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Cubitek Magic Cube 8HDD
     Mon, Apr 25 2011 | 5:10P | Hard Drives/SSD | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
"Since the case is divided into three unique units I'll go over each one individually. Starting with the 5.25" external drive box we have a small cube which can contain up to two 5.25" or one 5.25" and 3.5" drive. As a whole, all of the cubes are made of aluminum and are all painted black inside and out. Each side of this box is able to be removed via the screws, which allows for a easy installation of your 5.25" devices. The paint scheme and design sort of remind me of a Lian Li-Li in the way the paint looks and the overall simple look of the case."
  FULL STORY @ OVERCLOCKERSCLUB

TweakTown's SSD Fill Testing Explained
     Mon, Apr 25 2011 | 9:02A | Hard Drives/SSD | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
"It would be difficult for most people to imagine the amount of testing that goes into a product review. I think most reading this have run a benchmark on their system before, but few can really grasp what it means to systematically run test after test without varying order or timeline. We run a lot of tests, several more than what makes it into a final review. Once you master the art of testing and the discipline of keeping a dedicated test machine, certain patterns emerge. Some of these show up in the tests that are published and sometimes they show up in others. When a test shows something of value and isn't redundant with another test, we typically bring that test into the review. This can sometimes be to explain something we saw in another test or at times add a way to look at a product. In June 2010 at Computex we were given the opportunity to test an early sample of the ADATA S501. The S501 uses the Marvell 88SS9174-BKK2 controller, the same used in the Corsair Performance 3 and Intel 510 Series. In our post review testing we noticed that even after pounding the drive with our entire test suite the drive actually increased both read and write performance by a small margin. Typically, as a new drive gets 'broken in', performance decreases; this is called bringing the drive to a steady state."
  FULL STORY @ TWEAKTOWN

Kingston HyperX Max 3.0 External USB 3 128GB SSD
     Fri, Apr 22 2011 | 4:02P | Hard Drives/SSD | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
With USB 3.0 now becoming standard in many new laptops and computers alike, we thought it might be an ideal time to review an external USB 3 solid state drive and were fortunate to be offered the opportunity by Kingston Technology.
  FULL STORY @ THESSDREVIEW

Cubitek HPTX Tank Review
     Thu, Apr 21 2011 | 9:02A | Hard Drives/SSD | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
The Tank series features 3 different designs, we will be taking a look at the biggest of the 3 today - HPTX Tank. As with all the cases in this series, the HPTX Tank is fully aluminium. It is wide, allowing up to 190mm tall CPU coolers to be installed and can house XL-ATX motherboards such as GIGABYTE's G1 Assassin and EVGA's SR-2. Being able to house such big hardware also means long graphics cards can also be installed within the HPTX Tank, in fact up to 340mm of clearance is available! With lots of cooling, lots of space and lots of features I'm expecting some good results from this case, Lian Li ought to be very afraid.
  FULL STORY @ VORTEZ

Seagate GoFlex 1TB External Drive for Mac
     Wed, Apr 20 2011 | 7:20P | Hard Drives/SSD | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Once again, we are quite pleased with the overall performance of a Seagate GoFlex product. Seagate is clearly hoping the GoFlex for Mac will fill one of the only real voids left in the GoFlex lineup, and at the same time provide a product targeted directly at Mac users. While their other products do work with OS X out of the box, the others are not optimized for the Mac platform.
  FULL STORY @ BIGBRUIN

Hitachi LifeStudio Desk Plus 2TB External HDD Review
     Wed, Apr 20 2011 | 7:15P | Hard Drives/SSD | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
The people over at Hitachi claim to have re-invented hard drives with their latest LifeStudio Desk Plus line of external HDDs and so like always we are here to find out if that's the case.
  FULL STORY @ RWLABS

Icy Dock B994SP-4S Quad HDD Raid Cage
     Wed, Apr 20 2011 | 3:48P | Hard Drives/SSD | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
"Just about two months ago, we have completed a review of Icy Dock MB662USEB-2S; an incredible dual-bay FireWire 400/800 eSATA & USB Raid 3.5" HDD enclosure and today we are going to bring you another existing product from Icy Dock; MB994SP-4S. Icy Dock MB994SP-4S is not an external HDD enclosure but an internal multi-bay HDD RAID cage; able to support up to four 2.5" SATA/SSD/SAS HDDs."
  FULL STORY @ HARDWAREBISTRO

 
PCI Express-based controller cards
     Wed, Apr 20 2011 | 3:47P | Hard Drives/SSD | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
The Revodrive series of SSDs are PCI Express-based controller cards that contain all of the components of two solid state drives and ties them together with a Silicon Image RAID controller chip. Install the card into your PC and see transfer speeds of up to 540 MBps reads and 450 MBps writes (350 MBps sustained write) without batting an eye or mucking about in the BIOS. 4K aligned performance is in the 70,000 IOPS range. Different size drives offer slightly faster or slower read / write and IOPS performance.
  FULL STORY @ TECHREACTION

OCZ Revodrive X2 SSD Review
     Wed, Apr 20 2011 | 3:47P | Hard Drives/SSD | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
“If you were to look up “fast hard drive” in the dictionary, you’d surely see a picture of the OCZ Revodrive X2. Words cannot describe the speed of this thing, but numbers can, so get ready to be blown away."
  FULL STORY @ OVERCLOCKERS

Vantec NexStar SE Dual 2.5-inch Hard Drive Rack Review
     Wed, Apr 20 2011 | 3:45P | Hard Drives/SSD | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
“Solid state drives are all the rage right now. The most common form factor for solid state drives is the 2.5-inch form factor. Many new cases have support for 2.5-inch drives, but many cases, even newer ones do not. No one wants to go out and buy a brand new case, just for a hard drive. Vantec knows this and has a whole line of hard drive racks that support 2.5-inch drives. Today we will be taking a look at the NexStar SE Dual 2.5-inch hard drive rack, which is a 5.25-inch bay device that supports two 2.5-inch drives. Let’s take a look…"
  FULL STORY @ THINKCOMPUTERS

Western Digital's Caviar Green HDD Bug Reported
     Wed, Apr 20 2011 | 3:44P | Hard Drives/SSD | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
"It has come to our attention that Western Digital's Caviar Green HDDs suffer from a critical design flaw caused by an aggressive power-saving feature. Western Digital has developed a new technology called Intellipark (aka Idle 3 mode) and it is designed to reduce power consumption, in part by positioning the HDD's heads in a park position and turning off unnecessary electronics after 8 seconds of inactivity. According to an in-house investigation and user reports', some software and operating systems are incompatible with the Intellipark feature causing endless head parking movement as the HDD continuously goes in/out of idle mode. This abnormal behavior creates stress on the HDD and that could lead to the following issues:
  FULL STORY @ NGOHQ

OWC Mercury Extreme Pro 6G 120GB Solid State Drive Review
     Tue, Apr 19 2011 | 4:03P | Hard Drives/SSD | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
"In 2010 we were introduced to Other World Computing (http://www.macsales.com), a reseller specializing in Macintosh products. At the time OWC was moving beyond that of a simple retail / e-tail outlet and venturing into manufacturing their own solid state product line. Over the last few years we've seen many companies manufacture their own SSDs; some have been established in the SSD market and others have been a one product wonder. You would think those with history in the SSD marketplace would be the first to market when a new controller becomes available, but OWC proved that theory wrong when they released the SandForce SF-1200 based Mercury Extreme right at the beginning of the product cycle. To show that OWC was serious about their solid state product line, they also priced the Mercury Extreme at a competitive point and even held the crown on and off in 2010 as the lowest priced SandForce SSD on the market.
  FULL STORY @ TWEAKTOWN

OCZ Vertex 3 240GB SSD Review
     Tue, Apr 19 2011 | 4:00P | Hard Drives/SSD | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
The performance oriented controller used by the Vertex 3 known as the SandForce SF-2281 includes support for the SATA 6Gb/s interface, while boasting read and write speeds of 500MB/s+, a mind blowing figure when compared to previous generation chips. For now it appears solid state drives will continue to get faster, but not any cheaper. OCZ has set the list price for the Vertex 3 120GB version at $249, while the 240GB version will cost $499. Compared to the current Vertex 2 models - 120GB ($229) and 240GB ($429) - it translates in a small price premium for the smaller drive while the larger model is getting hit a bit harder for a noticeable performance increase.
  FULL STORY @ TECHSPOT

G-Technology G-Drive Pro External Hard Drive 2TB Review
     Tue, Apr 19 2011 | 1:13A | Hard Drives/SSD | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
The exceptional build quality and blazing fast speeds of the latest G-Drive Professional External HDD by G-Technologies and Hitachi GST easily prove that all external HDD enclosures are simply not created equal.
  FULL STORY @ RWLABS

Kingwin DM-2356 Dockmaster II Review
     Tue, Apr 19 2011 | 1:12A | Hard Drives/SSD | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
"Consumers who like to upgrade their computer(s) often, or even upgrade once for that matter, have a need for a product like the one I'm about to show you here. Have you ever had a computer crash on you and you lost all your data? Sucks huh? There is nothing more gut-wrenching then losing a decade's worth of your irreplaceable children's pictures because you didn't take the few minutes once in a while to back them up."
  FULL STORY @ VIRTUAL-HIDEOUT

Thermaltake Max 5G USB 3.0 HDD Enclosure Review
     Tue, Apr 19 2011 | 1:11A | Hard Drives/SSD | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
oday we take a look at an excellent addition for the USB 3.0 user. One thing many people don't realize, is actually how dangerous it can be for you if your hard drive overheats. A large amount of hard drive failures are caused from hard drives overheating. So Thermaltake brings you a snazzy looking enclosure for your HDD that you can trust to keep your HDD cool with its to sleek and quiet 80mm fans. And, with the addition of USB 3.0's capability, you're looking at an amazing product. Let's check it out:
  FULL STORY @ ENCLOSURE

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