Items tagged with Solid State Drive

Every other day, it seems that some company, somewhere is producing yet another solid state drive. It's good for the industry, and it's good for the consumer. But it certainly makes choosing that much harder. But Corsair's newest drive is very specific in who it's aimed at: the SSD newbie, of sorts. The company's latest is a 32GB Nova Series SSD, but the real surprise isn't the drive nor the size, but the price. For a limited time (which will hopefully become more permanent soon), Corsair is offering their 32GB Nova SSD for just $69.99 after mail-in rebate. The drive has read speeds up to 195 MB/s and write speeds up to 70 MB/, with 64MB of built-in cache. Less than $100 for a new SSD? If you... Read more...
Few things get us more excited than solid state drives. Fast GPUs and CPUs come close, but the instant speed increase given by installing an SSD just makes it almost magical. But one knock (aside from price) on SSDs has long been their low capacity; it's been really difficult to find SSDs with similar sizes to HDDs, but recently a couple of 400GB+ units have surfaced. Now, Samsung is pushing the boundaries even further. The company has today introduced the first SSD utilizing high-performance toggle-mode DDR NAND, and sure enough, its a 512GB monster of a drive. The new unit has some of the most advanced features ever on a solid state drive, with it making use of a 30 nanometer-class 32 gigabit... Read more...
Some SSDs are getting larger. Some are getting more advanced. And some are just getting faster. Super Talent is hoping to touch on all three improvement points with their newest units, the all-new TeraDrive CT. These units just began shipping to consumers in the U.S. today, with the TeraDrive CT boasting the rare SandForce 1222 SSD processor. Each of these support the SATA-II 3Gbps interface, with sequential read and write speeds up to 285 and 275 MB/sec, respectively. It even has integrated Garbage Collection and TRIM support for sustained performance increases over the life of the drive. There's also RAISE technology for enhanced reliability and DuraWrite for increased endurance, not to mention... Read more...
OCZ Technology is one of the companies really pushing SSD technology forward, and it seems like every month or two they have another one headed to production. Today, the company is announcing not one, but two new solid state drives, both of which are aimed primarily at use in the enterprise. But oftentimes, enterprise drives can be very useful for consumers with unusual demands, particularly if you run 24/7 servers or the like. The new Vertex 2 Pro and Vertex 2 EX SSDs are both 2.5" drives, with the fast (and expensive) SandForce SF-1500 controller on the inside. These units feature transfer rates up to 285MB/s read, 275MB/s write, and 4KB random writes up to 50,000 Input/Output per second, with... Read more...
Well, hello beautiful! Suddenly, we're beginning to think that the end is near for all of those double-digit SSDs. And by that, we mean any SSD under 100GB. Just over the past few weeks, a number of mainstays in the solid state business have expanded their offerings by adding a number of high-capacity versions to the mix. OCZ Technology isn't one to lag behind, and they're doing similar today in the Vertex 2 and Agility 2 lineups. Both of these 2.5" SATA SSD families are growing, with each line now having 400GB and 480GB options. That's getting dangerously close to the limits of even the biggest 2.5" HDD, which was announced this morning by Seagate. The 750GB Momentus is the largest 7200rpm 2.5"... Read more...
The solid state storage industry is really ramping up; SSDs have been slow to catch on due to small sizes compared to cheaper HDDs, and the general price premium associated with them, but the stars may finally be aligning. Corsair recently added a nice and spacious 256GB SSD to their Nova family, and today the company is providing even more options for those looking to upgrade their notebook drive and boost performance. Corsair's Force series is gaining three new members today: the F60 (60GB), F120 (120GB) and F240 (240GB). Easy to link the model name with capacity, right? All of these are build using the SandForce SF-1200 SSD processor, and the two companies worked closely together in order... Read more...
Just yesterday Mushkin pushed the 2.5" SSD sector up a notch with a 240GB option, which is far larger than many standard hard drives that are shipping with notebooks today. Now, OWC is taking it to another level: 480GB. Yes, 480GB on a single 2.5" solid state drive. The bar has been raised in terms of capacity, that's for sure. The company's new Mercury Extreme Pro SSD range is now available, with units ranging from 60GB to 480GB in size. According to the company, these feature "sustained data rates of 285MBps," with an ultra-efficient block management and wear leveling technology that "prevents write speed degradation commonly experienced by other brands' SSD." One of the fastest Internal SATA... 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...
It's not that OCZ Technology has never dabbled in the external solution market before, but a new USB 3.0 SSD that you can lug around anywhere is a worthwhile addition to the company's growing product lineup. Announced today, the OCZ Enyo USB 3.0 is capable of fully taking advantage of the extra bandwidth provided by the new protocol, offering up to 260MB/sec read and 200MB/sec write capabilities.OCZ also promises that this drive will have superior power management and lower CPU utilization than other drives, and the portable form factor means that traveling with it shouldn't be a problem. The Enyo USB 3.0 will be available in 64GB, 128GB, and 256GB capacities and should start shipping as early... Read more...
Some believe (and many are hoping) that solid state drives (SSDs) will spell the end for mechanical hard drives, and at some point, that very well may be the case. But it isn't going to happen this year, the next, or even the year after that, provided IDC's data proves correct. In a study titled Worldwide Hard Disk Drive 2010-2014 Forecast, the market research firm predicts that hard drive shipments won't just survive, but thrive through for at least the next four years. The enterprise sector alone will keep hard drives afloat, accounting for more than 12 million units by 2014, increasing the total number from 40.5 million in 2009 to 52.6 million by 2014. Fueling this rapid enterprise expansion... Read more...
It's been almost 45 years since The Rolling Stones began belting out "I can't get no satisfaction," the lyrics to a song we can only assume had absolutely nothing to do with solid state drives. After all, SSDs as we know them today didn't even exist in 1965, but maybe this is what the band has been waiting for all along. We're talking about AMP's new SSD line dubbed SATAsfaction. The new line is aimed at satisfying the enterprise crowd, which it attempts to do with a SATA 3.0 interface. Transfer rates check in at 150MBs sequential writes and 260MB/s sequential reads, and the drives also come with either a 32MB or 64MB buffer. Built-in ECC and EDC comes standard, as does NCQ support, and you can... Read more...
Fusion-io is probably one of the most important storage companies that you've never heard of. It won't be placed on Best Buy shelves beside Seagate, Western Digital or Hitachi, but in five years, it may be all the rage. Already, the start-up company (which has ties to Apple's Steve Wozniak) has delivered some of the fastest solid state storage on the planet, and it looks like the company is well on their way to doing that for some time to come.Innovation takes dollars, and thankfully for Fusion-io, their bank account just got stuffed with them. The company has just announced that they have raised another $45 million in Series C financing, led by new investor Meritech Capital Partners, as well... Read more...
If we could, we'd all be rocking multiple high-end SSDs in a killer RAID 0 configuration with transfer rates that are off the charts. So why aren't we? Take your pick - kids' college fund, mortgage, car payment, food, and everything else that takes a chunk out of our paycheck. For most, investing several hundred, or even thousands of dollars on a storage medium whose price-per-gigabyte is nothing short of obscene just isn't feasible.Dry those teary eyes, would-be upgrader, because you too can own an SSD and still pay your monthly bills. That's because flash storage makers are starting to focus on the entry-level and mainstream markets, just as Super Talent is doing with their new Value SSD product... Read more...
Last week, OCZ hit below the $100 belt with a new affordable solid state drive for the performance-minded market, and now Intel is doing something similar. In a race to the bottom (dollar wise) that has been evading us for far too long, it looks as if SSDs may finally be on their way to consumer-levels in terms of pricing. Even as SSD prices have fell, they haven't fallen quick enough to keep pace with hard drives, and many still see them as far too expensive. Today, Intel is introducing the 40GB X25-V Value SATA Solid State Drive, and the $125 price point that follows it will probably gets all sorts of attention. It's designed and marketed as a notebook replacement drive or a boot drive for... Read more...
Active Media Products has a thing for tossing out new storage solutions when you least expect thing, and today they're doing just that with an all new SSD in a form factor that doesn't get nearly enough attention. The 2.5" drive, which fits nicely inside of notebooks, gets the most SSD action, while desktops and portable media players get left alone in most cases. The company's new 1.8" PATA Turbo ZIF SSD is designed for the latter, or any other device that needs an exceptionally small drive to operate. The drive is being released in 32GB and 64GB models, with read speeds of up to 100MB/sec supported. Write speeds can reach up to 85MB/sec, and AMP says that these new drives offer 25% faster read... Read more...
Never has the phrase "you have to pay to play" been more applicable than it is to the SSD market. Solid state drives trump their mechanical brethren in just about every way, including speed, power consumption, and durability, but one area where HDDs still hold an advantage is in price.It should come as great news, then, that OCZ has broken the sub-$100 price barrier with the introduction of its new Onyx Series SSDs."As new technologies become available, OCZ continues to expand both our enterprise and consumer SSD lines, and one of our goals is to make SSDs more affordable to end-users. Our new Onyx series SSD does exactly that and is a perfect solution for netbooks, laptops, or home desktops... Read more...
It's beginning to feel like a new solid state drive is being introduced each week now, and recently, every day. Plextor is best known for their optical storage products, primarily optical drives and optical media. But with the SSD market exploding, the company has decided to shuffle their priorities somewhat and join the fun. Plextor's very first line of SSDs are now available in 64GB and 128GB sizes, with the PX-64M1S (64GB) and the PX-128M1S (128GB) using NAND memory and Marvell controller chipsets. Both drives use the 2.5" form factor, which means that both are suitable for replacing your aging notebook hard drive. The PX-64M1S delivers up to 110MB/s sequential read, 65MB/s in sequential write,... Read more...
Already, Corsair? For the second time this month, one of the most highly regarded storage and memory companies in existence has issued new solid state drives, and it's beginning to feel as if we're seeing more SSD introductions than HDD introductions. We know that solid state still has quite some ways to go before it catches up to the traditional HDD in terms of sales, but it's clear that companies are behind it 100%. Now to get those prices down to a reasonable level....Today, both the Nova and Reactor series are making their debut, which utilize JMicron JMF612 and Indilinx BarefootT controller technologies along with Windows 7 TRIM support. The Reactor series ships in 60GB and 120GB capacities... Read more...
Another day, another new device from SanDisk. Shortly after the storage behemoth introduced their 64GB Ultra SDXC memory card, here comes something for the notebook users. The S3 solid state drive is a suitable replacement for the notebook HDD that's dragging you down so much, and it's available in two sizes (60GB and 120GB).The flash-based drive couples speed and reliability into a stunning 2.5" form factor, and it also uses ExtremeFFS to "accelerate random write performance." It's said to be up to twice as fast as 7200RPM alternatives, with sequential performance of up to 220 megabytes per second (MB/sec) read and up to 120MB/sec write promised. The drive also supports the newest Windows 7... Read more...
Is there any other company more active in the solid state drive space than OCZ? Probably not, and to keep the momentum going, OCZ today announced the newest member to its SSD lineup, the Vertex Limited Edition (LE).The Vertex name should look familiar by now to anyone who's been following the SSD scene, so what makes the Limited Edition different from previous versions? According to OCZ, "cutting-edge new architecture." Put more plainly, the new Vertex LE ups the performance ante by delivering up to 270MB/s read and 250MB/s write speeds. And for you geeky types into the more hardcore stats, OCZ says you can expect up to 15,000 IOPS (4K random writes). On paper, it all adds up to one of the fastest... Read more...
When dealing with solid state drives, we hear the words "durable" and "reliable" with an insane amount of frequency. Naturally, those two words are two of the biggest selling points when it comes to convincing someone that an SSD is what they should purchase over an HDD, and while we all that speed is the real reason you opt for one, Kingston's latest demonstration really does a great job at showing how accurate those first two claims are (at least on Kingston units, anyway). The video shows a quick baseball match being played, but instead of using a ball and bat, the players use an SSD and bat. "Here comes the pitch...the swing, and the crack of the bat sends it flying!" You can almost smell... Read more...
If it's dealing with flash storage, NAND or any combination of the two, there's a chance Fusion-io is involved somewhere. The company responsible for serving up one of the fastest consumer SSDs we've ever seen is also making waves in the enterprise, as today is has announced the company’s core ioMemory technology will serve as the basis for a solid-state storage solution offered exclusively in IBM's family of System x servers. The news is pretty large for just a start-up company; it takes a lot of dough and a lot of support to really break through into a market dominated by huge players like Seagate and Western Digital, but tossing a partnership with IBM on your resume can definitely go a long... Read more...
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