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Hard Disk Drive Performance Comparison Guide
     Sun, Nov 30 2014 | 9:01A | Hard Drives/SSD | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Ever wanted a guide on hard drive performance, where you can compare the performance of a wide range of hard drives? With 51 hard disk drives for comparison, the guide is fleshing out real nicely. In this performance comparison guide, we will test and compare the performance of all the hard drives we can get our hands on. This is similar to what we are doing in the Intel Core 2 Processor Performance Comparison Guide.

SSD mega round-up: Sixty 256/512 SATA600 SSDs tested
     Sun, Nov 30 2014 | 9:00A | Hard Drives/SSD | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Samsung's 850 Pro SSDs are without a doubt the fastest SSDs of this moment. Given that this product does not seem to have any flaws, we heartily recommend it to those who are looking for the fastest possible SSD. The Vector 150 and AMD Radeon R7 SSDs are decent alternatives, but are unable to match Samsung's level of performance in the high-end segment.

OCZ ARC 100 240GB review @ Bjorn3d.com
     Sat, Nov 29 2014 | 1:45P | Hard Drives/SSD | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
As expected, with OCZ now owned by Toshiba, OCZ would be using the in-house brew Toshiba NAND for their SSDs as oppose to Intel/Micron. OCZ has transitioned their mainstream Vertex SSDs to the Toshiba NAND already. And the latest budget line of SSD, the ARC 100, continues the trend of using all in-house made components of pairing the Indilinx controller with the Toshiba NAND. "

2D Planar NAND
     Sat, Nov 29 2014 | 12:00P | Hard Drives/SSD | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
"In summary, while we don't have any solid performance data, it appears that Intel's new 3D NAND is not likely to lead to a performance breakthrough in SSD speeds, but their choice on a more cost-effective per-die capacity for their new 3D NAND is likely to give them significant margins and the wiggle room to offer SSDs at a far lower cost/GB than we've seen in recent years. This may be the step that was needed to push SSD costs into a range that can truly compete with HDD technology."

Synology DS215j Review
     Sat, Nov 29 2014 | 9:03A | Hard Drives/SSD | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
The DS215j is a two-bay NAS which replaces the older DS213j. Very little has changed from an external standpoint but inside we now have the delights of a dual-core processor which should aid us when multi-tasking in the new DSM 5.1 software suite.

SanDisk Extreme Pro 240GB Six-Drive SSD
     Sat, Nov 29 2014 | 9:01A | Hard Drives/SSD | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
We take SanDisk's flagship SSD for a spin, and see how it scales in performance from a single drive all the way to a powerful six-drive RAID 0 array."

Seagate 1200 SSD 400GB SAS 12Gb/s Review
     Fri, Nov 28 2014 | 5:18P | Hard Drives/SSD | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Since day one we`ve tried bring you reviews of as many SSD models as possible and although we mostly focus on consumer oriented models since that`s where the majority of our readers belong (obviously) we also test enterprise class models from time to time to cater to the needs of our more demanding readers. Now as many of you are well aware although the latest 12GB/s standard has been with us for good well over a year now there aren`t really many compatible storage solutions in the market as we speak so it`s not easy for us to compare similar products. Still when Seagate last year introduced their high-performance 600 and 600 Pro SATA III SSD lines aimed at consumers and professionals they also introduced the 1200 SAS 12Gb/s SSD line aimed towards intensive enterprise workloads and today we will be thoroughly testing the 400GB variant of that line."

Plextor M6e 256GB SSD Review - speedy PCIe on the cheap
     Fri, Nov 28 2014 | 2:43P | Hard Drives/SSD | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
The Plextor M6e is an impressive little PCIe SSD that is available in half height PCIe as well as an even smaller M.2 2280 form factor. It`s Marvell controller and Toshiba flash perform comparably to the random IO performance of modern SATA units, but with a bit of added headroom provided by the PCIe 2.0 x2 interface. While it can`t compete with the raw sequential throughput of competing PCIe SSD RAID solutions, it does outmaneuver them at lower queue depths, doing so with significantly lower latency per IO. The M6e is also far cheaper than those same competing units, but we feel the price is still a bit high given this particular model`s specs and performance."

News: Corsairs Neutron Series XT solid-state drive reviewed
     Thu, Nov 27 2014 | 10:35A | Hard Drives/SSD | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Corsair`s new Neutron Series XT pairs a quad-core Phison controller with Toshiba`s latest MLC NAND. We`ve taken the 240GB version for a spin to see if it can hang with the big boys."

G.Skill Phoenix Blade 480GB PCIe SSD World Exclusive Review
     Thu, Nov 27 2014 | 10:07A | Hard Drives/SSD | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
G.Skill hasn`t released a SSD in a long time, but now they`ve returned, they`ve done it in style. Here`s our exclusive review of the G.Skill Phoenix Blade."

G.Skill Phoenix Blade 480GB PCIe SSD Review - PCIe Competition
     Wed, Nov 26 2014 | 10:07A | Hard Drives/SSD | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
G.Skill`s first PCIe SSD offering certainly came out of the gate running, and was able to unseat the OCZ RevoDrive 350 in virtually every performance metric. Despite this, the use of high latency SandForce controllers really limit the performance of these units at lower queue depths, which is where the consumers they target are likely to spend most of their time. I would really like to see the SBC implementation driving lower latency SATA devices, but as it stands, we have a well built product that turns in superior performance at a price $100 cheaper than its direct competitor`s nearly identical product."

OCZ ARC 100 240GB Solid State Drive Review @ APH Networks
     Sun, Nov 23 2014 | 3:18P | Hard Drives/SSD | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
At $0.43 per gigabyte MSRP, how much value will the latest OCZ SSD offer?"

Samsung XS1715 SSD Review (1.6TB) An NVMe SFF-8639 Monster at 3GB/s
     Sat, Nov 22 2014 | 10:07A | Hard Drives/SSD | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
The XS1715 is what, in the car world, you would call a sleeper. The matte black enclosure and to-the-point labeling does not do justice to the fire-breathing monster that hides beneath. When you pick up a PCIe SSD card you expect it to be fast. In most cases, the bigger the card, the faster it performs. The XS1715 gives you no such confidence. But once you plug it in and start testing, you will quickly realize that this is one of the fastest SSDs on the market."

Diamond USB 3.0/2.0 to HDMI/DVI Mini Ultra Dock Review
     Fri, Nov 21 2014 | 10:07A | Hard Drives/SSD | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
With USB 3.0 up and working, the Ultra Dock still gave me rather mixed feelings. It was nice that it no longer appeared broken, but the performance wasn`t quite what I was hoping for. The tablet, as expected, was limited a bit by the Bay Trail CPU in it, but it did quite well considering. Having a full on beast of a machine, the numbers were just sad. The reads and writes were at least better than straight up wireless, which I guess is the real purpose and convinence. It is plenty enough for surfing the Internet and is actually good enough for in-home streaming and gaming; it just won`t be as fast as you might expect. Perhaps it`s just some bug that needs to be worked out on Diamond`s end still, but at least it is all functional upfront."

Crucial MX100 512GB Solid State Drive Review @ ThinkComputers.org
     Thu, Nov 20 2014 | 7:20P | Hard Drives/SSD | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
I have been following technology for quite a while and in that time I have witnessed the birth of solid state drives and many companies bringing them to the masses. When they first came out like all new technology they were very expensive. I remember when many people were debating on getting a new graphics card or a solid state drive. The past couple of years have been kind to the consumer with solid state drives continuing to drop in price. Most people are able to afford a solid state drive for at least their OS drive. The best way to cut costs and keep drives competitive is to decrease the lithography of the NAND that is inside the drive. This is the case for the drive we are taking a look at today. It features Microns new 16nm 128Gbit MLC NAND. The drive that I am talking about is the Crucial MX100. The 512 GB version that we are reviewing today is currently selling for a little over $200, which if you can remember that is what most 128GB drives were selling for just a couple of years ago. The MX100 effectively replaces Crucials M500 solid state drive while the MX550 still remains as their high performance offering. The 512 GB version of the MX100 offers sequential read and write speeds of 550 MB/s and 500 MB/s respectively. Lets see what this drive can do!"

Silicon Power Thunder T11 120 GB @ techPowerUp
     Thu, Nov 20 2014 | 1:12P | Hard Drives/SSD | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Thunderbolt may not be a very wide-spread interface in the Windows domain, but nearly every modern Apple notebook or desktop features such a connector. Silicon Power aims to leverage this high-speed interface with the Thunder T11 series, offering 120 GB or 240 GB capacities for less than a Lacie or OWC alternative."

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