Samsung has positioned themselves as a power player in the consumer SSD market which really began with their very successful 830 Series drives. Recently they’ve released two versions of the new 840 Series – one for each the budget and enthusiast demographics. The 840 brings modest performance with outstanding power consumption while the 840 Pro brings top-shelf performance. Will the 840 Pro be able to bring it to edge out the OCZ Vector drive?
SanDisk has released their Ultra Plus line of SSDs just in time for the new year. They feature a Marvell controller and some interesting technologies to help performance. Targeted for the mid-level consumer, these won’t be peaking any of our benchmark charts but still offers up some nice performance. To get the low down on the performance, have a look at the article.
Kingston Digital recently began shipping the next generation of its most cost-effective SSDNow V Series solid-state drive, the Kingston SSDNow V300. This drive series is powered by the LSI SandForce SF-2281 Flash Storage Processor (FSP) that has been customized for Kingston, and optimized for industry-leading 19nm NAND Flash memory to deliver sequential read and write speeds of up to 450MB/s. Read on to see how this drive performs on our storage drive test system!
It’s time to buy a new tablet device. Do you get the lesser capacity model and save some money but forgo extra storage or pay premium prices for a little bit more? Now there’s a third option offered by Patriot with their Gauntlet 320 – a portable 320GB drive that can wirelessly serve up photos, videos and documents to up to eight iOS, Android, or Kindle devices.
The Thecus N5550 5-bay server is powered by the mighty Intel Atom D2700 processor and has 2GB of DDR3 to make sure building an array and transferring data is done quickly. It also features link aggregation, SuperSpeed USB 3.0, HDMI video out and a ton of other features. Read on to find out more about this NAS and to see if it is right for your home or small business!
Earlier this year Western Digital (WD) announced the WD Red NAS hard drives that are a line of SATA III 6Gbps hard drives specifically designed for home and small office NAS (network attached storage) systems. We got our hands on the WD Red 3TB (WD30EFRX) and tried it out on a desktop as a storage drive and then in a NAS device in a RAID 5 array. Read on to see if the WD Red drive series is right for you!
Nearly two years ago, OCZ purchased Indilinx and ever since we’ve waited to see the fruits of that investment. That time is here. The Indilinx Barefoot 3 controller graces the innards Vector Series SSDs for which OCZ, now under new leadership, promises to deliver with a renewed focus on quality and reliability in addition to extreme performance. Will the Vector deliver or is has the Indilinx purchase been largely a bust? See what we found out in our latest SSD review.
Samsung is now officially the first to offer a TLC NAND based drive thanks to their fabrication prowess and desire to innovate. The 840 Series, powered by Samsung’s own triple core controller, takes the reins of this value oriented drive and puts up some nice performance numbers against a host of MLC NAND based drives. But what exactly is TLC NAND and why should you care? Have a read of our latest SSD review to find out.
The WD My Passport Edge portable hard drive incorporates WD SmartWare continuous and automatic backup software to create a copy of users’ PC content to ensure personal digital files are backed-up and protected in the event of computer loss or theft. The My Passport Edge uses a 500GB 5400RPM hard drive along with the USB 3.0 interface to quickly backup all your data. Read on to see how this drive performs!
When we recently reviewed the Corsair Neutron drive with the new Link_A_Media Devices LM87800 controller, we were duly impressed with the initial offering for this yet untested controller but we didn’t get the chance to see it really shine until now. The Neutron GTX is a souped-up version which pushes the SATA 6Gbps interface to the limits. We take a look at performance and, now that both have been on the open market for a bit, also look to see how they are holding up on consumer machines.
Intel has refreshed their SSD line with the release of the 335 Series that, while still using the SF-2281 controller, throws something new into the mix with their 20nm NAND flash. How this impacts performance is exactly what we set out to see in addition to giving our overall impressions of the drive and see if it’s worthy of your hard earned dollars.
The Seagate Backup Plus portable storage drives were designed to be fast and easy-to-use storage devices that keep your files handy on the go. This drive also works seamlessly with your social media accounts so it’s simple to back up and share your online photos, movies and more. Read on to see how the Seagate 1TB Back Up Plus performed on our test bench with the SuperSpeed USB 3.0 connection interface.
Strontium is not on the radar of most consumers and the Hawk Series SSD we received is our first official look at one of their products. They say first impressions are everything and we were immediately taken by the styling off the drive as soon as we opened the package. With a SF-2281 controller running the show, does the performance match the beauty? Have a read to see.
If, like us, you’re ready for something fresh in the SSD market you’re in for a treat. Corsair has launched their Neutron series of SSDs with a brand new controller from Link_A_Media Devices and the results of our benchmarks show it to be a serious competitor. Should the other drive makers be looking over their shoulder? Have a look to see what we have to say about it.