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We know solid state drives are fast. We know they don't use any moving parts. And did we mention that they're fast? But the one unknown this early in the SSD game is how reliable they truly are. Conventional wisdom says that without any moving parts, and with garbage collecting schemes that limit the number of writes and rewrites, a well built SSD should potentially last as long as that of the average hard drive. Only time will prove that theory right or wrong, and in the meantime, OWC is offering customers warm fuzzies in the form of a 5-year warranty for its Mercury Extreme Pro 6G SSD line. According to OWC, this is the first time a company has ever backed a SandForce-based 6Gb/s SATA Revision... Read more...
OCZ announced the new Agility 3 and Solid 3 SATA III SSD product lines. By using the latest technology, OCZ is able to deliver almost double the performance with these new series of drives compared to the previous generation. Agility 3 and Solid 3 SSDs utilize the SandForce SF-2200 SSD processor. The Agility 3 delivers up to 525MB/s reads, 500MB/s writes, and up to 60,000 4KB random write IOPS while the  value-oriented Solid 3 features 500MB/s reads, 450MB/s writes, and 20,000 4KB random write IOPS. The new Agility 3 and Solid 3 SSDs are available in a new boot-drive size 60GB capacity as well as 120GB and 240GB options. OCZ Technology Announces the Agility 3 and Solid 3 SATA III Solid State... Read more...
If you're thinking about picking up a solid state drive to make your system scream, you'd be silly to pull the trigger before SSDs built around next generation controllers start shipping. One of the more anticipated upgrades is from SandForce, whose SF-2000 series chipsets you'll soon find on a number of shipping SSDs, including Super Talent's upcoming TeraDrive CT3. Sporting SandForce's SF-2200 controller, the upgraded TeraDrive features a SATA 6Gb/s interface and much faster read and write speeds. Super Talent hasn't disclosed exact numbers yet, but from what we know of SandForce's 2nd generation controller, expect to see both hover around the 500MB/s mark, or about double what today's SSDs... Read more...
We just recently finished up our Vertex 3 SandForce SD-2000 based SSD preview, and now OCZ Technology is spilling the official beans on two of their newest solid state drive lines. The Vertex 3 and Vertex 3 Pro are the newest, and both feature SATA 6Gbps technology. The line is said to cater to consumers and enterprise users, and with the new SATA III interface, these deliver double the performance compared to the prior generation. The Vertex 3 is the first solution to feature the new SandForce SF-2200 SSD processor, and raises the bar in performance with up to 550MB/s read and 500MB/s write transfer rates and up to 60,000 IOPS (4k random write). This maximized speed significantly improves gaming,... Read more...
Just last week, we gave a glimpse of what OCZ has in store for the enterprise SSD market with our preview of the Vertex 3 Pro. Without giving away all of the juicy details, the Vertex 3 Pro essentially buried the competition and offered performance that was significantly better than any current-gen solid state drive. As we mentioned though, the Vertex 3 Pro is an enterprise-class drive, and as such, it sports a price tag outside of the realm of your typical PC enthusiast. OCZ did hint that the “non-Pro” version of the Vertex 3 was coming soon, however, and stated that it would be priced “significantly lower”. Well, here we are, just one week later and we’ve already... Read more...
Just last week, we gave you a glimpse of what OCZ has in store for the enterprise SSD market with our preview of the Vertex 3 Pro. Without giving away all of the juicy details, the Vertex 3 Pro essentially buried the competition and offered performance that was significantly better than any current-gen solid state drive. As we mentioned though, the Vertex 3 Pro is an enterprise-class drive, and as such, it sports a price tag outside of the realm of your typical PC enthusiast. OCZ did hint that the “non-Pro” version of the Vertex 3 was coming soon, however, and stated that it would be priced “significantly lower”. Well, here we are, just one week later and we’ve already... Read more...
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 continue to shrink from a process level, Corsair is looking to transition SSD production from... 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 upcoming Vertex 3 series of products leverages SandForce’s excellent SSD controller technology,... 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 upcoming Vertex 3 series of products leverages SandForce’s excellent SSD controller technology,... 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 warmed up it seems.  That said, it's exciting to see where things are headed and the multitude... 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 SandForce SF-1200 Processor," said Ed Mershad, Micro Center Vice President and International Products... 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 (BCH). Samples are expected to ship in Q4 of this year, with mass production set for Q1 2011.... 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 capabilities, and it features new Power / Performance throttling technology for “green”... 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 then read-on for the full scoop...... 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 who” in the memory market with names like OCZ, Corsair, Mushkin, G.SKILL, and Patriot,... 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 three other major machines soon, and we hope that this is just the beginning of using ultra-fast SSD... 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 features four Sandforce controllers in what’s essentially a 4-way RAID configuration--it looked... 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, high-reliability flash storage products and we're very pleased with the performance and... Read more...
Corsair expanded its lineup by adding the Force Series of SSDs. These new drives use SSD Processor technology from SandForce in combination with MLC flash memory to deliver up to 280MB/sec read and 260MB/sec write speeds. The drives also feature class-leading random read/write performance. The Force Series of SSDs are available in capacities of 100GB and 200GB and support the TRIM command in Windows 7. The drives will be available within two weeks. Corsair® Launches Force Series Solid-State Drives - Using SandForce™ SF-1200 SSD Processor, Force Series SSDs offer class-leading performance of up to 280MB/sec read and 260MB/sec write – Hannover, Germany, March 4, 2010 — Corsair, a worldwide... Read more...
When we first took a look at OCZ's Vertex 2 Pro series SSD back in February, we noted that our evaluation was a product "preview" due to the fact that the product was still being finalized in many ways and wasn't yet available on the open market.  Little did we know that exact product would never see the light of day in retail.  In fact, the Vertex Limited Edition SSD that we're taking a look at here today, will only be available in a limited 5K unit batch release from OCZ. That's not to say that good things don't come in limited quantities though.  In fact, the Vertex Limited Edition SSD impresses like no drive we've seen before over a 3Gbps SATA interface. OCZ Vertex Limited... Read more...
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