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EXCLUSIVE! Patriot Ignite SSD Review (480GB) - Asynch Flash Takes On a Whole New Look
     Wed, Mar 04 2015 | 9:29A | Hard Drives | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Up until recently, Patriot Memory seemed to have moved back from the SSD scene and become focused on phone accessories and portable devices for their retail makeup. Today is a new day, however, and Patriot enters the SSD arena once again. Read on as we put the new 480GB Patriot Ignite to the tes in our first review of a Patriot SSD for some time. As with many third-party SSDs in previous years, Patriots drives have typically been SandForce driven. Recently, Phison has become recognized as a solid competitor in the SSD controller game through their offering of great performance at a decent price. The end result seems to be a much closer look at Phison by SSD manufacturers, Patriot included with the introduction of their new Ignite SSD family."

Plextor M6 Pro 128GB SSD Review
     Tue, Mar 03 2015 | 12:46P | Hard Drives | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Today Chris takes a look at yet another Plextor SSD, this time it`s the golden M6 Pro in the 128GB capacity. Is this a drive for you to consider? Read on."

Seagate Seven External USB 3.0 Drive Review
     Mon, Mar 02 2015 | 4:03P | Hard Drives | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Seagate announced a handful of new products at CES 2015 and let it be known that this year will be the company’s 35th year in the storage business. Among the new products being announced was the Seagate Seven, which true to its name is a 7mm thick portable external drive. That makes it thinner than an iPhone 6 Plus and give it the title of being the World’s thinnest 500GB portable hard drive! Read on to see how it performs!

Crucial MX200 500GB SSD Review
     Mon, Mar 02 2015 | 12:31P | Hard Drives | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
The new Crucial MX200 SSD series is announced, which is not only very performant, but also designed for a higher reliability. The Crucial MX200 series is currently available with a capacity of 250 GB and 500 GB up to 1 TB. We have tested the new Crucial MX200 SSD CT500MX200SSD1 with 500 GB, compare it with the Crucial C300, m4, M500, M550 and MX100 and compete many more Solid State Drives and Hard Drives against it.

WD Red 5TB NAS (WD50EFRX) HDD Review
     Mon, Mar 02 2015 | 12:30P | Hard Drives | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
NAS drive solution from WD and Seagate have been around for a while, and recently introduced two storage capacity variants- WD50EFRX 5TB and WD60EFRX 6TB. We’re going to take a look at the 5TB Red Variant. To keep with the storage demands with the SOHO environment- including the never ending media collection that people grow from time-to-time, the newer variants are made for 1-to-8 bay NAS unit solutions. With a 5TB, you get a total of up to 40TB and with 6TB you get up to 48TB.

Crucial BX100 SSD Review (500GB/1TB)
     Sun, Mar 01 2015 | 9:02A | Hard Drives | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Crucial’s newest BX100 SATA 3 SSD aims to be one of the cheapest SSD lines in the current entry-level marketplace. Entering the SSD business way back in 209, Crucial has really started to hone in on the larger consumer base of SSD’s starting with the M550, the MX100, and now the BX100 series. The introduction of the new BX100 seems to be Crucial’s stab at making an even lower tiered value SSDs than the MX100. The trade-off, however, is that the BX100 is available in sizes up to 1TB.

Crucial MX200 500GB & 1TB SSD Review @ Hardware Canucks
     Sat, Feb 28 2015 | 9:29A | Hard Drives | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
As a replacement to the MX100, Crucial`s MX200 seems to have it all; performance, longevity, a low price and advanced features. These new SSDs may be some of the best around."

Crucial MX200 and BX100 Series SSD Review
     Fri, Feb 27 2015 | 9:01A | Hard Drives | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Crucial and Micron have been hard and heavy in the SSD arena and since they are also a big player in the semiconductor business they have a good foundation for the storage media platform. We had a look at the MX100 drive back in June of '14 and we found that the performance was very good and the pricing was very attractive. They've now released the follow up drive in the MX200 series along with a more budget friendly BX100 series. They sent us over some samples to evaluate and see what improvements they've made. They are really targeting to cover both entry level and mainstream consumers with these drives and as a spoiler we'll say that they did a pretty good job....

Silicon Motion SM2256 Controller with Samsung TLC NAND Review
     Fri, Feb 27 2015 | 9:00A | Hard Drives | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Controllers are the heart and soul of every SSD. Without one, an SSD would be a useless PCB with some components slapped on it. It is responsible for everything from garbage collection and wear leveling to error correction and hardware encryption. In simple terms, all these operations can be quite complicated to implement as well as expensive to develop. This is why many companies who want to get into the SSD game turn to controller manufacturers for solutions. They can offer companies complete reference designs and firmware to get products to market quicker than they could on their own, especially if they don’t have the funds to support in-house solutions.

Crucial MX200 250 GB
     Thu, Feb 26 2015 | 2:20P | Hard Drives | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Crucial's new MX200 SSD is able to utilize portions of the flash capacity in super-fast SLC mode, which makes it the fastest SSD we ever tested. Once the disk gets fuller, the drive automagically switches to MLC mode, block-by-block, all in the background, so you can maximize disk space usage.

Crucial makes some of the most popular SSDs around
     Thu, Feb 26 2015 | 2:16P | Hard Drives | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Crucial makes some of the most popular SSDs around, so we were eager to get our hands on its latest creations. The MX200 features a fancy write acceleration scheme that treats unused capacity as a dynamic SLC cache, while the BX100 dives deeper into budget territory with a no-frills package wrapped around a surprisingly potent Silicon Motion controller. Read on for the scoop on how both compare to a broad selection of alternatives.

Samsung PSSD T1 Portable 1TB SSD Review
     Thu, Feb 26 2015 | 12:03P | Hard Drives | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
:"A incredibly compact, sleek high performing storage solution for your pocket. Today Tyler tells us all about Samsung's brand new PSSD T1 portable 1TB SSD."

Samsung Portable SSD T1 250GB Review
     Thu, Feb 26 2015 | 12:01P | Hard Drives | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Sexy and luxurious are two adjectives you don't often see when one is talking about portable storage drives. Samsung is no stranger to beautiful designs and the South Korean electronics giant has an actual global design team that is tasked with the job of bringing good looking products to market. Someone at Samsung wanted to come out with a tiny yet stylish, external portable SSD that uses the USB 3.0 interface to become the fastest drive on the market. The result of this was the Samsung Portable SSD T1, which is hands down the exciting USB 3.0 external storage drive that we have seen since the adaptation of SuperSpeed USB 3.0. Read on to see how it performs on our test system!

WD My Passport Wireless Review: Shared Wireless Storage
     Tue, Feb 24 2015 | 12:01P | Hard Drives | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
The Western Digital Passport Wireless is a member of a new class of storage devices that combine run-of-the-mill USB storage with wireless hotspot and media center functionality. These devices essentially marry what used to be two separate drives - an external USB device and a media device that can stream data wirelessly to connected devices. They also help address the relatively small amount of storage that is included with today's mobile devices, as they let you store and access terabytes of data on your smartphone or tablet without having to store it locally. It's an interesting combination, and very useful if you're the type of person who is constantly passing your external drive around to family members or co-workers. Instead of using Sneaker Net, a drive like the WD My Passport Wireless lets other people connect to the drive wirelessly for file sharing, and it also allows connected users to stream its contents either via a mobile app or via file explorer/Finder. It even doubles as a Wi-Fi Hotspot

Seagate Desktop 3.5? 4TB Solid State Hybrid Drive Review
     Mon, Feb 23 2015 | 4:01P | Hard Drives | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
In today’s market, there are countless storage options out there for you to choose for your current system or for a new build that you are planning and in general we find one of two main options being selected for the primary boot drive – this being either a hard drive which offers up large storage capacities, or a solid state drive that mainly offers up the speed. In the OEM sector, the operating system is typically installed on to a hard drive, whilst custom-built systems from the like of Overclockers UK and PC Specialist use either hard drives or the faster technology that a solid state drive has to offer based on the target audience and the price point. When we look at where we can boost the performance of a system, be it a pre-built system that is already owned, or one that is in the process of being “spec’d” up, one of the key areas where performance can be gained is through the storage medium, but even in today’s market, the price per GB of storage that a SSD sees over that of a hard drive is still quite high. This premium for SSD performance can in some instances leave users with quite a dilemma; do you choose space or performance? One option that many say you should go down is to buy a SSD for the boot drive and then a secondary hard drive for the volume, but although the price of entry-level solid state products is far more affordable than it was only a year or to back, by the time you take the price of a hard drive into account, the cost is still fairly expensive for some. Naturally the other logical route that many users see is to simply go down the mechanical drive route and sacrifice performance in favour of purchase cost and the larger volumes that are on offer.

Sandisk Extreme Pro 480GB Review
     Mon, Feb 23 2015 | 4:00P | Hard Drives | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
It has has been around a year since we last looked at a Sandisk Solid State Drive – the Extreme II … their ultimate performance model at the time. Today we look at their latest flagship drive – the Extreme Pro. This SSD is designed to deliver the fastest speeds possible, but with a focus on long term reliability. If you are an enthusiast gamer or media professional this may very well be the drive you will want in your next system build. The 480GB version we review today is priced around the £260 inc vat mark.

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