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SSD REVIEW: Micron RealSSD P400e 6Gbps 200GB Enterprise SSD Review
     Wed, Apr 04 2012 | 7:07A | Hard Drives | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Our SSD analysis today looks at the Micron RealSSD P400e SATA 3 enterprise SSD, a new entry with a new approach to integrating SSDs into the entry-level enterprise tier. The enterprise SSD market is segmenting into several layers that suit very different needs, and this entry level MLC based SSD looks to grab the mainstream customer market. Upper-echelon ultra high performance SSDs can command prices that are very prohibitive for the entry level crowd, and this is the void that the P400e looks to fill."
  FULL STORY @ THESSDREVIEW.COM

Hard-working drives: How floods in Thailand affect us all
     Tue, Apr 03 2012 | 2:43P | Hard Drives | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
"when something like the Thai floods happens, it's startling to realise just how much we have all come to rely on hard drives. Every time you download a song from a service like iTunes or Spotify, every time you upload documents to Evernote or Google, every time you post to Facebook or Flickr, you are reading from or writing data to a hard drive somewhere on planet earth. "
  FULL STORY @ BBC

Crushing SCSI hard drive with 6000 PSI
     Mon, Apr 02 2012 | 11:01P | Hard Drives | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF

One of best times we had at PCSTATS labs was testing the Vernon Hard Drive Crusher - a portable system data centers and small companies can rent to destroy old hard drives - keeping private data out of the hands of EBAY and anyone else.

  FULL STORY @ PCSTATS

Patriot Pyro SE 240GB SSD
     Mon, Apr 02 2012 | 9:03A | Hard Drives | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Patriot has been in the memory game for a long time, and has been using NAND for USB flash drives for almost as long. It makes sense that they too would be building Solid State Drives for desktop and laptops. Patriot offers four product lines of SATA 6Gbps all based on the SandForce 2200 family controller: Wildfire, Pyro SE, Pyro and Mac XT. The Wildfire offers 120-480GB models while the other 3 product lines each offer a 60-240 GB option. The difference between them performance wise is very small, with the Wildfire being the exception (having lower read and write speeds than the other drives with the Pyro SE topping out the performance charts based on paper specs, by 5 MBps. On the test bench today will be the Patriot Pyro SE 240GB SATA 6Gbps Solid State Drive. With reads up to 550 MBps, writes at 520 MBps and up to 85K IOPS, the Pyro SE looks to be a crowd pleaser. First lets take a look at Patriot themselves.
  FULL STORY @ TECHREACTION

SSD Review: Plextor M3 256GB SATA 6Gb/s Review - Another Win for The Marvell 9174 Controller
     Sat, Mar 31 2012 | 11:51A | Hard Drives | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Today`s SSD landscape consists of two major players, LSI SandForce and Marvell, both of whom seem to be in a cat fight for top spot with several companies using their controller architecture in their respective SSD products. Plextor has wisely chosen the server-grade Marvell 88SS9174 Marvell processor for their M3 and our report will give you an in depth view of one of the top SSDs on the market, the Plextor M3 SATA 3 256GB SSD."
  FULL STORY @ THESSDREVIEW.COM

SSD Review: Crucial M4 Adrenaline 50GB Cache SSD Review - Watch Your Hard Drive Perform Like an SSD
     Sat, Mar 31 2012 | 11:43A | Hard Drives | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
If you own a desktop computer, or even a dual drive laptop computer, and you haven`t considered the advantages of solid state drives yet, this review is going to open your eyes. Our review today will examine the Crucial Adrenaline SATA 3 50GB Caching SSD and how it fits into the consumer market. We will explain the simplicity of installation, examine the performance gain and we will draw a very clear picture of how this SSD can benefit you in your typical daily computer activity."
  FULL STORY @ THESSDREVIEW.COM

SSD NEWS: OCZ Releases Arowana SSD Firmware - Tests Show Big Upgrade For 34nm Indilinx Barefoot Drives
     Sat, Mar 31 2012 | 11:35A | Hard Drives | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
In May of 2011, OCZ announced a new type of firmware for Indilinx-controlled drives. That firmware, named for a type of carnivorous fish, carried the name Arowana Flash Translation Layer. Eventually, the Rowana FTL made way into the Vertex Plus family, however, enthusiasts with the original Barefoot-controlled drives would have to wait until now, 10 months later, to get a chance to update their SSDs. OCZ has a good track record of supporting it`s drives through firmware, and the three-year-old Vertex has seen countless FW releases since early 2009. Recently, OCZ`s Octane drives were given a new FW release which increased random write IOPS by a healthy margin."
  FULL STORY @ THESSDREVIEW.COM

 
Solid State Cache for Your Hard Drive
     Sat, Mar 31 2012 | 9:02A | Hard Drives | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Last January, Crucial announced their latest SSD series called Adrenaline. Not meant to replace their existing and well regarded m4 drives, the Adrenaline is a cache solution meant to work along your existing disk drive, using a 50GB SSD to act as solid state flash-based cache for your larger primary hard drive. The Adrenaline doesn't require any special drivers as it uses the SATA interface, it can be installed at any point and can therefore be fitted to any computer without the need to reinstall Windows.
  FULL STORY @ TECHSPOT

REVIEW: SanDisk Extreme 240GB @ PureOverclock
     Sat, Mar 31 2012 | 7:47A | Hard Drives | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
The SanDisk Extreme 240GB solid state drive has a new firmware and SanDisk`s own 24 nm toggle NAND. This is the first time a SandForce based drive has been offered with this particular configuration. So is it faster with the new firmware and NAND configuration? Well, we will save the suspense and start off by telling you this is the fastest SATA III drive we have tested to date. Not only that, but this drive is available now for the great low price of $339.99. How`s that price for the fastest drive we have ever tested?"
  FULL STORY @ PUREOVERCLOCK.COM

REVIEW: Plextor M3 256GB SATA III @ PureOverclock
     Sat, Mar 31 2012 | 7:44A | Hard Drives | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
The Plextor M3 256GB SATA III contains an updated Marvell controller that continues to use a SATA 6G interface, which is able to take advantage of the insane speeds offered by the new standard. At a 256GB capacity, this drive is surprisingly affordable and very fast, satisfying the top performance and capacity that enthusiasts crave. Plextor is responding to the growing demand for a top tier drive that performs as well with incompressible data as it does with compressible data with their M3 Series of drives."
  FULL STORY @ PUREOVERCLOCK.COM

News: OCZs RevoDrive 3 X2 240GB solid-state drive
     Fri, Mar 30 2012 | 5:14P | Hard Drives | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Using virtualization voodoo, the RevoDrive 3 X2 combines four SandForce-based SSDs on a single PCIe card purportedly capable of transfer rates up to 1500MB/s. We take a closer look to see if the Revo is as impressive as it sounds."
  FULL STORY @ TECHREPORT.COM

ICY Dock MB981U3-1SA & MB981U3-1SA-1 Dock Stations @ Bjorn3D
     Fri, Mar 30 2012 | 4:25P | Hard Drives | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Today we examine the ICY DOCK MB981U3-1SA & MB981U3-1SA-1 to see what features they offer as well as how well they perform."
  FULL STORY @ BJORN3D.COM

Plextor M3 Pro 256GB (PX-256M3P) Solid State Drive Review
     Fri, Mar 30 2012 | 12:58P | Hard Drives | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
The Marvell 88SS9174 isn`t quite sixty years old, but the controller first hit the scene in January 2010, a long time in computer component years. Just like the 911, each minor revision adds to the speed and functionality. Also like the 911, the components that surround the main controller have changed to produce a better product. Plextor has taken a bit of that Porsche magic and brought it into the new M3 Pro solid state drive. The base for the M3 Pro is the same 9174 controller we`ve been reporting on for more than two years. Plextor has paired this ageless controller with the newest NAND flash on the market today, Toshiba 24nm Toggle Mode flash."
  FULL STORY @ TWEAKTOWN.COM

Plextor M3 Pro 128GB (PX-128M3P) Solid State Drive Review
     Fri, Mar 30 2012 | 12:35P | Hard Drives | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
You may not have noticed but there`s been a changing of the guard when it comes to SSDs based on Marvell controllers. The first Marvell SATA 6G drive to enter the market was the Crucial C300. The C300 battled it out with the first generation SandForce controller which at the time were limited to SATA 3G speeds of 285MB/s read. The C300 took advantage of SATA 6G and mustered an impressive 375MB/s read speed in our tests of the 256GB model. At that time Crucial was the only SSD manufacture using a Marvell controller. Last year Crucial released their second product based on a Marvell controller, the Crucial m4. The exclusivity was lost though as more companies started churning out products based on the Marvell design, mainly Intel, Corsair and Plextor. The competition wasn`t favorable for Crucial and the Marvell SSD market was pretty evenly divided amongst the newly formed Team Marvell group. For the most part each of these Marvell products resembled the other and there wasn`t a real standout. Intel jumped ship completely and is now playing for Team SandForce, partly because they couldn`t compete with their IMFT flash and the Marvell controller. Crucial is in that same boat as of now but with 20nm IMFT flash far on the horizon they are a ship without a paddle. Then there is the unbound."
  FULL STORY @ TWEAKTOWN.COM

OCZ Synapse 64GB SSD Cache Drive Review @ Hardware Canucks
     Fri, Mar 30 2012 | 11:50A | Hard Drives | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Cache drives like the new OCZ Synapse are the new darlings of the SSD market since -in principle- they have the capability to drastically improve overall system load times without costing an absolute fortune. Unfortunately, there are some issues that are bound to be encountered along the way but the Synapse and its included software are supposed to succeed where other solutions have failed. * *"
  FULL STORY @ HARDWARECANUCKS.COM

Micron RealSSD P400e 200Gb SATA III 2.5 Enterprise SSD @ TestFreaks
     Fri, Mar 30 2012 | 9:43A | Hard Drives | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Today for review I?ve got another SSD, this time it?s from Micron and it?s an entry level enterprise product. The drive is the RealSSD P400e and it has a capacity of 200gb. This drive is meant to have a low cost but yet perform well in enterprise situations, of course they can be used in home setup as well. It utilizes the SATA III interface for maximum speeds and it?s made to be durable and have a long life."
  FULL STORY @ TESTFREAKS.COM

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