Items tagged with Solid State Drive

Just in case you found yourself lamenting the lack of SandForce-driven solid state drives (SSDs), what with there only being about a million different options and all, SuperTalent this week added another one to the pile. It's the TeraDrive CT3, a SATA 6Gb/s drive designed to fill the gap between SuperTalent's PT3 and CT2 products and take... Read more...
An unfortunate trend related to SSDs: companies announce them, but they don't tell us anything about an expected price and release date. That's no way to be! But for whatever reason, getting specific details surrounding solid state drives has been am occasional challenge. Corsair is a company known for cutting-edge gear, and thankfully,... Read more...
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... 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... 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... 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... 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... 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... 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... 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... 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... 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... 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... 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... 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... 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... 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... 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... 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... 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... 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.... 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... Read more...
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