Subject: Storage | October 27, 2009 - 10:20 PM | Ryan Shrout
Yesterday some news began filtering in to me that there were some potential issues with the newly released Intel X25-M firmware that updates the G2 drives to support the TRIM command as well as boosting write speeds. (You can read all about the new features and performance of the new firmware in our article here.) That news was basically confirmed today when Intel sent along a note saying they had pulled the new firmware until they could figure out the issue:
Subject: Storage | October 26, 2009 - 04:34 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Thanks to Intel's new firmware and SSD Toolbox application along with Windows 7's TRIM ability, those with the second generation (G2) 160GB Intel SSD can get some rather noticeable speed improvements. The bad news is that this update will not have an effect on 80GB models, nor on the 50nm generation. Those with the G2 160GB drive will have a pleasant surprise; you can see how nice a surprise in Allyn's review.
Subject: Storage | October 26, 2009 - 03:00 PM | Allyn Malventano
Back when the original Intel X25-M SSD came out, Intel hinted at the
future release of software that would let you monitor your SSD under
Windows. It took them a while, but they have now released such a tool. The press release is below, and my evaluation of the new firmware and the SSD Toolbox software can be found here, in the Storage section.
Today Intel released a new firmware for their X25-M G2 line of SSD's. The firmware adds long awaited support for native TRIM, which should boost performance when used under Windows 7. Also released was an "SSD Toolbox" utility to view drive stats and bring TRIM-level performance to Windows XP and Vista. Check out the our full review for the details.
Subject: Storage | October 13, 2009 - 06:35 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
FREMONT, Calif., Oct. 13, 2009 — Corsair, a worldwide leader in high-performance computer and flash memory products, today announced a revamped Flash Voyager GT product lineup.
Subject: Storage | October 8, 2009 - 10:31 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
An SSD that only costs $230, on the market, as opposed to $300-ish if you can find it for sale, is a rather attractive buy, even if it is only 60GB. OCZ has used different NAND chips to bring down the price of this drive which raised the quest
Subject: Storage | October 6, 2009 - 06:48 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Verbatim's PRO QUAD-INT 1TB DT HDD, aka the Quad-Interface eHDD is particularly versatile, with eSATA ll, FireWire 800, FireWire 400, and USB 2.0 connections. This is perfect for a back up solution, transferring 100GB of data over a USB 2.0 interface is a long painful experience and can easy convince you to skip backing up your data. OCModShop reviews this external HDD that claims up to 3000Mb/s maximum speed ov
Subject: Storage | September 30, 2009 - 09:57 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Patriot's Torqx 128GB MLC SSD uses the familiar Indilinx Bigfoot controller and comes in 64GB, 128GB and 256GB flavours. The 128GB model is what is up for review at Legit Reviews, compared to all the other SSDs they have had a chance to test. We know that this drive will support TRIM in Windows 7 but they did not have a chance to test that particular feature. You can be guaranteed that all the other features are covered in their full review.
Subject: Storage | September 25, 2009 - 07:28 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
We have been using USB 2.0 for about 8 years now and until recently the 480Mbit/s has been fine; with the advent of multi gigabyte USB flash drives it is no longer quick enough for most users. The USB 3.0 standard is finally appearing and it is Freecom that has managed to hit the streets first with an external USB 3.0 drive, while Seagate will release the first internal drive. The new interface should increase the speed 10 fold, transferring a 5GB file in under 1 minute.