Items tagged with Solid State Drive

If you don't own a fast solid state drive built to take advantage of the SATA 6Gb/s interface, it's not from lack of options. There are plenty of high-speed options out there, and the latest to jump on the SATA 6Gb/s SSD bandwagon is Other World Computing (OWC), which just announced its SandForce-driven Mercury Electra 6G SSD line. With the Fourth of July coming up, OWC makes it a point to note that these blue-colored drives are "designed and built in the USA utilizing the highest quality components available, including Tier 1/Grade A NAND." What it all translates into are read and write speeds of up to 556MB/s and 523MB/s, respectively. "We're very excited to continue the evolution of our solid... Read more...
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...
Picked up a new Intel SSD lately? If it's the SSD 320, you're in for some good news. While solid state drives are best known for being more reliable and durable than HDDs, there have been some fragmenting issues and performance-related issues along the way. Now, those who purchase an SSD 320 will have a little less to worry over. Intel has just revealed that they will be extending their limited warranty for the SSD 320 Series from three years to five years. That's a pretty significant increase, and the extended warranty term will apply to all Intel SSD 320 Series drives, including those already purchased. Of course, this only applies to consumer-level disks; enterprise usage levels will have... Read more...
Solid State Drives are popular among power users and are commonly used in high-end machines but by and large, they're absent from the average Joe's computer due to their higher price tag. Gartner expects this could change in 2012 however as the price of SSDs decreases. By the second half of 2012, Gartner predicts that mainstream PC SSDs will decrease to $1 per gigabyte. Once SSDs reach this lower price, Gartner expects more and more consumers will begin to use SSDs. Although SSDs offer many benefits, including a smaller form factor, faster performance, and additional power efficiency compared to traditional hard drives, their higher price has largely kept them from the majority of consumers'... Read more...
One of the bigger issues with solid state drives is size. Not form factor size, but capacity size. Other World Computing has been producing large SSDs and SSD upgrade kits for notebooks for some time, and now, they're really going above and beyond the call of duty. The company has just released the Mercury Aura Pro Express 480GB, a monster of a drive that the company claims is the largest high-performance SSD available for the 2010 MacBook Air. Apple's tiny machine requires some special TLC when it comes to upgrading, and there's no drive nicer than this. The Aura Pro Express family provides transfer rates as high as 275Mb/sec, and also provides your wallet with a serious dent. OWC's charging... Read more...
For PC junkies, there's hardly anything better than a new solid state drive announcement. Every time we see a new SSD, we think about just how eager we are to transition into a world where HDDs are the past and SSDs are the present. OCZ Technology seems to be dreaming those same dreams, and today they've unveiled a new addition to the Vertex 3 SATA III Series of solid state drives. The Vertex 3 Max IOPS edition drive is the unit in question, which combines the speed of SATA III with boosted random write performance. These units are said to be ideal solutions for applications that demand high aggregate workloads and increased IO throughput, and it relies on SandForce's SF-2200 SSD controller.... Read more...
Whenever a new SSD drops, that always catches our ear. But whenever we hear about solid state drives getting cheaper -- that really catches our attention. Texas Memory Systems has been a name that we're hearing more often these days, and the company is about to get a ton of eyeballs after announcing that they have selected Toshiba in order to leverage new technology and "reduce cost of SLC SSDs." Cheap and SSD in the same sentence? Sing to us! TMS has decided to integrate Toshiba's next-gen 32nm SLC NAND Flash chips into their products, which allow the company to "lower the price of its flagship RamSan-630 by 15%." Of course, anyone familiar with TMS will know that their products are exactly... Read more...
It can be argued that Intel essentially kickstarted the performance-oriented solid state drive (SSD) market with the introduction of the X25-M, which at the time of its release was one of the faster drives on the market. Since then, the SSD market's been flooded with enthusiast SSDs boasting scorching fast read/write speeds and highly tuned controllers. Well, Intel's looking to make another splash by announcing its third generation SSD 320 Series. The new series is an upgrade to the high-performing X25-M SATA model and uses a 25nm manufacturing process. Larger capacities and cheaper pricing are the name of the game this time around. "Intel designed new quality and reliability features into our... Read more...
When it comes to milestones, this is definitely one that hits home in our industry. Solid state drives have been around for years at this point, and while they're hardly more affordable than they once were, and definitely not nearly as sizable (in terms of capacity) as HDDs, people are splurging on them. OCZ Technology has been a major SSD player for some time now, and the company just recently shipped their one millionth SSD. One million! That's a pretty big number for a smaller company; OCZ doesn't have the namesake or distribution channels like WD or Seagate, yet the company is clearly getting their SSDs out to performance-minded consumers. Kudos to OCZ for keeping a good thing going, and... 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...
As tablets, portable media players, and even ultra-thin notebooks keep shrinking in size, so too will the components they're built around. This is where Intel's new 310 Series SSDs come into play. The 310 Series utilize the same 34nm NAND flash memory technology and controller found on the chip maker's 2.5-inch SSDs, but in a form factor just 1/8th the size. We're talking a scant 2 inches (51mm) long by 1.18 (30mm) wide and flatter than a pancake. And the best part, says Intel, is that despite its diminutive stature, you can expect performance similar to that of the company's popular X25-M 34nm SSD... Intel 310 Series 80GB mSATA SSD Review... Read more...
Actor Rick Moranis must be moonlighting at Intel, because honey, somebody in Santa Clara shrunk the solid state drives. And it's not as if SSDs are big to begin with. The typical mechanical hard drive built around the 3.5-inch form factor measures about 4 inches x 1 inch x 5.8 inches (W x H x D, and yes, we rounded) and are absolutely bulky compared to the average 2.5-inch form factor SSD, let alone those built around the even smaller 1.8-inch form factor. Unlike HDDs, there aren't any platters, motors, or other space-hogging moving parts inside a flash memory-based SSD, which is the primary reason they lend themselves so well to notebooks. That's all well and good, but as tablets, portable... Read more...
Super Talent really has been on a roll of late. The company's USB 3.0 flash drives are undercutting just about everyone with regard to price, and today they're introducing a refresh to their Ultra Drive SSD series. The new UltraDrive MT SSD is the drive in question, offering a SATA II interface and the new Barefoot controller (plus Indilinx Martini firmware). It's a 2.5" drive, which means it's made specifically to fit into notebook computers. It also includes the latest in SSD technology, featuring Garbage Collection, TRIM support, wear leveling and ECC. All of those ought to make the entire drive more reliable over the long haul. It's available in capacities ranging from 60GB to 240GB and with... Read more...
When we think of SanDisk, we typically think of CompactFlash cards and other storage mediums for photography buffs (like the SanDisk Ultra SDXC memory card line). But SanDisk also dabbles in solid state drive options, some of which you'll find in Asus' upcoming Eee Slate EP121 tablets. Asus opted to use both the 32GB and 64GB SanDisk P4 modular solid state drives (pSSD) for its new slate. These SSDs boast burst random write performance of 4KB up to 600 IOPS and sport large, non-volatile write cache technology (nCache). "The large storage capacity and small form factor of SanDisk's P4 SSD contribute to the highly functional design and ease of mobility that the Eee Slate EP121 tablet offers," said... 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...
Intel has a message for all the NAND-based storage gurus: "Honey, I shrunk the X25 solid state drive!" That's essentially the idea behind Intel's new SSD 310 series, an ultra-small drive Intel claims delivers X25-class performance in a form factor that's 1/8th the size. According to Intel, the new 310 SSDs measure a scant 51mm x 30mm and is just 5mm thick. What's the point, you ask? "The Intel SSD 310 series will allow us to provide the advantages of a full-performance Intel SSD paired with the storage of a hard disk drive in a small, dual-drive system," said Tom Butler, director of ThinkPad product marketing, Lenovo. "We’ve offered Intel SSD solutions for our highly innovative Lenovo ThinkPad... Read more...
The growth in solid state drive adoption has been impressive, but it's probably not even close to finished. There are still loads of HDDs that need switched over to SSDs (in a perfect, performance-oriented world), and Toshiba is trying to take SSDs to a place where they have rarely been welcomed. The enterprise. In more recent months, enterprise adoption of solid state drives has been on the upswing, but there still isn't enough options in our estimation. But Toshiba's Storage Device Division is changing that with its new family of enterprise-class solid state drives. The MKx001GRZB series uses a 2.5" form factor, 32nm enterprise grade single-level cell (eSLC) NAND flash memory from Toshiba and... Read more...
In some ways, Samsung is a silicon ninja in the solid state drive (SSD) space.  Whether you realize it or not, Samsung has been churning out their own SSDs for some time (as well as the actual NAND Flash chips themselves of course), only up until now they've come pre-packaged with OEM notebooks or rebadged under another company's branding. With the introduction of the new 470 series, Samsung is finally selling its own branded SSDs, but that's not all. Pop the hood and you'll find the Samsung label through and through, from the memory chips to the custom controller -- no Indilinx or SandForce hardware here, folks. We'll be examining Samsung's flagship capacity, the 256GB, on the following... Read more...
In some ways, Samsung is a silicon ninja in the solid state drive (SSD) space. How so you ask?  While most of the competition is all too happy to blitz the SSD market amid much fanfare and ballyhooing, Samsung just quietly does its thing and usually flies under the radar a bit. Whether you realize it or not, Samsung has been churning out their own SSDs for some time (as well as the actual NAND Flash chips themselves of course), only up until now they've come pre-packaged with OEM notebooks or rebadged under another company's branding. With the introduction of the new 470 series, Samsung is finally selling its own branded SSDs, but that's not all. Pop the hood and you'll find the Samsung... Read more...
In case you missed it, we spent plenty of hands-on time with OCZ's new RevoDrive X2 Solid State Drive device and posted our evaluation last month (you can check it out here). Short and to the point, we walked away "completely and thoroughly impressed," and it looks like we weren't the only ones. Falcon Northwest, makers of high end gaming rigs, has now qualified the RevoDrive X2 for use in its Mach V and Talon series of desktops, OCZ tells us. "We've been looking for a bootable, solid-state PCI Express storage solution for years" said Kelt Reeves, President of Falcon Northwest. "Before OCZ introduced the RevoDrive, other brands we'd tested ran too hot, were too small, too slow, weren't bootable... Read more...
As computer enthusiasts, there are few things that really get our gears going. More storage, and more speed. But when you get them both together? Look out! That's the case with Apricorn's Mac Array, which is a unique high-speed storage solution for Apple's Mac Pro. For a professional machine, the Mac Pro is a fairly niche device, and not too many accessories are released specifically for it. But this one is one for the books. The inside of the Mac Pro has a ton of room for extra devices and storage units, but aside from buying a load of 10k hard drives, what else is there? Now, there's a good answer to that. The Mac Array is a specially designed PCIe X4 card that holds four 128GB Western Digital... Read more...
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