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SanDisk Extreme II 240 GB SSD Review
     Wed, Jul 03 2013 | 9:17A | Hard Drives | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
If you`ve read through the results pages you probably already know what I`m going to say here. At a very reasonable (in SSD terms) price of around 95 cents per GB, the Extreme II offers extreme value for the performance-minded enthusiast. In nearly every test the SanDisk Extreme II not only beat the field but in more times than expected it simply annihilated the competition! Clearly SanDisk has hit a home run here with its nCache system that utilizes the pseudo-SLC behavior of newer MLC flash dies. This does bring the cost up from very slightly over budget MLC-only drives from other manufacturers but the performance you get from the Extreme II more than makes up for that increase."

SilverStone DS322 RAID HDD Enclosure
     Tue, Jul 02 2013 | 4:00P | Hard Drives | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
SilverStone is known for some of the highest quality PC products on the market, and they continue to meet and exceed all expectations for quality, craftsmanship, and performance. Today I have with me one of SilverStone’s newest external hard drive enclosures: the DS322. The DS322 has dual 3.5" SATA hard drive bays with RAID support and a USB 3.0 interface for the fastest data transfer speeds possible. So, without further ado, let’s take a closer look at this great new HDD enclosure from SilverStone.

Samsung 840 Pro and Samsung 840 Solid State Drives Review
     Tue, Jul 02 2013 | 12:02P | Hard Drives | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Samsung currently offers very interesting solid state drives. Some boast outstanding performance, others – are built with inexpensive TLC NAND and come with a very appealing price tag. And our tests prove all of this: we are ready to discuss what we saw when we got our hands on a Samsung 840 Pro 256 GB and Samsung 840 250 GB drives.

SanDisk Extreme II SSD Review @ HardwareHeaven.com
     Tue, Jul 02 2013 | 10:04A | Hard Drives | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
A few weeks ago SanDisk released the Extreme 3. Based on a Marvell controller with SanDisk flash today we find out how it competes with the best drives in its class."

Sandisk Extreme II 120 - 240 and 480 GB SSD review
     Tue, Jul 02 2013 | 9:17A | Hard Drives | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
1.html,SanDisk has released the Extreme II series SSD which we benchmark and review. These SSDs are made 90% by SanDisk themselves including the PCB design and the NAND flash memory. The end result is a blazing fast SSD series that even surprised us when it comes to raw read performance. The SSD series has been developed alongside a Marvel controller tied to SanDisk NAND flash memory, it is amongst the fastest drives we have ever tested."

OCZ Vertex 3.20 240GB SSD review: Vertex 3 with 20nm flash
     Mon, Jul 01 2013 | 4:03P | Hard Drives | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
The time is ripe for LSI to introduced a follow-up to the SandForce SF-2281. The champion of yesteryear can no longer compete with today's fastest SSDs, such as the Samsung 840 Pro or OCZ's own Vector. SandForce SF-2281 has been demoted to budget SSDs.

Buffalo DriveStation DDR 2TB USB 3.0 External Hard Drive Review
     Mon, Jul 01 2013 | 1:15P | Hard Drives | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Buffalo takes external storage to the next level with the DriveStation DDR. It features a great caching system to push USB 3.0 to the maximum."

OCZ Vertex 450 SSD review: real Indilinx controller
     Mon, Jul 01 2013 | 12:01P | Hard Drives | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
After the launch of the Vertex 4 OCZ had a little explaining to do. Initially the SSD was presented as using a controller developed in-house by Indilinx, but that turned out to be a Marvell controller using their firmware. The new Vertex 450 makes up for this, as it really does have a controller developed by them and not someone else.

Angelbird SSD2Go 480GB External SSD Review - Incredible Build and Performanc
     Mon, Jul 01 2013 | 9:25A | Hard Drives | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Up on our Test Bench early this morning are three of the most colorful SSDs we have ever seen, these being the Angelbird SSD2Go External USB 3.0 SSDs. Dont let their good looks alone fool you; these drives are among the best built we have ever seen, scream out LSI SandForce performance at above 460MB/s and are as at home with a PC as they are a Mac. This speed has yet to be seen in any portable SSD before today."

Angelbird SSD2Go 240GB USB 3.0 Portable SSD Drive Review
     Sun, Jun 30 2013 | 9:25A | Hard Drives | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Angelbird allows you to customize your high performance storage solution with the SSD2Go."

Anker Astro Slim2 4500mAh Power Bank Review
     Sun, Jun 30 2013 | 9:03A | Hard Drives | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
"Anker is a company that knows and understands power banks and power solutions. The Astro Slim2 is a great example of Anker’s work and ability to help you with your power needs throughout the day. This power bank is a very smart not only in design, but also in function. The integrated Micro USB cable is an extremely nice touch, as it helps keep annoying wires out of the way when recharging devices (namely your phone). The dual recharging ports are a great added feature for those who may carry around two phones, such as myself, or those who want to help a friend out in need. "

Hardware.Info tests lifespan of Samsung SSD 840 250GB TLC SSD
     Sun, Jun 30 2013 | 9:02A | Hard Drives | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Samsung’s Series 840 SSDs offer great value for your money, but they use the relatively new TLC type of memory chips. These have a shorter lifespan than the more commonly used MLC chips, but how much shorter exactly? Samsung of course has full confidence in the longevity of their Series 840 SSDs, but there really is only one way to find out just how long buyers can expect a TLC-equipped drive to function: by testing the hell out of it. That is exactly what Hardware.Info did for the past 2.5 months. We took two Samsung SSD 840 250GB SSDs, filled them to half capacity in order to mimick real-life use, and started writing to them continuously. It’s been a long journey for our two Samsung 840 SSDs, and that’s good thing. They passed our endurance test with flying colors, lasting three times longer than the lifespan guaranteed by Samsung. Read our full report for the details.

Solidata K8 1920E SSD Review - SandForce Driven
     Sat, Jun 29 2013 | 12:00P | Hard Drives | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
SSD technology has seen some massive leaps since it was introduced in the mass consumer market a few years back. Throughout that time we have seen faster speeds, newer interfaces, and smaller designs. One drawback that has remained constant throughout is size, and it still is the major issue today for those looking to make the jump from mechanical to flash storage. Solidata Technology enters the fray with their K8 1920E enterprise/military-grade level 2TB MLC solid-state drive for roughly $5000. In terms of adding four 512GB SSDs together, it is quite steep considering it is just one single drive. That being said it is made for the industrial market in mind, but we will test and see if it is worth consumer recognition.

Plextor M5 Pro PX-256M5P 256GB SSD
     Sat, Jun 29 2013 | 10:04A | Hard Drives | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
When the first mass production consumer oriented solid state drives (SSDs) made their appearance roughly 5 years ago we were all swept away by the performance gap compared to normal mechanical drives which in some cases was as much as 3 times over. Back then however price was indeed a huge issue and thus it wasn`t until around 2 years ago that prices took a serious dive and allowed more and more people to own one either in their systems or to carry around as a portable solution. However although prices are very low as we speak since the introduction of SSDs we haven`t really seen anything ground breaking that can match the how we felt back then and by that i mean that back then even normal consumers could feel the difference in loading times and system responsiveness whereas now this is not the case. Of course the technology behind SSDs keeps improving and aside the incredibly fast PCIex solutions we`ve just seen the introduction of 12Gbps drives however those are primarily aimed towards demanding enterprise use and because of that their launch prices are as expected off the charts. So since the next best thing for consumers is regular SATA III SSDs today we will be taking a thorough look at the PX-256M5Pro by Plextor."

HGST SSD800MM SAS 12Gbps SSD and LSI SAS 9300-8e
     Sat, Jun 29 2013 | 9:03A | Hard Drives | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
One of the most exciting things about reporting on solid state technology is being on the cutting edge of advance and having the opportunity to introduce introduce next generation products to the world. This morning is a perfect example of just that and we guarantee our review of the first official 12Gbps SAS SSD will be one of one a very select few having their hands on a similar solution. As a comparable, it is like being the first two demonstrate a twelve cylinder engine in a world of eight. 12Gbps SAS is not entirely new though as it has been demonstrated by manufacturers for a few years now, the problem being of course that fine tuning, and lack of hardware to allow its proper implementation and testing, have kept it out of the hands of the world. Our introduction and review of the Ultrastar HGST SSD800MM 400GB 12Gbps SSD changes all of that. The beauty of this report though is enhanced by LSI who have graciously provided their new, and as of yet unannounced and unreleased, LSI SAS 9300-8e HBA.

Quirky Converge Universal USB Dock Review @ TechReviewSource.com
     Fri, Jun 28 2013 | 9:17A | Hard Drives | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
For the person with many gadgets, the Quirky Converge Universal USB Docking Station is a way to centralize your device charging. It`s a sleek shelf that has four USB plugs to charge up to four devices simultaneously. It`s perfect for charging a tablet, a phone and a digital camera all at once."

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