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Seagate ST31000524AS 1TB Hard Drive
     Mon, Jun 27 2011 | 9:03A | Hard Drives | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
"In the last Hard Drive review I wrote I was by necessity mainly limited in my acoustic testing to a subjective listening test of how much Drive noise I was able to hear while the drive was seeking/writing. This was because my Radio Shack db meter was not able to measure any sound level differences while the Drive was in use inside my case over ambient case noise, even with the side panel open. Although, technically accurate, it was nonetheless frustrating to write that the previous drive I reviewed (Seagate ST3750330AS 750GB SATA HD) was in my usage under ambient sound levels, especially since I am sure most of my readers don't have 10 fans (6 case fans, 1 PS fan, 2 CPU fans, 1 video card fan) in their case, greatly muffling any Hard Drive noise there might be. To this end I have done some digging and provided the manufacturer supplied sound levels below. As you can see the Seagate ST31000524AS is even quieter than the Seagate ST3750330AS Hard Drive which was itself silent inside my personal wind tunnel (well-ventilated case)"
  FULL STORY @ MONSTER-HARDWARE

OCZ Vertex 3 MAX IOPS
     Sun, Jun 26 2011 | 9:00A | Hard Drives | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
We've seen SandForce-based solid state drives become very popular over the last while as prices have continued to drop and consumers are taking notice of the impressive overall system boost that these SSDs can offer. But for those who may want something just a bit more under the hood, today we have the OCZ Vertex 3 MAX IOPS.”
  FULL STORY @ PUREOVERCLOCK

OCZ Vertex 3 240GB SATA 6Gbit/s SSD Review
     Sat, Jun 25 2011 | 9:01A | Hard Drives | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
OCZ's Vertex series of SSDs have earned the reputation as being some of the best, by offering excellent throughput and random 4KB IOPS performance. Vertex 3 takes things to an entirely new level, in some cases doubling the performance of its predecessor, and gives us an uncompromising balance across any performance metric you care to throw at it.
  FULL STORY @ VERTEX

OWC Mercury EXTREME Pro 6G 240GB SSD Review
     Fri, Jun 24 2011 | 6:24P | Hard Drives | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
"The SandForce SF-2200 controller does all the heavy lifting, pushing out listed reads of 559MB/s and writes of 527MB/s. This is almost exactly what we saw on the benchmarks in terms of max performance so OWC was true to their specifications. Fresh off of testing the OCZ Vertex 3 Max IOPS 240 GB drive we felt others would have a tough time topping its performance but OWC came through with a drive that eked out better scores more often than not. OWC is going to garner a lot of attention if they keep putting out products like the 240 GB Mercury EXTREME Pro 6g SSD as we found it to be the best overall performing SATA III drive we have tested to date..."
  FULL STORY @ LEGITREVIEWS

OCZ continues to release updates of their various SSD lines
     Fri, Jun 24 2011 | 6:23P | Hard Drives | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
"On the first page we referred to the Agility 3 240 GB SSD as the 'almost' Vertex because in many ways performance is very similar although not across the board and from a hardware perspective, they are very close in design. Like the Vertex 3, its performance on highly compressible data is the among the best we've seen for a single drive configuration. Even with incompressible data, it keeps pace on the writes but it's simply not as strong in the reads which is likely attributable to the difference in architecture with the Agility 3 using the ONFI 1.0 NAND offering less bandwidth..."
  FULL STORY @ LEGITREVIEWS

Intel SSD 320 Series 160 GB Review
     Thu, Jun 23 2011 | 9:01A | Hard Drives | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
"Most solid state drive (SSD) manufacturers make their drives with a standard set of capacities with the most popular being 64 GB, 128 GB and 256 GB. Intel is the exception to this rule, as they produce their SSDs in more varied capacities from 40 GB to 600 GB. Today we are going to look at a 320 Series 160 GB SSD from Intel which will give you a little more space than the 128 GB drives that most manufacturers offer."
  FULL STORY @ HARDWARESECRETS

OCZ Agility 3 240GB SSD
     Thu, Jun 23 2011 | 9:00A | Hard Drives | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
" ..The OCZ Agility 3 SSD offers an incredible throughput, it excels in IOPs performance and in fact remains close to it's bigger brother the Vertex 3. For typical desktop workloads, the Agility 3 is cheaper than the Vertex 3 and it should do the job for you. If you start mixing in data that's not easily compressed by the SandForce controller, the Agility will not offer the write/read speeds quoted by OCZ ..."
  FULL STORY @ CDRINFO

 
OCZ Vertex 3 Max IOPS SSD vs Crucial M4 and Intel 510 Review
     Tue, Jun 21 2011 | 5:10P | Hard Drives | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
"Despite having a super-fast SSD in their product catalogue in the form of the Vertex 3 OCZ were not content and true to form they have been working on additional models behind the scenes. Today's review product is one of those devices, the 240GB Max IOPS edition of the Vertex 3 and we will be putting it up against Intel's 510 series and Crucials M4/C400 series SSDs with a similar capacity in a selection of real world and synthetic tests."
  FULL STORY @ HARDWAREHEAVEN

OCZ Vertex 3 240GB Review
     Tue, Jun 21 2011 | 4:02P | Hard Drives | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
With the Vertex 3, OCZ has a Solid State Drive in its portfolio which is based on the latest SandForce SF-2200 series SSD processor. The drive also features SATA-III support and OCZ claims that the drive can reach throughput rates of 500 MByte read speed and 550 MByte/s write. Also for the IOPS the manufacturer promises sky-high numbers. When writing 4 KByte blocks the drive should be able to hit a whopoing 85'000 IOPS and when reading it should still do 60'000 IOPS. If these bold claims are really true, that's what were going to find out on the following pages.
  FULL STORY @ OCAHOLIC

OCZ IBIS 240GB Review
     Tue, Jun 21 2011 | 4:01P | Hard Drives | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
If you take a look at the SSD market, searching for a really powerful product, then you'll definitely take the OCZ IBIS into account. With a throughput of 740 MB/s read and 720 MB/s write this drive shows serious throughput rates and also the claimed 120'000 IOPS are massive.
  FULL STORY @ OCAHOLIC

PQI S535 256GB SSD Review @ Legit Reviews
     Tue, Jun 21 2011 | 12:01P | Hard Drives | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
"At this point there isn't a lot new we can say about the PQI S535 256 GB drive as SF-1200 based SSDs are a dime a dozen right now. Ok, that may draw ire from those that are still waiting on buying an SSD because of the cost but we've done no less than ten reviews now on such drives. PQI is a little conservative in their specifications of 250 MB/s reads and writes as we saw well above that for each in the ATTO benchmark..."
  FULL STORY @ LEGITREVIEWS

OWC Mercury EXTREME Pro 6G 120GB SSD Review
     Mon, Jun 20 2011 | 12:03P | Hard Drives | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
"The OWC Mercury EXTREME Pro 6G is exactly what we would expect from a SandForce SF-2200 drive - fast and reliable. However, there's stiff competition from both OCZ and Intel with others emerging as the year progresses so tweaks in their firmware may help differentiate them in the long run..."
  FULL STORY @ LEGITREVIEWS

Thermaltake Max 5G 3.5" Hard Drive Enclosure Review
     Sun, Jun 19 2011 | 4:02P | Hard Drives | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Have you ever woken up in the morning and wished for a breakfast in bed? I am certain a few of you individuals have experienced this craving, and let me be the first to tell you that the Thermaltake Max 5G is exactly that craving taunter. Now, many of you are probably wondering what I am trying to get at here, so let me clarify -- bacon. Simply put, this hard drive enclosure smells like bacon in my opinion. Thermaltake must have some kind of telekinesis power, because who would make a HDD enclosure that smells like bacon? Let us not get too carried away with the "bacony" goodness of the Max 5G. Many would have expected this "meaty" enclosure to make a lot of noise, considering it incorporates two fans. With two fans, one would at least expect to hear much of the fan noise. However, after turning it on for quite some time, it was actually not too bad. Continuing on with my daily chores, it almost made me think the fans were not even on, but the stylish blue LEDs convinced me otherwise. I am not sure what is with all the blue LED fans that manufactures keep using on almost all the electronics I use, but it is almost getting to the point where my computer is now a glowing blue monster in the middle of the night. Thermaltake sure seems to be messing around my head when it comes to this enclosure. Read on to find out why!
  FULL STORY @ APHNETWORKS

OCZ Vertex 3 120GB SSD Review
     Sun, Jun 19 2011 | 12:01P | Hard Drives | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
"Performance on the OCZ Vertex 3 120GB SSD was excellent and on the compressible data benchmarks, the drive exceeded the rated specifications of 550MB/s read and 500MB/s writes. Incompressible data slowed things down noticeably on the sequential writes and that is where the Vertex 3 120GB lost ground to the larger Vertex 3 240 GB drive as it has half the number of die channels. Still, the random performance was exemplary and that's where Windows spends much of its time in terms of data access..."
  FULL STORY @ LEGITREVIEWS

Zalman ZM-VE200 External HDD Case Review
     Sun, Jun 19 2011 | 9:02A | Hard Drives | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
The new ZM-VE200 HDD enclosure comes to help the people that use frequently CDs or DVDs at work or at home, for performing different tasks like installing OSes on many computers, programs and why not, even games. The only thing that needs to be done is to convert the disks into ISO images, transfer them on the 2.5' HDD and mount any of them in a matter of seconds, by using the lateral jog switch.
  FULL STORY @ MADSHRIMPS

Seagate GoFlex Slim 320GB USB 3.0 Hard Drive
     Sat, Jun 18 2011 | 4:03P | Hard Drives | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
While testing may have been necessary to prove the performance claims regarding the Seagate GoFlex Slim 320GB USB 3.0 hard drive, the other key selling point is blatantly obvious with just a casual glance. The GoFlex Slim lives up to its name, as it is ultra-compact in all directions, especially its thickness. At just 9mm thick it is about as thin as some bare 2.5" drives.
  FULL STORY @ BIGBRUIN

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