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Samsung SpinPoint EcoGreen F2 1TB SATA2 HDD Review
     Wed, Jan 26 2011 | 4:02P | Hard Drives/SSD | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
The SpinPoint EcoGreen family of hard disk drives made by Samsung is the ideal choice for use with either external enclosures or standalone media players where low power consumption, temperatures and noise levels matter the most.
  FULL STORY @ RWLABS

Samsung 470 Series 256GB SSD Review
     Wed, Jan 26 2011 | 9:01A | Hard Drives/SSD | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
"Overall, we were duly impressed with the 470 Series and it exceeded its rated specifications of 250MB/s reads and 220MB/s writes in nearly every benchmark we threw at it. With Samsung being a relatively new player in the consumer SSD market, they are getting off to a great start. Samsung really surprised us with their 256GB 470 Series solid state drive. It performed above expectations on nearly every benchmark and kept pace with the SandForce drives that seem to the darling of the industry right now...."
  FULL STORY @ LEGITREVIEWS

MUKii TransImp TIP-230U3-BK USB 3.0 Drive Enclosure
     Tue, Jan 25 2011 | 4:02P | Hard Drives/SSD | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
The MUKii TransImp TIP-230U3-BK USB 3.0 drive enclosure is easy to use and simplifies the task of turning any 2.5" SATA drive into a portable device. As with other USB 3.0 devices, it is fully backwards compatible to USB 2.0; so even if you have this enclosure before you have USB 3.0 in your computer, it will still function just fine with your current USB 2.0 connections.
  FULL STORY @ BIGBRUIN

OCZ Revo Drive X2 480 GByte Review
     Tue, Jan 25 2011 | 4:01P | Hard Drives/SSD | 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 Revo Drive X2 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

New high areal density 2-and-3 TB Greens from WD
     Tue, Jan 25 2011 | 12:01P | Hard Drives/SSD | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Three Terabyte capacity in a 4-platter drive and 750GB/disc density is excellent, but the 2 TB model with one fewer disc might prove to be even better for noise and power. We examine samples of the latest WD Caviar Green models along with an earlier 2 TB 4-platter AV-optimized Green.
  FULL STORY @ SILENTPCREVIEW

Kingston SSDNow V100 128GB SSD Solid State Drive Review
     Mon, Jan 24 2011 | 2:27P | Hard Drives/SSD | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
"To sum it up, the Kingston SSDNow V100 may not be the fastest SSD out there, but it's still a very competitive product in this quickly expanding market. If you're looking for a simple upgrade method that will result in a big step up in performance, than look no further."
  FULL STORY @ KINGSTON

Seagate Constellation.2 1TB 2.5-inch SAS RAID Report
     Mon, Jan 24 2011 | 2:26P | Hard Drives/SSD | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
"Just last week we showed the Seagate Constellation.2 1TB SATA drive. The new Constellation.2 proved to be a worthy successor to the popular Constellation Series and it outperforms the first generation drive by a significant margin. Seagate also managed to double the capacity of the series while keeping the price of the new drives in line with the old offerings. With the SATA version already under our belt, it is time to focus on the Constellation.2 SAS model. Since most of these drives are configured in RAID arrays, we were given the opportunity to test the new Constellation.2 1TB SAS (Model Number ST91000640SS) in a couple of three drive RAID configurations."
  FULL STORY @ TWEAKTOWN

 
State of Solid State in 2011
     Mon, Jan 24 2011 | 9:03A | Hard Drives/SSD | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
"The picture isn't crystal clear just yet, but at CES we cleared part of the cloud surrounding companies 2011 solid state drive products. At the very least we will see seven new SSD controllers enter the market in 2011. Of those, four are directed at the consumer market and three are enterprise designs. Only time will tell which consumer controllers get converted to enterprise models and vice versa. Of the seven overall, we saw working samples of three and they were all twice as fast as the Crucial RealSSD C300 128GB drive. 2011 isn't all about controllers, though. The types of flash memory will play a more significant role this year. The new flash will make it possible to practically deliver 512GB SSDs while at the same time reducing the cost of SSDs across the board. Don't look for price reductions until Q4, though. Just like last year, the controllers will be expensive and companies will need to recoup their tooling costs early in the production runs."
  FULL STORY @ TWEAKTOWN

OCZ Vertex 2 120GB SSD Review
     Sun, Jan 23 2011 | 12:02P | Hard Drives/SSD | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Today we’ll be looking at the OCZ Vertex 2 120G SSD, which will go head-to-head with the Patriot Inferno 100G. Will the Vertex 2 be able to extinguish the flaming Inferno?"
  FULL STORY @ OVERCLOCKERS

Kingston SSDNow V+180 64GB SSD Review
     Sat, Jan 22 2011 | 9:00A | Hard Drives/SSD | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Last September we published a budget SSD round-up featuring eight drives priced at or below $150. Kingston's SSDNow V Series was among the models tested, and at just $125 ($1.95 per gigabyte) the 64GB version was an exceptional value. Utilizing Toshiba's TC58NCF618GBT controller, the drive provided surprisingly impressive performance. Kingston has since expanded their SSD range by adding the SSDNow V100 and SSDNow V+100 Series to the mix. They also released a portable 1.8" line called SSDNow V+180 designed for ultra-mobile devices, such as ultra-thin notebooks, netbooks and tablet PCs. Since the SSDNow V+180 Series is a spin-off of the original SSDNow V+ Series, it features the same Toshiba T6UG1XBG controller. As a result, the same sequential read/write throughput of 230MB/s and 180MB/s still applies, and it comes in the same 64GB, 128GB or 256GB capacities. Solid state drives supporting the 1.8" form factor are nothing new and, in fact, many products we've tested have 1.8" alternatives. We don't consider the 1.8" OCZ Vertex 2 a viable option with its asking price of $240 for 60GB, but at around $25 cheaper than the 64GB SSDNow V+180 Series the Onyx certainly is. We will be keeping a close eye on this match up in our review, so read on to see how Kingston stacks up against the competition.
  FULL STORY @ TECHSPOT

Western Digital Caviar Green 3TB Hard Drive Review
     Fri, Jan 21 2011 | 4:00P | Hard Drives/SSD | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
"Today on our test bench we have the latest product from Western Digital. The Caviar Green 3TB drive has the highest capacity of any desktop drive on the market at the moment and today we will look at how easy it is to set up along with the performance that can be achieved in single drive and RAID 0 modes."
  FULL STORY @ HARDWAREHEAVEN

$8,000 LSI WarpDrive 300GB PCI Express SSD Review
     Fri, Jan 21 2011 | 3:48P | Hard Drives/SSD | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
If we consider companies like LSI and their competitors, like Adaptec and AMCC (3Ware), you'll note that they're in a unique position in this storage technology migration, in that they can almost take an agnostic stance, in terms of which media type and market opportunity they decide to resource development efforts in. For players like LSI, with a wealth of HBA controller IP at their disposal, they can relatively easily adapt and re-tool their technologies to service NAND Flash SSD memory structures and bring compelling solutions to market as market demand develops.

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The LSI WarpDrive that we have on hand for you here is representative of LSI's efforts to capitalize on the company's strong SAS RAID controller technology base, combined with the most cutting-edge SSD technologies on the market today. We'll call to your attention early here that the WarpDrive means business though. With a $11,500 MSRP and street pricing in the $7400 - $8K range, end-user enthusiasts are likely not going to belly-up the justification to support the cost of a storage subsystem that is much more expensive than a typical entire system build...

  FULL STORY @ HOTHARDWARE

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

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