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ICY DOCK EZ DOCK USB 3.0 HDD adaptor @ Bjorn3D
     Sat, Mar 10 2012 | 11:44A | Hard Drives | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
ICY DOCK offers a compact portable USB 3.0 HDD adaptor called the EZ Dock. Let`s take a look at it."
  FULL STORY @ BJORN3D.COM

OCZ Vertex 3 120GB SSD
     Sat, Mar 10 2012 | 9:01A | Hard Drives | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
The OCZ Vertex 3 120GB is exactly what you would expect from a Sandforce based SATA 6Gbps SSD coming out of OCZ Technology’s labs. High performance especially in the write department is the norm for the Vertex lineup, even more so than other Sandforce driven SSDs. Excellent 4K IOPS overall, while not reaching that of the MAXIOPs edition of the Vertex3 lineup of course, still is far above what one normally expects to see in an SSD. Performance in 4Ks pushed the rated specifications with Atto hitting nearly 60K IOPS in 4K writes and Crystal Diskmark’s knocking out over 80K in a 0 fill data test. Performance generally hovered around the 40K IOPs overall which is right between sustained and maximum rated capabilities of the drive according to OCZ.
  FULL STORY @ TECHREACTION

Kingston SSDNow V+200 120GB Solid State Drive
     Sat, Mar 10 2012 | 9:00A | Hard Drives | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
"SSDs are quite pointless," my friend said before the beginning of our Engineering Economics lecture last semester. "They don't do anything besides improving your boot time. Programs don't load that much faster compared to a 7200RPM hard drive." Of course, as with most people who actually own an SSD, this is a statement you cannot resist to argue with. "That's like saying a Ferrari is not much better than a Honda Civic. Sure, you can run better 0-60 times, but other than that, you'll be driving close to the speed limit most of the time anyway." So while I am not here today to make an argument as to why it is so awesome to own an SSD, I am here to make an argument as to why it is so awesome to own -- keep reading -- two SSDs. Kingston's first SandForce SF-2281 based Kingston HyperX SSD is nothing short of impressive; combining the renowned controller with a set of high performance Intel NAND flash chips for some very impressive numbers across the board. But the story does not end here. So today, we will take a look at Kingston's SSDNow V+200 120GB SSD. Don't get confused with the SSDNow V200; the little '+' after the 'V' makes all the difference. This business oriented product, like the HyperX enthusiast drive, features a SF-2281 under the hood, along with a renewed focus on value. So how does it step up against the competition? Of course, we will have our usual battery of benchmarks in single disk configuration. But since the good people at Kingston sent over two of their 120GB drives for our review today, what's stopping us from some RAID 0 action?
  FULL STORY @ APHNETWORKS

ToughTech mini-Q Encrypted Portable Drive @ TechwareLabs
     Fri, Mar 09 2012 | 4:01P | Hard Drives | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
WiebeTech a brand of CRU DataPort has released a product that is unlike any portable drive we have reviewed previously. The mini-Q is a 2.5 portable drive which has encryption built-in and uses a mini USB dongle to active the access to the drive."
  FULL STORY @ TECHWARELABS.COM

Zalman ZM-HE350u3 3.5
     Fri, Mar 09 2012 | 4:01P | Hard Drives | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
The Zalman ZM-HE350u3 is a USB 3.0 HDD enclosure for 3.5 inch SATA drives. Let`s look under the hood and see what this rather curvy enclosure has got."
  FULL STORY @ BJORN3D.COM

Patriot Memory 120GB Wildfire Solid State Drive (SSD) Review @ ModSynergy.com
     Fri, Mar 09 2012 | 12:20P | Hard Drives | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Previous SSD (Solid State Drive) reviews on ModSynergy have shown the promise and improvement that an SSD can make to one`s computing experience. The noticeable leap in performance can easily be seen and fully realized the first time you start your machine. Although we have reviewed a few of them so far, those have been from the lower to mid-range offerings based on the older SATA 1.5Gb/s, and SATA 3Gb/s interfaces. Time has flown by, and advancements to technologies related to SSD controllers and flash memory have matured, and now we are in the midst of numerous SSD offerings that look to saturate and max out the latest SATA 6Gb/s interface. Today we look to an old friend for some vision of what high-performance SSD`s bring to the table, with the brand new Patriot Memory Wildfire series of SSD`s. In this case I present to you the review of the 120GB version of Patriot`s Wildfire SSD. Based on the SandForce SF-2200 SSD controller that is highly regarded and paired with MLC based NAND Flash memory, we will see what maximum performance and maximum IOPS performance feels like. Will the improvement in speed ever end?"
  FULL STORY @ MODSYNERGY.COM

Mach Xtreme low-profile SATA to USB 3.0 External SSD
     Thu, Mar 08 2012 | 4:45P | Hard Drives | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
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Mach Xtreme Technology Inc., a worldwide leader in top performance, high reliability and user-friendly designed PC components, today unveiled Kapsling™ Series External Enclosure offering MacBook Air 2010/2011 users unmatched convenience.

Mach Xtreme Technology MX-KAPSLING external enclosure is compatible with stock MacBook Air 2010/2011 low-profile SATA SSDs offering users flexibility, reliability and fast data transfer speed thanks to USB3.0 connectivity. MX-KAPSLING is perfect for adding more storage space to your notebook and freeing-up space on your internal SSD. The USB 3.0 interface supports quick and reliable data transfer to and from any desktop or notebook. The solid aluminum body design is effective against any external shock and offers excellent heat dissipation.

Each SSD enclosure is 100% hand-tested for quality assurance. Coupled with an attractive price, the Kapsling™ SSD enclosure is an excellent accessory for your stock MacBook Air 2010/2011 SSD.

  FULL STORY @ MX-TECHNOLOGY

 
Corsair Force Series GT 180GB SSD Review @ circuitREMIX
     Thu, Mar 08 2012 | 4:01P | Hard Drives | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
In continuing our series of SSD reviews, we`re looking at a drive from Corsair, the 180GB Force Series GT. As our last reviews were of drives in the 240-256GB range, we asked Corsair for some of their drives in the same range. But alas, their marketing team didn`t have any in stock, but they did have a 180GB drive available for us to test. Knowing that performance of 120GB SSDs generally fall behind that of their 240GB brethren due to NAND configuration, I was skeptical towards the level of performance that this 180GB drive could push out. But as this drive was from Corsair`s fastest line of SSDs, Force GT, I decided to give it a chance ...and I ended up being surprised."
  FULL STORY @ CIRCUITREMIX.COM

[Affiliates News] Kingston SSDNow V+200 120GB S olid State Drive Review @ APH
     Wed, Mar 07 2012 | 5:34P | Hard Drives | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
SSDs are quite pointless, my friend said before the beginning of our Engineering Economics lecture last semester. They don`t do anything besides improving your boot time. Programs don`t load that much faster compared to a 7200RPM hard drive. Of course, as with most people who actually own an SSD, this is a statement you cannot resist to argue with. That`s like saying a Ferrari is not much better than a Honda Civic. Sure, you can run better 0-60 times, but other than that, you`ll be driving close to the speed limit most of the time anyway. So while I am not here today to make an argument as to why it is so awesome to own an SSD, I am here to make an argument as to why it is so awesome to own -- keep reading -- two SSDs. Kingston`s first SandForce SF-2281 based Kingston HyperX SSD is nothing short of impressive; combining the renowned controller with a set of high performance Intel NAND flash chips for some very impressive numbers across the board. But the story does not end here. So today, we will take a look at Kingston`s SSDNow V+200 120GB SSD. Don`t get confused with the SSDNow V200; the little `+` after the `V` makes all the difference. This business oriented product, like the HyperX enthusiast drive, features a SF-2281 under the hood, along with a renewed focus on value. So how does it step up against the competition? Of course, we will have our usual battery of benchmarks in single disk configuration. But since the good people at Kingston sent over two of their 120GB drives for our review today, what`s stopping us from some RAID 0 action?"
  FULL STORY @ APHNETWORKS.COM

RunCore Pro V Max 240GB SSD Review @ circuitREMIX
     Mon, Mar 05 2012 | 5:14P | Hard Drives | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Today we`ll be looking at a drive from RunCore`s brand new flag ship series, Pro V Max, which is replacing the Pro V series as RunCore`s fastest consumer level drives. The main point of evolution between the original Pro V and the Max is referred to as a Golden Firmware. Comparing the specifications of the two drives, the two differing details surround the read speeds of the drives. The Max increases the maximum read speed by 10MB/s to 560MB/s, and 4K IOPS read from 40000 to 50000. We`ll see if this Golden Firmware is as good as its name implies."
  FULL STORY @ CIRCUITREMIX.COM

[DreamWare Computers] Silverstone FP58 5.25 SSD/Slim ODD Bay Mount
     Mon, Mar 05 2012 | 4:10P | Hard Drives | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Silverstone has released a fair number of products over the last year aimed at the SSD market - many of which are two-in-one bay components which hold one or more SSD`s in addition to their primary function. Recently putting another one of these accessories on the market, Silverstone has released the FP58. The FP58 will hold one slot-loading slim optical drive and four SSD`s in a single 5.25 drive bay. An accessory like this makes it easy to expand on the number of SSD`s (or 2.5 drives) in your system without needing to find creative places to put them all (most new cases still only have one or two SSD mounts)."
  FULL STORY @ DREAMWARECOMPUTERS.COM

Patriot Pyro SE 120GB Solid State Drive Review @ ThinkComputers.org
     Mon, Mar 05 2012 | 4:02P | Hard Drives | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
When Patriot started to release their SATA 6GB/s solid state drives they started with 2 drives. The Wildfire that was more on the high-end with Toshiba toggle memory and the Pyro which was the more consumer-focused drive that used asynchronous flash memory. Now Patriot has the Pyro SE, which will be using Micron 25nm synchronous memory. Using synchronous memory we should see better performance when it comes to incompressible data. Today we will be taking the 120GB version through the paces, read on to see how the drive performs."
  FULL STORY @ THINKCOMPUTERS

OCZ RevoDrive Hybrid PCIe Hybrid SSD Review @ Techgage
     Mon, Mar 05 2012 | 4:01P | Hard Drives | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
SSDs are expensive and often don`t offer enough capacity to meet user needs. The recent SSD caching craze attempts to alleviate both these issues, but OCZ has done one better. Combining a RevoDrive 3 with a 1TB HDD the RevoDrive Hybrid offers a self-contained SSD caching solution that is guaranteed to work."
  FULL STORY @ TECHGAGE.COM

How to Buy an External Hard Drive @ TechReviewSource.com
     Mon, Mar 05 2012 | 1:52P | Hard Drives | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
With the increasing amount of data storage our lives require these days, it makes sense to invest in an external hard drive. External hard drives promise almost unlimited storage: For under $100, you can add a terabyte of data to your PC or Mac, portable or desktop. That`s enough for over 750,000 MP3s or photos, or over 230 DVD-sized movies. We tell you what to consider when choosing the right one for you."
  FULL STORY @ TECHREVIEWSOURCE.COM

OCZ Vertex 3 240GB SSD Review
     Mon, Mar 05 2012 | 9:02A | Hard Drives | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
The OCZ Vertex 3 240GB SSD We're reviewing today is a great deal cheaper than the Intel 520 Series we reviewed last week, but how does it perform? Read on to find out!
  FULL STORY @ HARDCOREWARE

[Review] Corsair Performance Series Pro 128GB 6Gbps SSD @ Techreaction.net
     Mon, Mar 05 2012 | 7:55A | Hard Drives | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
On the test bench this week is a Corsair Performance Series Pro 128GB Solid State Drive. Running on the SATA 6Gbps bus, the model line will run as high as 515 MB/s read speeds and 440 MB/s write speeds. The 128GB offers a slightly more modest 500/340 but advertises 60K IOPs. This translates to 240 MBps 4K writes and if accurate will be very impressive for a non-SandForce driven Solid State Device. Implementing a server-grade Marvell 88SS9174 Controller chip that has proven reliability over the years and recently has been given an update to provide even better performance than its initial performance in the Crucial/Micron C300 SSD, the first SATA 6Gbps SSD offered. The Corsair Performance Series Pro offers a 1.5 Million Hour MTBF, tied with a standard 3 year warranty. A full breakdown of the specifications is provided through Corsairs Website."
  FULL STORY @ TECHREACTION.NET

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