It`s been quite a long time since we`re published a RAID report. Today is Seagate`s big day with four product categories emerging from under the covers. We ended up with a pair for 600 SSD 240GB drives so it was a perfect opportunity to try them in RAID 0."
Normally when a company releases a 512GB USB 3.0 drive we would assume that it was a 2.5 form factor model, often using a mechanical drive but occasionally containing a SSD. Kingston havent taken that route though and instead have managed to fit half a gigabyte of storage into a much more compact package. So compact in fact that they include an attachment so that it can be carried about with us along with our keys."
Comparing the Constellation ES.3 to a pair of consumer mechanical drives shows the performance advantage of this drive in just about every test. RAID 0 performance scaled nicely, driving throughput of the Constellation drives to a level on par with some earlier solid state drives. Speed and capacity are what the Constellation drives bring to the table. Surely the 128MB of onboard cache helps the performance along with the 7200RPM spindle speed. As an enterprise class drive it is meant to spend its lifespan of 1.4 million hours dutifully answering data calls."
The Samsung 840 SSD is the first solid-state drive using TLC flash technology, which promises higher data density, translating in lower overall cost. In our testing we see decent performance, that turns into outstanding when taking into account performance per Dollar and price per GB."
With the Vertex 3.20 OCZ officially launches their first product that features 20 nanometer NAND from the Intel/Micron joint venture. This step is quite a critical one for OCZ since it means that have to do a balancing act between endurance and price. There are quite a few manufacturers out there in the market that already offer TLC based SSD with significantly lower prices. At this point we just want to tell you, that OCZ does not got for TLC NAND, they stick to MCL chips and we think it`s a good compromise between not only price and endurance but also performance."
Transcend has a nice mSATA product on their hands with the MSA720 although it could easily get lost in the shuffle of the numerous SF-2281 mSATA drives popping up all over. It doesn`t appear to be as widely available at retailers as some other brands. Performance overall was very good and where it should be based on our experience with this controller/NAND configuration. We saw max read/writes at nearly 560MB/s and 525MB/s respectively and the predictable dip in performance when subjected to incompressible data..."
Crucial`s new M500 SSD is built on an upgraded Marvell flash controller with new 20 nanometer 128 Gbit die MLC flash. This combination makes for a very affordable drive that also provides excellent performance in both synthetic and real-life performance testing."
Toshiba Solid State Drive THNSNH256GCST 256GB Review @ HardwareHeaven.com Today we have one of Toshiba`s latest solid state drives for review, the THNSNH256GCST, which is ideal for desktops and portable systems"
With all the talk about TLC, 20nm and other new forms of flash that reduce the number of P/E cycles - it`s nice to see one company fight against the flow. PNY`s Prevail Elite is a 10K P/E cycle SSD that uses a LSI SF-2200 Series controller."
Seagate appears to be leading the way in the mobile Hybrid drive market. Each and every generation has pushed the envelope further and come closer to native SSD speeds. The catch is those speeds are only attained for data that is in the cache, and the meager 8GB of flash seems to be holding these devices back when in the hands of more demanding power users with heavier workloads."
ICY DOCK 2.5in / 3.5in SATA DOCK with USB 3 and eSATA (MB981U3S-1S) Review @ HardwareHeaven.com Now with a completely different option we have one of Icy Docks hard drive docks on our test bench, complete with support for 2.5in and 3.5in devices as well as USB 3.0 and eSATA."
Beginners Guides: Repairing a Cracked / Broken Notebook LCD Screen Oct 02 | Beginners Guides Rating:
A broken or cracked LCD screen makes a laptop utterly useless, good thing
PCSTATS can show you how to replace that busted laptop screen with a minimum of fuss and for less money than a service center charges. PCSTATS will be fixing a cracked LCD screen on a Lenovo T530 ThinkPad notebook, the general procedures outlined here work for any notebook though.