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Western Digital announces acquisition of SanDisk
     Mon, Nov 02 2015 | 9:00A | Hard Drives | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Western Digital and SanDisk on October 21 announced that they have entered into a definitive agreement under which Western Digital will acquire all of the outstanding shares of SanDisk for a combination of cash and stock.

OCZ Trion 100 480GB @ LanOC Reviews
     Fri, Oct 30 2015 | 4:02P | Hard Drives | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
After Toshiba picked up the bankrupt OCZ we have seen OCZ drives move to using Toshiba NAND. With the launch of the Trion 100 though things are a little different. For the first time this is full Toshiba drive that is branded with the OCZ branding. The Trion falls in OCZs product lineup as a budget drive under both the Vertex and Vector drives. The Trion 100 is the first TLC based drive for OCZ, TLC (Triple Level Cell) is similar to MLC but with an additional layer to provide a higher storage density and with that help lower costs as well. So today I’m going to dig into the Trion 100 and find out what makes it tick and then run it through our performance testing to find out how well it performs. Then at the end of the day we will put all of that together along with the price and find out if the Trion 100 is the budget drive for you.

Patriot Ignite 480GB Solid State Drive Review
     Thu, Oct 29 2015 | 4:19P | Hard Drives | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
It has been quite a while since we had any of Patriot’s drives on our test bench and it is as such a pleasure to be able to put the 480GB capacity Patriot Ignite through the paces. The Patriot Ignite is available in several versions and capacities, both M.2 and 2.5-inch form factors and it is also available in various capacities.

Silicon Power Slim S80 240GB SSD Review
     Thu, Oct 29 2015 | 4:16P | Hard Drives | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Silicon Power continues the line of affordable products with the Slim S80 7mm SSD, which is available online for just about 85 Euros when considering the 240GB version. This one is incorporating 16 NAND chips of Toshiba 19nm MLC flash along with a NANYA 512MB DDR3 buffer and the Phison PS3108-S8-I 8-channel controller.

SSD Charts 2015: 60 SSDs - Samsung PM863 960GB
     Thu, Oct 29 2015 | 4:12P | Hard Drives | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
In our comparison tables you find benchmark values regarding 60 different SSDs. Furthermore we do not comment the benchmark values. The idea and also the goal is to present to you a market overview which helps you choose the right SSD.

Mushkin Atlas Vital 250GB M.2 SSD
     Thu, Oct 29 2015 | 4:03P | Hard Drives | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
The ever-growing need for hard drive speed is being met in a variety of ways, while E-Sata is taking the rear of the pack on development and Sata 6G has reached its bandwidth limit HD pioneers like Mushkin are pressing on to the M.2 format. The Mushkin Atlas Vital 250GB M,2 (2280 form factor) is based on a budget oriented Sandforce controller but it’s based on a very good budget oriented controller. Rated to run at 550MB/s Read and 530MB/s Write it’s no slouch when it comes to M.2 speeds and since it’s an M.2 2280 form factor fits most motherboards outfitted with an M,2 slot and to put icing on the Mushkin cake there’s no wires stringing around your case to make things look messy.

Thecus W2000+ NAS
     Thu, Oct 29 2015 | 1:35P | Hard Drives | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
The W2000+ is a 2-bay NAS designed with small businesses in mind, as is evident with the inclusion of the Windows Server OS. Most NAS units are capable of connecting to a small business or even corporate network, but the W2000+ is designed to take on a more authoritative role in the network. Active Directory Domain Services provides a solid base for account management among other things, and the additional features of the included OS allow for a fully functioning server. While we typically look at devices aimed at consumers, it never hurts to get your feet wet in other areas such as the small business arena. While the W2000+ probably won’t be able to replace an established server environment, it can provide a great starting block to work from when moving from a pieced-together environment to a more organized and capable structure.

Mushkin Striker 480GB SSD, Mush On!
     Thu, Oct 29 2015 | 1:33P | Hard Drives | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Mushkin has been around since 1994 and become an industry leader and recognized for its high quality performance products and their design philosophy of continual innovation and delivering product “Wow” through quality products and unparalleled customer service. In their continual drive to innovate Mushkin announced the Striker line of SSD’s at CES 2015 promising improvements over their Chronos line of SSD’s. Delivering the Striker 480GB SSD with the Phison PS3110-S10 Quad core 8 Channel controller the 7mm drive is rated to run at 565MB/s read and 550MB/s write. With those specifications Mushkin is delivering blazing speeds as fast as any Sata 3.0 (6Gb/s) drive on the market and doing so in a more universal 7mm form factor than most.

QNAP TS-251 and TS-451 Review
     Tue, Oct 27 2015 | 9:03A | Hard Drives | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Today we’ll be taking a look at what QNAP has to offer in the TS-251 and TS-451 – two NAS units which are designed to cater for Home and SOHO users. Both products utilise 2.41GHz dual-core processors and DDR3 memory on the hardware-side and take advantage of the new QTS 4.2 OS on the software-side.

SanDisk Extreme 500 240GB Portable SSD USB 3.0 Drive Review
     Tue, Oct 20 2015 | 4:01P | Hard Drives | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
There are two types of people in this world- one who uses a USB 3.0 drive and one who uses a portable SSD USB 3.0 drive like SanDisk Extreme 500 Portable SSD USB 3.0 drive. Sure, both are USB 3.0 storage devices and you do get a high-performance USB 3.0 drives like the Kingston HyperX USB 64GB 3.0 that I tested a long time ago- and still a very good performer. The main difference is that Portable SSD drives use the same controller and NAND that you’ll find typically in an SSD. Due to more storage capacity per drive, we’ve seen many SSDs which have half the size of the PCB compared to its SSD casing- or even 1/4th the size. Naturally, it would be a matter of time we would see similar implementation for a portable drive. So it will be interesting to see how a native USB 3.0 drive like an SSD class controller and NAND-like in Extreme 500 performs.

Western Digital Blue SSHD WD40E31X 4TB Hybrid Hard Drive Review
     Mon, Oct 19 2015 | 9:01A | Hard Drives | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
A few months ago, we tested the Seagate Desktop SSHD 4TB. Now it is Western Digital's turn to throw their hat in the ring with the Blue SSHD WD40E31X 4TB. Which one should you buy?

AMD Radeon R7 240GB Solid State Drive Review
     Sun, Oct 18 2015 | 4:02P | Hard Drives | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
AMD is most known for the CPU’s and Graphics cards, more recently also their APU’s and the AMD branded memory. Now the company is taking the next step towards a complete AMD system with the custom branded AMD Radeon R7 Solid State Drives. An OCZ rebrand featuring the Barefoot 3 controller and Toshiba A19nm MLC Flash, but with a twist. Like it already was with the memory, the solid state drives aren’t built by AMD themselves but rather just AMD branded. In this case it is OCZ that makes these drives and AMD has slammed a sticker on top. But that is not all AMD has done, far from. Not only is this drive packed with the sweetest of OCZ treasure chest, it also has a special tuned firmware optimised for gaming systems. AMD has created this SSD based on feedback from their customers, asking to be able to build an all AMD system. They realise this isn’t for everyone, but a lot will like it. Having an all AMD system will allow for quick and easy assembly, it’s a simplified purchase procedure and the parts know how to work together. For anyone else, the AMD Radeon R7 SSD is still a fast and economical solution.

Angelbird SSD wrk 256GB Solid State Drive Review
     Sun, Oct 18 2015 | 4:01P | Hard Drives | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
I was pretty excited when I got this Solid State Drive (SSD) in the mail, since it is the first chance I’m getting to get hands-on with one of Angelbirds drives. Being a new player, Angelbird needs their products to stand out from the rest. This doesn’t seem to be a difficult thing for the designers of Angelbird, as all their products have a sleek simplistic, but beautiful design. Among the current products are mobile and normal Solid State Drives as well as a creatively designed PCI-Express host- and raid-board. Angelbird Technologies GmbH is a relative new player in the market, “a hi-tech company based in Vorarlberg, which although the smallest province of Austria, has an international reputation as a region of pioneering and innovation. The company’s headquarters is in the town of Lustenau surrounded by mountains and close to the border of Switzerland and Germany. The team behind Angelbird is young, experienced and passionate, with a love for quality and attention to detail. Angelbird products are developed with the environment in mind.” That is how the company is described by Roman Rabitsch, CEO.

OCZ ARC 100 240GB Solid State Drive Review
     Sun, Oct 18 2015 | 4:00P | Hard Drives | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
There is absolutely no shortage on the market any more when it comes to Solid State Drives (SSD), but not all of them are aimed at the same users and setup scenarios. So to add one more to the list, OCZ has just launched its new range of ARC 100 drives. A budget friendly series of highly reliable drives. The ARC series is where performance meets affordability. The platform is built for a sustained performance and mixed workloads while keeping an IO consistency. Built upon the brand new Toshiba A19nm Multi-Level Cell (MLC) flash and with a heart in form of OCZ’s own Indilinx Barefoot 3 M10 controller.

Crucial MX100 256GB Solid State Drive Review
     Thu, Oct 15 2015 | 4:03P | Hard Drives | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Coming off the back of our look at the 512GB model of Crucial’s new MX100 line of drives, our review today focusses on the mid-range 256GB drive which comes in at a level that many users tend to adopt due to the balance between performance and capacity. As we saw with the 512GB though, Crucial have re-written the pricing rule book with a drive that is priced lower per GB than any other drive on the market and overall costing around the same as a 256GB drive from many other brands. Keeping with the trend of bargain bucket pricing, the 256GB MX100 comes in with a banker approved price of $109.99 in the states and £78.99 over here in the UK, making it once again the ideal solution for the upgrade market; where users want to get a good boost in their systems performance, but without a hefty price that is associated with many performance products. Similar to the 512GB drive, the 256GB model utilises Micron’s latest 16nm NAND design with a Marvell 88SS9189 controller at the heart of the drive and performance wise we see the same 550MB/s read speeds, whilst the write speed is a little lower at a more modest 330MB/s. The IOPs performance is also down a little from the top line 512GB drive at 85k read and 70k write, however we do still get the same 72TB lifespan and the same three-year warranty as before.

The Ultimate Guide To SSD Benchmark Software
     Wed, Oct 14 2015 | 9:01A | Hard Drives | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
As much as many might believe the transition to SSDs to be relatively painless process, it isn’t always so. The number of e-mails, forum posts and pm’s we have received indicates that, as easy as buying a pre-configured system with an SSD, moving from a hard drive to SSD is not always so. We addressed SSD migration some time ago in our article ‘SSD Migration or Fresh System Installation‘, however, we never quite spoke to testing to ensure your SSD is up to snuff; this article does just that.

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