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Silicon-Power Velox V55 240GB
     Sat, Aug 03 2013 | 12:00P | Hard Drives | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Overall if you are looking at the cheapest possible way to get your hands on an SSD then the Silicon-Power Velox V55 provides a nice option. Performance is strong, although nothing like the top tier models, more like what we saw from the previous generation. Reliability is unknown at this point, though Silicon-Power does offer a 3 year warranty for that piece of mind.
  FULL STORY @ LEGIONHARDWARE

Samsung 840 EVO Solid State Drive Review @ HardwareHeaven.com
     Sat, Aug 03 2013 | 8:27A | Hard Drives | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Samsung 840 EVO Solid State Drive Review @ HardwareHeaven.com Replacing the non-Pro 840 models in their product stack and sitting just below the 840 Pro the Evo SSDs arrive in capacities of 120GB-1TB and include some rather interesting software developments. These aim to give us a boost in performance past the level we would normally expect from a SATA3 so today we take the 1TB model for a spin, comparing it in real world and synthetic tests to the direct competitor Crucials 960GB M500 as well as a selection of other current generation models."
  FULL STORY @ HARDWAREHEAVEN.COM

OCZ Vertex 3.20 SSD performing in real life?
     Fri, Aug 02 2013 | 12:01P | Hard Drives | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
OCZ Technology is well known for their SSD drives. The OCZ Vertex 3.20 series is designed for high-end consumers and workstation use. The capacity is 120GB and 240GB only. The sequential read and write the speed is up to 550MB/s and 520MB/s according to OCZ. But how is the OCZ Vertex 3.20 SSD performing in real life?
  FULL STORY @ TWEAK

Plextor M5 Pro Xtreme 256GB SATA III SSD Review @ RWLabs
     Fri, Aug 02 2013 | 12:00P | Hard Drives | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
It took practically forever to get our hands on Plextor’s M5 Pro Xtreme. The drive was launched in February or there about. In terms of an SSD’s marketable lifespan that’s a really long time ago. What this means is the M5 Pro has been a top tier enthusiast drive in the same class as OCZ’s Vector, Samsung’s 840 Pro, and the newly launched SanDisk Extreme II all along.
  FULL STORY @ RWLABS

Samsung 840 EVO 750GB Review @ Vortez
     Fri, Aug 02 2013 | 8:27A | Hard Drives | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
The new 840 EVO arrives with a new 3-core MEX controller and 1x nm Samsung toggle NAND. Improvements have been made to the hardware specification and an exciting new RAPID mode feature will be available for EVO with Magician V4.2 which pushes transfer speeds beyond 500MB/s. Later in our review we will be delving into the advantages of RAPID mode and seeing how it benefits the user."
  FULL STORY @ VORTEZ.NET

Crucial M500 240GB SSD Review
     Thu, Aug 01 2013 | 4:07P | Hard Drives | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
We`ve seen the large 960GB M500 and the smaller 120GB drives. Today we look at the sweet spot for enthusiasts and power users, the 256GB class model. Sold with 240GB of user capacity, does the mid size model suffer from the same performance issues that plague the 120GB model or does this one take after big brother?"
  FULL STORY @ TWEAKTOWN.COM

KingFast E-Drive Pro KF2510SCF 120GB SLC SSD Review
     Thu, Aug 01 2013 | 12:01P | Hard Drives | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
If you are a novice regarding SSDs and SSD technology, the names ‘Runcore’ and ‘KingFast’ should at least strike a chord. The two companies recently merged, with KingFast becoming the sub-brand of RunCore; neither have shown signs of slowing down. Being two of the top SSD manufacturers, we will be looking at their newest SLC creation. Between the three NAND memory types – SLC (Single Layer Cell), MLC (Multi Layer Cell), and TLC (Three Layer Cell) – consumers typically are accustomed to MLC. SLC has the best endurance and best performance, but is also more expensive and lower in capacity due to cost and technical limitations. TLC is the exact opposite, and hence is not seen due to its lack of productivity, especially since MLC fits as the best intermediate between the two – solid performance, high density, low cost, decent endurance.
  FULL STORY @ TECHNOLOGYX

 
Asustor AS-604T NAS Review @ HardwareHeaven.com
     Thu, Aug 01 2013 | 9:05A | Hard Drives | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Today on our test bench we`ll be taking a look at the AS-604T NAS from Asustor. Asustor are a relatively new entrant into the home and small business digital storage business however as a division of the Taiwanese PC giant Asus they certainly have the backing to make a big splash."
  FULL STORY @ HARDWAREHEAVEN.COM

newest budget SSD
     Thu, Aug 01 2013 | 9:00A | Hard Drives | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
This week on the podcast, we discuss the health of the PC gaming industry, Samsung's newest budget SSD, Intel's datacenter developments, and the current state of Internet surveillance.
  FULL STORY @ TECHREPORT

Silicon Power Velox V55 240GB SSD
     Wed, Jul 31 2013 | 4:02P | Hard Drives | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Judging by all the SSDs I’ve used and reviewed during the past 5 years or so it's really safe to say that currently in the market we have three types of models, the majority that focus mostly on performance, some that focus in reliability and finally a few ones that try to combine the best of both worlds and offer the best performance/reliability ratio possible. This of course is directly tied to the type of controller used and as many of you know the most popular controllers used by most manufacturers are manufactured by LSI SandForce and Marvell with Indillinx and Samsung ones currently used only in OCZ and Samsung SSD models. Controllers manufactured by these companies are probably used in 99% of all the SSD models out in the market however that doesn't mean that there aren't any other capable controller manufacturers and so today we will be taking a closer look at an SSD model based on a controller by one of the less-known manufacturers the Silicon Power Velox V55 240GB SATA III SSD.
  FULL STORY @ NIKKTECH

Seagate 600 Pro SSD 400GB @ Bjorn3D
     Wed, Jul 31 2013 | 11:55A | Hard Drives | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
The Seagate 600 Pro SSD comes in storage capacity ranges from 100GB to 480GB. It comes in multiples of 100GB or 120GB. Technically, the 120GB and the 100GB drives contains the same numbers of NANDs but the smaller capacity drives have a greater amount of space reserved for over provision. The drives will all come in 7 form factor."
  FULL STORY @ BJORN3D.COM

SanDisk Extreme II Solid State Drive SDSSDXP
     Wed, Jul 31 2013 | 9:02A | Hard Drives | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
In this article Benchmark Reviews tests the 240GB SanDisk Extreme II SSD, model SDSSDXP-240G-G25, against the leading competition. This slim 7mm solid state drive is advertised to reach 550 MB/s reads and 510 MB/s writes with its Marvell 88SS9187 SSD processor, while also reaching 95,000 IOPS for random reads. SanDisk then goes beyond simple transfer speeds and TRIM garbage collection by including proprietary nCache non-volatile write cache technology for its 19nm Toggle NAND Flash.
  FULL STORY @ BENCHMARKREVIEWS

Plextor PX-M5M mSATA 256GB SSD Review
     Wed, Jul 31 2013 | 8:30A | Hard Drives | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
At this point nearly every notebook and ultrabook ships with an mSATA slot. Some products ship with the slot populated and others hide the connector under the keyboard. Upcoming products based on Haswell CPUs will bring more SATA III mSATA ports to notebooks. It`s time to find products to populate them."
  FULL STORY @ TWEAKTOWN.COM

QNAP TS-421 & QTS 4.0 @ techPowerUp
     Wed, Jul 31 2013 | 1:45A | Hard Drives | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
QNAP recently released a major upgrade of their operating system, the QTS 4.0, and they were kind enough to send us a 4-bay NAS for testing, the TS-421, which comes with their latest operating system pre-installed. The TS-421 is a mid-level NAS best suited to home and SOHO environments."
  FULL STORY @ TECHPOWERUP.COM

Seagate Business Storage 2-bay 6TB review
     Tue, Jul 30 2013 | 5:44P | Hard Drives | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
You get USB 3.0 in the front and back, a solid build quality, good trays for the disks and even a slot for a USM hard disk. It's really a distinguishing factor, and if you need a business-oriented NAS that will only be used for back-ups, then the Seagate Business Storage 2-bay is an interesting option. USM disks can be used in the same manner as tapes, and thanks to the SATA port it's fast. It's also very user-friendly, and using this NAS for making back-ups doesn't require a degree in IT.
  FULL STORY @ HARDWARE

Corsair Voyager Air 500GB
     Tue, Jul 30 2013 | 3:44P | Hard Drives | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
One thing we were quite pleased with was the overall ease and friendliness of this unit, with both setting up and changing configurations really only one or two clicks away and at most waiting one minute for it to reboot. The quick start guide was also an improvement over the Patriot version with a simple and easy to digest manual, for even the most novice of users to be up and running in no time.
  FULL STORY @ LEGIONHARDWARE

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