Items tagged with Solid State Drive

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 to the design and deployment of storage infrastructures, and part of a holistic approach that exploits... 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 many don't realize that most SSDs outperform the data transfer capabilities of their SATA 2 machines.... 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 Reflex Series SSDs. If the information is accurate, MSI is planning to launch its Reflex line... 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 access to Seagate's resources would allow the company to step up its game, both in terms of R&D... 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 says "virtually eliminates unrecoverable read errors." From a performance standpoint, the SuperNova... 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 given at the moment. Bigger and cheaper is sure hard to complain about; kudos, Intel.... 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 about midway, there's an interesting entry that lists MSI as one of SandForce's soon-to-be partners.... 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 Intel 520 Series 240GB: $259 Intel 520 Series 180GB: $199 Intel 520 Series 60GB: $99 Intel is also said... 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 belongs to Corsair's M4 line, which has dropped 57-64 percent in the past year. In fact, according... 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 and need not apply it. In addition to supercharging IOPS on the 64GB and 128GB models, Kingston tells... Read more...
OCZ Technology is continuing to blitz the solid state drive market with new models, the latest being the Agility 4 Series, which the company claims strikes an "ideal balance" of SATA 6Gbps speed, IOPS performance, and enterprise-grade endurance and reliability," all while maintaining cost-friendly price points. The Agility 4 Series is powered by OCZ's Everest 2 controller and is available in 64GB, 128GB, 256GB, and 512GB capacities. These aren't the fastest SSDs on the market, hence why OCZ says they offer a "cost-effective alternative to other SATA III SSD solutions," including some of its own. Performance varies by model, culminating in up to 400MB/s read and write speeds on the 265GB and 512GB... Read more...
Deciding to upgrade your notebook storage to a solid state drive is the easy part. SSDs are faster than whatever mechanical hard drive you're rocking, and you can expect a performance boost in day-to-day activity, whether it's simply booting the OS or playing with programs like Photoshop. So what' the hard part? Actually migrating your OS and data over to the new drive. It's not that it's particularly difficult, it's just time consuming and tedious. For some, it's also a little scary. Do you have all the right drivers ready to go? Have you written down all your license keys? Have you located all your saved game files, photos, and other digital bits you don't want to lose? It's a pretty big checklist,... Read more...
ADATA is making preparations for the upcoming Computex convention in Taiwan next month but found time to make what could be its last product announcement before then. Launching today is ADATA's new Premier Pro SP900 and Premier SP800 solid state drive (SSD) families with new optimized firmware, both of which are available in the U.S. and just north of the border. Starting at the top, the Premier Pro SP900 is available in 64GB, 128GB, and 256GB capacities. These drives boast SATA 6Gbps interfaces and offer read/write speeds of up to 550/520MB per second, along with maximum random 4K write speeds of 85,000 IOPS. For those with more modest needs, the SATA 3Gbps-based Premier SP800 comes in 32GB... Read more...
OCZ today is throwing Vertex 4 solid state drive (SSD) owners a bone with release candidate firmware v1.4RC, which "dramatically improves" performance, the company said. And by that, OCZ means it nearly doubles the sequential write performance for lower capacity models and boosts sequential read performance at low queue depths. General performance is improved too, OCZ says. Here's a look at how it breaks down when applying the new firmware: 128GB Max Read: 535MB/s --> 550MB/s 128GB Max Write: 200MB/s --> 420MB/s 256GB Max Read: 535MB/s --> 550MB/s 256GB Max Write: 380MB/s --> 465MB/s 512GB Max Read: 535MB/s --> 550MB/s 512GB Max Write: 475MB/s --> 475MB/s   "OCZ strives... Read more...
Owning a high performance solid state drive with lots of storage space would be like having your cake and eating it too, which, by the way, is really the only the way to enjoy a cake. Regardless, it doesn't have to be a pipe dream, provided you're willing to drop a small fortune on a big size SSD with performance numbers to match. If you are, you'll be happy to know that OCZ's monster sized 1TB Octane SSD is getting to ready to ship in the next couple of weeks. A Japanese language press release tipped the details of the 1TB model's retail availability, which a Google translation pegs to be mid-May. The price is said to be 260,000 yen, which works out to about $3,255 in U.S. currency, though it... Read more...
A company called Silicon Power announced today its new Velox V60 solid state drive for performance applications. With a sexy SandForce controller tucked away inside and a brushed aluminum finish, the Velox V60 crunches through data at high speeds and looks good while doing it. In fact, Silicon Power couldn't say enough about the looks of this thing. "Unlike a traditional SSD that is rigid and bulky, SP V60 offers a stylish brushed aluminum enclosure in metallic gray," Silicon Power explains. "It features a hairline finished cover with a silver embossed diamond cut logo and a body with curved edges. Its minimalist design speaks quality and character; adding style to functionality so consumers... Read more...
Have you been waiting for a performance oriented solid state drive with a price-per-gigabyte ratio that doesn't make you want to throw up a little bit in your mouth? Sure you have, because up to this point, good deals have been hard to come by, especially if you rule out any that require doing the whole mail-in-rebate ritual. Well folks, while we don't want to get too far ahead of ourselves, but there's reason to be optimistic that things are about to change. Several websites have begun posting listings for Intel's upcoming 330 Series solid state drive (SSD) line, and the prices are, well, not all that bad, actually. Sabre PC, for example, has the Intel 330 Series listed at the following price... Read more...
Super Talent this week unveiled a new extreme solid state drive (SSD) solution that skips SATA III in favor of PCI Express. It's the new RAIDDrive upStream, a new type of SSD designed to take advantage of the greater bandwidth PCIe affords with up to 1GB/s of read performance and up to 900MB/s of write performance, compared to 550MB/s for SATA III solutions. "The upStream is a perfect addition to any workstation running a variety of disk intensive applications," Super Talent says. "It’s perfect for Animation, Simulation, CAD and Sorting & Searching large databases. When time is money, upStream quickly pays for itself and in the hands of creative professionals, upStream facilitates the... Read more...
Drobo made a couple of announcements today, the first one being that it plans to deploy OCZ's Talos Series SAS solid state drives (SSDs) in its business-class storage systems. Specifically, OCZ's Talos drives will be integrated into Drobo's B1200i iSCSI SAN solutions aimed at small-and-medium businesses (SMBs). "Drobo is a leader in data storage products for both professionals and businesses and we are thrilled that they have qualified and selected our enterprise-class Talos SAS SSDs for their business oriented solutions," said Ryan Petersen, CEO of OCZ Technology. "This collaboration is a perfect example of how our SSD technology can act within a complete solution to deliver superior application-optimized... Read more...
Corsair has an interesting proposition for power users on a budget or anyone looking to squeeze more performance out of their system with little to no hassle and a modest investment. It goes like this: trade a little bit of cash for a little bit of cache and everybody wins. More specifically, Corsair is pimping its new Accelerator Series Solid State Cache Drives as a quick, easy, and affordable way to increase performance. "The newly available Accelerator Series SSD cache drives are some of the most cost-effective solutions for boosting PC performance without the complexity of drive swaps and reconfiguration," said Thi La, Vice President of Memory Products at Corsair. "They are ideal for PC users... Read more...
Few companies are as active in the solid state drive (SSD) space as OCZ, and so it makes perfect sense that it will use the upcoming CeBIT tradeshow in Hannover, Germany to showcase client and enterprise SSDs, including its soon-to-be-released Vertex 4 SSD Series. That means waiting a few more days for the full scoop, but in the meantime, we can tell you that Vertex 4 will sport a SATA 6Gbps interface built around the Indilinx Everest 2 platform. OCZ says you can expect "industry-leading performance and superior data management for all file types and sizes" with Vertex 4. OCZ, if you recall, acquired Indilinx in 2011 for the bargain-basement price of $32 million, giving the company its own SSD... Read more...
Don't underestimate the power of finely tuned firmware. Underscoring this point is the release of new enhanced IOPS firmware (v1.13) for OCZ's Octane SATA 3.0 Series solid state drives (SSDs). With the new firmware applied, OCZ promises significant improvements to write performance, over double in some capacities. For all Octane SATA 6Gb/s models, the improved IOPS made possible by this new firmware allow for greater transactional performance, especially during small file and random access speeds in everyday computing applications," OCZ said. "When compared to the previous revision, random write IOPS performance doubles across nearly all capacities when tested in Iometer 2008." OCZ reports random... Read more...
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