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Thermaltake BlacX Duet HDD Docking Station
     Sat, Jan 08 2011 | 12:03P | Hard Drives/SSD | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
"Over the last couple months we took on the mission of finding the perfect HDD desktop docking station. The first two products we looked at were low cost units that were only limited by the amount of bandwidth our motherboard was able to provide. After that we moved on to the Thermaltake BlacX 5G, another USB 3.0 docking station that included some great accessories, an extra long cable that made moving our test system from under the desk less painful and was also able to deliver amazing performance. Now that we've seen the best USB 3.0 has to offer, a new docking station has taken over our test bench. The Thermaltake BlacX Duet forgoes USB 3.0 entirely and sticks to a tried and true eSATA / USB 2.0 combination, but that's not what the duo in Duet is about. Using eSATA's port replicator feature, Thermaltake managed to add another HDD dock to their standard USB 2.0 / eSATA docking station. This allows users to quickly add two raw hard drives to their system without cracking open the system's side panel. If you are a user who would like to swap one drive in and out of the system with ease, then most likely you have more than one drive to swap around. The best thing about the Duet, though, is that it still offers enough bandwidth to run the fastest SATA platter drives at full speed, just like USB 3.0 does."
  FULL STORY @ TWEAKTOWN

OCZ Technology Vertex 2 3.5-inch 120GB Solid State Drive
     Thu, Jan 06 2011 | 4:02P | Hard Drives/SSD | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
OCZ Technology is the Swiss Army of solid state drives. The company has a product in their line-up for every occasion. Until now desktop users have been forced to pay a premium for smaller 2.5" notebook drives that need a desktop adapter bracket. Notebook drives require larger flash modules and need an adapter to fit in desktops. These premium parts raise the cost of the SSD whether you need them or not. Keeping with the overall strategy of a product for every use (like a Swiss Army Knife), OCZ now has a desktop specific SSD that uses less dense flash and a native 3.5" form factor enclosure. The new 3.5" design is available in both Agility 2 and Vertex 2 programming with the latter having a higher IOPS. At the time of writing the 3.5" models cost the same as their notebook cousins, but this should change over time since the 3.5" drives should cost less to produce."
  FULL STORY @ TWEAKTOWN

Solid State Drives Roundup: OCZ RevoDrive, Crucial RealSSD C300, and Others
     Thu, Jan 06 2011 | 3:45P | Hard Drives/SSD | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Our today’s roundup will talk about all sorts of drives: individual drives, RAID 0 arrays of drives, drives supporting SATA300, SATA600 and PCI Express interface… They all have one thing in common – they are SSDs.
  FULL STORY @ XBITLABS

Intel X25-M 120GB Retail Solid State Drive
     Thu, Jan 06 2011 | 12:01P | Hard Drives/SSD | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
"Until Marvell and SandForce released their first solid state drives Intel had a performance lead on all of their competitors. Unfortunately in our testing we found the 80GB Postville SSD lacked capacity and at the time the 160GB version cost substantially more than most consumers were willing to spend. Intel’s ten channel controller was revolutionary, but forced Intel to release drives in odd capacity sizes. A lot has changed since we last looked at the X25-M Series products. SandForce has released odd capacity sizes, 80GB being one of them. In order to do this each channel uses less flash and it has an effect on performance. Other manufacturers have also gone as far as reducing the number of active channels to achieve smaller drives, Intel being one of them. When this happens performance is lost due to the number of parallel reads and writes being reduced. At first we thought Intel had used this method to deliver a 120GB SSD, making it from a reduced channel 160GB drive, but that was not the case."
  FULL STORY @ TWEAKTOWN

: Intel X25-M Mainstream SATA Solid-State Drive
     Wed, Jan 05 2011 | 11:43A | Hard Drives/SSD | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
" Intel, well known for its CPUs also makes Solid State Drives and their X-25M drive is regarded as one of the most reliable and economical SSD’s on the market. This model has gone through a few revisions and the current one is aimed at the mainstream market. This version of the X25-M Mainstream is based on 34-nanometer (nm), multi-level cell (MLC) NAND flash technology and is aimed at mobile and desktop clients. It has advertised speeds of up to 250 MB/s on reads and up to 70 MB/s on writes. "
  FULL STORY @ TESTFREAKS

Vantec Nexstar NST-D400S3 SuperSpeed USB 3.0 Dual Bay Hard Drive Dock Review
     Mon, Jan 03 2011 | 9:00A | Hard Drives/SSD | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
"Vantec has been on a roll lately with their NexStar line of storage products, and their USB 3.0 dual bay HDD dock is no exception. What stands out with this unit is the ability to access two hard drives simultaneously - something that is handy for all types of buyers ranging from the casual home PC user to network admins who need a quick way to access data on a hard drive."
  FULL STORY @ TWEAKNEWS

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

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