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TLC-based Trion 100 SATA Client SSDs Computex 2015
     Sat, Jun 06 2015 | 10:19A | Hard Drives | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF

OCZ Storage Solutions, a Toshiba Group Company and the most awarded solid state drive (SSD) brand of all time, today announced plans to showcase the all-new Trion 100 series, a new SSD based on Triple-Level Cell (TLC) NAND flash, at this year’s Computex in Taipei, Taiwan held June 2 - 6. As OCZ’s new value-oriented option, Trion 100 SSDs are built to provide an easy and affordable way for entry-level users to optimize their mobile or desktop systems.

Leveraging Toshiba’s Alishan SSD controller and premium A19 TLC flash memory technology, the Trion 100 series was designed to deliver a superior balance of performance, reliability, and value and will be available this summer. Running live in OCZ’s Computex booth, Trion 100’s preliminary performance ratings include up to 550MB/s of bandwidth and up to 91,000 random read IOPS, making the Trion 100 series a competitive upgrade solution that will transform any notebook or PC.

“Computex is the ideal venue for us to unveil our upcoming TLC NAND-based Trion 100 SSDs,” said Alex Mei, CMO and GM of the Client Business at OCZ Storage Solutions. “By leveraging controller and TLC NAND technology from Toshiba, we are pleased to be able to bring to market the exciting new Trion 100 SSD Series which will offer end-users an optimal mix of performance, features, and value, making it easier than ever for value-conscious consumers to leverage the benefits of a high quality yet affordable SSD that delivers improved desktop and mobile computing experiences.”

In addition to OCZ’s exciting new consumer offering, the company will provide a first look of its upcoming Z-Drive 6300 NVM Express™ (NVMe™) Add-In-Card (AIC) for enterprise customers, which will be the newest addition to the recently announced Z-Drive 6000 Series. Featuring speeds close to 3GB/s and 700,000 IOPS with capacities up to 6.4TB, the Z-Drive 6300 will take business and data center applications to a new realm of storage productivity and efficiency. Along with the 6300, the OCZ booth will host a live demo of the newly released 2.5-inch NVMe Z-Drive 6000 SSD with partner, AIC, a leading provider of OEM/ODM server and storage solutions.

For Computex attendees that want an up-close look at OCZ’s complete portfolio, the company’s entire Toshiba NAND powered consumer and enterprise solid-state storage product lineup will be on display in booth #J0224 at the Taipei World Trade Center Nangang Exhibition Hall.


New Version of Crucial SSD Software Enhances Burst Performance
     Sat, Jun 06 2015 | 3:19A | Hard Drives | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF

Enhancements allow users to increase performance, extend lifetime, and monitor health of Crucial SSDs

Crucial, a leading global brand of memory and storage upgrades, today announced significant updates to its Storage Executive tool. The new version (3.20) features Momentum Cache, an intelligent caching feature that can enhance burst performance by up to 10x[1], and allows users to extend SSD lifetime by reducing redundant writes. The tool uses idle memory for caching as needed, and installs easily via the Storage Executive interface. 

In addition to the new features, Storage Executive also allows users to:     
Update to the latest firmware
Monitor drive’s temperature and health
Reset the drive’s encryption password
Easily check how much storage has been used

"We want everyone to enjoy the benefits of solid state storage," said Jonathan Weech, storage marketing manager, Crucial. "Software that optimizes performance and keeps Crucial SSDs running efficiently is another example of how we make upgrading easy."
Crucial Storage Executive can be easily installed from www.crucial.com/se, is compatible with Microsoft® Windows® 7 and newer operating systems, and works with the Crucial M500, M550, MX100, MX200, and BX100 SSDs.


ADATA Showcasing PCIe Gen3 x4 and TLC SSDs at Computex
     Fri, Jun 05 2015 | 4:41P | Hard Drives | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF

At Computex 2015 ADATA is proud to be the only vendor to display a PCIe Gen3 SSD running Marvell's latest Eldora solution, reaching speeds upwards of 3GB/s, which is approximately six times faster than conventional SATASSDs. ADATA's SSD solution on display is now running on advanced high-density 16nm MLC NAND flash with the NVMe protocol, supporting storage capacities up to 2TB. The PCI Gen3 SSD will progressively dominate the market, with market saturation exceeding 50% as soon as 2017. ADATA plans to launch full-scale production its PCIe Gen3 SSD in the second half of 2015.

In addition to demo high-end PCIe Gen3 x4 SSDs, ADATA is also the first vendor demonstrating the PCIe Gen3 x1 SSDs with Marvell’s latest Artemis2 solution, reaching speed up to 1GB/s, which is faster than current SATA SSDs. The Gen3 x1 SSDs are DRAM-less and designed to fulfill the needs of new SSD adopters, in order to grabs the market shares of the booming trend.

TLC SSDs: the 1st Module House to Debut the Product at Computex

ADATA is the world's leading memory module house with the arrival of new high-performance SSD models with advanced features.One is SP550 equipped withan SMI SM2256 controller leveraging the TLC flash, and the otherisSP560 also utilizingthe TLC flashwith Marvell's Dean controller.

Both the SP550 and SP560 stand out with several extraordinary new featuresandleverage world-acclaimed Micron Technology's 16nm TLC NAND flash, LDPC for superior reliability and endurance, and SLC cache for lightning fasterspeedthan traditional MLC SSDs. ADATA is also demonstrating the TLC SSD systems at Computex and will be the world first vendor launching the models soon.


Samsung Wireless Streaming Hard Drive Review
     Fri, Jun 05 2015 | 12:03P | Hard Drives | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
While many users these days may have several terabytes of PC storage space, mobile storage is yet to catch up. Many phones come with just 16GB of internal storage, while 128GB is just about as good as it gets. This means most users simply cannot fit their media collections on their mobile devices – which is far from ideal.

VisionTek 120GB Pocket SSD Review @HiTech Legion
     Fri, Jun 05 2015 | 9:03A | Hard Drives | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
"The VisonTek 120GB Pocket SSD, though, is a bit more than a generic flash storage device, for the simple fact that it is basically an SSD in a USB thumb drive form factor. It includes a full featured SandForce memory controller to keep the speeds high and to handle wear leveling. The USB drive is also over provisioned by 7% meaning that there is actually 128GB of memory on the drive but 8GB is reserved to improve the longevity of the device."

Patriot Memory Ignite 480GB SSD Review
     Fri, Jun 05 2015 | 9:02A | Hard Drives | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Solid state drives (SSDs) may not be as interesting as they were upon their launch and until a couple of years ago but they are still amongst the hottest hardware components in the market something which you can easily tell just by looking at the number of models manufacturers have released just in the last year. Now as many of you know performance levels haven't really increased that much in the consumer oriented SSD market (SATA III models especially) during the past 2-3 years but we have seen a pretty significant price drop so as we speak consumers can get their hands on 480GB SATA III models for the same price one would need to get a 240GB SATA III model back in 2013. One such model is the latest Ignite 480GB SATA III SSD by Patriot Memory and today we're going to see how it compares against similar models in the market.

Corsair Force LS 120 GiB SSD Review
     Thu, Jun 04 2015 | 4:00P | Hard Drives | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
"Value SSDs at the 120 GiB capacity are very popular nowadays, since they are affordable and have enough space to use them as a fast boot drive, while you can use a standard hard drive as a secondary drive to store your data files. Today, we are testing the Corsair Force LS, a value 120 GiB SSD, and comparing its performance to a very popular 2.5" SATA SSD, the Kingston SSDNow V300 120 GiB SSD."

Crucial MX200 500GB Solid State Drive Review
     Thu, Jun 04 2015 | 9:02A | Hard Drives | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Crucial was very successful with their MX100. Will the MX200 serve as a worthy successor to the company's mainstream hit?

Samsung SM951 M.2 SSD RAID Review
     Wed, Jun 03 2015 | 5:58P | Hard Drives | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
This report is very similar. If we look at PCs, perhaps the three most valuable components are the CPU, memory and storage. The CPU and DRAM memory have moved ahead like a rabbit while memory has always moved at a snail's pace. Today is a new day. For the first time, we are going to report on data transfer speeds above 4GB/s and IOPS above 300K, yet neither present any heat concerns or loss of valuable PC space as you will soon see. This RAID combination of M.2 SSDs literally has a 'zero footprint', thanks to the ingenuity of ASRock and their X99Extreme11 motherboard and two Samsun SM951 M.2 SSDs.

     Wed, Jun 03 2015 | 2:16P | Hard Drives | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Crucial was very successful with their MX100. Will the MX200 serve as a worthy successor to the company's mainstream hit?

Western Digital My Passport Wireless 2 TB Drive Review
     Wed, Jun 03 2015 | 2:05P | Hard Drives | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Portable hard disk drives have become so commoditized that many consumers just base their purchase on price and storage capacity. To differentiate themselves, Western Digital created the wireless version of the portable hard disk drive - the 2 TB Western Digital My Passport Wireless (WDBDAF0020BBK). However, the My Passport Wireless is more than just a portable hard disk drive with a wireless access point tacked onto it. It is more of a mobile NAS with wireless capabilities. Let's take a look!

ADATA HD710A Dust/Water/Shock-proof USB 3.0 HDD
     Tue, Jun 02 2015 | 11:58A | Hard Drives | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
We have just posted up our review of the ADATA HD710A Dustproof, Waterproof and Shockproof external hard drive. This drive is IP68 rated and we drown it to find out if they are telling the truth. After that we drop in over a dozen times to find out if it's as rugged as they claim. It lives and we find out how fast this $70 drive is - after it takes a beating. Check our review for all the details.

Seagate’s 8TB Archive HDD with SMR
     Tue, Jun 02 2015 | 11:54A | Hard Drives | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
For SMR drives, such as this Seagate Archive HDD, the data tracks will partially overlap with one another, which is comparable to how shingles will partially cover each other's surface area. Data tracks are therefore quite a bit smaller and no longer have space between one another. This means that the disks can accommodate many more data tracks, which in turn results in a much greater storage capacity. And given that read heads are very small, the data reading process can remain unchanged.

Kingston HyperX Savage SSD 480Gb Review
     Tue, Jun 02 2015 | 11:53A | Hard Drives | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
"Today we are reviewing the Kingston HyperX Savage SSD 480Gb Standalone Kit, and once we are done with it, we are giving it away. In the office we only use SSDs for our main builds, gaming or general office rigs, we wouldn't consider using anything else. We use a number of HDDs in our Server, and one or two for hot back ups, but that's it. We are always interested in testing a new SSD that we have never used, so let's get on."

Patriot Memory Ignite M2 480GB SATA III M.2 SSD Review
     Mon, Jun 01 2015 | 9:03A | Hard Drives | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Jumping on the latest trend, Patriot expands its new Ignite series with an M.2 version. Does this tiny gum stick drive pack enough punch

When SSD Performance Goes Awry
     Sun, May 31 2015 | 4:00P | Hard Drives | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
An avalanche of reports started to surface last September when users began to notice that their usually speedy Samsung SSD 840 and SSD 840 EVO drives were no longer performing as they used to. We've looked deep into the problem to understand what's been fixed and what hasn't. Samsung owes its customers an explanation.

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