Items tagged with Solid State Drive

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...
IBM has a long history in serving up storage solutions, and will continue to add to it by entering into a definitive agreement to acquire Texas Memory Systems (TMS), a company that develops high-performance solid state storage solutions. "The TMS strategy and solution set align well with our Smarter Computing approach to information technology by helping clients realize increased performance and efficiencies at lower costs," said Brian Truskowski, general manager, Systems Storage and Networking, IBM. "Solid state technology, in particular, is a critical component of our new Smarter Storage approach... Read more...
Crucial today announced its new v4 solid state drive (SSD), taking aim at mainstream computer users looking to keep things modest all around. By modest, we're talking about capacity (ranges from 32GB to 256GB), price (ranges from $50 to $190), and performance (these are SATA 3Gbps drives). Crucial's sales pitch goes like this: "The Crucial v4 SSD boils down to two things: performance and value," said Robert Wheadon, senior worldwide product manager, Crucial. "Most consumers realize that SSDs help their computers start quicker and run faster, and are a more durable alternative to hard drives, but... Read more...
Given that competition is helping to drive prices down, we're of the opinion that there can never be too many players in the solid state drive business, and a week ago we learned that MSI was getting ready to join the SSD party. It was LSI SandForce that originally spilled the beans by plastering MSI's name on a webpage that lists all SandForce-driven SSDs that currently exist or, in this care, are coming soon, but at the time, details were few and far between. Not anymore. A website with a supposed "inside connection at MSI" posted what appear to be official specs for MSI's upcoming high-performance... Read more...
Street cred isn't easy to come by on your own, but sometimes it can be bought. Just ask Seagate, which is rumored to be interested in buying out OCZ, an established player in the enthusiast solid state drive (SSD) market. As the story goes, Seagate is trying to make up for lost time from being late to the SSD party, and getting cozy with OCZ would give the storage player a major solid state presence in consumer, enthusiast, and enterprise circles. This could be a good move for OCZ, too. Obviously there's the financial aspect, but assuming OCZ is left to continue doing what it's been doing, having... Read more...
We don't tend to think of solid state drives as being overly susceptible to the dangers of heat, but then again, we're not running a toasty server farm or bombarding our SSDs with constant simulation applications. For those who do have a server farm to run, or are otherwise worried about longevity, Super Talent just introduced its SuperNova SSD Series with thermal conductive silicon padding. The padding prevents overheating and requires less cooling, Super Talent claims. Other safety net features include S.M.A.R.T. monitoring, built-in encryption, and proprietary RAISE technology that Super Talent... Read more...
Good products at lower prices? That's always a plus, particularly when we're talking about some of favorite devices on the planet: solid state drives. Intel has shown to produce high quality goods in the SSD arena, but slowly and surely, SSD prices are falling. In order to keep pace with rivals, Intel has today announced intentions to crank down some MSRPs on its SSD range. First off, it's expanding the SSD 330 Series with a new 240GB version. Secondly, Intel will be lowering the asking price on a number of Intel SSDs, including the SSD 520, 330 and 320 Series lines, but no specific numbers are... Read more...
The past year has seen solid state drives (SSDs) grow bigger in capacity, run faster than ever, and come down in price, with many high-end drives now selling for around $1 per gigabyte, and sometimes less. Helping to spark this bang-for-buck renaissance is the fact that everyone and their uncle is kicking out SSDs these days, and many of them are turning to SandForce, which powers drives by nearly four dozen manufacturers. Soon you'll be able to add MSI to the list. LSI SandForce maintains a webpage that lists all the SandForce-driven SSDs on the market, broken down by company. If you scroll down... Read more...
As the dog days of summer come into view, Intel is apparently getting ready to chill out with its high solid state drive (SSD) pricing and roll out "significant price reductions" on its consumer SSDs, it's being reported. Intel's 320 Series will bear the brunt of the price cuts, though even after the reductions in end-user cost, some may find them too expensive when other SSD makers have started dropping down to around $1 per gigabyte. Come August, here's how things are reportedly getting ready to shake out: Intel 320 Series 600GB: $879 Intel 320 Series 300GB: $464 Intel 520 Series 480GB: $594... Read more...
Solid state drives (SSDs) may well supplant mechanical hard disk drives (HDDs) as the storage of choice one day, but two things need to happen first. Capacity needs to increase, and the cost of flash-based storage needs to come down. Both of those things are happening right before our highs. Increasingly bigger SSDs are finding their way to the market place, and as a recent investigation shows, prices are declining at a remarkably rapid rate. Within the past several months, SSD prices have plummeted upwards of 60 percent in some cases, such as OCZ's Agility 3 line. One of the most notable drops... Read more...
The folks at Kingston Digital gave us a heads up that there's a new firmware update available for the 64GB and 128GB SSDNow V200 drives, one that increases performance and stomps out a few niggling bugs. On the performance front, Kingston claims the firmware update increases random write IOPS performance by up to 136 percent for the 64GB model and 129 percent the 128GB, Random read IOPS get a less dramatic (though still significant) boost to the tune of 22 percent for the 64GB model and 5 percent for the 128GB model. Those rocking a 256GB SSDNow V200 drive are unaffected by the firmware update... Read more...
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