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OCZ Vertex 2 60GB Solid State Drive review
     Sun, Jan 02 2011 | 12:03P | Hard Drives/SSD | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
I still distinctively recall myself saying this out loud back in the early 2000s. "60GB? What can I do with that!?" As we approach the end of 2010, I caught myself saying the same thing -- albeit in an entirely different context. "60GB? What can I do with that!?" In the days where 1000GB hard drives are a dime a dozen, the rise of solid state drives in recent years among enthusiasts and high end computer users has always been focused on one thing: Performance. Sure, you can fill up a 60GB drive with a couple movies and a few songs, but that's not the point. Because the cost-per-gigabyte of an SSD is probably more than thirty times higher than a traditional mechanical hard drive at the time of writing this review, most users probably can't afford to use them for mass storage -- and at the same time, it is not a practical solution at the time being, either. After all, you probably don't go through everything in your hard drive every single day, right? Therefore, here is a popular solution for people trying to squeeze more performance out of their system: Buy a modest capacity SSD for your operating system and all your programs, and a big fat hard drive to store everything else. The OCZ Vertex 2 60GB solid state drive we are reviewing today is designed for this very purpose. Powered by the popular SandForce SF-1200 controller, promising up to 285MB/s and 275MB/s read and write speed respectively, 0.1ms access latency, and up to 50,000 IOPS, how well does this high performance storage device improve your computing experience? Read on to find out!
  FULL STORY @ APHNETWORKS

A-DATA S599 128 GB SSD
     Sun, Jan 02 2011 | 9:03A | Hard Drives/SSD | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
A-DATA's S599 128 GB SSD uses the well-established SandForce SF-1222 controller. This results in a high-performance solution - actually it is the fastest SandForce drive we tested so far. Excellent performance and an outstanding price of $225 make this one of the best SSDs available on the market at this time.
  FULL STORY @ TECHPOWERUP

Seagate BlackArmor NAS 420
     Sun, Jan 02 2011 | 9:02A | Hard Drives/SSD | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
"We all know Seagate's consumer and enterprise products, but Seagate also has a growing list of end user storage products. For the last couple of years we've pretty much ignored these consumer and entry level enterprise products, since we tend to focus on raw hard drives; but that is about to change. Today we are looking at Seagate's BlackArmor 400 Series of network storage products. On paper the BlackArmor 400, 420 and 440 look like solid contenders to the Thecus and QNAP NAS servers we write about on a regular basis. The one area on paper that has us excited is pricing; the BlackArmor 400 Series has a total cost that is less than what the two giants in the NAS server market deliver."
  FULL STORY @ TWEAKTOWN

Mach Xtreme MX-DS 40GB SSD Review
     Sat, Jan 01 2011 | 4:00P | Hard Drives/SSD | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
The SSD Review has recently taken the time to evaluate solid state drives from around the world with reviews on products from Memoright in Taiwan and Renice in China. We are going to finish off our tour with another peak at the offerings in Taiwan as we review the Mach Xtreme Technology MX-DS 40GB solid state drive. The unique similarity of all 3 SSDs is that their distribution in North America, at least up until our reviews, has been pretty much extinct since Memorights entry in 2007. Mach Xtreme Technology is a Taiwan based company which was established just this year and a quick look at the drive and their website tells us, “This brand has flare!”. They are not only joining up with world class artists to ensure that their branding is very unique, but also, they have invested in SandForce processors for their top end product to guarantee quality and success. Their design is sure to hit a home run with the younger generation through graphic representation from artists such as Does and Worm. Admittedly, we were so fascinated by the eye candy of their site and packaging that we almost forgot what we were here for. Lets get to it shall we?
  FULL STORY @ THESSDREVIEW

RAID0 & the SSD - Simple To Build and Lightning Fast
     Sat, Jan 01 2011 | 12:30P | Hard Drives/SSD | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
You truly know that your a computer geek when you hollar "Woot" to your first RAID results and have to call up the wife and kids to see. Quite frankly I don't think I will ever forget the look of confusion on her face as much as she won't forget the look of amazement on mine. She felt a bit out of place when my son started telling me how amazing the speed was. I locked myself in my office this past weekend in order to finally tackle something I have always been curious about, performance in a RAID environment and how easy it would be to construct such a thing. After spending endless hours locked in the room, building, testing and ripping apart only to rebuild again, I have put together an article that I believe will show, not only the benefits and absolute amazing performance increase possible, but also how really simple it is to build.
  FULL STORY @ THESSDREVIEW

For New SSDs - Great News For The Consumer!
     Sat, Jan 01 2011 | 12:15P | Hard Drives/SSD | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
SandForce has released a new firmware update to client level manufacturers that significantly improves the performance of ’SandForce Driven’ drives. As far as we can tell, the firmware is only available in new SSD purchases and we haven’t see the same firmware available to present owners of SSDs using SandForce technology. We believe this update has yet to be recognized within the SSD community because because legal agreements are in place between SandForce and manufacturers which prevent them from discussing it. The SSD community also relies so heavily on rating solid state drives by their advertised performance specifications that we have overlooked the simple truth that these advertised specs are not a realistic indicator of the typical users SSD performance.
  FULL STORY @ CONFIRMED

Kingston SSDNow V+100 128GB SSD Review
     Sat, Jan 01 2011 | 12:02P | Hard Drives/SSD | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
"As far as performance goes, the V+100 performance exceeded my expectations that were based on experience with the earlier drives with the same controller. Kingston and Toshiba have done a really nice job on reworking the firmware to get a nice performance boost. Their "always on" and OS independent garbage collection is more aggressive and can help mitigate the performance degradation of long-term use on a system that does not support TRIM. This said, if you are running RAID array(s), Mac OS X, or a Windows version prior to 7, this drive was made with you in mind as all of those do not support TRIM...
  FULL STORY @ LEGITREVIEWS

 
Corsair F90 Force Series 90GB SSD Review @ TheSSD Review
     Sat, Jan 01 2011 | 12:00P | Hard Drives/SSD | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
It was just a few days back that Corsair announced the news of their upcoming release of the F90 and F180 solid state drives, both member of their Force Series of SSDs with capacities of 90 and 180GB respectively. We found a very interesting bit of information in this release that seems to run along the same course of many of our SSD reviews of late and it is news that should be very exciting to the consumer. The 4k random write thoroughput of the F90 and F180 has now been increased to a thoroughput of up to 50,000 which now matches that of enterprise-level SSDs and this is done through a recent release of SandForce firmware only available in new drives. In fact, we can even say that this firmware equals and sometimes surpasses that of the SF-1500 drive and a little known fact is that the SF-1200 and SF1500 are actually identical processors in hardware composition.
  FULL STORY @ THESSDREVIEW

Technology I-NA317U+ USB 3.0 HDD Docking Station
     Sat, Oct 23 2010 | 9:04A | Hard Drives/SSD | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
"Let’s be honest; we have all seen these desktop HDD docking stations before and they are actually getting common on store shelves. Many companies are making them; they all pretty much do the same thing and everyone who has a stack of hard drives sitting around either wants one, or needs one. So, what makes ineo Technology’s HDD dock different? ineo Technology started in 2007 with a focus on NAS servers. Since then the company has expanded to mother storage products and is looking to become a big player in the storage accessory market. Their latest device, the Docking Station that we are looking at today, does have a cool feature that we have yet to see in a desktop dock; it uses USB 3.0 to connect to your computer."
  FULL STORY @ TWEAKTOWN

G.Skill Phoenix Pro 40GB Solid State Drive
     Sat, Oct 23 2010 | 9:04A | Hard Drives/SSD | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
"Close to a month ago we took a look at the Corsair Force 40GB SSD powered by the fabulous SandForce SF-1200 controller and determined it to be fast, but without a desktop adapter the value was lacking for some users. Today we are looking at a nearly identical drive, but this time the cost of ownership is lower and the overall cost is reduced with the inclusion of a 2.5 to 3.5” desktop adapter bracket. The new class of small, fast and cheap SSDs might get a nose raised at them from existing SSD users, but if you already own a SSD these drives aren’t made for you. The G.Skill Phoenix Pro 40GB is an entry level SSD designed to get this amazing technology in the hands of those who are either still skeptical to spend the big money on a larger drive SSD, or those financially challenged. In these days of recession and a possible double dip recession, there are enough enthusiasts in this category. When it really comes down to it, I would choose a small SSD over a large platter drive any day and that is what G.Skill is counting on."
  FULL STORY @ NEWS

HighPoint RocketRAID 2760 Switch Architecture PCI-E x16 24-Port SAS/SATA 6Gb/s C
     Sat, Oct 23 2010 | 9:04A | Hard Drives/SSD | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
"Storage data while being transmitted is anything but efficient and when it comes to flow, well, that is what HighPoint is trying to open up with their new RocketRAID Switching Architecture series of products. At Computex in Taipei I visited the HighPoint booth to learn about this new line of products, but to be honest it was so far out there that I really didn’t believe what I was seeing. Today we are going to take a look at the new HighPoint RocketRAID 2760, the first RAID storage controller that on one end is capable of pushing data to the motherboard at an amazing 8GB/s, while the other end is fed by 24 SATA / SAS connections. To spice things up we have teamed with Crucial, maker of the world’s fastest solid state drive, the RealSSD C300 256GB to put the 2760 through its paces and see just how much data we can pass through HPTs new Switching Architecture."
  FULL STORY @ ROCKETRAID

Team Group Xtreem S1 120GB SandForce Solid State Drive
     Sat, Oct 23 2010 | 9:04A | Hard Drives/SSD | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
"The SandForce SSD market has turned into a commodity market; everyone has a SandForce drive out now. The Team SandForce market has peaked and the only thing left for manufacturers to do is drop pricing. As it sits right now, pricing and value added inclusions like longer warranty terms and accessories are giving buyers reasons to pick one drive other another. If you are a company looking to actually make money on a product, introducing a SandForce SSD nine months late isn’t really the way to do it. All logic tossed aside, this is exactly what Team Group is trying to do, but the first drives have yet to hit etail shelves, so we are left with some uncertainties; the kind that make or break a product. As I sit here writing this, I don’t have pricing information or a list of etailers that will be carrying the new Team Group Xtreem S1. What I do know is that a Team Xtreem S1 has the potential to be very popular if Team can get the price under competitor’s current listings."
  FULL STORY @ SANDFORCE

OCZ IBIS HSDL Solid State Drive Preview
     Sat, Oct 23 2010 | 9:04A | Hard Drives/SSD | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
As we've noted more than once here before, as NAND Flash technologies evolve, SATA will go the way of the dino. It's not going to happen overnight but like its old, spinning hard drive counterpart, the writing is on the wall. The market needs new higher speed interfaces with lower overhead and more direct attachment to native system interfaces. OCZ has been trying its hand at developing PCI Express-based SSDs in an effort to address this requirement. They've been rolling out all new products like their Revo Drive that we looked at recently and the new device we'll be looking at here today. The new OCZ IBIS SSD utilizes a proprietary serial interface that the company has coined "HSDL" for High Speed Data Link and it offers up to 20Gb/sec peak bandwidth over an industry standard SAS connector, which is over three times that of next gen 6Gbps SATA technology. Journey on for all the details and a performance profile of a prototype we've been testing here in the lab...
  FULL STORY @ HOTHARDWARE

OCZ Technology Enyo 128GB Portable USB 3.0 SSD Review
     Mon, Oct 18 2010 | 6:26A | Hard Drives/SSD | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
"The OCZ Enyo 128GB USB 3.0 portable SSD is certainly unlike any portable USB 3.0 drive that we have ever used before. The drive is insanely fast, incredibly lightweight and has a great minimalistic appearance to it. If you have a PC that has USB 3.0 or are about to upgrade, you need a device like the OCZ Enyo to take advantage of the SuperSpeed USB 3.0 header on your PC. With the OCZ Enyo 128GB SSD you get fast, portable and robust USB 3.0 derived SSD that can easily fit in the front pocket of your jeans as it is no thicker than current mobile phones..."
  FULL STORY @ LEGITREVIEWS

WD Scorpio Black 500GB Notebook Hard Drive Review
     Mon, Oct 18 2010 | 6:26A | Hard Drives/SSD | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
"Today, we'll be looking at a the WD Scorpio Black WD5000BEKT 500GB 7200 RPM 2.5" SATA notebook hard drive. With a 7200 RPM drive speed, 16MB cache, and 3 GB/s SATA interface speed, the 500GB Western Digital Scorpio Black hard drive looks impressive on paper. When it comes to pricing, the WD Scorpio Black 500GB Hard Drive retails online for $74.99 shipped, which makes it $0.15 per Gigabyte. You can also get the drive on special at times as right now Newegg is doing $7 off with a promo code and that brings the drive down to just $67.99 shipped or $0.135 per Gigabyte. For comparison sake the Seagate Momentus XT 500GB notebook hard drive can be purchased online for just $129.99 shipped, which comes out being $0.26 per Gigabyte. .."
  FULL STORY @ LEGITREVIEWS

Synology DiskStation DS210+ NAS review
     Sun, Sep 19 2010 | 4:01P | Hard Drives/SSD | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Armed with a new multi-tasking Web UI, we take a look at the DS210+ and DiskStation Manager 3.0.
  FULL STORY @ HEXUS

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