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ADATA Premier Pro SP900 128GB Solid State Drive Review @ ThinkComputers.org
     Tue, Jul 03 2012 | 9:16A | Hard Drives | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
The SandForce SF-2281 controller has been powering many of the solid state drives we have reviewed in the past year or so. When these drives were first released 28% of the storage capacity was used for over-provisioning. So if you had a 128GB drive you would actually get 100GB of available space. Later this 28% was brought down to 7%, now SandForce has released a 0 provision that allows for 0% of the capacity to be used for background activities. Today we are taking a look at one of the first drives to use this 0 provision, the ADATA Premier Pro SP900."

SuperSSpeed S301 Hyper SLC 120GB Solid
     Sat, Jun 30 2012 | 12:03P | Hard Drives | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
"Just when you thought Chris looked at every SSD available, he flies to Asia to take on the European and Asian markets."

SSD NEWS: MyDigitalSSD BulletProof 3 mSATA 256GB SSD Review
     Sat, Jun 30 2012 | 9:10A | Hard Drives | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
A few days ago we looked at the MyDigitalSSD SMART SSD which gave us a peak of what has become an ever growing mSATA SSD market. That SSD, based on the ADATA XPG SX300 architecture, is the fastest and highest capacity mSATA SSD available to date. The MyDigitalSSD Bullet Proof 3 256GB SSD is the little brother of the SMART and, although it is not `SandForce Driven` and is a bit lower in performance, it`s capacity and price point make it a definite contender in the mSATA market."

Corsair Accelerator 30GB SSD Cache Drive Review @ Legit Reviews
     Fri, Jun 29 2012 | 4:03P | Hard Drives | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
The Corsair Accelerator Series was designed to significantly boost your systems read and write performance by the least intrusive method possible. If you are looking for a quick and easy way to upgrade your existing system this is most certainly one of the best ways to do it. Sure you don`t have to do any drive mapping or need to reinstall the operating system, but it isn`t as `no hassle` as we first thought..."

Mixing Drives and Interfaces on an Intel Raid Controller @ Techreaction.net
     Fri, Jun 29 2012 | 4:00P | Hard Drives | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
So mixing and matching is doable on modern non proprietary controllers and though this is an Intel controller I have done much the same on AMD controllers. The manuals even say you can do it but yes it is recommended to use the same size and interface but that is recommended it does not mean it is a rule. Yes it is best to match sizes and speeds but it is not an absolute."

48 SATA 600 SSDs round-up
     Thu, Jun 28 2012 | 12:02P | Hard Drives | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
We can conclude from our price comparison tool that SSDs with capacities of 120/128 GB and 250/256 GB are by far the most popular. It's not really a surprise, as 60 and 64 GB drives are almost too small to be really useful. You could fit Windows 7 and a couple games, and that's about it. Not only that, smaller capacity SSDs are slower than the larger ones, simply because there are less flash chips that can be accessed simultaneously. SSDs with a capacity of 480 and 512 GB are less popular because of the very high prices. Not many consumers feel like spending £420 or more for just storage. We asked all SSD manufacturers to send us a number of samples with capacities between 120 and 256 GB and a SATA 600 interface, and we ended up with 48 different solid state drives for our round-up.

OCZ Octane 1024 GB Indilinx Controller
     Thu, Jun 28 2012 | 12:01P | Hard Drives | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Since OCZ has bought Indilinx we haven't heard a lot about Indilinx and their SSD controllers up to the moment when they released the Octane. Some time ago OCZ sent us their 512 Gigabyte version of the Octane and now they provided a sample of their 1 Terabyte SSD. This drive offers sequential transfer rates of up to 460 Megabyte per second write and 330 Megabyte per second read. Regarding the radom performance the manufacturer promises 26'000 IOPS when writing 4k blocks an 35'000 IOPS when reading 4k blocks.

Crucial Adrenaline Caching SSD Review
     Wed, Jun 27 2012 | 4:56P | Hard Drives | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Solid State drives are now a common storage option among the population, due to their now affordable prices, which instantly made them go mainstream. However single unit SSD’s are still storage devices they often do not attract a lot of users because they don’t offer a high amount of storage capacity without that price tag jumping to infinity. This is where SSD caching drives really come into their own in that in-between market.

Crucial m4 128GB SSD Review and Data Transfer Kit Review
     Wed, Jun 27 2012 | 2:08P | Hard Drives | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Today the Crucial m4 128 GB SSD CT128M4SSD2 with the latest firmware 000F is tested at ocinside.de and is compared against the bigger Crucial m4 256 GB SSD and a lot of more SSDs from other manufacturers. We have also tested the SSD copy software and the USB-to-SATA cable from the Crucial CT128M4SSD2CCA data transfer kit in this review for copying a hard drive or SSD partial or complete to the SSD. In this review we also check if it is worth to pay additional 10-15 Euros for the transfer kit and we see how fast the SSD is at SATA3 IDE, SATA3 AHCI and the USB SATA adapter. Let us see if the Crucial m4 128 GB can keep up with the leading Crucial m4 256 GB SSD.

MyDigitalSSD Bullet Proof 3 256GB mSATA Solid State Drive Review
     Wed, Jun 27 2012 | 2:08P | Hard Drives | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
"MyDigitalSSD is back again for the second time recently with the new BP3 mSATA 256GB. BulletProof is about speed, reliability and value all wrapped up into one product."

Solid State Drive Performance Comparison Guide Rev. 3.1
     Wed, Jun 27 2012 | 2:05P | Hard Drives | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
The solid state drive (SSD) is a new and relatively niche storage medium, but one that is slowly but steadily eating away at the universality of the hard disk drive. After all, solid state drives offer some big advantages over hard disk drives - extremely fast random accesses, absolutely silent operation, ability to withstand tremendous amounts of shock, vibration and atmospheric pressure (or the lack thereof). This comparison guide will compare the performance of all the solid state drives we can get our hands on. This would be similar to our Hard Disk Drive Performance Comparison Guide. It may start off small, but we intend to keep adding new solid state drives and even new benchmarks as we go along.

SSD NEWS: Corsair Accelerator Series 30GB Cache SSD Review - A Second Wind For Your System
     Wed, Jun 27 2012 | 11:59A | Hard Drives | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
60GB model and how drive-caching technology affected system performance. Astounded by the results, we were curious as to how the Accelerator performed at opposite ends of the capacity spectrum. Hence, those of you looking for a more affordable caching drive are in luck as we take a fresh look at the 30Gb flavored Corsair Accelerator SSD."

Core i5-3470 from Intel
     Wed, Jun 27 2012 | 9:02A | Hard Drives | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
"Realistically, the Intel Core i5-3470 performance is exactly where I expected it to be with regards to the standard suite of CPU benchmarks we use here at PC Perspective. Running at close to the same clock speeds of the first Ivy Bridge processor we tested – though without HyperThreading and without the full 8MB of L3 cache – the 3470 was found to be anywhere from dead even to as much as 40% slower than the 3770K depending on the application. Though I feel like a broken record, it all depends on how well the application in question implements multi-threading."

Intel 330 Series SSD 120GB Review
     Wed, Jun 27 2012 | 9:01A | Hard Drives | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
"Since their first SSD Intel have taken a few approaches to building the devices. Initially they went with their own controllers within the drives and it is fair to say that those drives were some of the best in early generations. Since then we have seen them dabble with updated controllers under their own brand, try out Marvell and more recently release a Sandforce based drive in the form of the 520 series."

Intel 910 800GB and 400GB PCI Express
     Tue, Jun 26 2012 | 4:01P | Hard Drives | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
"Intel jumps into the server PCIe flash acceleration market and in a big way. With an amazingly low price point compared to competitors, Intel aims to dominate this market segment."

Kingston HyperX 3K 240GB SSD Review @ Legit Reviews
     Tue, Jun 26 2012 | 4:00P | Hard Drives | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
The benchmark results on the Kingston HyperX 3K 240GB SSD came out very much as we expected. Performance nearly mirrors that of the Kingston HyperX 5K drive and places itself amongst the best drives we have tested. The read/write specifications of 555MB/s and 510MB/s respectively are good to start with but we saw the writes exceed that specification in the ATTO benchmark by an additional 24MB/s. Real world scores were very good as well and since we`ve spent several months using the 5K drive in one of our 24/7 systems without incident, we expect to see the same consistent performance from the 3K drive..."

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