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SAMSUNG 470 SERIES SSD REVIEW REVISITED AND RAID TESTED
     Thu, Jan 20 2011 | 4:02P | Hard Drives/SSD | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
A short time ago, The SSD Review published a review of the Samsung 256GB 470 Series SSD after discovering what an excellent entry this was into the consumer SSD market with availability in many online retail outlets. We were initially a bit hesitant and confused because the SSD appeared to be one of the top drives available yet information and reviews were virtually non-existent. In fact, it had been released months prior without a whisper of attention. What we have seen since is not only one of the top solid state drives being recognized as such, but a flurry of attention as well. From a site perspective, this is rather easy to recognize through traffic increase and external links but we really didn't expect to be linked by hundreds of blogs and sites to include those at the level of Engadget itself. Given the attention the SSD has drawn, we thought it only fitting to dig a little deeper and see what we could uncover for those new to the Samsung SSD family.
  FULL STORY @ SERIES

Zalman S-Series 128GB SSD Reviewed @ The SSD Review
     Thu, Jan 20 2011 | 3:01P | Hard Drives/SSD | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
It was only a matter of time before Zalman jumped into the SSD ring as they have an excellent reputation for just about any technology related product one can think of. Their first entries are the N-Series and S-Series of SSDs, the N-series containing the SandForce SF-1200 controller while the S-Series contains the JMicron 616 controller. Today we will be hard at work putting the S-Series 128GB drive to the test. The Zalman S-Series 128GB SSD is a mid-level SSD which is available in capacities ranging from 32GB to 128GB with prices from $79 dollars up to $219, as would be the typical price for this test unit. The N-Series is presently available in capacities from 64GB to 128GB but their product site relates that new entries of 40GB and 256GB are expected soon.
  FULL STORY @ REVIEW

OCZ RevoDrive X2 240GB PCI-Express SSD Review
     Thu, Jan 20 2011 | 9:01A | Hard Drives/SSD | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
The solid-state drive market continues to grow at a rapid pace and competition is starting to heat up once again. While there was once just a few controllers worth picking from, half a dozen viable choices occupy the market now. The original RevoDrive carried not one, but two SandForce SF-1200 controllers in RAID and boasted up to 80,000 IOPS. As impressive as this was, the follow up model we are testing today completely blows it out of the water. Less than two months ago, OCZ announced the RevoDrive X2 effectively doubling the number SF-1200 controllers used in RAID and coming in sizes from 100GB through an insane 960GB. Unlike traditional solid state drives, the RevoDrive X2 is a PCI-Express SSD. That means it doesn't rely on the SATA interface, making it very different from previous products that we have reviewed, so let's dive in for a closer look.
  FULL STORY @ TECHSPOT

Samsung's Hot, New 470 Series 256GB SSD Burned In
     Wed, Jan 19 2011 | 12:01P | Hard Drives/SSD | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
In some ways, Samsung is a silicon ninja in the solid state drive (SSD) space. Whether you realize it or not, Samsung has been churning out their own SSDs for some time (as well as the actual NAND Flash chips themselves of course), only up until now they've come pre-packaged with OEM notebooks or rebadged under another company's branding. With the introduction of the new 470 series, Samsung is finally selling its own branded SSDs, but that's not all. Pop the hood and you'll find the Samsung label through and through, from the memory chips to the custom controller -- no Indilinx or SandForce hardware here, folks. We'll be examining Samsung's flagship capacity, the 256GB model, on the following pages, which of course is the most expensive of the bunch. At $550, this isn't a budget upgrade by any means, but it is roughly in line with similarly spec'd drives from the competition:
  FULL STORY @ SAMSUNG

Western Digital My Book Essential 2TB USB 3.0
     Wed, Jan 19 2011 | 9:01A | Hard Drives/SSD | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
If you are looking for a fast external storage solution, you should take a look at the WD My Book Essential USB 3.0 and 2 TB Capacity: here in the test at TweakPC.
  FULL STORY @ TWEAKPC

2TB Seagate Barracuda LP Green Hard Drive
     Tue, Jan 18 2011 | 4:06P | Hard Drives/SSD | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
When it comes to digital storage, you can’t have enough. Whether you download a lot of music, take a lot of pictures, or are a file hoarder, you know the GB’s can add up. Now-a-days, companies are offering large drives, and don’t make you sacrifice speed to do so. Seagate was one of the first to break the 1TB drive mark, and has always been on the cutting edge of drive size and performance. Seagate has sent us their latest Barracuda Low Power 2TB Hard Drive to see if it stacks up to the competition.
  FULL STORY @ TECHWARELABS

RAGE HD for iOS devices
     Tue, Jan 18 2011 | 4:03P | Hard Drives/SSD | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
"This game however seems to be more of a proof of concept for a bigger, more fleshed out version of mobile RAGE. While it works on the levels that a rail shooter needs to, there is definitely more to be desired, especially considering there are only 3 levels in the $1.99 (or $1 for the non-HD version) download."
  FULL STORY @ PCPER

 
Green 2TB and Momentus 750GB
     Tue, Jan 18 2011 | 4:01P | Hard Drives/SSD | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Our Barracuda Green 2TB and Momentus 750GB hard drives are now available for reviews! The desktop and notebook drives are our first to feature 4K sectors and Seagate SmartAlign technology to smooth the transition to 4K-sector hard drives.
  FULL STORY @ SEAGATE

Patriot Convoy 425XL 4 x 2.5? Drive Enclosure
     Tue, Jan 18 2011 | 12:02P | Hard Drives/SSD | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Looking to add a lot of storage in a small amount of space? Or perhaps you simply want a super fast Raid array without the associated cost. The Patriot Convoy 425XL is a 5.25” SATA storage enclosure which holds up to four drives in a hot-swappable configuration. Does the convoy deliver? Read our review to find out.
  FULL STORY @ TECHWARELABS

OCZ Enyo USB 3.0 Portable Solid State Drive Review
     Tue, Jan 18 2011 | 12:00P | Hard Drives/SSD | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
“Over the past year we have seen a plethora of solid state drives. All of them are pretty much the same besides the memory chips used and the controller. All of them have been the smaller 2.5-inch form factor with the typical SATA connections. Today we have something a little different, how about a portable solid state drive. OCZ calls this drive the Enyo and it uses a super fast USB 3.0 connection. So you get all of the durability advantages of an internal solid state drive but you also get easy portability. Let’s take a look…"
  FULL STORY @ THINKCOMPUTERS

Patriot Xporter XT Rage 32GB
     Tue, Jan 18 2011 | 9:02A | Hard Drives/SSD | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
“We're looking at the Patriot Xporter XT Rage 32GB flash drive, a product that can store a beastly amount of information in a very small package. At a price of $60, it has a quad channel design to help prevent speed drops, particularly on the Write side of the equation.”
  FULL STORY @ PUREOVERCLOCK

Air Penetrator SST-AP121-L review
     Tue, Jan 18 2011 | 12:31A | Hard Drives/SSD | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
We are less than half way through January, and we are already off to a great start with two new reviews for the year. To ramp things up in the next twelve months, we will try something new that we have not done before. In the past half decade or so, we have reviewed many different types of technology products. One of these products include the case fans. Interestingly, if you noticed it or not, all of these products previously reviewed were from the same company. Now Noctua is an excellent manufacturer of low noise cooling solutions. This fact is attested to with awards given to virtually every Noctua product we have ever evaluated. However, this time around, we will have something from a highly reputable manufacturer of everything from chassis to power supplies instead, and it is not Noctua. That company in question is no other than SilverStone, and they will be the second company to just send us case fans for evaluation (We have reviewed their cases and power supplies in the past). To be honest, at first I was a bit skeptical, because I did not really think SilverStone was really serious about making anything other than the run-of-the-mill case fan. But regardless of what I thought, I could not resist my interest in what this performance parts manufacturer had for us in store. So today, we have the SilverStone Air Penetrator SST-AP121-L for review, which is a 120mm fan with fancy LEDs. Let's see how this fan stacks up against the best in the industry.
  FULL STORY @ SILVERSTONE

OWC Mercury Extreme Pro 40GB SSD
     Tue, Jan 18 2011 | 12:30A | Hard Drives/SSD | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
If we told you that you could have one of the top rated solid state drives available for absolutely free, would you be interested? Its TRUE!!!! The SSD Review and Other World Computing have teamed up to giveaway one of the fastest SSDs we have evaluated and it is free and open to all active members of The SSD Review. This model of SSD was reviewed here and its evaluation produced amazing disk transfer highs of 279MB/s read and 267MB/s write in Atto Disk Benchmark. This drives true ability was shown in its testing through PCMark Vantage HDD Suite where SSDs are put through a series of 8 different simulated real life user scenarios. Each scenario has a resulting disk transfer speed which, when calculated with all 8 tests, provides a HDD Suite score for easy comparison of different drives. Until only recently, we had never seen a solid state drive reach the 40 000 mark plateau
  FULL STORY @ THESSDREVIEW

Modular XceedIOPS SF-1500 Powered SAS SSD Preview
     Sun, Jan 16 2011 | 12:01P | Hard Drives/SSD | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
"Around Computex we started hearing about SandForce SF-1500 controllers being paired with SAS interfaces. At first we didn't think these products would live to see the light of day since the SATA versions were already very fast. Well, we were wrong and the first SandForce SF-1500 SAS drive is on my desk right now in engineering sample form. SMART Modular announced their XceedIOPS with a couple of configurations some time ago, but with a drive on my desk it is clear that this product will come to market. For the most part the XceedIOPS will be an OEM part sold to major server manufacturers, so don't start digging through Newegg thinking they will list anytime soon. SMART Modular caters to the highest levels of the server market and doesn't produce a retail line of products."
  FULL STORY @ TWEAKTOWN

Western Digital Caviar Green 3 TB Hard Disk
     Sat, Jan 15 2011 | 4:03P | Hard Drives/SSD | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Western Digital divides their internal hard drives into three distinct families - the WD Caviar Blue for their basic hard drives, the WD Caviar Green for their quieter, cooler hard drives and the WD Caviar Black for their performance-grade hard drives. According to Western Digital, Caviar Green hard disk drives offer an average power saving of 4-5 watts over their competitors, a feat that they claim is equivalent to reducing CO2 emissions by 13.8 kg per year. Of course, that's a mere drop in the ocean but if you can help save the environment while you work or play on your computer, why not?
  FULL STORY @ TECHARP

Iomega eGo 1TB USB 3.0 Portable Hard Drive Review
     Sat, Jan 15 2011 | 12:03P | Hard Drives/SSD | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Several technology companies throughout history have been defined by a single product. Microsoft gained worldwide notoriety with Windows 95, Intel's Pentium processor boosted the company to new heights and many would argue that the iPod saved Apple from an untimely fate. For storage company Iomega, their claim to fame came in 1994 with the Zip drive, a disk-based storage system that filled the capacity gap between floppy disks and the rewritable optical disc that followed a few years later. Although not as prominent a household name as it was a decade ago, Iomega still produces multiple consumer products covering a wide range of storage and networking needs. Today we'll be taking a look at the eGo 1TB USB 3.0 Portable Hard Drive, one of the latest additions to Iomega's portable storage line. USB 3.0 support on the Iomega eGo provides faster performance but also the convenience of powering the drive from a single USB 3.0 port, an important feat if you plan to carry the drive around a lot.
  FULL STORY @ TECHSPOT

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