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Patriot Wildfire (SandForce SF-2281) 4x SSD RAID Report
     Fri, Mar 23 2012 | 3:43P | Hard Drives | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
We first saw the Patriot Wildfire back in June of 2011 and at the time it was one of the hottest new SSDs on the market. That was around 9 months ago so while no longer new, Wildfire is still competitive with, and considered one of the best on the market today. The key to Wildfire`s longevity is the Toshiba Toggle Mode flash Patriot chose to use on this SSD. Toshiba and their partner SanDisk has received a lot of press lately for their new 24nm Toggle Mode flash. The new 24nm flash has proven to be very fast, but that is about the only thing it`s proved so far. We`re still seeing issues in our labs with write performance degrading rapidly until TRIM finishes its cycle. This was not a problem on the older 32nm Toggle Mode flash, the same used on the Patriot Wildfire."
  FULL STORY @ TWEAKTOWN.COM

Seagate Reaches 1 Terabit Per Square Inch Milestone in Hard Drive Storage
     Fri, Mar 23 2012 | 3:14P | Hard Drives | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Seagate (NASDAQ:STX) has become the first hard drive maker to achieve the milestone storage density of 1 terabit (1 trillion bits) per square inch, producing a demonstration of the technology that promises to double the storage capacity of today’s hard drives upon its introduction later this decade and give rise to 3.5-inch hard drives with an extraordinary capacity of up to 60 terabytes over the 10 years that follow. The bits within a square inch of disk space, at the new milestone, far outnumber stars in the Milky Way, which astronomers put between 200 billion and 400 billion.

Seagate reached the landmark data density with heat-assisted magnetic recording (HAMR), the next-generation recording technology. The current hard drive technology, Perpendicular Magnetic Recording (PMR), is used to record the spectrum of digitized data on the spinning platters inside every hard drive. PMR technology was introduced in 2006 to replace longitudinal recording, a method in place since the advent of hard drives for computer storage in 1956, and is expected to reach its capacity limit near 1 terabit per square inch in the next few years.

Hard drive manufacturers increase areal density and capacity by shrinking a platter’s data bits to pack more within each square inch of disk space. They also tighten the data tracks, the concentric circles on the disk’s surface that anchor the bits. The key to areal density gains is to do both without disruptions to the bits’ magnetization, a phenomenon that can garble data. Using HAMR technology, Seagate has achieved a linear bit density of about 2 million bits per inch, once thought impossible, resulting in a data density of just over 1 trillion bits, or 1 terabit, per square inch – 55 percent higher than today’s areal density ceiling of 620 gigabits per square inch. The maximum capacity of today’s 3.5-inch hard drives is 3 terabytes (TB), at about 620 gigabits per square inch, while 2.5-inch drives top out at 750 gigabytes (GB), or roughly 500 gigabits per square inch. The first generation of HAMR drives, at just over 1 terabit per square inch, will likely more than double these capacities – to 6TB for 3.5-inch drives and 2TB for 2.5-inch models. The technology offers a scale of capacity growth never before possible, with a theoretical areal density limit ranging from 5 to 10 terabits per square inch – 30TB to 60TB for 3.5-inch drives and 10TB to 20TB for 2.5-inch drives.

The 1 terabit per square inch demonstration extends a long line of storied technology firsts for Seagate, including:

  • 1980: ST-506, the first hard drive, at 5.25 inches, small enough to be widely deployed in early microcomputers, the precursor of the modern PC. The 5 megabyte drive cost $1,500.
  • 1992: The first 7200RPM hard drive, a Barracuda® drive
  • 1996: The first 10,000RPM hard drive, a Cheetah® drive
  • 2000: The first 15,000RPM drive, also a Cheetah hard drive
  • 2006: Momentus® 5400.3 drive, a 2.5-inch laptop drive and the world’s first drive to feature perpendicular magnetic recording technology
  • 2007: Momentus FDE (Full Disk Encryption) drive, the industry’s first self-encrypting hard drive
  • 2010: Momentus XT drive, the first solid state hybrid hard drive, combining traditional spinning media with NAND flash, to deliver speeds rivaling solid state drives (SSDs)

Seagate achieved the 1 terabit per square inch breakthroughs in materials science and near-field optics at its heads and media research and development centers in Bloomington, Minnesota, and Fremont, California.

  FULL STORY @ SEAGATE

The new Apple iPad (2012) Preview
     Fri, Mar 23 2012 | 9:03A | Hard Drives | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
"Wait! What's that? A reviewer who isn't going to get down on his knees and pray to the God that is Apple? Yes. That's me. Let's break the trend here, folks. I'm going to come out and say it: the new iPad, is, ok. It's not mind-blowing, it's not revolutionary...it's a simple step toward (in my opinion) a future product that will surely shake things up, like the original iPhone did."
  FULL STORY @ PREVIEW

OCZ RevoDrive Hybrid Solid State Drive
     Fri, Mar 23 2012 | 9:01A | Hard Drives | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
We have already seen one hybrid solid state drive solution in the Synapse Cache drive from OCZ. You pair it with your normal hard drive and it acts as a cache drive doing most of the work to speed things up. If you are familiar with OCZ’s RevoDrive series of drives you know they offer some of the fastest transfer speeds available on the consumer level when it comes to solid state drives. OCZ has decided to take this incredible speed put it together with their caching technology and brings us the RevoDrive Hybrid. It is a PCI-Express card that has a normal 1TB drive on it for storage and 128GB of solid state flash to do the caching. The drive has rated speeds of up to 910MB/s read and 810MB/s write. Read on as we take a look…"
  FULL STORY @ THINKCOMPUTERS

OCZ VERTEX 3 240GB SATA III 2.5 SSD Review @ TestFreaks
     Fri, Mar 23 2012 | 1:49A | Hard Drives | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Up for review today I have something that I haven?t reviewed in a long time, an SSD drive. Yes it?s been about 2 years actually, wow time just flies doesn?t it?! So for review today I have the OCZ Vertex 3 240GB SSD which features the latest Sandforce controller and uses the newer SATA III connection for extremely fast read and write speeds. If you?re looking for a truly fast way to speed up your system and basically everything you do then this is it. "
  FULL STORY @ TESTFREAKS.COM

Corsair Performance Pro 129GB RAID 0
     Thu, Mar 22 2012 | 9:03A | Hard Drives | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
“The Corsair Performance Pro 128GB SSD contains an updated Marvell controller that continues to use a SATA 6G interface, able to take advantage of the insane speeds offered by the new standard. At 128GB capacity, these drives looks to be affordable and fast, satisfying the top performance that enthusiasts crave. Corsair is responding the enthusiast’s growing demand for a top tier drive that performs as well with incompressible data as it does with compressible data by offering the Performance Pro Series of drives. Two of these beasts in RAID 0 should be very impressive.”
  FULL STORY @ PUREOVERCLOCK

Corsair Performance Pro, Crucial m4 and Plextor
     Tue, Mar 20 2012 | 12:18P | Hard Drives | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Could SandForce SF-2281 based SSDs have no real competitors out there? This isn’t true and today we are going to check out contemporary solid state drives based on the second most popular controller – Marvell 88SS9174.
  FULL STORY @ XBITLABS

 
Patriot Pyro SE 240 GB Solid State Drive Review
     Tue, Mar 20 2012 | 12:18P | Hard Drives | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Let’s get acquainted with one more SSD based on second generation SandForce platform.
  FULL STORY @ XBITLABS

OCZ's new Octane
     Tue, Mar 20 2012 | 12:12P | Hard Drives | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
In a market dominated by SandForce-based SSDs, OCZ's new Octane series eschew the popular SandForce controllers for an entirely new Indilinx Everest architecture, updating it to take advantage of SATA 6Gb/s. You may recall that OCZ acquired Indilinx a year ago, and the Octane and Petrol drives were the first products to emerge using new Indilinx controllers. Hit our review of the 512GB Octane to see how it stacks against the established SandForce competition.
  FULL STORY @ HARDWARE

Kingston SSDNow V+200 Enterprise 120GB Solid State Drive
     Tue, Mar 20 2012 | 12:11P | Hard Drives | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
A few weeks ago, I took a close look at Intel’s own premium 520 series SSD which uses a SandForce SF-2281 controller and 25nm synchronous NAND inside. Like any premium performance SSD, it also carries a premium price. That price is still a tough pill to swallow for the bulk of the consumers. Using more affordable asynchronous NAND to can cut costs, but some users might worry that it means lower performance. Kingston has been working with the low cost NAND and has put it into a new SATA6Gbs SSD called the SSDNow V+200 series targeting enterprise and businesses with an ‘everyday business SSD’ that greatly improves productivity whether in desktops or notebooks. The performance and especially the price may surprise you. Let’s have a look!
  FULL STORY @ ENTERPRISE

[Affiliates News] SSD: One for all or two for RAID? @ APH Networks
     Mon, Mar 19 2012 | 9:08A | Hard Drives | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
To RAID or not to RAID: that is the question. If Shakespeare was born in the last 50 years and Hamlet had a computer, this would be opening of Act 3 Scene 1 of the play. With the continual price decrease of solid state drives, if you want to maximize performance of your computer, is one SSD enough to keep a smile on your face, or is two necessary to take performance up to a whole different level? We fired up a couple of Kingston SSDNow V+200 120GB SSDs -- a typical SandForce SF-2281 drive with Intel 29F64G08ACME3 asynchronous NAND flash memory -- along with our standard array of benchmarks to dig for the details. Read on to see what we have found!"
  FULL STORY @ APHNETWORKS.COM

Intel SSD 710 Series Solid State Drive Review
     Mon, Mar 19 2012 | 9:02A | Hard Drives | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Intel’s X25-M (mainstream) and X25-E (enterprise) solid state drives proved to be very popular in their respective target markets. As our testing showed back in the day, these drives offer excellent performance, and as time in the field would tell, they were quite reliable as well. On the desktop / mainstream front, Intel has since launched a number of popular new solid state drives based on a few different controller designs, including those from SandForce, Marvell, and Intel themselves. Things are much slower moving on the enterprise front, however, where stability and reliability are paramount. The X25-E remained Intel’s flagship enterprise-class SSD for a couple of years, which is an eternity in technology-time. A few months back though, Intel launched a new enterprise-class SSD that was designed to offer the reliability and performance of the X25-E, but at higher capacities and a lower cost per GB. That solid state drive is the Intel SSD 710, of which we’ll be showing you here today...
  FULL STORY @ HOTHARDWARE

OCZ Octane 512GB
     Mon, Mar 19 2012 | 9:00A | Hard Drives | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Getting back to the issue of performance, the Octane series does deliver, just not as well under all circumstances. When running our file copy tests we were blown away by the performance, which was consistently higher than competing SandForce drives. The real-world performance seemed to have its ups and downs, with the Octane 512GB providing strong Windows 7 boot time performance but average game level load times.
  FULL STORY @ OCZ

REVIEW: Samsung 830 256GB SSD @ PureOverclock
     Sun, Mar 18 2012 | 6:43P | Hard Drives | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Samsung`s newest SSD is the Samsung 830 6Gbps model. It contains Samsung`s own 3 Core MCX Controller (S4LJ204X01) and uses the SATA 6G interface, able to take advantage of the insane speeds offered by the new standard. At 256GB capacity, this drive is surprisingly affordable and fast, satisfying the high performance and capacity that enthusiasts crave. Today we will be looking at the Laptop installation kit."
  FULL STORY @ PUREOVERCLOCK.COM

SSD NEWS: Toshiba MK4001GRZB 400GB SAS 6Gb/s Enterprise SLC SSD Review
     Sun, Mar 18 2012 | 1:08P | Hard Drives | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Our SSD review today will be on the Toshiba MK4001GRZB 400GB SAS 6Gb/s Enterprise SLC SSD and will be the first to experience our new Enterprise Test Protocol. This SSD brings with it some of the best sustainable performance in the realm, and also has recently taken the Grand Prize for Excellence in Energy Efficiency and Conservation from the Japan Energy Conservation Center, so it is definitely a top candidate to initiate our new Enterprise Test Protocol."
  FULL STORY @ THESSDREVIEW.COM

SSD News: SanDisk Extreme 240GB SATA 3 SSD Review - Equal 4k Read/Write IOPS Performance Observed
     Sun, Mar 18 2012 | 9:33A | Hard Drives | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
SanDisk has finally jumped full tilt back into the world of SSDs and our report today will introduce you to the use of yet another brand of NAND flash memory that we haven`t seen in any SATA 3 SSDs, at least that I am aware of. The benefit, of course, is that this memory is owned by SanDisk. This allows them a great deal of flexibility with respect to client SSD pricing, so much so in fact, that they can actually force competitors to reduce SSD prices in order to remain competitive."
  FULL STORY @ THESSDREVIEW.COM

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