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.
Introduction and Packaging
Since the release of the revamped and larger capacity OCZ Agility 2, other manufacturers of Sandforce-based SSD's have followed suit on the quest for less flash over-provisioning. Today we look at current offerings from Corsair, OWC, and Patriot.
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