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iStorage diskGenie 128GB SSD Review
     Wed, May 18 2011 | 12:01P | Hard Drives/SSD | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
For those that want speed and security from their hard drive, a solid state drive is your best option. The diskGenie 128gb is the mid ranged option out of iStorage's current range. They also sell a 30gb, 64gb, 240gb and 256gb; all of are priced differently at £140, £209, £689 and £919, respectively. iStorage claim that the diskGenie SSD is the world's most secure, smallest and affordable portable hard drive. With that in mind, let's see how the diskGenie does in the review...
  FULL STORY @ IMAGES

Patriot Torqx 2 Solid State Drive Preview
     Tue, May 17 2011 | 8:46P | Hard Drives/SSD | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
"We've spent so much time talking about the high end market with new products from SandForce and Marvell, but failed to keep track of the mainstream products that cater to the bang for your buck crowd. In this class of products you find controllers from Toshiba, Samsung, JMicron and now Phison. Phison has been around for several years and is one of the early developers of consumer class SSD controllers. Their early products made their way into OEM netbooks, but were never fast enough to warrant a large scale 2.5" form factor product for the discrete aftermarket folks; at least none that read these pages. That has changed with the new Phison PS3105-S5. While this might be the first time you've heard of the PS3105, I've had to hear about it for the last three months. Solid state engineers have been talking this controller up for quite some time. The new Phison is supposed to be a perfect mainstream SSD with acceptable SSD speed and an acceptable mainstream SSD price."
  FULL STORY @ TWEAKTOWN

OCZ Vertex 2 120GB SSD
     Tue, May 17 2011 | 6:46P | Hard Drives/SSD | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
"Its on folks, after a few years of being stonewalled, XSR is back working with OCZ; and what a good way to get back into the swing of things. Today it’s the OCZ Vertex 2 120GB SSD that we’re looking into; hopefully it’s not the last one we’ll do either, so I better do I good job; though I can’t give them an easy time either, what a dilemna."
  FULL STORY @ XSREVIEWS

Intel SSD 510 Series 120 GB including Raid vs 250 GB
     Tue, May 17 2011 | 6:31P | Hard Drives/SSD | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
The SSD 510 Series is the first SATA III SSD from Intel. We had the chance to test the 120 GB version single and raid 0 against the 250 GB version.
  FULL STORY @ TWEAKPC

Thermaltake Max 5G 3.5 Hard Drive Enclosure
     Tue, May 17 2011 | 6:16P | Hard Drives/SSD | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Have you ever woken up in the morning and wished for a breakfast in bed? I am certain a few of you individuals have experienced this craving, and let me be the first to tell you that the Thermaltake Max 5G is exactly that craving taunter. Now, many of you are probably wondering what I am trying to get at here, so let me clarify -- bacon. Simply put, this hard drive enclosure smells like bacon in my opinion. Thermaltake must have some kind of telekinesis power, because who would make a HDD enclosure that smells like bacon? Let us not get too carried away with the "bacony" goodness of the Max 5G. Many would have expected this "meaty" enclosure to make a lot of noise, considering it incorporates two fans. With two fans, one would at least expect to hear much of the fan noise. However, after turning it on for quite some time, it was actually not too bad. Continuing on with my daily chores, it almost made me think the fans were not even on, but the stylish blue LEDs convinced me otherwise. I am not sure what is with all the blue LED fans that manufactures keep using on almost all the electronics I use, but it is almost getting to the point where my computer is now a glowing blue monster in the middle of the night. Thermaltake sure seems to be messing around my head when it comes to this enclosure. Read on to find out why!
  FULL STORY @ APHNETWORKS

Firmware Fix for SSDNow V100 Solid-State Drives
     Tue, May 17 2011 | 12:01P | Hard Drives/SSD | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Kingston has emailed us to get the word out to all SSDNow V100 users about a latent technical issue discovered in the V100 drive's firmware. This issue can cause the drive to become unresponsive at POST or during the booting process. Various posts across several forums allude to the SSD becoming completely inaccessible and/or causing the computer to hang for a few minutes while attempting to access the unresponsive drive.
  FULL STORY @ TECHGAGE

SandForce SF-2000 Series Client Launch
     Tue, May 17 2011 | 9:03A | Hard Drives/SSD | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
"2010 was not only SandForce's break out year, but the year in which SandForce became an industry leader. In order to do that, SandForce needed to engineer a product that was innovative and offer a significant increase in performance to the competitions products, while doing so at a lower cost. That is exactly what SandForce managed to do. Today SandForce is launching two new consumer products designed to build upon the success of the SF-1200. The SF-2200 will be the successor for the high end enthusiast market, and the new SF-2100 will occupy the quickly emerging mainstream SSD market. We have a lot of information to share with you today, so let's get started."
  FULL STORY @ TWEAKTOWN

 
OCZ Technology Vertex 3 (SF-2200) Solid State Drive Preview
     Tue, May 17 2011 | 9:01A | Hard Drives/SSD | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
"Yesterday we looked at the Corsair Performance 3, the first retail next generation Marvell - BKK2 controlled SSD to hit our lab. Today we have the Performance 3's, and for that matter every other new consumer SSD's main competitor in house; the OCZ Technology Vertex 3. OCZ Technology leads all other manufacturers in SSD development. The company has put forth a vast amount of resources in this market and even all but abandoned their memory products that put OCZ on the map. The payoff has been a near two year domination of the SSD market with sales that dwarf all other manufacturers. OCZ is at this point the SSD manufacturer in which all others strive to be. SandForce is announcing two new consumer class controllers. There's the SF-2200, a high end consumer controller with 16 data lanes (8 accessible at one time) in a 400-TFBGA package capable of reading data at 550MB/s and writing data at 525MB/s. The other one is the new mainstream SF-2100 which has up to 8 data lanes and uses a 256-TFBGA package. SandForce didn't give out a lot of information on the new 2100, but we've working on getting more information. We'll give you a full breakdown on the new controllers tomorrow since not all of the information relates to the Vertex 3. Yes, today is all about the OCZ Technology Vertex 3. A few websites previewed the Vertex 3 PRO a few days ago, but the PRO model is an enterprise part that costs considerably more than the consumer drive we are looking at today."
  FULL STORY @ TWEAKTOWN

Intel 311 Larson Creek 20GB SLC SSD Review
     Mon, May 16 2011 | 3:57P | Hard Drives/SSD | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
"The Intel SSD 311 Series 20GB 'Larson Creek' drive proved itself to be a great cache drive. If you have an Intel Z68 platform that can run Intel Smart Response Technology, it's worth looking into if you have a hard drive for the primary drive and don't want to splurge on an SSD and having to re-install your OS! "
  FULL STORY @ LEGITREVIEWS

Patriot Torqx 2 128GB SSD Review
     Mon, May 16 2011 | 3:56P | Hard Drives/SSD | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Every now and then it is refreshing to see a company that believes that rushing into the dog race of technological advance might not be as business smart as simply understanding customer needs. This is definitely the case with Patriot and their new Torqx 2 SSD that not only remains to be a SATA 2.0 drive, but also, is definitely in the price range to attract new SSD enthusiasts. In the rush to push out SATA 3, SSD manufacturers may have forgotten that 99% of computer owners are using SATA 2 systems and just might seek a SATA 2 SSD in the near future. The Patriot Torqx 2 SSD has just been released to consumer sales and is available in capacities of 32, 64, 128 and 256GB. Patriot has listed its performance as 270MB/s read and 230MB/s write and have upped their warranty to 3 years which is great to see in a SSD although, most likely it will never be needed. At the time of this report, there was a company rebate which brought pricing to a very reasonable $74.99 (32GB), $114.99 (64GB), $199.99 (128GB) and $489.99 (256GB).
  FULL STORY @ THESSDREVIEW

Intel's Smart Response; SSD Caching Tested
     Mon, May 16 2011 | 3:51P | Hard Drives/SSD | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Interested in faster-than-mechanical performance but don't want to splurge on a big SSD? Intel has a tech for that, and it meets you half-way by utilizing a modestly sized SSD for caching purposes, used in conjunction with any HDD you want for total storage. Read on as we cover both the setup process and our real-world test results.
  FULL STORY @ RESPONSE

HDCV-1 and KF-252-BK Hard Drive and SSD Docking Solutions Review
     Mon, May 16 2011 | 3:46P | Hard Drives/SSD | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
The amount of data we transfer from one computer to another is getting a bit tedious. Couple this with our constant need for computer upgrades, most of us in industries related to computers of any sort usually have a bunch of extra hard drives kicking around. Some of us even tend to be on the hoarder side of the coin and can't seem to get rid of any amount of data storage. If this sounds a little familiar chances are the two products we are about to show you from Kinwin will be exactly what you are looking for. Let's take a look at the Kingwin HDCV-1 and KF-252-BK Hard Drive and SSD Docking Solutions on deck for today and see if they are a good fit for your data access needs:
  FULL STORY @ SOLUTIONS

Intel SSD 510 Series 120GB Review
     Sun, May 15 2011 | 4:02P | Hard Drives/SSD | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
The OCZ Vertex 3 240GB blew us away when we reviewed it earlier this month. Its lighting fast transfer speeds and application performance left no room for the competition to breathe -- including the once-praised Samsung 470 Series and Crucial RealSSD C300 drives. The Vertex 3 proved to be dramatically faster than its predecessor, and perhaps just as important, that speed comes at nearly the same cost. Having surpassed some of the best SSDs we've tested, we were left to wonder if the Vertex 3 would remain unattested in the short-term. With Crucial's M4 shaping up to be a mainstream drive, who else could rise to the challenge? We may have an answer to that question today as we test the closest thing the Vertex 3 has to competition: Intel's new flagship SSD 510 Series.
  FULL STORY @ TECHSPOT

ICY DOCK MB974SP-B Internal 4-bay Enclosure
     Sun, May 15 2011 | 4:00P | Hard Drives/SSD | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
“Storage is something we can never have too much of, I myself have over 4TB of space and it is running out! Most of my storage is external though, so it’s a pain to take with me to LAN parties or other events. Most cases these days have room for 4-6 hard drives, but for some people that still is not enough. How many optical drives do you have? I don’t even use them anymore so I have 4 open spots in my case for nothing really. Well not nothing, ICY DOCK has a great device that will allow me to fit four more hard drives in three 5.25-inch drive bays. The device is the MB974SP-B, let&rsqu o;s see if it is the perfect device for you to add more storage to your system."
  FULL STORY @ THINKCOMPUTERS

Silverstone FP36 3.5" USB 3.0 Bay Device/SSD Mount
     Fri, May 13 2011 | 4:00P | Hard Drives/SSD | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
"Silverstone's FP36 will only run you about $20CDN and is a wonderfully high quality 3.5" bay device that gives you two front-mounted USB 3.0 ports, and is also capable of holding two 2.5" HDD's or SSD's on the inside of your case. This really makes it a great and affordable device to bring your case up to speed with support for both the latest USB interface and the latest storage trend, SSD's."
  FULL STORY @ DREAMWARECOMPUTERS

Intel 320 Series 300GB SATA II SSD Review - Intel Maintains Focus On SATA II
     Fri, May 13 2011 | 9:03A | Hard Drives/SSD | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Every so often a subject presents itself that, on the surface, leaves people wondering what the heck the company had in mind when they started the production line rolling. The 320 Series SSD seems to be just that as word of this SSD was leaked a few weeks back and the technology community seems to think Intel would be crazy to release this in a time of so many SATA 3 SSD releases. What the heck is Intel thinking?!? This past week we had the opportunity to speak with Troy Winslow, Intel NAND Group Marketing Manager, with respect to just this and we were also able to put this new Intel release through the paces first hand to see what the buzz was really about. Troy reminded us that we might take a look at the bigger picture which was that this is Intels third release in three months and that there is a large segment of present SSD users, as well as those migrating to SSDs, that still rely on SATA 2 computers. Hence, there just may be a key audience for the Intel 320 Series SATA II SSD.
  FULL STORY @ THESSDREVIEW

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