Subject: Storage | August 21, 2009 - 12:13 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Allyn took his tall stack of SSDs on a series of benchmarks to see what effect the size of the drive has on performance. With various sizes of this new storage available, it is worth finding out if size can change the performance you see from your shiny new drive. Of course, that is not all that he tested. There are different controllers, flash memory types and a new feature we will see from Windows 7 called TRIM, which is to help repair the damage done to drives through heavy usage. Some SSD makers were content to use TRIM, others went and designed their own repair met
Today we test new offerings from OCZ, PhotoFast, Corsair and Crucial, pitting them against the Intel X25-M G2. We will explore the performance differences seen when using modern controllers from Indilinx and Samsung, including units with smaller storage capacities. Think of it as an SSD Celebrity Deathmatch - but with more smoke.
Subject: Storage | August 18, 2009 - 07:07 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Apart from the form factor and the use of a much faster transfer bus, flash drives are becoming the defacto standard for data storage. The 120GB+ tend to prefer a SATA or eSATA interface, while the smaller drives tend to use USB for transfer and lack sophisticated controllers. The A-DATA 32GB XPG
is one of the smaller drives, both in storage capacity and in physical size and it is up for review at Legit Reviews. Can it live up to its Xupreme name? Follow the link to find out.
Subject: Storage | August 14, 2009 - 12:13 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Indilinx has gone from a company that only the most hardened of storage geeks used on a daily basis to one of the more common names dropped in tech discussions. This is all thanks to the rise of the Solid State Drive and Indilinx's Barefoot controller. A quick peek at Allyn's SSD Decoder Ring shows you just how popular a controller it is. This implementation is paired with Elpida RAM and Samsung NAND in the
Subject: Storage | August 13, 2009 - 12:00 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Fremont, CA. August 13th, 2009 - Corsair®, a worldwide leader in high-performance computer memory, power supplies and flash memory products, including solid-state drives, today announced the 128GB Flash Voyager GT, the world’s fastest 128GB USB flash drive.
The newest Flash Voyager GT is based upon a revolutionary design that employs a unique dual-controller architecture to achieve SLC-levels of performance using MLC NAND flash memory.
Subject: Storage | August 11, 2009 - 01:47 PM | Allyn Malventano
The Flash Memory Summit has just begun, and to kick things off, Intel and Micron have announced something unexpected: 3 bit per cell flash memory. This is significant on many levels (pun intended). SLC (single level cell) flash is 1 bpc. The vast majority of MLC (multi level cell) flash is 2 bpc, netting a 100% capacity gain over SLC. This new flash is 3 bpc, pushing bit density to 200% over SLC and 50% over previous generation MLC flash.
Subject: Storage | August 10, 2009 - 07:52 PM | Allyn Malventano
Kingston has informed us of a new addition to their SSDNow V series line. The new "V+" series incorporate Samsung RBB controllers and will be available in the usual Samsung sizes (64 / 128 / 256 GB). They will also sport a 3 year warranty. This will add Kingston to another section of our SSD Decoder during its next update.
Subject: Storage | August 10, 2009 - 07:39 PM | Allyn Malventano
For those who managed to sneak an early purchase of an Intel X25-M G2 series SSD, there is now a firmware update available for your downloading pleasure. Please ensure you update prior to updating or removing any BIOS HDD password you might have set since your purchase. Once updated, you are free to do whatever you wish with said password (except forget it, of course). This u
Subject: Storage | August 10, 2009 - 02:38 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Allyn has been hard at work on the new OZC Vertex custom Indilinx firmware
which enables garbage collection, perhaps one of the most interesting features an SSD can have. Think of it as a way for SSDs to heal themselves from the damage of file transfers and deletions that defragmenting took care of on platter based drives. Allyn subjects the poor drive to his custom made SSD killing test and watched in amazement as the drive healed its self over time without his needing to repair it.
Allyn has spent the last few days thrashing a pre-production firmware for the OCZ Vertex. This is OCZ's first crack at rolling their own firmware, and they aim to address some of the issues Indilinx has not been able to correct on their own. Can OCZ pull it off? Come on in and find out!