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Synology DS413j Review @ Vortez
     Fri, Sep 14 2012 | 9:10A | Hard Drives | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Another week and another release from Synology. Last week we had the pleasure of taking a look at the new 2013 2-bay NAS; DS213, and this week we are taking a look at the 2013 4-bay NAS; DS413j. Expectations were high, and they delivered - this week we are expecting nothing less."

Corsair Neutron Series GTX 240GB SSD Review
     Thu, Sep 13 2012 | 3:17P | Hard Drives | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Corsair and LAMD aim to bring the heat with the enthusiast class Neutron GTX SSD. The new LAMD controller paired with Toshiba Toggle NAND looks to dominate the upper echelon of the performance SSD market. Today we take a look to see how it fares in our steady state testing.

WD My Book VelociRaptor Duo review
     Thu, Sep 13 2012 | 12:01P | Hard Drives | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
The Western Digital My Book VelociRaptor Duo shows what's possible when you combine Thunderbolt with a traditional hard drive, you get an external hard drive with extremely high transfer rates. It's technically possible to daisychain several of them to increase the speed even more. So if you want external storage with a Thunderbolt connector, then the Western Digital My Book VelociRaptor Duo is a great solution.

Ineo Technology I-NA321U+ Hard Drive Docking Station
     Thu, Sep 13 2012 | 12:01P | Hard Drives | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
There are many models of hard drive docks on the market, and while each one should be able to get the job done efficiently, the Ineo Technology I-NA321U+ will definitely do everything you expect and then some. What sets this hard drive dock apart is the integrated drive copy function, which allows you to clone a drive without tying up your computer in the process.

SuperSSpeed S302 Hyper Gold MLC 240GB SSD Review
     Thu, Sep 13 2012 | 11:48A | Hard Drives | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
SuperSSpeed delivered the best two prong approach to the SSD market yet. SLC flash for enthusiasts/prosumers and MLC flash for mainstream/power users. Today we look at the MLC portion and like the last couple of reviews this one has TRIM now as well."

RAIDON Runner R2420-B3 Easy Ejection 2.5 SSD/HDD RAID Enclosure Review
     Thu, Sep 13 2012 | 11:44A | Hard Drives | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Taking part in online game beta tests while also performing hardware reviews at the same time is not only incredibly tiresome (especially if you are participating in 3 closed betas) but also takes an amazing amount of time (even more if you really enjoy the games you`re testing) and so because of that lately Ive been focusing on peripheral devices (such as gaming mice, keyboards, speakers and headsets) which i can use while testing these games in order to save every bit of time that i possibly can (i do need some sleep after all). However exceptions are always welcome and so today we will be taking a look at a storage product the Runner 2420-B3, the latest dual bay external 2.5 SSD/HDD RAID enclosure by RAIDON."

SSD NEWS: Silicon Power Velox V70 240GB SSD Review
     Thu, Sep 13 2012 | 9:10A | Hard Drives | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
On our table today we have the Silicon Power Velox V70 SATA 3 SSD where SP is another to combine the power of the LSI SandForce SF-2281 Flash Storage Processor (FSP) with Intel synchronous MLC memory. If NAND alone makes great partners, the V70 is in good hands as we have seen the same type and capacity in the OCZ Vertex 4, Kingston HyperX, ADATA XPG SX900, Comay Venus 3, as well as a few other top rated SSDs. At the time of this report, the V70 reached e-tailer webspace, however, adequate stock had yet to show itself. The Velox V70 is available in capacities of 120, 240 and 480GB and initial pricing at Amazon is showing at $111.54, $199.59 and $422.30. This is very encouraging, especially for a new release, as the median price now seems to be below $100 for a 120GB SSD and $200 for a 240GB SSD and the V70 seems to be half way there."

SSD NEWS: Crucial V4 256GB SSD Review - All Is Not SATA 3 Just Yet
     Wed, Sep 12 2012 | 11:48A | Hard Drives | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
A few weeks back, Crucial sent us one of their new V4 SSDs to check out and, much to our surprise, we discover that it is an SSD based on a Phison controller and it is SATA 2. To new SSD users, this may not seem like much but we were a bit surprised as Crucial/Micron and Marvell seem to fit like ice cream and apple pie. In fact, I can`t think of Crucial/Micron using anything but the Marvell controller previous to this. With SSD technology still advancing at such a quick rate, we had to also ask how Crucial/Micron, the company primarily responsible for pushing SSD prices down drastically in recent months, was going to pull off a SATA 2 SSD marketing pitch and match prices of their own far superior SATA 3 line. After all, the M4 is already billed as one of the top dogs on the block for both performance and reliability."

[Tech ARP] Western Digital VelociRaptors Vs. Solid State Drives Rev. 2.0
     Wed, Sep 12 2012 | 10:39A | Hard Drives | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
We recently reviewed both the latest Western Digital VelociRaptor and the *Intel 520 Series Solid State Drive, and it got us thinking about a direct comparison. Both drives may be fundamentally different in the way they work but they actually target the same market - the hardware performance enthusiast! With graphics cards and processors so powerful these days and DDR3 SDRAM so cheap, the only thing holding back a system is often the storage subsystem. Hence, there is an increase emphasis on the performance of the hard disk drive, or its rival, the solid state drive. Many have said that the days of the hard disk drive is waning, and the age of the solid state drive has begun. But is the hard disk drive really on the way out? That is what this small comparison is about. "

Buffalo MiniStation Extreme USB 3.0 Hard Drive Review with Drop Test @ HardwareHeaven.com
     Wed, Sep 12 2012 | 9:32A | Hard Drives | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Buffalo MiniStation Extreme USB 3.0 Hard Drive Review with Drop Test @ HardwareHeaven.com Today we perform some drop tests on the Buffalo MiniStation Extreme to see if it can live up to the claims. Ever wondered if your drive can survive being dropped out of a 2 storey window?"

OCZ Agility 4 256GB Solid State Drive Review @ ThinkComputers.org
     Tue, Sep 11 2012 | 4:01P | Hard Drives | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Back in July we took a look at the Vertex 4 solid state drive from OCZ. This was the first consumer solid state drive from OCZ to use the Indilinx Everest 2 controller. Today we are looking at OCZs second solid state drive to use that controller, the Agility 4. The Agility 4 features read and write speeds of 420MB/s read and 410MB/s write respectively. Since OCZ has been making solid state drives they have always had the Vertex line and Agility line. The Vertex line was always the high-end enthusiast product, while the Agility was aimed for the mainstream. It is no different here, unlike the Vertex 4 that uses synchronous NAND the Agility 4 uses asynchronous NAND and is much less expensive. As of this review the Agility 4 is $189.99 for the $256GB version. Read on as we check the Agility 4 out!"

Corsair Force GT (2012) 240GB SSD Review
     Mon, Sep 10 2012 | 7:47P | Hard Drives | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
With little variation in the market we go gaga when something comes along that`s different. Designed on a myth, built by enthusiasts and sold like any other SSD, this one is truly different."

Editorial: An Argument Against Expensive Solid State Drives
     Mon, Sep 10 2012 | 7:47P | Hard Drives | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
I`ve been reporting on solid state drive technology since it made a retail debut back in February 2008, nearly five years ago. From the very start I`ve been a huge proponent of all things SSD, as it closes the gap between the fastest computer system components (processor followed by memory) and the slowest (data storage drive). But as speeds grew increasingly faster with each new generation, there`s still one giant gap that remains: price. The cost of components has dropped year after year, but today the vast majority of low capacity entry-level SSDs still fetch about $1/GB compared to less than $0.20/GB for high-performance hard disk drive technology. In this editorial, I chronicle the current state of retail solid state storage devices."

Icy Dock MB994IPO-3SB Slim ODD + 2x 2.5 HDD Multi Bay Review @ Hi Tech Legion
     Mon, Sep 10 2012 | 7:47P | Hard Drives | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
The Icy Dock MB994IPO-3SB opens up small form factor systems to more storage without ODD sacrifice. The MB994IPO-3SB combines two 2.5 HDD racks and a slim ODD bay in a single 5.25 bay configuration. The MB994IPO-3SB uses a full aluminum metal construction. The HDD bays support SAS 2.0 and SATA III drives. Icy Dock installed a 40mm cooling fan on the rear that uses an on/off switch and features active power technology. The fan will only run when a drive is installed. The MB994IPO-3SB is powered by two Molex connections. Installed on the front are status LED indicators for each drive."

Adaptec Series 7 Enterprise RAID Controllers with PCIe 3.0 Preview
     Mon, Sep 10 2012 | 4:20P | Hard Drives | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Adaptec releases their new Series 7 family of RAID controllers. We take a look at them in this preview."

SanDisk Extreme 240GB Fixed TRIM Solid State Drive Review
     Sun, Sep 09 2012 | 4:03P | Hard Drives | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
SanDisk`s Extreme 240GB SSD has an extreme price of just $175 and we know the new firmware is on the way. Today Chris tests the Extreme to the extreme, but this time with working TRIM."

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