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Crucial announced the availability of the Crucial m4 mSATA Solid State Drive (SSD) for ultrabooks. This SSD is one- eighth the size, making it ideal for systems where space is a premium. This drive offers sequential read speeds up to 500MB per second. It can be used as a standalone SSD or as a cache for an existing drive. Thanks to its thin mSATA form factor, the drive can be mounted directly to mSATA-enabled motherboards. The m4 mSATA SSD is available in 32GB, 64GB, 128GB, and 256GB capacities for $52.99, $80.99, $121.99, and $225.99, respectively. Crucial m4 mSATA SSD for Ultrathin Laptops Now... Read more...
Although it’s not as sexy as hardware advancements in the PC market, any new technology in the enterprise space is a big deal, as even modest improvements in performance or efficiency, extrapolated over seas of machines in businesses and data centers, can have large-scale benefits for all. Crucial is the latest to deliver a more efficient product to the enterprise space with its LRDIMM (load-reduced) server memory, which is designed to support the latest Intel Xeon Processor E5 family. The LRDIMMs support higher memory densities and up to 35% higher memory bandwidth compared to standard DDR3... Read more...
Using a small-capacity SSD as a cache for frequently-accessed data to boost a PC’s overall performance (leaving less speed-critical tasks to a slower and larger-capacity storage drive) is a common practice these days, and Crucial announced a new foray into the market with its Adrenaline Solid State Cache Solution. As we showed you back at CES 2012, Adrenaline is comprised of a 50GB Crucial m4 SSD and NVELO Dataplex caching software, which comes with a 3.5-inch adapter bracket and a SATA cable. The key to this particular solution is the ease of use of the software; some cache solutions are... Read more...
Crucial, the Micron-owned maker of memory and storage products, made good on its promise to fix a strange issue plaguing some M4 solid state drive owners. Earlier this month, Crucial said it was hard at work on new firmware that would address an issue causing some M4 SSDs to stall out Windows and kick out a Blue Screen of Death (BSoD) with an error code that reads 0x00000f4. What made the bug so strange is that it manifested itself after 5,200 hours of use, and it only seemed to affect 64GB models. Nevertheless, firmware revision 0309 is available for all four M4 SSD capacities (64GB, 128GB, 256GB,... Read more...
Prior to the start of the CES 2012 show in Las Vegas this week, major players in the storage industry kicked off their mini conference, in an effort to get the buzz going early in consumer and enterprise storage. Of course Micron and Crucial were there in force to show us their latest SSD technologies, starting with their big, bad P320h PCI Express SSD. Micron P320h PCI Express SSD If you recall, the product is a co-development effort between Micron and IDT that sports a new Flash memory controller ASIC for direct-attached SSD storage over a X8 PCI Express Gen 2 link.  Micron didn't have the... Read more...
The idea of using an SSD as a caching tool--placing more frequently-used files on the SSD and leaving the rest on a slower storage drive--is a great one, but many users have found that setting up the SSD cache can be tricky. Crucial’s new Adrenaline Solid State Cache Solution offers a slightly more elegant way of configuring such a setup; it includes a 50GB m4 SSD, a 3.5" adapter bracket, and software. According to Crucial, all one must do is connect the SSD to the motherboard and install and run the software; no fuss, no muss. From then on, the software does its thing automatically. Equipped... Read more...
Users over on Crucial's support forum have been complaining about a strange error that manifests on certain M4 solid state drives (SSDs) after precisely 5,200 hours of use. It appears to only affect the 64GB models, with affected drives kicking Windows systems into a BSoD with an error code that reads 0x00000f4. Crucial acknowledged the error exists on a "small number" of drives and said it's working on a firmware fix. Here's the official statement. We are aware of an issue that is currently affecting a small number of users whereby their M4 causes their system to require a restart. This issue... Read more...
In this latest episode of HotHardware's Two and Half Geeks, Marco, Iyaz and Dave discuss Intel's new Sandy Bridge-E Core i7 3960X Extreme Edition processor, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 vs. Battlefield 3 and the advantages of PC gaming over consoles, Corsair's Force GT 240GB SSD and a firmware update for Crucial's M4, the PCAudioLab's Rock Box, details of our current contest where you could win PCAL's hot Digital Audio Workstation PC and hint at an upcoming week-long giveaway of a handful of NVIDIA Tegra 2-based tablets! Show Notes: 00:50 - Intel Core i7-3960X Extreme Edition Sandy Bridge-E... Read more...
A few months back, we rounded up a half dozen SATA III solid state drives in this article. In that showdown, we had drives based on SandForce SF-2200 series and Marvell controllers represented, with both synchronous and asynchronous memory types... Since that article was published, however, we received some updates to a couple of the drives that were featured. First, Corsair sent over the 240GB variant of their excellent Force GT drive and Crucial made available a firmware update that significantly changed the performance profile of their M4 SSD. Let's have a look...... Read more...
A few months back, we rounded up a half dozen SATA III solid state drives in this article. In that showdown, we had drives based on SandForceSF-2200 series and Marvell controllers represented, with both synchronous and asynchronous memory types. We ultimately found the SandForce-based drives when paired to synchronous NAND flash memory offered the best all-around performance, but they were also the most expensive. Generally speaking though, each of the drives featured in that article had merit, all things considered. Since that article was published, however, we received some updates to a couple... Read more...
Crucial announced the availability of a firmware update for its m4 SSDs (FW 0009). The update will both solve a problem or two and also provide performance enhancements. Specifically, FW 0009 will eliminate an issue wherein drives experience intermittent failures in cold boot ups on some host systems, and it will also compensate for some SATA-II chipset/SATA-III device speed negotiation issues. With the new update, the m4 SSDs will also get a 20% boost in sequential read speeds, better PCMark Vantage scores (and the associated real-world performance gains, we presume), better throughput performance,... Read more...
In this latest episode of HotHardware's Two and Half Geeks Dave, Iyaz and Marco talk about AMD's Llano A8-3850 APU for the desktop, Dell's Alienware M14x Gaming Laptop, Acer's Iconia Tab A500, and our recent SATA III SSD Round-Up with drives from OCZ, Corsair, Patriot, and Crucial, we have a little fun showing off an old Intel add, and we dropped a few hints about an upcoming system giveaway... Show Notes: 01:13 - AMD A8-3850 Llano APU and Lynx Platform Preview 04:06 - Alienware M14x Gaming Laptop Review 08:12 - SATA III SSD Round-Up: OCZ, Corsair, Patriot, Crucial... Read more...
With all of the new products to hit the SSD market recently, we thought it was a good time to pull together a varied sampling of cutting edge SATA III solid state drives to see how they stack up. We’ve got six drives on tap for this piece, two apiece from OCZ and Corsair, one from Patriot and another from Crucial. On tap are the Corsair Force GT, Corsair Force 3 Series, OCZ Agility 3, Patriot Wildfire, OCZ Vertex 3 Max IOPS, and the Crucial M4... SATA III SSD Round-Up: OCZ, Corsair, Patriot, Crucial... Read more...
We’ve opened our last few SSD round-ups with comments regarding the break-neck pace at which the solid state storage market has advanced these last few years. At the risk of repeating ourselves, the SSD market continues to show no signs of slowing down. New drives are being introduced constantly and along with updated interfaces, drivers and firmware, manufacturers continue to push the envelope. Consider this; Solid State Drives have gone from essentially non-existent on the desktop to the preferred storage medium of enthusiasts in less than three years. And they’ve offered significant... Read more...
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