Hard drives are quickly becoming experts at upsizing

Subject: Storage | August 24, 2010 - 01:32 PM |

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

Source: AnandTech

Seagate's Hybrid Momentus

Subject: Storage | August 20, 2010 - 12:28 PM |

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. 

Source: X-Bit Labs

The OCZ Agility 2 (E) 60 GB, enterprise performance for not too much

Subject: Storage | August 12, 2010 - 02:44 PM |

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,

Source: Tech ARP

G.Skill's Phoenix SSD is reborn

Subject: Storage | August 5, 2010 - 04:58 PM |

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

Source: TweakTown

Patriot's new Sandforce powered SSD is on fire

Subject: Storage | August 2, 2010 - 02:22 PM |

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, <

For those who still need the space, a 600GB Velociraptor

Subject: Storage | July 28, 2010 - 12:50 PM |

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

Source: Tech ARP

Even Apple's suppliers are getting into the SSD biz

Subject: Storage | July 23, 2010 - 03:27 PM |

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

A towering eSATA RAID

Subject: Storage | July 19, 2010 - 02:22 PM |

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

Source: Bjorn3D

10 SSDs from OCZ; a solid revolution

Subject: Storage | July 13, 2010 - 05:26 PM |

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

Source: X-Bit Labs

A dollars for doughnuts look at SSDs

Subject: Storage | July 7, 2010 - 05:10 PM |

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