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OCZ RevoDrive 350 480 GB Review @ ocaholic
     Thu, Apr 24 2014 | 9:07A | Hard Drives | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
OCZ had launched the last version of their PCI-Express based RevoDrives back in 2011, three years ago. Back then the SSD maker put up to two SandForce SF-2281 controller on one PCI-Express card, which allowed for transfer speeds of more than 1000 Megabyte per second. Today the company launches the successor of this drive and it can host no less than four controllers, which have been bundled using OCZ`s proprietary VCA 2.0 architecture."

OCZ RevoDrive 350 480GB PCI-E SSD Review @ Hardware Canucks
     Thu, Apr 24 2014 | 9:01A | Hard Drives | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
OCZ`s PCI-E SSDs may not have grabbed many headlines over the"

OCZ RevoDrive 350 PCIe SSD Review (480GB) - LSI SandForce Driven Once Again
     Thu, Apr 24 2014 | 9:00A | Hard Drives | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
OCZ was the first to introduce a PCIe SSD solution to the consumer with their original RevoDrive PCIe SSD way back in 2010, this updated by the RevoDrive X2 PCIe SSD the following June and the RevoDrive 3x2 a few months later. There was no question that OCZ had struck gold with the RevoDrive 3x2 PCIe SSD as it was capable of performance of 1.5GB/s read and 1.25GB/s write with up to 200,000K IOPS. At a consumer price, the RevoDrive 3x2 PCIe SSD eliminated the SATA bottleneck, while providing RAID performance without the hassle, introduced OCZ Virtualized Controller Architecture (VCA) 2.0 technology, and provided workstation design and performance at an affordable price."

CalDigit Thunderbolt Station Docking Device Review
     Thu, Apr 24 2014 | 2:03A | Hard Drives | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Today we look at the CalDigit Thunderbolt Station, a solution any MacBook Pro user can appreciate. Read on as Tyler tells us all about it."

OCZ 240GB Vertex 460 solid state drive review @ OCIA.net
     Wed, Apr 23 2014 | 9:55A | Hard Drives | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
?One of the first announced products to come about as a result of Toshiba acquiring OCZ was the Vertex 460, a marriage of OCZ`s Indilinx Barefoot 3 controller and Toshiba 19nm toggle flash memory. Advertising up to 545MB/s sequential reads and 525MB/s sequential writes and from 90,000 to 95,000 4K random IOPS, it appears as if OCZ is right back at the top of their game in the SSD market. Available in 120GB, 240GB and 480GB capacities with a three year warranty, the Vertex 460 joins the Vector 150 in OCZ`s new lineup of consumer SSDs utilizing Toshiba`s toggle NAND flash memory.?"

Seagate Enterprise Capacity 3.5 SED 4TB SATA III HDD
     Tue, Apr 22 2014 | 9:12A | Hard Drives | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Through the years we`ve had the chance to review several 3.5 and 2.5 HDD models ranging from normal everyday ones ideal for consumer use and up to enterprise class ones designed for 24/7 heavy duty workloads. However no matter how many HDDs we`ve gotten our hands onto we never really got interested in testing an enterprise class self-encrypting model since we just didn`t feel it was needed. That changed recently when some readers asked us whether or not self-encrypting models share the same performance numbers as their normal brothers and since we too were quite interested as well we decided to check it out. Of course aside the self-encrypting drive itself we also needed to have the normal version in our hands and what better candidate than the Enterprise Capacity 3.5 (AKA Constellation ES.3) 4TB drives by Seagate which we reviewed a while back? So today plugged into our primary test rig we have the latest Enterprise Capacity 3.5 SED 4TB SATA III drive by Seagate. "

Acer Chromebook C720 SSD Upgrade To MyDigitalSSD M.2 (NGFF) 128GB SSD Worlds Easiest Upgrade
     Sun, Apr 20 2014 | 2:08P | Hard Drives | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
If you are looking for a new computer and are a typical PC user, you need to take a look at the Google Chromebook. There are three brands of the Chromebook (Acer, HP and Samsung), it is SSD driven which means lightning fast startups and operation, they get anywhere from 8 to 10 hours battery life, and they are CHEAP! After spending a few days with this new Acer C720 Chromebook and getting to learn the ins and outs, I can honestly say that this is the simplest PC I have ever held. In fact, this will be going to my wonderful mother (72 yrs old) who has never had a PC before this. The person that will have the most difficulty refitting themselves to the Chromebook, are us PC geeks that have gotten used to things just being a certain way."

Seagate Backup Plus Slim 2TB USB 3.0 External HDD Review
     Sun, Apr 20 2014 | 11:01A | Hard Drives | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
We look at the new 2TB Backup Plus Slim from Seagate. Are you on the market for a USB 3.0 backup solution? This could be what you`re looking for."

Seagate Backup Plus Fast 4TB USB 3.0 External HDD Review
     Sat, Apr 19 2014 | 10:04A | Hard Drives | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Seagate takes 2.5-inch external storage to the limit with the 4TB Backup Plus Fast. Follow on as Tyler puts it through its paces to see how it performs."

OWC ThunderBay IV 8TB Thunderbolt External Storage Drive Review
     Sat, Apr 19 2014 | 9:12A | Hard Drives | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Today Tyler takes a look at the latest Thunderbolt solution from OWC, the ThunderBay IV, which provides a stunning 8TB of fast external storage."

What Role Do SSD Components Play - Learning To Run With Flash
     Fri, Apr 18 2014 | 7:10P | Hard Drives | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Although most parts are consistent in all SSDs (PCB, controller, memory, interface), we will describe that which the consumer is most likely to see, the notebook SSD. Originally available in a thickness of 9.5mm, todays notebook SSDs are typically only 7mm thick to allow for ultra book installations and may include a rubber spacer to allow it to fit notebooks that require that 9.5cm width."

Samsung XP941 Native PCIe M.2 SSD (512GB) Review - 1GB/s Transfer Speeds Set The Bar
     Thu, Apr 17 2014 | 5:57P | Hard Drives | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
As we have previously mentioned in our review of the Plextor M6M solid state drive, it is important to remember that SSD`s can come in different shapes and sizes. Not all drives are going to be the 2.5 form factor and fit perfectly into your ultra book or desktop. We spoke briefly about the mSATA form factor and that you will find it most often in a laptop, but as laptops and ultra books become slimmer, the demand for smaller, yet faster, drives increases. Bring in the native PCIe M.2 form factor. The PCIe M.2 SSD eliminates the SATA 3 bottleneck, where with SATA 3 you can expect SSD speeds around 500 MB/s, but with PCIe you can expect speeds nearly double this. Incredible isn`t it? Imagine, 1GB/s and you are not even using a RAID 0 configuration; it really is astonishing. The Samsung XP941 PCIe M.2 SSD is one of, if not the fastest drive we have ever seen. Let`s take a closer look!"

SSD Endurance Diary with OCZ Vector 256 GB @ ocaholic
     Wed, Apr 16 2014 | 11:32A | Hard Drives | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Meanwhile most enthusiasts have an SSD in their PC and since manufacturers are successfully conquering the mass maket with SSDs, these new, quick drives are nowadays widely spread. In the past there were quite a few drives that died an all sudden death. Even today customers are not sure for how long their SSD will last and especially the P/E-cylce count (program/erase cycles) is something that worries quite a few well informed users. In this diary we`re going to check what it takes to use up all P/E-cycles an OCZ Vector SSD has to offer, that features 256 Gigabyte capacity. So what is your guess, how long is it going to take until the drive refuses to work."

MyDigitalSSD Pocket Vault SSD Review Speed & Capacity In a Value Driven Ultra Small Mobile SSD
     Wed, Apr 16 2014 | 9:12A | Hard Drives | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Size is everything in the world of SSDs and first hand proof of this can be seen in any number of ultrabooks, including the Apple MBA. True ultrabook size can only be accomplished through mSATA or M.2 SSDs. Much is the same with external storage where we have seen size reduced significantly, while performance has jumped exponentially with the introduction of UASP and SuperSpeed. Not so long ago, we looked at the MyDigitalSSD OTG External USB 3.0 SSD that was 256GB in size and displayed performance of 449MB/s. This external solution used a mSATA SSD to accomplish its performance with SuperSpeed."

Toshiba PX02SS 12Gb/s SAS3 Enterprise SSD Review
     Tue, Apr 15 2014 | 7:10P | Hard Drives | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Toshiba`s rapid expansion of its 12Gb/s SAS3 line of drives spawns a resilient SSD designed for the heaviest write workloads. Let`s investigate now."

Plextor M6e 256GB PCI Express SSD Review
     Tue, Apr 15 2014 | 5:57P | Hard Drives | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
1.html,We review the all new Plextor M6e PCI Express SSD. A M2 Express SSD on a daughter-board. basically in this article you will learn all about what will be a hip thing on the Intel Z97 chipset. See PCIe M2 breaks away from the SATA3 bottleneck, this SSD can reach performance up-to say 770 Mb/sec ! Designed and based on PCI Express 2.0 x4 slot, the newcomers are 128 GB, 256 GB ad 512 GB SSDs powered by a Marvell controller. 770 Mb/sec. Incredible numbers really, but is that performance across the board, or just here and there in certain conditions we figured ?"

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