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Crucial M500 960GB
     Sun, Oct 20 2013 | 12:02P | Hard Drives | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
We’ve said for quite some time that the biggest performance increase you’ll see in a system upgrade these days it moving to a Solid State Drive. The improvements of an SSD, in our opinion, are nothing short of astounding. Controller tech, speeds, and storage sizes are the golden trifecta of SSD success. And today we’re looking at the Crucial M500 960GB drive that is poised to address all three. With a massive storage capacity to suit those who don’t want to compromise, the customized Marvell controller inside promises speeds up to 500MB/s Read and 400MB/s Write, and comes with an attractive price tag of $550. That appears to be a solid combination of speed, capacity, and price, so let’s take a closer look at, the Crucial M500 960GB and see how things measure up.”
  FULL STORY @ PUREOVERCLOCK

Toshiba Set To Change SSD Landscape with Upper Tier SSDs at Rock Bottom Pricing
     Sun, Oct 20 2013 | 9:29A | Hard Drives | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
If the fact that Toshiba is now selling retail SSDs to the consumer surprises you, it should. For some time now, the SSD industry has had its eye on Toshiba as they seemed to get caught behind the eight ball. From our perspective, the only Toshiba SSDs we had reported on were the client THNSN 128GB SATA 2 mSATA SSD found in our Toshiba Z830 Ultrabook Review, and the SandForce Driven Toshiba 6Gbps SSD that we briefly spoke of in our MBA Ivy Bridge Mid-2012 Report. For the most part, Toshiba was nowhere to be found in the consumer SSD market, at least until Q3 of this year, and their presence in client systems is still not as those in the SSD world might have predicted. Toshibas importance in the SSD market cannot be overlooked and Wayne Eisenberg (formerly of SMART and now OCZ) provided reason in his article, Examining the SSD Industry Benefits of Owning The Fab. He spoke of the main NAND manufacturers being Samsung, Toshiba, Hynix, SanDisk, Intel and Micron, and these manufacturers having the ability to shape the SSD industry, much to the disadvantage of third party SSD manufacturers. In a nut shell, those who Own the Fab could manufacture and sell SSDs at a lower price than third party manufacturers, forcing them to realign their products in areas that are more likely to support their revenue goals. Examples of this are evident with Patriot and Corsair who have changed product direction slightly, as well as OCZ who seems to be moving more into the enterprise SSD side of things than consumer."
  FULL STORY @ THESSDREVIEW.COM

SanDisk Extreme II 120GB RAID 0 SSD Report
     Sat, Oct 19 2013 | 1:41P | Hard Drives | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
o or more of SanDisk`s Extreme II Hyper-Class 120GB SSD`s and your Intel based motherboard is a cost effective way to experience RAID 0 bliss. Think of it as SLI for your storage."
  FULL STORY @ TWEAKTOWN.COM

Corsair Force LS 240GB SSD Review
     Sat, Oct 19 2013 | 11:08A | Hard Drives | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
sair teamed up with Phison to add another level to the Force brand. The new Force LS uses Phison`s S8 controller and Toshiba NAND flash."
  FULL STORY @ TWEAKTOWN.COM

OCZ Vertex 450 256 GB SSD @ techPowerUp
     Thu, Oct 17 2013 | 6:21P | Hard Drives | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
The Vertex 450 is OCZ`s replacement for their Vertex 4 and uses OCZ`s own in-house Indilinx Barefoot controller. In our testing we see performance that matches the Vertex 4, at a lower price. The included TrueImage HD software makes migration easier than before, especially for less experienced users."
  FULL STORY @ TECHPOWERUP.COM

QNAP TS-420 review: 4-bay midrange NAS
     Thu, Oct 17 2013 | 4:03P | Hard Drives | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
On the one hand QNAP has made a very versatile NAS device that has tons of software features and lots of connectors. The QTS 4.0 firmware is very comprehensive. The chassis is solid, and the build quality is good. On the other, the hardware inside isn't on the same level.
  FULL STORY @ HARDWARE

ASUSTOR AS-304T 4-bay NAS Server for Home Office Review @ Madshrimps
     Thu, Oct 17 2013 | 10:03A | Hard Drives | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
ASUSTOR has recently released their AS-300T series represented with two NASes, one with 2 bays and the other with 4. These are powered by the latest Intel Atom CE5335 CPU at 1.6GHz, along with 1GB DDR3 of onboard memory and share the multimedia functions of their more expensive siblings, the AS-600T series. A remote can be also offered to navigate through the XBMC interface for extra cost, as an alternative to the USB mouse and keyboard."
  FULL STORY @ MADSHRIMPS.BE

 
Seagate Constellation ES 1TB Enterprise Hard Drive Review
     Wed, Oct 16 2013 | 2:39P | Hard Drives | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Let's take a look at Seagate's 1TB Constellation ES drive and find out how it stacks up against Western Digital's enterprise disks. Let the hard drive smack down commence! Seagate Constellation ES hard drive family ranges in capacity from 500GB to 2TB and is offered in both SATA and SAS variants. Select models also support SED or FIPS based self-encryption for government mandated information security compliance. All Constellation ES drives are rated to 6Gb/s SATA III speeds, incorporate 64MB of cache, utilize 7200RPM spindle speeds and offer Native Command Queing. The drives are covered by an impressive 5 year warranty and rated to1.2 million hours MTBF; both of which speak well to their presumed reliability.
  FULL STORY @ PCSTATS

WD Red and WD Se NAS HDD Enterprise RAID Report
     Wed, Oct 16 2013 | 2:09P | Hard Drives | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
We put the WD Red and the WD Se`s head-to-head in RAID 0 and RAID 5 tests. Having trouble deciding which drive is best for your new NAS? Read on."
  FULL STORY @ TWEAKTOWN.COM

Kingston SSDNow V300 240GB SATA III SSD Review
     Wed, Oct 16 2013 | 2:03P | Hard Drives | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
In this review PCSTATS will be testing the 240GB Kingston SSDnow V300 SSD - a 6Gb/s SATA III drive rated by the manufacturer for sequential read speeds up to 450MB/s and write speeds up to 450MB/s. Kingston's "SSDNow V300" is built around MLC NAND Flash and reportedly the LSI SandForce (SF-2281) controller. In the hierarchical world of Solid State Drives, Kingston's SV300S37A/240G slots into the mainstream class.
Looking at the numbers, Kingston's SSDnow V300 SSD is spec'd for 4KB random reads at 85,000 IOPS and 4KB random writes at 43,000 IOPS. The SSDNow V300 drive supports SMART, NCQ, and TRIM. Peak power consumption is rated at 2.052W, idle is a scant 64mW; this puppy can certainly help extend notebook battery life if you're considering an SSD to replace a 2.5" HDD. The 1.0 million hours MTBF rating Kingston assign to the SSDnow V300 is lower than other SSDs PCSTATS have tested (average is 1.2M - 2M hrs MTBF). The drive is backed by a 3 year limited warranty.
  FULL STORY @ PCSTATS

RaidSonic ICY BOX IB-WRP201SD 4 In 1 WLAN Storage Station
     Wed, Oct 16 2013 | 1:41P | Hard Drives | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Nowadays no matter where i look or what press release i read it seems that almost everything in the electronics industry revolves around the portable needs people have (the ones that don`t will probably get pulled in regardless) and so daily we see all sorts of new devices emerge including smartphones, tablets, wireless speakers and headsets, battery packs, carrying/protection cases, 2.5 external HDDs, wireless access points, wireless media streamers/readers and much more. Personally i am not much into carrying multiple devices with me when i go away just to cover my portable needs but i do thing that there are some exceptions and so aside the usual battery packs which i think are a must and some wireless headsets/speakers lately Ive also been using quite a few of the latest wireless media streamers/readers and one of those has been the ICY BOX IB-WRP201SD by RaidSonic which has come to take other similar solutions like the Kingston MobileLite Wireless head on with its quite interesting set of features."
  FULL STORY @ NIKKTECH.COM

Asustor AS-304T
     Wed, Oct 16 2013 | 12:02P | Hard Drives | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
What made the Asustor AS-304T such an attractive product for us was the price tag, at $520 it is one of the cheapest Atom powered NAS devices we have tested. Furthermore there are few high-end 4-bay Atom powered NAS devices that are available for such a competitive price.
  FULL STORY @ LEGIONHARDWARE

Samsung XP941 M.2 PCIe SSD Review (512GB)
     Wed, Oct 16 2013 | 11:36A | Hard Drives | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Our attendance at the Samsung Global SSD Summit in South Korea a few months back brought us our first glimpse of a new standard in ultrabook storage performance. At the Summit, the Samsung XP941 M.2 PCIe SSD was displayed reaching 1GB/s transfer speeds and Apple has since released their 2013 MacBook Air which has a customized variation of the XP941; this attaining native performance of 794MB/s. Most recently, Sony released their newest Vaio Pro 13 which also appears to have the XP 941 installed and there is no doubt this trickle effect of distribution will become a waterfall soon enough. For the first time, even our request for XP941 review sample was put on hold as Samsung cant seem to keep up with demand."
  FULL STORY @ THESSDREVIEW.COM

A Futurelooks News Flash - Western Digital My Cloud Easy to Deploy Personal Cloud Storage For Everyone (Video)
     Wed, Oct 16 2013 | 9:42A | Hard Drives | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
At a private event in New York, Futurelooks witnessed the launch of the Western Digital My Cloud Personal Cloud Storage Device. Unlike conventional NAS style devices, servers, or even the companys previous My Book Live product, this product was re-engineered from the ground up to be as easy to use as possible and was created to augment, or even take over, cloud storage services such as DropBox, SkyDrive and Google Drive, just to name a few. Because it sits at home completely under your control, the device adds a level of privacy that gives a bit more peace of mind. *"
  FULL STORY @ FUTURELOOKS.COM

Adaptec (by PMC) ASR-8885 12Gb/s PCIe RAID Adapter Review
     Tue, Oct 15 2013 | 11:36A | Hard Drives | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
The Series 8 gives us the best of both worlds; high port count (16) and high port bandwidth (12Gbps). There are actually 5 different adapters in the Series 8 family. The first is the ASR-81605ZQ which has 16 internal ports with integrated Zero Maintenance Cache Protection. Next we have the ASR-8885 and ASR-8885Q. Both have 8 internal and 8 external ports, with the 8885Q coming with the AFM-700 flash-based cache protection module. Adaptec also has the ASR-8805, which has only 8 internal ports. Finally, the ASR-8885E, which is identical to the ASR-8885, but only has 512MB of cache protection, versus 1024MB for all other flavors. It also only supports RAID levels 0, 1, 1E and 10, which might be a deal breaker for many. All other version support RAID levels 0, 1, 1E, 5, 6, 10, 50, 50 and 60. The ASR-8885 lists for $725, while the ASR-8805 is $640. The bargain of the group is the ASR-8885E, which lists for just $440."
  FULL STORY @ THESSDREVIEW.COM

October 2013 Rumours @ Western Digital.
     Mon, Oct 14 2013 | 4:58P | Hard Drives | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
"Before you scoff at us for being so outdated, Western Digital is looking into a hybrid drive that uses RAM, not flash memory. This would most likely be a DDR3 SDRAM solution, possibly LP-DDR3 with backup power from built-in capacitors. Such a hybrid drive would offer a tremendous boost in performance for HDDs, because RAM is many, many times faster than the fastest flash memory. Of course, its performance would be restricted by..."
  FULL STORY @ TECHARP

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