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News: Hitachis Deskstar 7K3000 3TB hard drive
     Mon, Mar 14 2011 | 12:32A | Hard Drives/SSD | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Hard drive makers have been slow to release new models with three-terabyte capacities. Hitachi was the first to reach 3TB with a 7 200-RPM desktop model and we`ve tested it against a full house of over 30 different drives to see how the 7K3000 compares."

OCZ RevoDrive 3 X2 240 GB Review
     Sat, Mar 12 2011 | 11:50A | Hard Drives/SSD | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
When you look at the performance of the RevoDrive 3 X2, it is clear that it excels in random workloads with larger file sizes and multiple threads. In the ATTO testing, the RevoDrive 3 X2 easily reaches its advertised read performance target of 1500 MB/s and comes quite close to the 1225 MB/s specification on the writes. Keep in mind that this was done with the RevoDrive 3 X2 as the primary boot drive - not a bare drive."

Silverstone TS04 USB 3.0 2.5" SDD/HDD Enclosure
     Fri, Mar 11 2011 | 5:02P | Hard Drives/SSD | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
"January 2011 marked the one year anniversary of USB 3.0 availability on mass-market consumer products. Adoption of the USB 3.0 standard started a little slow, but as of late 2010 began really ramping up. The Silverstone TS04 is Silverstone's first USB 3.0 2.5" SATA HDD/SSD compatible drive enclosure to hit the market. Today I have the TS04 here on my test bench, and am ready to put it to the test!"

Patriot Torqx XRB 64GB SSD Review
     Fri, Mar 11 2011 | 9:03A | Hard Drives/SSD | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
"One problem plaguing those that want an SSD at the moment is that there really isn't an option for those without deep pockets. There's no way getting round it, SSDs are expensive. However, you can help alleviate this wallet pressure by getting one without too much storage space. Today we look at one of the smallest available SSD sizes, a 64GB from Patriot known as the Torqx TRB. Let's see how it holds up against the bigger boys. "

Kingston 64GB SSD (ssdNOW V Series) Review
     Fri, Mar 11 2011 | 9:00A | Hard Drives/SSD | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Today we are going to be taking a look at the Kingston 64gb SSD. It doesn't come with the blazing new Sand Force controller or a huge storage capacity but we are going to dig until we find SOMETHING the drive can go home and brag about. This drive has been on the market for over a year, with packaging in many different disguises. But other than some exterior changes, are we getting anything new compared to a year ago? Are we getting the same ol' stuttering JMicron controller or did Kingston really upgrade the controller for real world use? Let's just see, shall we?

Intel 510 Series of solid state drives
     Thu, Mar 10 2011 | 9:01A | Hard Drives/SSD | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
"Intel has chosen to go with the newer Marvell controller for their 510 series. They have told us it is loaded with a custom firmware from their own SSD team. We were concerned about the ultimate capabilities of the 510 when we first heard of this, but from the above benchmark I can say that things do look promising. We will know more once we get some testing logged on this drive."

Intel SSD 510 Series SATA 6Gbps Solid State Drive Review
     Wed, Mar 09 2011 | 4:02P | Hard Drives/SSD | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
The solid state storage market continues to bristle with activity. Over the last couple of weeks, we have shown you two hot new SSDs from OCZ—the Vertex 3 and the Vertex 3 Pro--that offer stellar performance, thanks in no small part to their next-gen SandForce SF-2000 series controllers with native SATA 6Gbs support. And now, it is Intel’s turn to make a little noise in the space with new drives that boast similar SATA 6Gbps support. To coincide with the Game Developers Conference in San Francisco and the Intel Solution Summit that took place in Las Vegas this past week, Intel announced its brand new Solid State Drive 510 Series products. The new 510 Series SSDs build upon Intel’s successful X-25M series of solid state drives by offering native support for SATA 6Gbs interface speeds, with maximum reads in the 500MB/s range and write speeds of approximately 315MB/s—huge improvements over the previous generation...

Thermaltake Max 5G External USB 3.0 Enclosure
     Wed, Mar 09 2011 | 4:01P | Hard Drives/SSD | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
"Today we are taking a look at the Max 5G from Thermaltake. The Max 5G is taking a different approach to the external drive enclosures. Where most others seem to aim at making the enclosure as compact as possible, the Max 5G is adding additional cooling in for good measure. This should have an impact on long-term drive health if warm hard drives concern you. The Max 5G comes with dual 80mm fans and blue LED highlights in addition to its USB 3.0 connectivity."

Apacer TurboII Series-AS602 120GB Solid State Drive Review
     Wed, Mar 09 2011 | 12:02P | Hard Drives/SSD | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
"Apacer is known for their industrial products in the US, but in Australia and the rest of the APAC region their consumer product line competes with many of the big names that compete globally. Apacer offers many product types, from USB hubs to media players and flash products. Their latest offering is what is putting Apacer in the TweakTown spotlight today; an ultra fast SandForce based SSD that rivals those coming from the US. The Apacer TurboII-Series AS602 ships with one of the best accessory packages we've seen to date, and the drive itself has the best aluminum case we've seen since the Patriot Inferno. There are two distinct packages for the AS602; a desktop upgrade kit that includes 2.5" to 3.5" drive rails and a notebook upgrade kit that includes a USB to SATA cable that makes cloning your existing drive with Acronis (included) easier. Both packages also include a rubber drive surround that adds extra drive protection and keeps your drive from being scratched."

Seagate Momentus 750GB, 3Gb/s Hard Drive
     Wed, Mar 09 2011 | 9:00A | Hard Drives/SSD | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
The performance seen by modern laptops is at an all-time high. Multi-core processors are no longer restricted to desktops, dual-GPUs are now commonplace, and RAM capacities equal those found inside a tower. Storage for laptops has also come a long way, and the 750GB Seagate Momentus provides plenty of storage space, all on a 7200 RPM spindle; and while SSDs are becoming more and more common, they also come at a stiff price, especially when moving up the ladder in terms of storage space. One affordable compromise is to use a smaller SSD for booting up, and a large HDD, such as today's Seagate Momentus 750GB, for main storage. Follow along as we look at how the 750GB Seagate Momentus performs in a variety of situations.

Force F90 90GB Solid-State Drive Review
     Tue, Mar 08 2011 | 4:01P | Hard Drives/SSD | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
There couldn't be a better time than the present to purchase an SSD, and on the same token, it's also a strange time. Performance drives cost the same as budget drives, and a perfect example of this is Corsair's Force F90. It's priced-right, offers incredible performance, and makes perfect use of its SandForce SF-1200 controller

MUKii TransImp X3 Hard Drive Enclosure Plus
     Mon, Mar 07 2011 | 1:43P | Hard Drives/SSD | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Something else that MUKii is realizing is that people want more for their money. Functionality and quality is one thing, but good looks are also a must.. So, often is the case that we want both; we deserve it. Right? This brings us to our latest review product from MUKii, their TransImp X3 Hard Drive Enclosure Plus. One might remember the TransImp U3 model that we reviewed some months back and think this is just a redesigned shell; however, that is not the case at all. The TransImp X3 is indeed an external enclosure with USB3 support, but it also comes with a bunch of new features, enough to make it worth of the prefix 'Plus'. So grab a drink, perhaps a snack and sit back as we show you just what this enclosure has in store for you!

Intel's first SATA 6Gb/sec offering - Intel 510 Series SSD
     Mon, Mar 07 2011 | 12:01P | Hard Drives/SSD | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
"While we were glad to see Intel step up and release this 6Gb/sec part, I can't help but feel this was a bit of a rush job. While the drive performed decently and reliably, I certainly didn't get that same feeling of performance awesomeness present with each of their previous releases. I believe this 510 was pushed out as a stop gap measure, with speedier offerings coming down the road. Sure you could argue this is meant to be a consumer drive only and should be 'good enough' for most people, but the competition is upgrading the definition of 'consumer grade' on a daily basis."

Zalman ZM-VE200 External 2.5-inch HDD Enclosure with Virtual Drive Function Revi
     Mon, Mar 07 2011 | 9:01A | Hard Drives/SSD | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
"The Zalman ZM-VE200 external 2.5” HDD enclosure comes with a built-in virtual drive function that requires no drivers to use. The Zalman ZM-VE200 is completely plug-and-play and can be connected via a USB 2.0 or eSATA cable, both included in the retail box. Compatible for use under Windows, Ubuntu or MacOS X systems, the Zalman ZM-VE200 is versatile and flexible, compared to optical drives or other 2.5” enclosures. The Zalman ZM-VE200 fits right in your pocket in a sleek, sexy silver or black aluminum enclosure."

OCZ Vertex 3 240GB SATA 3 6Gbps SandForce SSD Preview
     Sat, Mar 05 2011 | 12:01P | Hard Drives/SSD | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
"Overall, the Vertex 3 240GB drive is a beast. While we've seen better performance in OCZ's own RevoDrives, those are PCI-E based and set up in a RAID configuration. Even then, the Vertex 3 bested the original RevoDrive in a number of tests. The combination of the SandForce SF-2281 controller and the SATA III 6Gbps interface has really taken the SATA based SSD to a new level. With 550MB/s reads and 525MB/s writes, it sets the pace for the crowd of drives that are sure to follow...."

Synology Disk Station DS211
     Sat, Mar 05 2011 | 12:00P | Hard Drives/SSD | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Although the Disk Station DS211 is far from the cheapest 2-bay NAS device you will come across, it’s certainly one of the best in terms of performance. For those that only require 4 – 6GB’s of storage and want something that will provide reasonably high transfer speeds, the DS211 is very reasonable at $300 US ($530 US with 2TB of storage).

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