Items tagged with Solid State Drive

We gave high praise to Apple's 2012 model MacBook Air (see our review for the full scoop), unfortunately one thing we're not able to test for is reliability over long periods of time. That's usually not an issue, but in this case, Apple is warning 2012 model MacBook Air owners that a small percentage of flash storage drives used in these laptops have an issue that might result in data loss (we didn't experience this ourselves). Apple has issued a firmware update (version 1.1) that will let you know if your MacBook Air's storage might be affected. Unfortunately, there doesn't exist an update that... Read more...
The main reason to choose a solid state drive (SSD) over a mechanical hard disk drive (HDD) is speed. With few exceptions, SSDs are simply faster, and in many cases, they can run circles around even the speediest HDDs. They're also more expensive and usually smaller in capacity, though advances in technology are working to reduce those tradeoffs. Enter Samsung, which just announced that it's developed the industry's first 2.5-inch NVM Express (NVMe) PCI-Express SSD. Samsung's new drives features up to 1.6TB of storage capacity and are intended for the high-end enterprise storage market. They boast... Read more...
Let's start with the good news. If you want to configure your 21.5-inch or 27-inch iMac with a solid state drive at the time of purchase, there's now an option to do that on Apple's website. Depending on which baseline configuration you choose, you can swap out the mechanical hard drive for an SSD that ranges in size from 128GB to 768GB. Groovy, right? Sure, until you gawk at the upgrade fee. On a 21.5-inch iMac, upgrading from a 1TB hard drive (5400 RPM) to a 256GB SSD costs an additional $300, or you can select a 512GB SSD for $600. Those would have been decent prices a year or so ago, but not... Read more...
Need bigger, faster storage? Micron on Tuesday announced the immediate availability of the Crucial M500 solid state drive (SSD) line. These 2.5-inch drives feature terabyte-class capacity with options ranging from 120GB on up to 960GB, so if your pockets run deep enough, you don't have to choose between capacity (mechanical hard drive) or performance (SSD). In other words, you can have your cake and eat it too. The M500 line uses Micron's own 20nm multi-level cell (MLC) NAND flash memory and pipe data through a SATA 6Gbps interface. Performance varies by capacity and breaks down as follows: 960GB:... Read more...
It has been quite a while since we last an mSATA solid state drive (SSD) under the microscope. It's actually only been about two years, and if you care to jump into our time machine, you can see what we had to say about Intel's 310 Series mSATA SSD in 80GB form. The idea then was the same as it is now -- to offer full-size SSD features and performance in a smaller form factor that can wiggle into increasingly thinner Ultrabooks and mini PCs like Intel's Next Unit of Computing (NUC). Intel's forging ahead with mSATA SSD production and just recently released its 525 Series (Lincoln Crest), essentially... Read more...
It has been quite a while since we last put an mSATA solid state drive (SSD) under the microscope. It's actually only been about two years, and if you care to jump into our time machine, you can see what we had to say about Intel's 310 Series mSATA SSD in 80GB form. The idea then was the same as it is now -- to offer full-size SSD features and performance in a smaller form factor that can wiggle into increasingly thinner Ultrabooks and mini PCs like Intel's Next Unit of Computing (NUC). Your typical 2.5-inch desktop or notebook SSD measures 7mm or 9.5mm thick and comes housed in a metal or plastic... Read more...
Micron Technology on Tuesday rolled out its newest addition to a growing line of solid state drives (SSDs) for data center appliances and enterprise storage platforms, the Micron P410m. It's equipped with a 6Gbps Serial Attached SCSI (SAS) interface built for performance and reliability for mission critical tier 1 storage applications that require 24/7 data access. "With this introduction, Micron has one of the most comprehensive lines of enterprise-focused SSDs—we have solutions for every interface and usage model," said Ed Doller, VP and general manager of Micron's Enterprise SSD division.... Read more...
If you're a performance junkie, investing in a solid state drive (SSD) is a no-brainer at this point, especially with the way prices have fallen this past year. Narrowing down which SSD to purchase, well, that's another story. To help make the decision a little easier, OCZ for a limited time is offering a free Far Cry 3 download with new and existing purchases of the Vector 256GB and 512GB SSD (limit two per person). That's right, this promotion extends to current owners as well, so no need to kick yourself if you already purchased a qualifying Vector SSD. Whether you're a new or existing customer,... Read more...
As more and more low-cost ultrabooks enter the market, the shipments of solid state drives could more than double in 2013. An IHS iSuppli Storage Space Market Brief suggests shipments of SSDs could rise to 83 million units this year, which is more than double the number of shipments in 2012. By 2016, iSuppli expects shipments will continue to rise and could reach 239 million units. If this holds true, SSDs would hold about 40 percent of the hard disk drive market. These figures include SSDs for both the consumer and enterprise markets as well as cache SSDs. They do not include hybrid hard drives.... Read more...
Like many memory makers, Mushkin is heavily focused on solid state drives (SSDs) these days, having previously launched its enterprise-friendly ProSpec SSD family at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas last week. Without skipping a beat, Mushkin today announced the U.S. availability of its capacious 480GB Atlas mSATA SSD. It's only available in the U.S. and through Newegg.com, where it's selling for $500. Worldwide availability is scheduled for the end of November, Mushkin says. The 480GB Atlas sports a SandForce SF-2281 controller with unthrottled IOPS. It has a SATA 6Gbps interface... Read more...
OCZ Technology Group today announced a new solid state drive line capable of up to 100,000 IOPS of random read performance. Powering the company's new Vector SSD Series is a next-generation Indilinx Barefoot 3 controller with firmware that was developed completely in-house, OCZ says. "The development of the Indilinx Barefoot 3 controller architecture is a crowning achievement in our company’s history, being our first controller silicon and firmware completely designed in-house from start to finish using all of the OCZ technology development teams," said Ralph Schmitt, CEO for OCZ Technology.... Read more...
Getting ready to upgrade your storage to a solid state drive? If so, Kingston hopes to appeal to your cost-conscious side with its new SSDNow V300 line. Continuing the SSDNow V Series tradition, these are being pitched as cost-effective upgrade solutions. Don't take that to mean they're slow. Armed with a SandForce controller and a SATA 6Gbps interface, the SSDNow V300 Series delivers read and write speeds of up to 450MB/s. They may not be the fastest SSDs on the block, but that's pretty peppy for a value oriented drive. "Kingston is committed to delivering SSDs at the best price to performance... Read more...
Samsung today announced that its scintillating 840 Series solid state drives (SSDs) are now available to purchase, but that's not all. To sweeten the pot, select 840 Pro SSDs come with a free copy of Ubisoft's Assassin's Creed III in the form of a download code that's good for snagging the full version. The game bundle applies to 128GB, 256GB, and 512GB capacities (64GB capacity is excluded). "Our new 840 Pro SSDs allow gamers to experience the ultimate in gaming performance by booting their systems quickly, and loading games and other apps in a flash," said Mike Abary, Senior Vice President, Consumer... Read more...
Like most memory makers, Kingston is no stranger to the solid state drive market, but up until now, the company hasn't released an SSD specifically for the enterprise crowd. That all changed with the introduction of Kingston's SSDNow E100, the company's first enterprise-class SSD for mission critical applications. According to Kingston, the SSDNow E100 is infused with technologies that add up to an SSD that offers 10 times more endurance over typical client-grade SSDs. Specifically, Kingston says its SSDNow E100 is good for 30,000 program/erase cycles, compared to 3,000 program/erase cycles inherent... Read more...
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