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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 Available New SSD Provides Powerful Performance in a Tiny Form Factor Key Messages: Provides the performance... 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 RDIMM modules, and the new memory is halogen-free and RoHS compliant. Crucial is selling the LRDIMMs... 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 known to be a bit difficult to work with, but Dataplex is designed to make setting up the cache an... 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, and 512GB) and includes the following fixes, according to Crucial's release notes: Changes made... 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 drive up and running, though it was on display.  Supposedly Micron is sampling customers right... 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 with a three year warranty, the Adrenaline Solid State Cache Solution will be available this quarter.... 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 occurs after approximately 5,000 hours of actual 'on time' use. Following the initial reboot, the system... 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 CPU 06:05 - Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 Reviewed, BF3 Compared 13:33 - Corsair Force... 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 of the products that were featured. First, Corsair sent over the 240GB variant of their excellent... 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, improved write latency, better compatibility with newer chipsets, and faster boot times. If you’re... 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 11:32 - Acer Iconia Tab A500 Android Tablet Review 16:20 - Something Cool For HH Fans... 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 performance improvements along the way. Many would even argue (myself included) that upgrading your... Read more...
With memory companies so focused on solid state drives these days, it's nice to see an old stalwart release new high-end memory kits. That's what we have with Crucial, who today announced two new product line additions to its popular Ballistix brand: Crucial Ballistix Tactical and Crucial Ballistix Elite. The Ballistix Tactical series takes aim power users, gamers, and enthusiasts by combining high frequencies with low latency settings. These will feature a black PCB, integrated heatspreader with a revamped Ballistix logo, and ship in both DDR2 and DDR3 form. Crucial's Ballistix Elite will only ship in DDR3 form and is designed for "extreme enthusiasts and gamers," Crucial says. Look for frequencies... Read more...
According to a recent study commissioned by Crucial.com, consumers frequently replace their personal computers after four and a half years of use. Although replacing a PC as often as three years may be common, 58% of survey respondents thought their computer should last much longer than three years. Despite wanting to use their PCs for longer, computer users often find themselves unhappy with their current machine. In fact, 47% of respondents said they disliked something about their computer. Slow speed was among the top complaints users had against their computers. With this study, Crucial hopes to show users how a simple memory upgrade could help increase performance and give an older system... Read more...
Earlier today, before the onslaught of consumer tech goodness that is CES 2011, our man Mat Miranda had a chance to catch up with Micron representatives at the Storage Vision 2011 conference that is taking place before the big show opens in sunny Las Vegas.  Micron it appears is readying their next generation of SSDs to follow-up their very successful RealSSD C300 line-up.  The new top-end model in the family will be named, you guessed it, C400 and in the event you were feeling really clairvoyant, you might also guess that Micron is rolling out SSDs that are bigger and faster versus the previous generation.  Enough with our keen sense of the obvious though.  We'll let Justin... Read more...
SSDs account for just a fraction of the storage market in terms of units shipped, but high consumer interest and significant profit margins have brought manufacturers in droves. GSkill isn't exactly a newcomer to the field, but the sheer number of companies in the dogpile make it more difficult for any single manufacturer to win a definitive lead against the others, at least in terms of technology alone. Today we're reviewing GSkill's 60GB Phoenix Pro. This relatively diminutive drive is meant to offer enthusiasts an attractive balance between price and performance, but the Phoenix Pro is fighting to distinguish itself in a tight field... GSKill Phoenix Pro: Little Drive, Lotta Performance... Read more...
SSDs account for just a fraction of the storage market in terms of units shipped, but high consumer interest and significant profit margins have brought manufacturers in droves. GSkill isn't exactly a newcomer to the field, but the sheer number of companies in the dogpile make it more difficult for any single manufacturer to win a definitive lead against the others, at least in terms of technology alone. Today we're reviewing GSkill's 60GB Phoenix Pro. This relatively diminutive drive is meant to offer enthusiasts an attractive balance between price and performance, but the Phoenix Pro is fighting to distinguish itself in a tight field. The G.SKILL Phoenix PRO 60GB SATA II SSD GSkill Phoenix... Read more...
Initially, only a couple of companies laid the foundation for storage processors when solid state drives first arrived, now we have a broad range of options to choose from. Intel, Samsung, JMicron, Indilinx, and Sandforce, all make SSD controllers, just to name a few. Today we're going to show you yet another new SSD based on a new controller from a long-time player in PC storage, Marvell. The Marvell 88SS9174-BJP2 controller at the heart of the Micron RealSSD C300 we're going to show you today, affords the drive a feature not yet offered on any competing product--SATA III support. This controller, in combination with some of Micron's leading-edge NAND flash, culminate in a drive that offered... Read more...
Looking at current solid state drive market, it's easy to draw some parallels with the early days of 3D on the PC. When 3D graphics cards first hit the scene (before the term GPU was coined), there were only a few major players, i.e. 3dfx, Tseng Labs, S3, etc. As the technology was more accepted by consumers, however, numerous other manufactures, like NVIDIA, ATI, 3DLabs, Matrox, Rendition, Number 9 and many others, wanted a piece of the pie as well and they all entered the fray with 3D processors of their own. Over time, the dust settled, the cream rose to the top, and we were left with only a select few GPU manufactures. We're sure you've all heard the stories by now.At this point in time,... Read more...
Today we stopped by Storage Vision 2010 and spoke with Crucial / Micron about their upcoming products. They had an impressive SSD on display with jaw dropping performance numbers. The Micron and or Crucial RealSSD C300 with be sold under both brand names and is based on Micron NAND Flash technology along with a proprietary controller that was co-developed with Marvell. Here's the scoop...CES Showcase: Crucial and Seagate Demo New SSDs... Read more...
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