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SSD NEWS: Intel 520 240GB SSD Review (Round One) - Intel Releases Amazing SATA 3 SandForce Driven SSD
     Mon, Feb 13 2012 | 4:13P | Hard Drives | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Well I guess the secrets out by now. Intel has this morning officially released it`s new enthusiast level Intel 520 Series SSD and it is none other than `SandForce Driven`. What`s that, you say!? Our report today is a complete analysis of the Intel 520 240GB 6Gbps SSD and I would be remiss if I didn`t mention that this is only a prelude to the big event. As luck may have it, Intel has sent us three (3) Series 520 SSDs to do what only we can truly do for the drives. Get ready for some amazing RAID testing!"
  FULL STORY @ THESSDREVIEW.COM

OCZ RevoDrive Hybrid 100GB (PCIe SSD + 1TB HDD) Review
     Mon, Feb 13 2012 | 9:02A | Hard Drives | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
It's been almost three years since I tested my first solid-state drive and that first impression has lasted to this day. Anyone that has used an SSD in their computer will tell you that it completely transforms performance. By removing the 6ms+ delay associated with hard drives, almost everything loads snappier -- often instantaneously. For that reason, we have maintained for years that the single most important upgrade you can make to an enthusiast-grade machine is adding an SSD for your operating system and applications. The key downside to SSD technology is its cost per gigabyte, which is significantly higher than traditional mechanical hard drives.
  FULL STORY @ TECHSPOT

Seagate GoFlex Turbo Review @ TechReviewSource.com
     Sun, Feb 12 2012 | 4:13P | Hard Drives | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
?The Seagate GoFlex Turbo is an external hard drive that makes use of the fastest USB 3.0 connectivity, which is still rare these days. It has a rugged design and a solid selection of utilities to make using this drive as easy as possible. The only downside is the price, which is a little high for only 500GB of storage.?"
  FULL STORY @ TECHREVIEWSOURCE.COM

OCZ Technology Octane 128GB Solid State Drive Review
     Sun, Feb 12 2012 | 1:21P | Hard Drives | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
It`s no secret that larger capacity SSDs are faster than the smaller capacity drives. The way data travels can be similar to a highway system, the more lanes a highway has the more cars you can push through at the same time. If SSDs only read and wrote on a one lane highway then we would be limited to less than 200MB/s on the highest rated flash available today. By opening up several lanes drives are able to reach very high speeds and do so without the limits of moving parts. On the surface the Octane is not a huge performer. OCZ has placed the drive under the Agility 3 yet the Octane costs more than the Vertex 3. You may wonder why the media has taken such an interest in Octane and I can answer that quickly. At CES this year OCZ demoed the Everest 2, the successor to the controller used in Octane, which is a potential candidate for OCZ`s flagship Vertex 4 that should hit be sampling in time for Computex in June. Any time spent decoding the mysteries, finding the strengths and weaknesses of Indilinx`s new SATA III architecture is essentially a dive into the technology OCZ plans to use in the second half of the year."
  FULL STORY @ TWEAKTOWN.COM

Crucial m4 SSD 64GB (Raid 0)
     Sun, Feb 12 2012 | 9:03A | Hard Drives | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Hardwareoverclock.com has posted another review. Last week we have taken a look at the Crucial m4 SSD in 64GB. The new SSD generation has an Read speed up to 415MB/s. We have also tried two 64 GB SSDs in Raid 0.
  FULL STORY @ HARDWAREOVERCLOCK

G.Skill Phoenix Evo 115GB SSD
     Sun, Feb 12 2012 | 9:01A | Hard Drives | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
"Like OCZ and Corsair, G.Skill is another memory manufacturer that has diversified into SSD production. Today we are looking at the firm's flagship product; the Phoenix Evo. Under the SSDs hood lies the SandForce SF-1222 which has been coupled with 25nm NAND flash chips. How will it compare to the likes of the OCZ Vertex 3 and other SF-1222 based drives like the Corsair Force F120?"
  FULL STORY @ ITSHOOTOUT

OCZ Vertex 3 120GB SSD drive
     Sun, Feb 12 2012 | 9:00A | Hard Drives | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
"As the first drive to be based on the new SandForce SF-2281 controller the OCZ Vertex 3 claims to offer read speeds of 550MB/sec and write speeds of 500MB/sec. The question is, will it hold up under closer scrutiny in our other benchmarks that put its other performance credentials to the test?"
  FULL STORY @ ITSHOOTOUT

 
OCZ Synapse Cache 64GB Solid State Drive Review @ ThinkComputers.org
     Sat, Feb 11 2012 | 1:21P | Hard Drives | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
The term ?caching drive? is something that many people are becoming accustomed to as are we. We really started seeing these caching drives when Intel came out with their Z68 chipset that allowed you to add a smaller solid state drive to your existing drive, which would increase overall performance. This is great for people who have an Intel Z68 motherboard, but what about everyone else? This is where OCZ?s Synapse Cache drive comes in. It is a SATA 6GB/s solid state drive, but comes with software that allows you to make it a caching drive on any PC system. Read on as we check it out!"
  FULL STORY @ THINKCOMPUTERS

REVIEW: OWC Mercury Extreme Pro 240GB Revisited @ PureOverclock
     Fri, Feb 10 2012 | 9:53A | Hard Drives | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
We are looking at the new top tier SSD offering from OWC, the Mercury Extreme Pro 6G 240GB. This drive may sound familiar and it should, as we reviewed it back in July of this year. However, OWC has re-introduced this drive with a different controller and different NAND which essentially makes this a different drive all together. This updated version features a SandForce 2282 controller in place of the previous 2281 controller and Premium Toshiba 32nm toggle NAND in place of the previous Micron Sync 25nm NAND. Is this update going to make a difference to the drives performance? We shall see."
  FULL STORY @ PUREOVERCLOCK.COM

Charts: SSDs - update Kingston SSDNow V+ 200 90 Gigabyte @ ocaholic
     Thu, Feb 09 2012 | 7:46P | Hard Drives | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
In our comparison tables you find benchmark values regarding numerous SSDs. Furthermore we do not comment the benchmark values. The idea and also the goal is to present to you a market overview which helps you choose the right SSD."
  FULL STORY @ OCAHOLIC.CH

OCZ Synapse Cache SATA III Solid State Disk @ Pro-Clockers
     Thu, Feb 09 2012 | 5:52P | Hard Drives | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
OCZ has made the transition a little less painful by offering the same technology in the solid state drive. Eliminating having to upgrade your motherboard or having to install any other devices but the drive. The OCZ Synapse is the SSD we are talking about."
  FULL STORY @ PRO-CLOCKERS.COM

OCZ Technology Octane 512GB Solid State Drive with 1.13 Performance Firmware
     Thu, Feb 09 2012 | 5:14P | Hard Drives | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
The new firmware update roughly doubles random write performance, a weak point in the initial release. With a 10,000 IOPS increase in random write speed we`ll be examining the new performance of the 512GB capacity size. When the industry moves to 20nm in Q3, 512GB will be the new 256GB. 512GB drives should cost much less than they do today and by the time Q4 rolls around they may even become affordable like the 256GB drives are today."
  FULL STORY @ TWEAKTOWN.COM

News: Intels 520 Series solid-state drive
     Wed, Feb 08 2012 | 4:13P | Hard Drives | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Intel`s newest solid-state drive pairs a SandForce controller with custom firmware and 25-nm NAND. We`ve tested the 60 and 240GB models to see how they fare against more than two dozen SSDs, hybrids, and mechanical drives."
  FULL STORY @ TECHREPORT.COM

Diablotek SSD to USB 3.0 SATA Adapter @ TechwareLabs
     Wed, Feb 08 2012 | 4:01P | Hard Drives | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Diablotek brings to the table a small USB 3.0 device that on one end has a SATA data and power connector, and on the other a small standard sized USB 3.0 connector. This device promises SSD speeds across a single USB 3.0 port."
  FULL STORY @ TECHWARELABS.COM

MacBook Pro Solid State Drive Upgrade Guide and Performance Testing @ circuitREMIX
     Wed, Feb 08 2012 | 4:01P | Hard Drives | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
In our past Solid State Drive Roundup, we found that the performance offered by SSDs is nothing short of phenominal. Apple, a company that prides itself in its focus of customer experience knows this, and as a result offers the availability of SSDs across it`s Mac computing product line. However when looking at its MacBook Pro line, the cost of configuring an Apple built-to-order SSD powered notebook is steep. Apple offers 128GB, 256GB and 512GB SSD storage upgrades at the prices of $200, $600 and $1200 respectively (as per the Apple Store in Canada). But the cost of getting an SSD in your MacBook Pro (or any other Mac) doesn`t have to be so high. This article is split up into two sections: the first showing you how easy it is to upgrade your hard drive based Mac to an SSD, and the second helping you pick which SSD to buy. The drives that will be compared are Crucial`s m4, Kingston`s HyperX, OCZ`s Vertex 3 and OWC`s Mercury Electra 6G. They will also be compared to Apple`s 5400rpm and 7200rpm hard drives."
  FULL STORY @ CIRCUITREMIX.COM

Meet Intels Cherryville: 520 Series 240GB SSD Review @ Techgage
     Wed, Feb 08 2012 | 3:17P | Hard Drives | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
SandForce is back in town and it`s here to stay. Intel`s 520 Series is a full replacement for the 510 Series, but utilize the SF-2281 controller and custom Intel firmware to deliver one of the best SSDs we seen to date. If you already want an Intel SSD but don`t know which to get, we can answer that. Oh, and did we mention the 5 year warranty?"
  FULL STORY @ TECHGAGE.COM

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