Items tagged with SandForce

Much like hard drives, which cannot be over a certain size in 32-bit machines and have to be formatted a certain way to be visible to certain operating systems, SSDs are also complex beasts. There was a lot of confusion early on about just how reliable these would be in long-term usage patterns, and while TRIM has come to the rescue to some extent, there's still a lot of voodoo behind the scenes that many average consumers just don't "get." Thankfully, Corsair is helping us all out by giving a very detailed description of how impending changes will affect their drives and your performance. As things... Read more...
In this episode of Two and a Half Geeks Dave Iyaz and Marco discuss the AMD's new Fusion low power processor in new retail-ready products the Boxee Box's latest updates NVIDIA's upcoming Kal-El quad-core Tegra mobile processor for tablets and handsets and OCZ's new blazing fast Vertex 3 Pro SSD. Show Notes: 00:50 - AMD Fusion Hits Retail: Zotac and Gigabyte E-350s 03:44 - NVIDIA Demos Next Generation "Kal-El" Quad-Core Tegra Mobile Processor 06:31 - OCZ Vertex 3 Pro SandForce SF-2000 Based SSD Preview 09:24 - Boxee Box Preview 13:44 - Chillin' Out With The HH Community Sweepstakes!... Read more...
OCZ Technologies’ Vertex 2 series of products are undeniably some of the more popular Solid State Drives currently on the market. Since their introduction, the drives have offered excellent performance, competitive prices (which have dropped considerably in recent weeks), and excellent support in terms of constant firmware updates and guidance / tweaks via the OCZ forum community, from both customers and OCZ staff. While the Vertex 2 is still amongst the elite SSDs available, OCZ is reading a family of follow-up products that are going to raise the bar considerably. Like the Vertex 2, the... Read more...
OCZ Technologies’ Vertex 2 series of products are undeniably some of the more popular Solid State Drives currently on the market. Since their introduction, the drives have offered excellent performance, competitive prices (which have dropped considerably in recent weeks), and excellent support in terms of constant firmware updates and guidance / tweaks via the OCZ forum community, from both customers and OCZ staff. While the Vertex 2 is still amongst the elite SSDs available, OCZ is reading a family of follow-up products that are going to raise the bar considerably. Like the Vertex 2, the... Read more...
We're sure you realize we have an affinity for all things SSD around these parts.  And you have to admit, any self-respecting computer geek can appreciate the blazing fast response times of the latest generation of SATA-based Solid State Drives. However, as we've said before, we think SATA some day will be a Dinosaur of sorts that we all remember and love but moved on from long ago in a galaxy far away.  Still, we're not there yet obviously.  There have been some interesting products to come to market based on native, system-level interfaces like PCI Express but we're just getting... Read more...
Popular retailer Micro Center is laying claim to the world's first brick-and-mortar branded SandForce solid state drive (SSD), which is actually the company's second generation SSD. But unlike Micro Center's first batch, these latest drives come built around the venerable SandForce SF-1200 controller. And as far as SSDs go, pricing isn't all that bad either -- the 64GB drive sells for an introductory price of $100. Stocking stuffer, anyone? "We're excited to offer Micro Center customers our second generation, high performance solid state drive with the top-rated controller in the industry—the... Read more...
Mushkin is best known for their high-end memory modules, generally purchased only by server owners and hardcore gamers willing to pay more for the higher performance that comes with it. This week, the company is introducing a new SATA 6Gb/sec enterprise-class EP Series SSD line, promising ultra-high-performance and reliability for business applications. The new drives are based on SandForce's SF-2500 and SF-2600 SSD processors, promising up to 500MB/s read/write sequential transfer rate, up to 60,000 sustained random read/write IOPS and advanced ECC with up to 55 bits correctable per 512-byte sector... Read more...
We're back with the latest HotHardware weekly podcast.  This time around, we talke about NVIDIA's move into direct retail sales, a 3D-ready Lenovo notebook, SandForce's upcoming SF-2000 family of SSD processors, the booming smartphone market, we also take some reader questions and hint at an upcoming contest too... Show Notes: 00:17 - NVIDIA Selling GPUs at Best Buy 01:53 - Lenovo IdeaPad Y560D 3D Laptop 05:19 - SandForce Debuts SF-2000 SSD Processor Family 07:25 - It's Official: Smartphones Dominate 10:36 - Reader Question from Inspector 13:44 - Find HotHardware On The Web... Read more...
We recently had a conversation with representatives from SandForce, the designers of the controllers used in many of today’s popular solid state drives like the OCZ Vertex 2, about their next-generation SSD processor family. The new SF-2000 SSD processor family builds upon the success of the current SF-1500 / SF-1200 series by adding 6Gb/s SATA III interface support, integrating a more powerful encryption engine, and adding support for new flash memory types. In addition, the SandForce SF-2000 SSD processor family will offer SAS-bridge support for non-512 byte sectors, enhanced ECC and BCH... Read more...
We've got a review of a Patriot solid state drive on tap for you today. Patriot has employed SSD controllers from a number of manufactures including JMicron and Indilinx in a few of their product lines, but in the newest Inferno series of SSDs, Patriot went with SandForce’s SF-1200 series controller. The specifications for the Patriot Inferno 120GB drive we’ll be testing here are listed on the first page of the article. If you’re familiar with other enthusiast-class SandForce based offerings, many of the features and specifications should come as no surprise. Check them out and... Read more...
For a time, Intel’s X25 series of solid state drives stood head and shoulders above the rest of the SSD pack. But with the influx of new players along with the rapid pace of innovation in the SSD space, Intel’s aging offerings—while still very good—are no longer a cut above. In fact, in enthusiast circles, it’s drives based on upstart SandForce’s controllers that currently garner the lion’s share of interest. And you don’t have to take our word for it. Just take a look at SandForce’s current list of partners; it reads like a list of” who’s... Read more...
Eurocom. You know the name. They're one of the most prominent gaming notebook makers on the planet, and their machines are generally larger and faster than anything else out. The company has just announced yet another innovation, with the launch of RAID 10 notebooks that utilize the quick 480GB OCZ Vertex 2 SSD, a drive powered by the SandForce 1200 controller. That Vertex 2 drive will soon be available in all Eurocom Mobile Workstations and Mobile Servers, offering up to 250MB/sec on the read side and 240MB/sec on the write side. The drive will be available in the Panther 2.0, X8100 Leopard and... Read more...
We just spent some time trudging through the Technology Showcase at IDF 2010 and came across a hot product in the Sandforce booth. As most of you probably know, Sandforce produces the controllers used in some of the hottest solid state drives currently on the market. And you probably also know that OCZ has worked very closely with Sandforce and have brought a number of products to market based on the company’s controllers.     OCZ RevoDrive X2 SSD @ IDF 2010 While looking though the booth, we caught a glimpse at the upcoming OCZ RevoDrive X2, which is a PCI Express-based SSD that... Read more...
If you find yourself digging through the latest happenings in the memory sector, you've surely heard of Mushkin. The company has been a huge player in the high-end RAM/memory realm for years now, but rarely would put "solid state drive" into a sentence with "Mushkin." Today, that's happening. Joining OCZ, SanDisk, Intel, and loads of other SSD rivals, Mushkin has decided to jump in headfirst with the release of their Callisto SSD. Brian Flood, Mushkin Enhanced director of product development, had this to say about the announcement: "The Callisto SSDs continue Mushkin Enhanced's tradition of high-performance,... Read more...
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