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OCZ RevoDrive X2 100GB PCI-E Solid State Drive Review
     Sun, May 01 2011 | 9:01A | Hard Drives/SSD | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
“OCZ is no stranger to creating some of the fastest solid state drives available. We know this from our reviews of the original RevoDrive and the Vertex 3 drive. Today OCZ has sent us their X2 version of the RevoDrive, which is to be faster and available in larger capacities. It boasts max speeds of 740MB/s read and 720MB/s write and capacities of up to 960GB. If you are a person that always needs to have some of the fastest components available in your system then the RevoDrive X2 is for you. Let’s see if it will become the fastest solid state drive we have tested to date!"
  FULL STORY @ THINKCOMPUTERS

QNap TS-219P+ Network Attached Storage Review Review
     Sat, Apr 30 2011 | 9:02A | Hard Drives/SSD | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Take a look at the QNap TS-219P+ Network Attached Storage Box as we walk you through the features that come along with it. For a high level of functionality and comfortable storage, I have been very impressed with the great interface it provides."
  FULL STORY @ FUSIONMODS

Crucial Unleashes the M4 SATA 3 SSD To The Public
     Fri, Apr 29 2011 | 9:19P | Hard Drives/SSD | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Just a quick note to pass on that the Crucial M4 SSDs, as reviewed here, have been released to the public as of this morning and can be purchased from Crucial direct by following this link! Of particular interest just might be the pricing as we are seeing great prices for the 64GB, 128GB and 256GB at $129, $299 and $499 mark which seems to be a low for the new gen SATA 3 family. Prices have gone up a bit since their original estimate (shown below) but this SSD is still the lowest available for generation, performance and price. In fact, the Crucial M4 512GB SSD comes in at around $999 where its competition can be found at Newegg in the 480GB capacity for $1899.
  FULL STORY @ THESSDREVIEW

Seagate Barracuda XT 3TB
     Wed, Apr 27 2011 | 12:01P | Hard Drives/SSD | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
The Seagate Barracuda XT 3TB is the fastest mechanical drive that we have tested. The drive has excellent sequential read and write up to 150MB/s. While SSDs may grab the market headlines, they are still relatively expensive at $1.5 per gigabyte and with capacity limited to a few hundred gigabytes. At 0.08 cents per gigabyte, the Seagate Barracuda XT offers an excellent pricing as a secondary drive to complement the limited storage capacity of the SSD. With 3TB of space, 64MB Cache, 7200 RPM and SATA 6Gb/s interface, the Barracuda XT 3TB definitely won't bog down a system. It is also hard to say no to the drive considering that it comes with a 5 year warranty, while most mainstream hard drives now only carry 3 year warranty.
  FULL STORY @ BJORN3D

ICY DOCK MB974SP-B Review @ Vortez
     Tue, Apr 26 2011 | 1:15P | Hard Drives/SSD | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
The MB974SP-B is aimed at a wide audience, from professionals looking to increase their server storage capacity to enthusiasts with high storage requirements or simply those looking to manage their hard drives in a more sensible and accessible fashion. This review will attempt to discover if the ICY DOCK's latest addition performs well and whether it's worth you parting with your hard-earned.
  FULL STORY @ VORTEZ

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

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