These days many consumers and enthusiasts are looking for massive storage capacities, and for more than a year the largest capacity desktop hard drive that you could buy was 2TB. All that changed today when Western Digital announced the world’s first 3.0 Terabyte drive that is available for internal desktop use! Read on to see how this 3TB hard drive performs!
SandForce is making some news today by announcing the availability of the SF-2000 Family of SSD controllers. This new SSD controller features a SATA III 6Gbps host interface, DuraClass Technology, 60,000 sustained random read/write IOPS (Input-output Operations Per Second) and sustained sequential read/write performance of 500 Megabytes per second. Yes, you are reading that right! This new controller will be able to max out the Serial ATA Revision 3.0 bus at 500MB/s read/write!
The OCZ Enyo USB 3.0 Portable Solid State Drive (SSD) features all the performance and durability advantages of an internal SSD, but in a slim portable USB 3.0 external storage solution for on-the-go power users. With up to 260MB/s read and 200MB/s write capabilities, the OCZ Enyo is unlike any portable USB 3.0 device you have ever used before.
Patriot has been busy working on releasing their line of Inferno SSDs which features the very capable SandForce SF-1200 controller. They join a growing list of manufactures to release drives based on this controller which has been very successful in terms of sales and performance. We expect to see the Inferno to be among the top drives we have tested.
OCZ is showing off their HSDL (High Speed Data Link) interface, RevoDrive PCIe SSD and Vertex 2 1.8-inch SSDs this week at Computex 2010. Their HSDL (High Speed Data Link) interface was developed to raise the bar in data throughput and management for solid state storage drives. Read on to take a look at it and all the other cool products that they are working on!
What SF-1200 based SSD should I buy? I have been asked that question numerous times in recent weeks and to be honest it’s a great question. Rumors were going around that OCZ Technologies had a special firmware revision that uncaps random 4K write performance on their Vertex 2 series, but other companies like Corsair offer Sandforce SF-1200 series controllers in their Force series and do not have the performance cap. To be honest the firmware situation with Sandforce drives is confusing so we went straight to Sandforce to try to get some answers.
USB3.0 is quickly becoming a mainstream feature. Today we have the opportunity to look at an external hard drive enclosure that will take full advantage of USB3.0! The SUNBEAMTECH Airbox USB3.0 3.5″ External enclosure will keep your hard drive cool and performance hot! Read on to find out more and see how it performs on USB 2.0 and USB 3.0 headers!
Seagate today announced the Momentus XT drive that combines SSD-like performance with the massive capacity and much lower cost of HDDs. The Momentus XT drive also features Adaptive Memory that learns and optimizes the drive’s performance to each user by moving frequently used information into the flash memory for faster access. Read on to see how this drive performs when we put it to the test!
The Mushkin Callisto SSDs offer read speeds of up to 285MB/s and write speeds of up to an impressive 275MB/s thanks to the use of the Sandforce SF-1200 controller and Intel MLC NAND Flash. This makes the Callisto SSD one of the fastest on the market and we take a look at the 60GB Callisto series SSD with part number MKNSSDCL60GB. Read on to see how it does compared to ten other hard drives and solid-state drives!
OCZ designed the Vertex 2 solid-state drive to surpass the competition when it comes to performance by using the SandForce SF-1200 series controller and the best firmware revisions possible. With native TRIM support and featuring 285MB/s read speeds with 275MB/s write speeds you can say that OCZ is off to a good start. Read on to see how the Vertex 2 performs against nine other drives!
Patriot faces some stiff competition with a number of SSD’s already on the market with performance specifications on par or exceeding that of the Zephyr. Will the JMicron JMF612 controller-based Zephyr SSD series rise above with its combination of price vs. performance? Read on to find out how the Zephyr does against other SSDs from Corsair, Kingston and Patriot!
Corsair’s Nova V128 series SSD isn’t quite the speed demon that their Force series is on paper, but we’ve already seen other SSDs with Indilinx controllers punch out decent benchmark results. Really, it’s likely a matter of how well their firmware performs. We show that and more in our in-depth review.
The specifications Corsair has listed for the Force Series 100GB SSD drive are 285MB/s read and 275MB/s write which is well above the 260MB/s read/write specified by Sandforce. Pretty high expectations are being set by Corsair. We put it through our battery of benchmarks to see if they can deliver.
WD today announced its first new enthusiast-oriented VelociRaptor hard drive (HDD) in nearly two years with the launch of the 450GB and 600GB capacity drives this morning. These new drives not only double the capacity available for this 10,000 RPM enterprise storage drives, but they also introduce support of the SATA 6Gbps interface and increase the drives’ cache from 16MB to 32MB!