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SSD NEWS: Samsung SSD SM825 400GB Enterprise SSD Review - 3Gbps eMLC Data Center Edition
     Thu, Feb 02 2012 | 9:22A | Hard Drives | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
In reviewing the Samsung SSD SM825 Data Center Edition 400GB eMLC solid state drive, we understand that we have wandered off the beaten path of normal consumer reviews but there are some things in this SSD that will just grab your attention. Although it`s interesting to see that Samsung has chosen its own premium eMLC NAND flash memory in the SM825, we believe that it is the total write endurance that truly stands out in this enterprise class SSD."
  FULL STORY @ THESSDREVIEW.COM

REVIEW: ADATA S511 120GB SSD @ PureOverclock
     Wed, Feb 01 2012 | 11:01A | Hard Drives | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
We`re looking at the enthusiast drive offering from ADATA, the S511 120GB SATA III drive. This drive uses more expensive synchronous NAND than its sibling we recently reviewed the S510, but it comes with a very attractive price tag of only $170. That`s a bargain for the mainstream users who dream of top performance. But can this SSD live up to our performance standards?"
  FULL STORY @ PUREOVERCLOCK.COM

Synology DS212 2-Bay NAS Review
     Wed, Feb 01 2012 | 11:01A | Hard Drives | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
The Synology products I`ve seen so far tend to excel in the ease of use category. I would be comfortable dropping a DS212 off at my mother`s house and letting her sort the installation and connections. I couldn`t say the same thing about the typical QNAP or Thecus products I`ve tested in the past. Those products are easy for TweakTown readers to setup, but nothing like the Synology DS212. A large reason for that is the way Synology configures their software layer. The QNAP and Thecus products are more tech based while the DS212 is more laymen, like a toaster, you get a couple of dials and a big lever to pull before everything works exactly like you want it to. Users looking to go head on into technology bliss still have all the other options to fine tune their NAS appliance, but it isn`t a requirement."
  FULL STORY @ TWEAKTOWN.COM

ADATA S396 30GB Value Solid State Drive Review
     Mon, Jan 30 2012 | 4:45P | Hard Drives | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
You may remember this chart of the SF-2200 Series Client Launch article from about a year. Listed on the far left is the SF-1222, the reigning champion of SATA II, first released in 2010. Just to the right is the challenger, SF-2141. The new SandForce controller is essentially a four channel 2281 with a 64GB capacity limit. On paper the 1222 and 2141 have nearly identical performance other than the IOPS. The newer 2141 doubles sustained read 4K IOPS (from 30K to 60K) and has a 6x increase in burst write 4K IOPS. The new 2141 does still have that 4 channel limit and we`ll explore what that means today while testing the new ADATA S396 30GB SSD. The new ADATA S396 30GB SSD will cost around $60 when it reaches e-tail shelves sometime in the next two weeks. If you do not already have an SSD, the ADATA S396 is built for you. Personally I think if you don`t have an SSD now then the issue is not something a new product release can fix. You either have a defect, don`t value your time or you have no idea what the hell an SSD is. Then again what do I know about actually buying an SSD with real money."
  FULL STORY @ TWEAKTOWN.COM

Wireless Storage: Kingston Wi-Drive 16 GB & Seagate
     Mon, Jan 30 2012 | 9:02A | Hard Drives | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
The mobile device market is booming, and more and more users want a bit more space to store movies and video for their tablets or smartphones. These two devices should do the job well!
  FULL STORY @ BJORN3D

Patriot Pyro SE 240GB Solid State Drive Review @ APH
     Fri, Jan 27 2012 | 4:36P | Hard Drives | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
With an outside temperature of about -30 degrees Celsius at the time of writing this review (That`s -22 degrees Fahrenheit for those oddballs who still use such a weird unit of measurement, but we will leave that discussion for another day), sometimes, I kind of wonder where Al Gore is when you need him. Okay, I guess we do know where he is. So meanwhile Al Gore is happily tapping away in his Nashville, Tennessee mansion at above freezing temperatures, us here in Calgary could really use some warmth. A bonfire or something would be nice, as long as it is not inside my igloo house. Speaking of bonfires, a few months ago, we have covered the Patriot Pyro 120GB solid state drive. The Pyro 120GB is one sleek looking drive with the performance to boot -- a quick hop over to a popular online retailer`s website shows us it is finally in the same price range as the OCZ Agility 3 120GB; its main competitor. But there seems to be something missing in Patriot`s SSD lineup. If the Wildfire stacks up against the OCZ Vertex 3 Max IOPS and the Pyro against the Agility 3, what does Patriot have that competes with the vanilla Vertex 3? Without the need to come up with a completely new name, the Pyro SE 240GB we have here at APH Networks this morning is the company`s answer to OCZ`s Vertex 3. Enough said, let`s get straight to the juicy details."
  FULL STORY @ APHNETWORKS.COM

Super Talent TeraDrive Nova 240GB SATA 3 SSD Review
     Fri, Jan 27 2012 | 12:01P | Hard Drives | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
So we were just winding down from CES 2012 last week and bidding adieu to many of our friends for another year when we popped by the Super Talent booth. Our relationship with ST goes back a few years and Peter Carcione, Super Talents Director of Marketing, is a good friend who always seems to have something up his sleeve. This time was no different as Peter tossed over a brand new TeraDrive Nova SATA 3 240GB SSD for review and we couldn’t wait to get it on the bench!
  FULL STORY @ THESSDREVIEW

 
Seagate Barracuda 3TB in RAID 0: Performance Unleashed @ Hardware Canucks
     Fri, Jan 27 2012 | 11:22A | Hard Drives | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Seagate`s new Barracuda 3TB is one of the fastest hard drives currently available and it comes with plenty of storage space for a reasonable price. What it can`t do is compete on a level performance footing with SSDs but when two of these drives are paired up, the results speak for themselves. This solution may even cause some to forget about all the expensive, yet capacity limited 240GB SSDs."
  FULL STORY @ HARDWARECANUCKS.COM

Silicon Power Diamond D10 USB 3.0 750GB 2.5-inch Portable Hard Drive Review @ ThinkComputers.org
     Fri, Jan 27 2012 | 11:22A | Hard Drives | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Today we?ll be checking out a stylish USB 3.0 portable hard drive, by a company not known by many. The Silicone Power Diamond D10 series of portable hard drives are all equipped with USB 3.0 and use only a 2.5-inch hard drive. They?re available in multiple sizes and colors to fit most anybody?s need. The highly reflective coating and unique design isn?t something I?ve seen before in a portable hard drive, so read on further to find out more about it."
  FULL STORY @ THINKCOMPUTERS

Wireless Storage: Kingston Wi-Drive 16 GB & Seagate GoFlex Satellite 500 GB @ Bjorn3D
     Fri, Jan 27 2012 | 9:38A | Hard Drives | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
The mobile device market is booming, and more and more users want a bit more space to store movies and video for their tablets or smartphones. These two devices should do the job well!"
  FULL STORY @ BJORN3D.COM

[DreamWare Computers] OCZ Agility 3 2.5 SSD
     Fri, Jan 27 2012 | 9:33A | Hard Drives | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Over the last year I`ve had the opportunity to review both ends of OCZ`s solid state drive lineup. I`ve tested the entry level Onyx drive and a couple drives from the high end Vertex series. These drives were at opposite ends of the spectrum when it came to performance - so what lies between? OCZ has a number of `mainstream` solid state drives on the market - these are drives with a healthy balance of price to performance. One series of mainstream drives is the Agility 3. The Agility 3 is middle of the line for OCZ`s SATAIII lineup - it offers performance that`s a step down from the Vertex 3 reviewed late last year, but a price that will keep some money in your pocket."
  FULL STORY @ DREAMWARECOMPUTERS.COM

SSD NEWS: Silicon Power Velox V30 SATA 3 240GB SSD Review @ The SSD Review
     Fri, Jan 27 2012 | 8:09A | Hard Drives | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
A short time ago we reviewed the Silicon Power Velox V20 120GB SSD which just so happened to be one of the few SATA 2 drives that we had seen in 2011; the world has gone SATA 3. To say the least, it was rather unique as it was the first to contain Hynix NAND flash memory that we had reviewed. Silicon Power has since sent us their next level in performance, the Velox V30 SATA 3 `SandForce driven` 240GB SSD, requesting our evaluation and review. How could we resist?"
  FULL STORY @ THESSDREVIEW.COM

Crucial m4 512GB
     Thu, Jan 26 2012 | 12:01P | Hard Drives | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Today the Crucial m4 is even better as firmware updates have fine-tuned the performance, allowing it to better compete with the speedy SF-2281 drives. The 512GB version of the m4 that we reviewed was exceptionally fast, providing rapid Windows 7 boot times and lightning fast multitasking performance.
  FULL STORY @ LEGIONHARDWARE

OCZ Synapse Cache 64GB SSD @ Bjorn3D
     Thu, Jan 26 2012 | 4:14A | Hard Drives | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Want snappy performance without breaking the bank? The OCZ Synapse is a budget SSD caching solution, and offers great performance for a reasonable price."
  FULL STORY @ BJORN3D.COM

Samsung 830 Series 128GB Solid State Drive Review
     Thu, Jan 26 2012 | 4:14A | Hard Drives | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Our Samsung 830 sample has some trick components, kind of like a race version of a street car. There aren`t any titanium valves or exhaust, but the 830 does give us our first look at 20nm flash. The flash is of course made by Samsung and doesn`t conform to traditional ONFi standards, but it is Toggle Mode and very fast. I suspect it won`t be too much longer before we start to see other SSD manufactures taking a closer look at Samsung 20nm flash for their SSD products built on other SSD controllers. The last time we saw a SandForce SSD with Samsung flash was on the G.Skill Phoenix 100GB and that flash was left over from the Indilinx Barefoot era. Also new for us is the Samsung controller with three ARM cores. The controller connects to your system via SATA III (backwards compatible with SATA I and SATA II) so it`s able to break the 285MB/s limits of SATA II when used with a native SATA III chipset. We`ve seen Samsung controllers in the past, some of the first SSD products we reviewed were based on Samsung controllers and they were very stable and very fast for their day. Since that time Samsung has played a large role in the OEM market providing whole products to all the major players."
  FULL STORY @ TWEAKTOWN.COM

OWC DIY Solid State Drive Upgrade Kit Review
     Wed, Jan 25 2012 | 2:05P | 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). Luckily there are vendors like Other World Computing who specialize in providing products and upgrade solutions catering towards Apple users. Their offering which we will be examining in this article is a full SSD upgrade solution for Apple notebooks.
  FULL STORY @ CIRCUITREMIX

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