One Big Thumb Drive
Super Talent is the first vendor to send us a USB 3.0-ready thumb drive. Not only does it offer speeds as high as 230 MB/s in our testing but it also includes support for hardware AES encryption. Are you prepared for a thumb drive that is faster than your hard drive and maybe even faster than your SATA SSD?
Introduction and Packaging
Since the Vertex LE hit the streets a couple of months back, we've been waiting for a larger market push of the excellent SandForce controller. Today we review three new models that have just arrived on the market, comparing offerings from both Corsair and OCZ.
Subject: Storage | April 27, 2010 - 05:21 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The new SuperTalent RAIDDrive Superspeed USB 3.0 is the first USB 3.0 drive that we have seen that comes in the familiar thumbdrive form factor. It is a little larger than you might expect at 95 x 34 x 15.4mm
(3.7" x 1.3" x 0.6") when you compare it to a previous SuperTalent USB 2.0 drive at 61 x 23 x 9 mm
(2.4" x 0.9" x 0.3"). This lends credence to the claims that USB 3.0 drives need some sort of heatsink.
Subject: Storage | April 22, 2010 - 12:17 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The new drives from OCZ, the Vertex 2 and Agility 2 are based on the SandForce SF-1200 chipset, a big change for drives who's first generation were Indilinx based. The lack of any DRAM on the drive is also a big change, as OCZ is attempting to use some interesting compression and deduplication techniques to avoid problems with NAND write amplification, which you can learn more about at AnandTech. At the end of the review it is obvious that Sandforce will give y
Subject: Storage | April 19, 2010 - 04:10 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Blue is the colour of extreme speed at Western Digital as they introduced their SiliconEdge Blue series. The 256GB
model is currently up for review at Techgage; sure it is $700 but wouldn't you think that is a good hint of its performance? Unfortunately, while we saw performance scal
A recent article on the topic of SSD performance of various controllers in AHCI vs. IDE mode caught the attention of our storage editor. This editorial serves as a rebuttal to those findings and should help clarify any lingering questions users might have about whether or not they should be running their system in AHCI or IDE mode.
Subject: Storage | April 13, 2010 - 12:16 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Hardware Secrets has assembled seven* 128GB SSDs to compare, ranging from the $280 Kingston SSD Now V to the $440 Intel X25-M (*Yes it is 160GB but what other category could you stick it with?). There are five different controllers represented in the testing, six different
Subject: Storage | April 6, 2010 - 02:22 PM | Ryan Shrout
I continue to be highly skeptical here, if only because we have YET to actually test any of these OCZ PCIe SSDs in-house nor have we seen the previously announced ones in wide circulation, but anything with "PCI Express" and "SSD" is enough to perk up our ears. The new R2 version of the Z-Drive is set to hit mass production this month and should be available soon. By removing the SATA bottleneck the Z-Drive R2 has a capacity as high as 2TB and can reach speeds exceedin
Subject: Storage | April 6, 2010 - 08:30 AM | Allyn Malventano
One of the most requested features is NAS connectivity. The Drobo line of products has required direct connectivity to at least one host machine - until now. The new Drobo FS (File Sharing) inherits all of the features and redundancy of the Drobo S model, while trading the eSATA port for Gigabit Ethernet.