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[Tech ARP] Solid State Drive Performance Comparison Guide Rev. 3.0
     Wed, Oct 05 2011 | 10:36A | 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. Here are the latest updates : - Major revamp of the article, with numerous updates and corrections. - Added the Intel X25-M G2 (34 nm) 120 GB solid state drive. - Added the OCZ Enyo 64 GB portable solid state drive. - Removed the Intel X25-M (50 nm) 80 GB solid state drive. - Upgraded to the newer IO Meter 2008 benchmark with tests aligned at 4 KB. - Retested the SSDs with the latest firmware. - The SSDs were also retested with compressible and non-compressible data, and the results averaged for a more accurate representation of real life performance."
  FULL STORY @ TECHARP.COM

OCZ Vertex 3 Max IOPS (VTX3MI-25SAT3-240G) @ Bjorn3D
     Wed, Sep 28 2011 | 4:42A | Hard Drives | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
The Vertex 3 MAX IOPS offers higher IOPS than the Vertex 3 by pairing up the SandForce 2281 controller with 32nm Toshiba Toggle NAND. We put the drive against the 25nm NAND Vertex 3 to see the performance difference between the two drives."
  FULL STORY @ BJORN3D.COM

Futurelooks? SATA3 Solid State Drive Round Up Featuring Corsair Kingston Patriot Memory and OCZ
     Wed, Sep 28 2011 | 2:27A | Hard Drives | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Futurelooks says giddy up for a round up of some very affordable SSDs with SATA3 interfaces ... *Futurelooks? SATA3 Solid State Drive Round Up Featuring Corsair, Kingston, Patriot Memory and OCZ* he SSD market is finally at price levels I would call palatable. There are 120GB SATA2 SSDs for $179.99 or less and SATA3 SSDs for $184.99 and above. This will undoubtedly impact sales for smaller 20-64GB SSDs used in conjunction with Intel Smart Response (ISR) technology on Z68 platforms. ISR is great for pairing a smaller and cheaper 20-64GB (max) SATA2 SSD with their hard drive so users don?t have to reformat. However, since many of those smaller SSDs are still around $100, I think it?s very safe to predict consumers are going to hand over another $80 or so to land a 120GB SSD in the SATA3 flavor. * * *"
  FULL STORY @ FUTURELOOKS.COM

Patriot Wildfire 120GB SSD Review @ HardwareHeaven.com
     Tue, Sep 27 2011 | 1:44P | Hard Drives | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Patriot Wildfire 120GB SSD Review @ HardwareHeaven.com One of the major manufacturers offering a Sandforce based SSD is Patriot with their Wildfire range of drives and today we have one attached to our system, putting it head to head with Intel`s 510 model and the recently released Samsung 830 Series."
  FULL STORY @ HARDWAREHEAVEN.COM

[Tech ARP] Western Digital Scorpio Blue (WD10JPVT) 1 TB Hard Disk Drive Review
     Wed, Sep 14 2011 | 10:10A | Hard Drives | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
While Western Digital has had a 1 TB Scorpio Blue drive (the WD10TPVT) for some time now, it is a 3-platter design with a 31.5% thicker case, making it incompatible with most 2.5 storage bays. It also spins at a slower spindle speed of 5,200 RPM with twice the spin- up time. As such, it was only used in special applications like portable USB drives. On 25th July, 2011, Western Digital launched the true 1 TB mobile hard disk drive model, the 1 TB Western Digital Scorpio Blue (WD10JPVT). It features two new 500 GB high-density platters, which allows Western Digital to finally deliver 1 TB of storage capacity in the standard 2.5 form factor. Let?s take a look."
  FULL STORY @ TECHARP.COM

Icy Dock MB881U3-1SA SATA & IDE USB3 HDD Docking Station Review @Hi Tech Legion
     Mon, Sep 12 2011 | 7:18A | Hard Drives | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
The Icy Dock MB881U3-1SA EZ-Dock is a versatile HDD adapter that can fit any 2.5 or 3.5 IDE and SATA drives. The Icy Dock MB881U3-1SA HDD docking station has a simple open air design that takes up very little space on the desktop. Using a HDD on the Icy Dock MB881U3-1SA is as simple as attaching the drive to the corresponding connector and requires no tools to install. Using a USB 3.0 connector, the Icy Dock MB881U3-1SA EZ-Dock offers high speed connectivity with bandwidth up to 5Gbps and is backwards compatible with USB 2.0 on any MAC or PC system."
  FULL STORY @ HITECHLEGION.COM

OCZ RevoDrive Hybrid 1TB PCI-E SSD Review @ Hardware Canucks
     Sun, Sep 11 2011 | 10:12P | Hard Drives | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Searches for affordable high capacity SSDs usually come up blank so several manufacturers have begun releasing hybrid solutions which combine the performance of an SSD with the storage space of the hard drive. OCZ`s RevoDrive Hybrid is the latest to take on this challenge by combining a 100GB SSD with a 2.5 1TB HDD. This isn`t exactly a match made in heaven but the benefits are tangible."
  FULL STORY @ HARDWARECANUCKS.COM

 
Kingston HyperX 240GB SATA III SSD
     Tue, Sep 06 2011 | 9:03A | Hard Drives | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Kingston's latest HyperX series 240GB 2.5' SATA III 6Gbps Solid State Drive is one of the drives designed to meet the highest performance standards designed for the SandForce SF-2281 controller. It uses Intel's 25nm Compute NAND flash memory, which has 5K programmable/erasable cycles as compared to 3K for standard NAND. While the box to the left is labeled with performance numbers of 525MB/sec. read and 480MB/sec. write, according to Kingston, the drive was able to reach 555MB/sec. read and 510MB/sec. write in ATTO Disk Benchmark 2.41.
  FULL STORY @ BJORN3D

Review: Kingston HyperX 240 GByte SSD
     Mon, Sep 05 2011 | 4:01P | Hard Drives | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
The HyperX SSD with 240 Gigabyte is Kingstons Flagship regarding their SSD-Lineup. Therefore this model awaits users with a higher IOPS performance especially concerning the random reads. 40'000 IOPS should be possible in this case. Regarding random writes the manufacturer claims up to 95'000 IOPS.
  FULL STORY @ OCAHOLIC

Battle of the SATA 3.0 Controllers
     Sat, Sep 03 2011 | 4:03P | Hard Drives | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
With newer SSDs now coming well within 10% of maxing out a SATA 3.0 port, it's important to make sure that your motherboard is properly equipped to handle such drives if planning to buy one. In our testing, while AMD's and Intel's solutions offered superb performance, Marvell's leaved a bit (or a lot) to be desired.
  FULL STORY @ TECHGAGE

Patriot Wildfire 120GB
     Tue, Aug 30 2011 | 4:03P | Hard Drives | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
"Patriot has come to market with a drive that delivers excellent performance characteristics with its combination of Sandforce 2281 controller and 32nm MLC NAND in place of the 25nm delivered on the other 22XX-controlled comparison drives. In much of the testing, the lower-capacity Wildfire delivered performance on par with the 240GB Vertex 3 from OCZ. On paper, the specifications include 555Mb/s read speeds and writes of 520MB/s, along with 4k aligned random write performance of 85,000 IOPs — marks the Wildfire easily delivered. This makes the drive, at times, more than twice as fast as many previous-generation drives controlled by Sandforce 1222 and INDILINX Barefoot controllers — numbers it took previous-generation drives in RAID to achieve."
  FULL STORY @ OVERCLOCKERSCLUB

Apacer AC430 USB 3.0 External HDD Review
     Fri, Aug 26 2011 | 9:01A | Hard Drives | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
The new AC430 USB 3.0 External hard drive from Apacer comes with good read/write performances and has some striking looks thanks to the aluminium enclosure; the product is also shipped with a carry bag, to avoid scratches and dust accumulation during travels.
  FULL STORY @ MADSHRIMPS

Zalman ZM-VE200 External HDD Case + Virtual Drive Review
     Wed, Aug 24 2011 | 3:08P | Hard Drives | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
USB 3.0 compatible External HDD Enclosures may hold the top spot in terms of raw data transfer speeds but the latest offering by Zalman called the ZM-VE200 offers very good performance via eSATA, excellent build quality, VFW display screen, software-free ISO image mounting and all that at a killer price.
  FULL STORY @ RWLABS

WD Scorpio Blue 1TB Notebook Hard Drive Review
     Tue, Aug 23 2011 | 12:01P | Hard Drives | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
"Today, we'll be looking at a the WD Scorpio Blue WD10JPVT 1TB 5400 RPM 2.5" SATA II notebook hard drive. With a 5400 RPM drive speed, 8MB cache, and 3 GB/s SATA interface speed, the 1TB Western Digital Scorpio Blue hard drive is the largest capacity drive offered by Western Digital in the 2.5" SATA notebook standard. If you want to massive amounts of storage space in a laptop this is the drive for you!"
  FULL STORY @ LEGITREVIEWS

Thermaltake Max 5G Active Cooling 3.5' External HDD Enclosure
     Tue, Aug 23 2011 | 9:03A | Hard Drives | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Inside the Max 5G Active Cooling 3.5' USB 3.0 External HDD Enclosure from Thermaltake, we can install in a matter of seconds our drive and start transferring data at high speeds. The dual 80mm fans help cooling the HDD while it is on, so we can obtain similar temperatures as we would have installed the drive inside a well ventilated computer case.
  FULL STORY @ MADSHRIMPS

Corsair Force GT SATA III 120GB SSD Review
     Tue, Aug 23 2011 | 9:01A | Hard Drives | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
"The fiery red shell of the Corsair Force GT 120GB SSD is indicative of the high performance nature of the drive and enthusiasts who like to color match and show off their components will find this to be one of the more ornate SSDs on the market. With max read performance listed as 555MB/s and 515MB/s for max writes, it doesn't boast the best specifications of any SandForce drive on the market but it's right up there. More importantly, it's a tad faster than the non-GT version of the Force 3 drives which specs out at 550MB/s and 510MB/s..."
  FULL STORY @ LEGITREVIEWS

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