, the Western Digital My Book World Edition II
might just help save your sanity. Since it is easy to use, looks relatively attractive and is small enough to hide if necessary, this NAS might be just the thing to get your friends and family members to actually do a back up of their important stuff. Just a few minutes
Subject: Storage | June 23, 2009 - 04:33 PM | Ryan Shrout
According to a story over at Fudzilla, Intel is working on some upgrades to their line of solid state drives this winter. Apparently Intel is converting their flash drives to use 34nm NAND and will introduce a 320GB version in addition to the 160GB and 80GB model based on the new memory technology. While the cost per GB will surely go down with this memory change, the price on the 320GB model could be pretty staggering - well over the 160GB model you can
Subject: Storage | June 22, 2009 - 06:08 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Picking up a terabyte sized drive is nothing special today, they are rather inexpensive and come in various flavours of energy savings and performance. Hardware Secrets has rounded up a dozen different 1TB HDDs (sorry none are SSDs), ranging from the speed at any cost to those who see power savings as their main focus. Drop by and see which one(s) catch your interest.