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Intel SSD 330 120GB / 180GB review
     Sun, May 06 2012 | 9:02A | Hard Drives | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
After the introduction of Intel's initially expensive SSD 520 Series, SSDs which were later reduced in price, the manufacturer now releases an even more affordable version in the shape of the SSD 330 series. With this move Intel joins a trend of steadily decreasing prices for solid state storage. This is a great development for consumers that also would like to enjoy the lightning fast speeds that SSDs provide, but have been hesitant thus far due to the high prices. So how does the Intel SSD 330 measure up to the SSD 520 and the rest of the SSD market? Hardware.Info reviews and compares the new arrival with the other current solid state drives.
  FULL STORY @ HARDWARE

News: OCZs Vertex 4 solid-state drive
     Sun, May 06 2012 | 7:06A | Hard Drives | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Just a few months after its Indilinx Everest controller debuted in the OCZ Octane, a second-generation Everest chip has taken root in the Vertex 4 SSD. We take a closer look at the latest Vertex to see what`s changed and how its performance measures up."
  FULL STORY @ TECHREPORT.COM

Crucial Adrenaline 50GB m4 Cache SSD Review @ Legit Reviews
     Fri, May 04 2012 | 4:19P | Hard Drives | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
In terms of performance, it`s a mixed bag. Most operations like boot, frequently used file/application loads, etc are dramatically enhanced with times rivaling some of the top SSDs. However, the Dataplex software must first prioritize this data which can take a few iterations before it really hits its stride. Basically this means performance can feel uneven depending on your computing habits. Anyone not using Windows 7 is out of luck because currently that is the only OS the software supports..."
  FULL STORY @ LEGITREVIEWS.COM

Hitachi 7K4000 / 5K4000 4 TB review: a new milestone
     Fri, May 04 2012 | 4:00P | Hard Drives | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
An evolution, but not a revolution - that is how we'd like to describe Hitachi's new 4 TB hard drives. The performance is excellent. With its high data density the 7K4000 is the fastest 7,200 RPM drive that we've ever tested, while the 5,400 RPM 5K4000 almost achieves 7,200 RPM-like performance. The good performance and huge storage capacity luckily do not come at a high price. They don't cost more than typical 2+ TB drives if you look at the price per GB. The noise production is acceptable, even though it could have been lower. The idle power usage could have been lower as well, especially considering the high probability that disks like these will end up in a Home Server or NAS.
  FULL STORY @ HARDWARE

Western Digital VelociRaptor 1TB reviewed
     Fri, May 04 2012 | 1:38P | Hard Drives | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
For its price you can also buy a conventional 1TB drive plus a fast caching SSD, or a 1TB drive with a 120GB SSD as start-up disk. Starting Windows, loading game levels, editing photos, and other standard tasks will go faster with those two options than with the Velociraptor. But there are scenarios where the Velociraptor would be preferable. For example, when you work with very large files - the PCMark 7 video editing benchmark is a prime example - then the Velociraptor almost equals the performance of an SSD for a quarter of the price. This is its selling point, if you frequently edit videos or need to quickly process terabytes of files for other reasons, then one or more Velociraptors is a good choice. SSDs are still too expensive to fill such a role. The conclusion is that the Velociraptor remains a niche product. Most consumers will be better off combining a traditional hard drive with a small but fast SSD.
  FULL STORY @ HARDWARE

SSD NEWS: Corsair Accelerator Series 60GB Cache SSD Review - Your System Start Up Decreases Significantly
     Thu, May 03 2012 | 5:21P | Hard Drives | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
If you haven`t heard of SSD caching as of yet, get ready for a technology that will definitely catch your eye. SSD caching is a very simple computer upgrade that will see your system run like a race horse without any technical `know how` or need to reformat whatsoever. Follow along as we work our way through an analysis of the Corsair Accelerator 60GB Caching SSD and examine just how effective of a solution this may be for its low advertised price. It may be a move that you cannot afford to pass on any longer."
  FULL STORY @ THESSDREVIEW.COM

SSD News: TCS Galatea Ultra-Rugged 240GB SLC SSD Review - Military Precision Gets a New Look
     Thu, May 03 2012 | 5:21P | Hard Drives | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
This report covers the Telecommunications Systems (TCS) Galatea line of ultra-rugged SLC SSDs. Adhering to the MIL-STD-810 military specifications governing a multitude of ultra-ruggedized requirements, this SSD is designed for ultimate reliability in the harshest of environments. Designed and tested with the most hostile environments imaginable in mind, these SSDs are surely amongst the toughest storage mediums available."
  FULL STORY @ THESSDREVIEW.COM

 
A Futurelooks News Flash - Kingston HyperX 3K 240GB SATA3 SSD Review
     Thu, May 03 2012 | 4:05P | Hard Drives | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
A few months ago, we awarded the Kingston HyperX series SSDs an Editor?s Choice award for very sound reasons: great performance, excellent firmware, and a great upgrade bundle. All of this helps ensure that you benefit from the full SSD experience. Then, Kingston released another winning choice in the surprisingly affordable V+200 Enterprise SSD. Because it uses less expensive 3K synchronous NAND, and didn?t sacrifice on performance, it also earned our top honors. That brings us to the new HyperX 3K SSD. *"
  FULL STORY @ FUTURELOOKS.COM

Indilinx Everest 2 SSD Controller Platform Overview
     Thu, May 03 2012 | 7:28A | Hard Drives | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Today we`re going to walk you through what we know about the new controller, what we don`t know about the controller and touch on some OCZ distributed benchmarks. A full review of the new OCZ Vertex 4 256GB and 512GB SSDs (which use this very controller) will make it to the site at the same time as this article is published. Indilinx`s first Everest platform came and went without too much fuss. OCZ debuted Indilinx`s first SATA 6Gbps controller on the Octane series of products, but Everest didn`t quite make it in the world of high-performance SSDs currently dominated by low-cost Team SandForce products. OCZ instead used Octane as a building block and to fill a small gap that existed between Agility 3 with asynchronous flash and Vertex 3 with synchronous flash."
  FULL STORY @ TWEAKTOWN.COM

SSD NEWS: Plextor M3P 256GB SATA 3 SSD Review - Absolutely Marvell-ous Performance
     Wed, May 02 2012 | 11:40P | Hard Drives | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Today we are going to be reporting on the Plextor M3P 256GB SATA 3 SSD. Pairing Marvell`s venerable 88SS9174 controller with the latest Toshiba 24nm Toggle Mode NAND, the Pro is not much different from the Plextor M3 SSD that we reviewed a short time ago. Aside from the new thinner 7mm chassis, the only difference you`ll find between the regular M3 Standard and the M3 Pro is the custom Plextor firmware being employed. That might just be enough to put it over the top."
  FULL STORY @ THESSDREVIEW.COM

SSD NEWS: Intel 910 400/800GB PCIe SSD Quick Preview - On The Bench and Pushing Out 1.9GB/s Performance
     Wed, May 02 2012 | 3:29P | Hard Drives | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Intel 910 PCIe SSD is finally in our hands and we thought we might offer a quick glimpse before our full report next week. To add to that glimpse, we thought we might also tease our readers with a few preliminary benchmarks as well. Make no mistake though as this is not a consumer item and is intended for datacenters. We thought our fellow enthusiasts might enjoy a quick look into the high performance datacenter realm. Enjoy!"
  FULL STORY @ THESSDREVIEW.COM

SSD Charts: 41 SSDs - update Kingston Hyper X 3k 120 GB @ Ocaholic
     Wed, May 02 2012 | 3:29P | Hard Drives | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
In our comparison tables you find benchmark values regarding 41 different 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

SSD caching is becoming more and more popular
     Wed, May 02 2012 | 9:01A | Hard Drives | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
"SSD caching is becoming more and more popular and rightfully so; as things stand today, it is about the only efficient way to combine large storage space with enhanced everyday performance. SSD caching was initially meant for users using an Intel Z68 based motherboard, until the few major SSD manufacturers released caching solutions which could work with any configuration. One of these manufacturers is Corsair, which recently joined the caching SSD bandwagon with the release of the Accelerator Series SSD drives. In this review we will examine the performance of the Accelerator 60GB caching SSD and see how it differentiates from competition."
  FULL STORY @ ACCELERATOR

Kingston HyperX 3K 120GB SSD Review @ Vortez
     Tue, May 01 2012 | 10:01P | Hard Drives | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
So the HyperX 3K SSD is available in four different size capacities - 90GB, 120GB, 240GB and 480GB. Both using the Sandforce SF-2281 Controller, something used in an assortment of popular SSDs such as the OCZ Vertex 3, Patriot Pyro and Corsair Force 3 series. So the real question is, will this compromise with less toggle NAND affect performance? Let`s find out!"
  FULL STORY @ VORTEZ.NET

Corsair Force Series 3 180GB Solid State Drive Review
     Tue, May 01 2012 | 11:53A | Hard Drives | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Last week we saw the Force GT 180GB with synchronous flash. This week we look at the Force 3 with asynchronous flash, but with the same SF-2282 controller."
  FULL STORY @ TWEAKTOWN.COM

SSD NEWS: Intel 330 Series 120GB SATA 3 SSD Review - LSI SandForce Performance With Unbeatable Value
     Tue, May 01 2012 | 10:23A | Hard Drives | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
It wasn`t so long ago that we broke news of the Intel/SandForce partnership and everyone told us we were nuts. Once again, we are here to publish another SSD first and Intel seems to be front and center once again. Our SSD analysis today will examine the Intel Series 330 SATA 3 SSD, the value priced little brother of the Intel 520, and the similarity between the two is rather odd. In fact, one could almost consider them twins as they contain exactly the same SandForce processor and model of memory."
  FULL STORY @ THESSDREVIEW.COM

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