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Corsair Force GT (2012) 240GB SSD Review
     Mon, Sep 10 2012 | 7:47P | Hard Drives | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
With little variation in the market we go gaga when something comes along that`s different. Designed on a myth, built by enthusiasts and sold like any other SSD, this one is truly different."

Editorial: An Argument Against Expensive Solid State Drives
     Mon, Sep 10 2012 | 7:47P | Hard Drives | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
I`ve been reporting on solid state drive technology since it made a retail debut back in February 2008, nearly five years ago. From the very start I`ve been a huge proponent of all things SSD, as it closes the gap between the fastest computer system components (processor followed by memory) and the slowest (data storage drive). But as speeds grew increasingly faster with each new generation, there`s still one giant gap that remains: price. The cost of components has dropped year after year, but today the vast majority of low capacity entry-level SSDs still fetch about $1/GB compared to less than $0.20/GB for high-performance hard disk drive technology. In this editorial, I chronicle the current state of retail solid state storage devices."

Icy Dock MB994IPO-3SB Slim ODD + 2x 2.5 HDD Multi Bay Review @ Hi Tech Legion
     Mon, Sep 10 2012 | 7:47P | Hard Drives | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
The Icy Dock MB994IPO-3SB opens up small form factor systems to more storage without ODD sacrifice. The MB994IPO-3SB combines two 2.5 HDD racks and a slim ODD bay in a single 5.25 bay configuration. The MB994IPO-3SB uses a full aluminum metal construction. The HDD bays support SAS 2.0 and SATA III drives. Icy Dock installed a 40mm cooling fan on the rear that uses an on/off switch and features active power technology. The fan will only run when a drive is installed. The MB994IPO-3SB is powered by two Molex connections. Installed on the front are status LED indicators for each drive."

Adaptec Series 7 Enterprise RAID Controllers with PCIe 3.0 Preview
     Mon, Sep 10 2012 | 4:20P | Hard Drives | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Adaptec releases their new Series 7 family of RAID controllers. We take a look at them in this preview."

SanDisk Extreme 240GB Fixed TRIM Solid State Drive Review
     Sun, Sep 09 2012 | 4:03P | Hard Drives | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
SanDisk`s Extreme 240GB SSD has an extreme price of just $175 and we know the new firmware is on the way. Today Chris tests the Extreme to the extreme, but this time with working TRIM."

OCZ Agility 4 256GB Review
     Sun, Sep 09 2012 | 4:01P | Hard Drives | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Overall read performance is lower than most of the drives I have tested while the write performance in most tests is almost on par with the enthusiast level Vertex 4. That being said the drive is worlds apart from a pure mechanical or even Hybrid drive in just about every test. This gets to the crux of the matter as OCZ is positioning the Agility 4 as an entry level drive. As such the Agility 4 is going to offer that significant increase in how the system feels when compared to a system equipped with a spindle-based drive for users looking to upgrade, but don`t want to spend a significant portion of their budget on a single storage drive. OCZ is able to keep costs in check by using its own in-house Everest 2 controller and 2Xnm asynchronous MLC NAND. Priced at $189, the 256GB Agility 4 is available for less than 80 cents per GB; a game changer in terms of cost in an entry level 256GB solid state drive."

Icy Dock Convenient SSD/HDD Conversion Kits @ Pro-Clockers
     Sun, Sep 09 2012 | 11:52A | Hard Drives | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Icy Dock is a leader when it comes to making anything that has to do with hard drive mounting and HDD enclosures. The few products we have seen from them have been of the best quality and pretty simple when it came time to actually use them. We don`t believe these new products will be any different. "

Plextor M5 Pro SSD Review - XSReviews
     Sun, Sep 09 2012 | 11:44A | Hard Drives | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
It was less than two weeks ago that our review of the Plextor M3 Pro was published, and already we have in our hands its successor, the Plextor M5 Pro. This new solid state drive comes packing Marvell`s latest 88SS9187 controller and Toshiba`s 19 nm NAND -- both of which are firsts. With new controllers and memory comes the potential for incredible performance, but also the potential for new problems. Have Plextor rushed the M5 Pro to market or is this an SSD on the bleeding edge? Let`s find out! A link to the article would be much appreciated."

[Review] Icy Dock Double Shot - MB882SP-1S-1B 2.5 to 3.5 SATA 6Gb Adapter & MB082SP EZ-FIT Pro Dual 2.5 to 3.5 Drive Bracket @ Techreaction.net
     Sat, Sep 08 2012 | 9:20A | Hard Drives | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Icy Dock has a wide variety of storage related products and among them are drive adapters. The sad truth is we need these devices as the PC case manufacturers have not yet made mounting of 2.5 drives a standard. Even more saddening than that; many SSD manufactures conveniently forget to give you an adapter, which means adapters are a necessity. Add to this the growing segment of users going for lower power usage and less heat by using 5200-5400RPM 2.5 drives in their desktops and one can see the need for adapters. Today we examine two of the many drive adapters offered by Icy Dock; with one thing in mind utility."

SSD News: Corsair Neutron and Neutron GTX SSD Review - New Link A Media Controller Pulls No Punches
     Fri, Sep 07 2012 | 4:08P | Hard Drives | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
It is always an exciting time when a new controller makes it`s way on to the SSD scene. It is like seeing a new contender in any sporting event and predicting their success based on the balance of strength and inexperience. Our analysis today examines the new Link A Media (LAMD) 6Gbps controller found within the Corsair Neutron and Neutron GTX SSDs. Watch as the Neutron delivers a first round knockout."

Unboxing the Crucial M4 mSATA 256GB Solid State Drive @ ThinkComputers.org
     Fri, Sep 07 2012 | 4:04P | Hard Drives | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Mini-SATA or mSATA as most people call it was announced towards the end of 2009. It has primarily been used in laptops and netbooks where a very small solid state drive has been needed. Recently with Intel Z77 chipset we have seen many mSATA ports show up on motherboards. Today we get our first look at an mSATA solid state drive, and man is it small! The drive in question today is the Crucial M4 mSATA 256GB drive. Read on to check out our unboxing and overview video!"

OCZ Agility 4 256GB SSD review – the best affordable 256 GB SSD?
     Fri, Sep 07 2012 | 4:00P | Hard Drives | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
The Agility 4 from OCZ has its low price as the main selling point. About £160 for a 256 GB SSD is very competitive, but OCZ isn't the only manufacturer of solid state drives that wants a piece of the pie. The Crucial m4 and Samsung 830 cost about the same. We put the three affordable SSDs side-by-side so you can see how they compare here. Overall the Samsung 830 comes out on top, it has the best performance especially when you look at the most important benchmark (PCMark 7). So if you are looking for an affordable 256 GB SSD, we would right now recommend the Samsung 830 and not the Agility 4. However, the SSD landscape is evolving rapidly, so keep an eye on prices.

[Affiliates News] QNAP TS-419P II Network Attac hed Storage Review @ APH
     Fri, Sep 07 2012 | 3:43P | Hard Drives | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
QNAP has been known to make excellent NAS devices for business. How does their home line stand up? Find out in our review today!"

KingFast F3 Series mSATA 3.0 KF1310MCF MLC SSD Review @ ModSynergy.com
     Fri, Sep 07 2012 | 9:39A | Hard Drives | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
New Shenzhen Kingfast Storage Technology Co., Ltd. is a Chinese company based in Shenzhen, China founded in 2008 by experts in the field of digital data storage technology. As one of the leading professional manufacturers of the SSD in China today, they do everything in-house from the beginning of research and development, to full-fledge production. I jumped at the possibility in reviewing the newest member in the KingFast family, the F3 Series mSATA 3.0 SSD. Sporting 120GB of Intel MLC Synchronous NAND flash memory while making use of the SandForce SF-2281 SSD processor, read on to know more about the KingFast brand and what you can expect from their KF1310MCF mSATA 3.0 SSD."

SSD News: Kingston 64GB Wi-Drive Review - A PC Users Solution To Mac Storage
     Thu, Sep 06 2012 | 4:08P | Hard Drives | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
David Leong as part of Computex Taipei 2011 and he introduced a new product that Kingston was about to release called the Wi-Drive, an apparent Mac add-on. Being the consummate PC Guy and (at that time) very vocal anti-Mac proponent, I moved on to Kingston`s HyperX SSD news and afforded the Wi-Drive the standard article entry, not believing that we would ever cross paths again. Boy, was I wrong!"

TSSDR Mega SSD Giveaway Week 1 - OCZ Vertex 4 512GB SSD
     Thu, Sep 06 2012 | 4:04P | Hard Drives | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
This week marks the second anniversary of The SSD Review and we wanted to find a way to celebrate and thought giving away a few ideas might be a good idea. Were we in for a shock? The support we received in response to our request for `an SSD or two` has been overwhelming and we think that, by the end of this giveaway, this one is just going to be that tough to beat! Help us celebrate our anniversary by taking part in our giveaways starting with the OCZ Vertex 4 512GB SSD."

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