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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

A Futurelooks News Flash - Intel SSD 520 Series 240GB Retail Solid State Drive Bundle Review
     Wed, Feb 08 2012 | 9:21A | Hard Drives | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Futurelooks checks out Intel`s latest and greatest SSD series ... * * *Intel SSD 520 Series 240GB Retail Solid State Drive Bundle Review* The number one question for Intel a few months ago was where were their higher end, fast SATA6 SSDs. There were plenty of Sand Force SF-2281 controlled SSDs pushing 6Gb/s speeds on the market yet many were using Intel NAND. Today we get to answer that question with the launch of Intel?s SSD 520 Series Solid State Drives. They begin finding their way to the shelves among the rest of the hot rod SATA6 SSDs this week and everything about them is all ?Intel Inside? straight down to the supporting SSD Tool Kit software. The big question is did engineers bring us a polished weapon against slow system performance or a new blue screen symptom? Let?s find out!"
  FULL STORY @ FUTURELOOKS.COM

SandForce SF-2200-based drives
     Tue, Feb 07 2012 | 9:01A | Hard Drives | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Intel is launching a brand new line of solid state drives today, built around SandForce’s popular SF-2200 family of storage processors. The new SSD 520 Series solid state drives, as they are known, will supplant the Marvell-based 510 series at the top of Intel’s consumer-targeted SSD lineup and be offered in capacities ranging from 60GB to 480GB. Like other SandForce SF-2200-based drives, the new Intel SSD 520 series is outfitted with a SATA III interface with sequential reads and writes speeds in the 550MB/s to 520MB/s ranges, respectively. According to their specifications, 4K random reads peak at around 50K IOPS (QD32), with 4K random writes hovering around 80K IOPS for the 240GB model we’ll be showing you here...
  FULL STORY @ HOTHARDWARE

Intel SSD 520 Series 240GB Review
     Tue, Feb 07 2012 | 9:00A | Hard Drives | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
It's not the first time Intel is using third-party controllers, in fact it had previously favored the Marvell 88SS9174 for their SSD 510 Series. Since the days of the original X25-M SSD, Intel solid state storage products have been characterized for being the most stable and reliable around. With the company now willing to use the SandForce SF-2281, it proves that the controller has reached a certain desired level of maturity. However, as the company has done with previous SSD products, Intel has adopted the SandForce SF-2281 controller but they have co-defined and validated the firmware for an Intel unique implementation. In other words, the SSD 520 Series drives will differ to similar products in terms of performance and reliability in spite of using the same controller. Read on to learn more about Intel's new premium consumer SSD.
  FULL STORY @ TECHSPOT

Intel SSD 520 Series Solid State Drive @ Benchmark Reviews
     Mon, Feb 06 2012 | 1:11P | Hard Drives | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
For the past several years, consumers searching through the available selection of Solid State Drive (SSD) storage devices have noticed that capacity continues to favor the hard disk drive counterpart. While it could be a few more years before any SSD matches terabyte capacity with the HDD, Intel`s NAND Flash produced at 20nm is closing that gap in terms of price and storage space. In this article, Benchmark Reviews tests the Intel SSD 520 Series Solid State Drive against the leading competition to see if it`s capable of delivering SATA 6GB/s speeds up to 550 MB/s and 80,000 maximum 4K random write IOPS."
  FULL STORY @ BENCHMARKREVIEWS.COM

Intel SSD 520 Series 240 GB Solid State Drive Review @ Hardware Secrets
     Mon, Feb 06 2012 | 12:58P | Hard Drives | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
There are a vast number of SATA-600 solid state drives on the market at the moment, so there have never been more choices for the people who want to give their system a performance boost. Today we are going to look at the latest SSD from Intel, the 520 Series 240 GB, which is designed with performance users in mind."
  FULL STORY @ HARDWARESECRETS.COM

Intel SSD 520 240GB @ Bjorn3D
     Mon, Feb 06 2012 | 12:45P | Hard Drives | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
This drive has been advertised as the fastest SSD to date. Does it really pack the punch Intel claims it does?"
  FULL STORY @ BJORN3D.COM

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