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Corsair Performance Series Pro 256GB Solid State Drive Review
     Wed, Jan 04 2012 | 5:03P | Hard Drives | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
One of the most unique SSDs to come to market in 2011 was the Corsair Performance 3 Series. The Performance 3 used a modified version of the Marvell SATA III controller to deliver high-speed SATA III speeds, but with a twist. The drive couldn`t be slowed down due to a very aggressive garbage collection algorithm. This held true throughout the drive even when the drive was nearly full of data. The down side was the drive wasn`t as fast at peak performance when compared to other Marvell based SSDs like the Crucial m4 and Intel 510 Series, but for users who ran their drives with 50% or more capacity the Performance 3 proved to be faster than all competing Marvell products on the market. Corsair now has a follow up product in the Performance family, the Performance Series Pro. We`ve had this drive in house for quite a while now to try and determine exactly what it is. The early marketing on this product gave us the impression that it was a faster Performance 3, but our testing proved that wasn`t exactly accurate since the Performance Pro does slow down as data is added, just like the m4 and 510 Series Marvell drives."

Buffalo LinkStation Pro LS-VL Network Attached Storage Review @ HardwareHeaven.com
     Wed, Jan 04 2012 | 3:00P | Hard Drives | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Buffalo LinkStation Pro LS-VL Network Attached Storage Review @ HardwareHeaven.com With the growing trend towards home networks and the ever expanding multimedia market the LinkStation Pro is a Network Attached Storage (NAS) box that is designed for the home user market. It offers instant storage expansion and file access on a home network and over the Internet. This compact bit of kit is available with 1.0TB, 2.0TB or 3.0TB built-in 3.5in hard drives and features a 1.6GHz processor that promises transfer speeds of up to 76MB/s."

SSD News: Super Talent Tera Nova 120GB SSD Review - First SSD Review of The New Year!
     Wed, Jan 04 2012 | 10:31A | Hard Drives | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
This SSD report is our first of the New Year and examines the Super Talent Tera Nova 120GB SATA 3 SSD that was announced this past December. The Tera Nova is touted by Super Talent as being their fastest yet and aimed at the Pro/enthusiast market with new SandForce ?optimized? firmware. This firmware (334ABBF0) provides for better boot times and responsiveness as well as enhanced reliability and data protection in the event of power loss."

Seagate 3TB Barracuda XT 6Gb/s SATA III Hard Drive Review
     Wed, Jan 04 2012 | 12:25A | Hard Drives | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
On the PCSTATS test bench today is Seagate's 3TB, 6Gb/s SATA III Barracuda XT hard drive which gets around the 2.1TB desktop storage capacity limitation by creating two partitions (2.1TB + 0.9TB) with the aid of Seagate's free DiskWizard software.
The 3TB Barracuda XT (model: ST33000651AS) is a 3.5" desktop SATA III drive which uses Perpendicular Magnetic Recording technology, comes with 64MB of onboard cache and supports Native Command Queing (NCQ). Beneath its shiny metal exterior are five platters spinning at 7,200RPM, each with an aerial density of 488Gb/in2. The drives' maximum sustained data rate is pegged at 149Mb/s, average latency at a quick 4.16ms.

Verbatims 128 GB SSD unit
     Tue, Jan 03 2012 | 4:06P | Hard Drives | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
SSDs are hard at work, trying to replace the old and slow hard drives. Now that the price of these spinning ones is high, perhaps it is time to upgrade? Would the Verbatim SSD offer what we need?"

Patriot Pyro SE SATA III Solid State Drive Review
     Tue, Jan 03 2012 | 3:38P | Hard Drives | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
We have evaluated a handful of Patriot?s SSDs recently, all of which proved to be solid (no pun intended) offerings in their respective categories. The high-end Patriot Wildfire SSD hung right alongside the best of the SandForce-based drives with synchronous NAND we?ve tested and the lower-priced Pyro was also competitive with its asynchronous NAND-equipped counterparts. There was a fairly large price disparity between the Wildfire and Pyro, however, one which Patriot has filled with the newer Pyro SE. The SE is similar to the original Pyro, but eschews the first drive?s Micron 25nm asynchronous MLC NAND flash memory in favor of synchronous memory, which also comes by way of Micron. With synchronous flash memory paired to the SandForce controller in the drive, the Pyro SE should offer better performance with incompressible data. "

Samsung PM830 SSD 128 Gigabyte @ ocaholic
     Tue, Jan 03 2012 | 10:31A | Hard Drives | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Samsungs latest PM830 SSD series has been around for over a month now. Befor the actual launch we reviewed the 256 Gigabyte drive and now we`re going to test the 128 Gigabyte model. Let`s see if this one can keep up with the other 120 Gigabyte drives. Furhtermore we`re also very curious if the package one gets is able to convince."

Corsair Force GT & Performance Pro SATA III SSD Roundup @ Legit Reviews
     Mon, Jan 02 2012 | 1:00P | Hard Drives | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
So, what have we learned from this little round up? First off, you can`t go wrong with any of the drives here. All feature very fast SATA III performance and come with a standard three year warranty. The Force GT drives promise read and write specifications of up to 555MB/s reads and 525MB/s writes. This is something we observed on the ATTO benchmark where highly compressible data was used. On other benchmarks, the scores were a fair bit lower as the SandForce controllers rely on real time compression of data to optimize performance and the referenced benchmarks used already compressed data. The 240GB fared a little better than the 180GB drive as higher density NAND tends to be a little faster along with slightly different architecture..."

RunCore Pro V 120GB SATA III Solid State Drive Review
     Mon, Jan 02 2012 | 1:00P | Hard Drives | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Today we`re not looking at a product for aviation or gunships, but the build quality of the RunCore Pro V SATA III looks the part. The Pro V SATA III is controlled by a SandForce SF-2281 controller and uses asynchronous flash for data storage. In an era when other companies have moved to plastic housings, RunCore has kept an aluminum drive case for robust construction and added visual appeal in systems with windows or displayed drive bays. Even now, almost a year since the SF-2281 was released, it`s still the fastest solid state drive controller on the consumer market. There are many of these drives on the market, some with and some without synchronous flash. Unfortunately RunCore chose to use asynchronous flash with their Pro V 2.5 SATA III SSD, a move that we don`t really agree with since RunCore doesn`t offer a synchronous flash drive in their consumer lineup."

Patriot Pyro SE SSD Review @ Bjorn3D
     Sat, Dec 31 2011 | 9:42A | Hard Drives | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Today we look at the new Patriot PYRO SE SSD, a SandForce powered SATA III SSD aimed at the top-end crowd, where speed is all that matters. Read on to see how it performs."

OCZ RevoDrive Hybrid PCI-E SSD Tests @ Benchmark Reviews
     Thu, Dec 29 2011 | 9:38P | Hard Drives | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
That moment when solid state drive technology can offer the high capacity of large hard disk counterparts is nearly here. OCZ Technology, a pioneer in the SSD market, combines their experience with both SATA and PCI-Express SSDs to offer the OCZ RevoDrive Hybrid SSD. Based on OCZ Virtualized Controller Architecture technology, RevoDrive Hybrid uses Dataplex caching software to pair a 100GB SandForce SF-2281 SSD to a 1TB 7200RPM hard drive. The results are surprising: a bootable PCI-Express device with the speed of a solid state drive and the storage capacity of a hard disk drive. Join Benchmark Reviews as we test the OCZ RevoDrive Hybrid PCI-E SSD RVDHY-FH-1T."

QNAP TS-219P II Network Attac hed Storage Review @ APH
     Sun, Dec 25 2011 | 6:45P | Hard Drives | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
According to Google, success is broadly defined as the accomplishment of an aim or purpose. But what does it specifically mean to you? Back in the day, I have heard many individuals craving for lots of money to live well. Others have dreamed of owning many exotic cars. As for myself, I like to follow Albert Einstein`s formula. A + B + C = Success, if A = Hard Work, B = Hard Play, C = Keeping your mouth shut. If any one of those elements were taken out of the formula, success does not exist in my world. Personally, this has been very applicable with many tasks that I accomplish, especially when it comes down to important work that must be done, whether it be at school or at work. Missing hard work would lead to a low quality end product. Having no play will simply drive you up the wall. Lastly, keeping my mouth shut is how I personally get things done without getting distracted. Writing papers and delivering presentations with appropriate content is what makes the audience keep reading and paying attention from start to finish. When it comes down to technology, I apply the same concept in consumer products I obtain. I look for products that pack both quality and fun together, while being advertised in an elegant and presentable way. What we have here today is QNAP`s TS-219P II network attached storage system. While maintaining its clean looks, it packs quite a big punch with the amount of features loaded for the end user. Despite its size, I`m sure this little guy wow you just as much as other products in the line such as the QNAP TS-559 Pro II reviewed by my colleague Jonathan not too long ago. Curious to what the TS-219P II can do? Keep reading to find out!"

SilverStone TS07 SATA3 Enclosure
     Sun, Dec 25 2011 | 9:12A | Hard Drives | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
After recently testing the SilverStone RVS02 2.5-inch SATA enclosure, here is a look at the SilverSton TS07 3.5-inch SATA 3.0 SATA external enclosure."

Hitachi Touro Mobile Pro 750GB USB 3.0 HDD Review
     Sun, Dec 25 2011 | 1:03A | Hard Drives | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
The mobile storage market is quite competitive even with raising disk prices from the Thailand flooding. Because of this, Hitachi has taken steps to differentiate themselves from most competitors. We`ve seen several stylish USB 3.0 drives on the market, but we`ve yet to see one that includes cloud based storage. Hitachi`s included 3GB storage can be increased to 250GB by opting into the paid service. Both the free and paid services can be accessed from any IP based device, like your desktop, notebook, tablet or smart phone. This service obviously goes well beyond just mobile storage and moves into the realm of everywhere storage. Hitachi`s Touro Mobile Pro has a single USB 3.0 miniport that can connect to your USB 3.0 or USB 2.0 port. The drive ships with the cable so you don`t have to worry about sourcing one elsewhere. Inside the unit we found a 7,200 RPM Hitachi SATA drive. Two options are available; either 500GB or 750GB. We are testing the larger of the two, the 750GB today."

Patriot WildFire 120GB SSD Review @ Neoseeker
     Sat, Dec 24 2011 | 7:15P | Hard Drives | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
The Patriot WildFire is a 120GB SSD using the latest Sandforce SF-2281 controller, and 32nm MLC NAND memory. Together these components promise enterprise-level performance in a package priced for hardware enthusiasts. Hit our review to see if the WildFire can live up to its name, or if it ends up burning out prematurely."

Vantec NexStar 3 SuperSpeed 2.5 SATA to USB 3.0 External Hard Drive Enclosure @ Review the Tech
     Fri, Dec 23 2011 | 9:38P | Hard Drives | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Up for review today I?ve got another USB 3.0 enclosure, this time from Vantec. It?s called the NexStar 3 SuperSpeed External Hard Drive Enclosure and it?s certainly a very nice looking product. Looks aren?t everything though are they, so that?s why this review, to see how it performs. I?ve put it up against a few other enclosures I?ve got on hand, so continue on to see how it does. Review Picture: http://reviewthetech.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/07/nexstar1_thumb.jpg"

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