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Samsung 840 Series 120GB Solid State Drive Review @ ThinkComputers.org
     Thu, Apr 11 2013 | 9:05A | Hard Drives | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Samsung is a very large player in the solid state drive market, but you may not have known. This is because they sell their drives in bulk to companies like Apple to use in their products. That is why they are not an known in the consumer or enthusiast market. In fact Samsung is the largest producer of flash memory in the world. One thing that is great about Samsung solid state drives is that everything inside is made by Samsung, the NAND, controller and DRAM cache. This makes it very easy for Samsung to correct issues or fix problems because everything is done in-house. We saw this on Samsungs 830 Series solid state drive and the big difference between the 830 and 840 is that the 840 Series uses TLC NAND chips instead of MLC. We will get to the difference in just a bit. The controller on the 840 Series has also been updated. The 120GB version we are testing today has read and write speeds of 530MB/s and 130MB/s respectively so it sort of fits into the entry-level segment. Lets take a look"

Kingston V300 120GB SSD @ Bjorn3D
     Wed, Apr 10 2013 | 4:04P | Hard Drives | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Today we look at the new V300 Drive from Kingston which is a Sandforce based drive pointed at the value segment to get a sub $1/GB drive to the masses, now lets see what this drive has to offer."

ADATA XPG SX900 128GB with SandForce B02 controller SSD Review
     Wed, Apr 10 2013 | 9:59A | Hard Drives | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
ADATA is first to market with a retail product using SandForce`s new B02 stepping controller. SURPRISE! TRIM is also fixed thanks to ADATA`s new 5.0.7a firmware that`s available for ADATA drives with SandForce 2000 Series controllers. Too little too late, or good things come to those who wait?"

Upgrading the SSD in your Apple MacBook Air with OWCs 480GB Aura Pro Solid State Drive
     Tue, Apr 09 2013 | 4:01P | Hard Drives | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Need more storage in your MacBook Air? Check out this upgrade guide with OWC`s 480GB SSD"

480GB Crucial M500 Solid State Drive @ Benchmark Reviews
     Tue, Apr 09 2013 | 9:59A | Hard Drives | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Micron Technology updates their product family with the new Crucial M500 solid state drive, which arrives in capacities ranging from 120GB-960GB for 2.5 SATA, mSATA, and M.2/NGFF form factors. Built upon the Marvell 88SS9187-BLD2 SATA 6Gb/s controller using custom Crucial firmware, M500 utilizes 20nm Micron-branded Synchronous Multi-Level Cell (MLC) NAND Flash components for an increased per-die NAND capacity that makes the entire more affordable. In this article, Benchmark Reviews tests the 480GB Crucial M500 Solid State Drive (model CT480M500SSD1) and compare it against the fastest SATA 6GB/s storage solutions available."

WD My Passport 500GB USB 3.0 Portable Hard Drive Review @ ThinkComputers.org
     Tue, Apr 09 2013 | 9:19A | Hard Drives | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
The WD My Passport drives have been around for quite sometime now. They provide fast and easy backup and storage whether you are on the go or at your desk. Just about two years ago we took a look at the My Passport Essential SE 1TB drive. WD is back with a new My Passport drive that offers a new enclosure design, backup and encryption software, 5 color choices and capacities up to 2TB. The My Passport Essential SE has been a fixture in my mobile computing setup, but will it soon be replaced by the newer My Passport? Read on as we take a look..."

Plextor M5 Pro 128GB with Xtreme Firmware SSD Review
     Mon, Apr 08 2013 | 8:22P | Hard Drives | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Plextor has given its M5 Pro 128GB SSD the Xtreme firmware treatment. We put it up against the 128GB kings from Samsung (840 Pro) and OCZ (Vector) to see how it goes."

OCZ Vertex 3.20 20nm 240GB SSD Review @ Legit Reviews
     Mon, Apr 08 2013 | 7:45P | Hard Drives | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
OCZ is certainly getting a lot of mileage from the Vertex moniker. First introduced way back in early 2009, it seems a lot longer than just four years ago. They have good reason to perpetuate the name as the Vertex drives have been one of if not the best selling line of SSDs ever. Back in 2011, we first had a look at the Vertex 3 drives featuring the then new SandForce SF-2281 controller. At the time, it featured 25nm -34nm (keep reading!) MLC NAND and set the bar for enthusiast level SSD performance. Fast forward to 2013 and OCZ has quietly released the latest Vertex 3 incarnation with a .20 mantissa tacked on to represent the 20nm MLC NAND contained within..."

News: WDs Black 4TB hard drive reviewed
     Mon, Apr 08 2013 | 6:32P | Hard Drives | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Western Digital`s Black 4TB the only desktop hard drive to combine that top-of-the-line capacity with a 7,200-RPM spindle speed and five years of warranty coverage. We take a closer look."

Intel 335 Series 180GB SSD Review
     Mon, Apr 08 2013 | 5:56P | Hard Drives | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
The Intel 335 Series is known as `That Intel Drive with 20nm Flash`, but it`s so much more. The 180GB capacity size gives you comfort room with Windows 8 and does very well in our power test."

INEO I-NA321U PLUS Docking Station @ Benchmark Reviews
     Mon, Apr 08 2013 | 5:19P | Hard Drives | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Try to imagine what the ideal external hard drive docking station might look like. It should be compact, intuitive to use, and ideally be a relatively good looking piece of hardware. And it should be fast. At first glance the I-NA321U+ seems to have all that and more. The I-NA321U+ is a USB 3.0 compatible dual hard drive docking system with a few very handy features. Perhaps the most interesting of the value-added features is a one touch drive copy function. In this article, Benchmark Reviews will take a look at this relatively new dual drive docking station from ineo Technology, Inc."

Intel 335 Series 180GB SSD Review @ Techgage
     Mon, Apr 08 2013 | 4:04P | Hard Drives | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Looking for a mainstream SSD but need help deciding which to choose? Is that $10 difference really worth it? Whos got the most reliable SandForce based-SSD around? Why does Intel have so many SandForce SSDs anyway? All these questions and more are answered within!"

SSD News: KingSpec E3000S Challenger SSD Review - EMLC Endurance and LSI SandForce Performance
     Mon, Apr 08 2013 | 4:01P | Hard Drives | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Our SSD analysis this week displays only the second consumer available SSD to hit the streets with eMLC 10,000 P/E rated memory. The KingSpec Challenger E3000s SSD is enterprise grade, LSI SandForce Driven, and relies on Intel eMLC memory. Unlike other SSDs tested to date, the E3000s was able to provide great low 4K random write performance of 112MB/s, surpassing that 100MB/s 4k random write plateau that has eluded so many others."

HighPoint RocketStor 5322 Dual eSATA 6Gbps Dock Review - True SSD Speed through an External Dock
     Mon, Apr 08 2013 | 3:29P | Hard Drives | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
For a storage reviewer, there is no better discovery than something that cuts the time of storage reviews as most can take a week or longer. We first spoke of this in 2010 when we reviewed the Vantec External Dock which didn`t quite meet our needs. This report examines the HighPoint 5322 Dual eSATA 6Gbps External Dock, along with their RocketRAID 2711 6Gbps RAID card and, to promote this gear as being a game changer just may be an understatement."

HGST Travelstar 7K1000 2.5-inch Mobile Hard Drive Review @ Madshrimps
     Mon, Apr 08 2013 | 2:53P | Hard Drives | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
The Travelstar 7K1000 from HGST is a speedy and silent HDD that should fit in most laptops (has a height of 9.5mm) and offers 1TB of storage at our disposal. The drive features Advanced Format and also best-in-class shock tolerance."

Intel 335 Series 180GB SSD Review @ Hardware Canucks
     Sun, Apr 07 2013 | 4:04P | Hard Drives | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Intel`s new 335 Series 180GB offers something for everyone. From performance, to efficiency, to longevity this new SSD incorporates features normally seen on high end drives but it is wrapped up into a package which comes in under the $175 mark. For anyone who wants lightning fast boot times on a budget, it doesn`t get any better than this."

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