Samsung has joined the ranks of SATA III SSDs with their new 830 Series drives, following up on their impressive 470 Series. They’re sleek and black with performance that will grab your attention and a nice bundle to boot. Will it be enought to stave off the likes of SandForce, Marvell and Indilinx? Check out the article to find out.
OCZ forges their own path again with their homebrew Indilinx Everest controller featured in their new line of Octane drives. With up to 1TB of storage and read write specifications of up to 560MB/s and 400MB/s, will OCZ shake up the market and take the title of top SSD? Read on to see how this SATA 6Gbps Solid State Drive does on the benchmarks!
The SilverStone RAVEN RVS02 is an external 2.5-inch hard drive housing that is designed to be portable and fast thanks to the Super Speed USB 3.0 connectivity. The enclosure is also screwless, so you can quickly and easily swap out hard drives. Read on to see how this affordable portable drive enclosure performs when we put it to the test!
What happens when you take a large handful of mechanical hard drive and add a pinch of solid state hardware? For Seagate, this formula produces their latest generation of Momentus XT hybrid drives that bring the capacity and price of a traditional spinning platter drive with some of the speed benefits of a solid state drive. Could this make the SSD makers nervous? Check out the article to find out.
While not as glamorous as some of the exotic SSDs we have looked at lately, there’s still heavy interested in spinning platter drives and we had a chance to spend some quality time with the largest Seagate Momentus 2.5″ drive boasting an impressive 750GB capacity. How well will some of the new features increase performance? Read on to see.
With the rise of SSDs, many notebook computers lack the plethora of storage they once had so G-Technologies offers their G-DRIVE Mini 750GB external drive for expansion. While more Mac oriented in design and function with its FireWire 800 connectors, it’s just as at home on a Windows machine through FireWire or USB 2.0 connections. How well does it perform? Read on to see.
The SilverStone TS07 is a portable external 3.5-inch hard drive enclosure that features a SuperSpeed USB 3.0 data interface for blazing fast file transfer speeds. SilverStone says that since this enclosure uses USB 3.0 technology that the TS07 the best choice for taking important data on the go. Read on to see what this product is all about and if this sub $40 HDD housing is worth it.
The SilverStone EC03 is an internal expansion card uses a single lane PCI Express slot on the motherboard to provide SuperSpeed USB 3.0 functionality. Its single USB 3.0 internal connector offers output for dual front port USB 3.0 support. Is this a good solution to update your aging PC so it can support USB 3.0 devices? Read on to see what this inexpensive solution is and how it performs in our test system.
What happens when you take the screamingly fast, PCI-E based OCZ RevoDrive and physically pair it with a 1TB hard drive? You get the best of both storage worlds with both high speed and high capacity. But can the RevoDrive Hybrid compare favorably to a traditional SSD/HDD setup or even the Intel SRT technology in terms of performance and value? We do the grunt work to find out!
We’ve already had a look at the Corsair 120GB Force 3 GT drive and now it’s time to give the non-GT version a go on our test bench. These drives are virtually identical save for the type of NAND flash employed and a paint job. Will that make much of a performance difference? Have a read and see how this drive with asynchronous 25nm NAND Flash performs on our test system against tons of other SSDs!
The Western Digital 500GB My Passport Essential portable hard drive features a SuperSpeed USB 3.0 port for fast file transfers along with data backup software called WD SmartWare that helps keep your data safe. Read on to see how the WD My Passport Essential performs and how the backup software actually works as we put this external drive to the test!
When we first tested the M4 drive, we found the performance to be decent but it lacked some of the performance of the similarly equipped Intel 510 Series drive. Crucial has released a new firmware update that claims to make significant performance enhancements. Exactly how much improvement will it elicit? Have a look at our test to see the performance now versus then.
Seagate recently announced the 4TB GoFlex Desk external hard drive – the highest capacity hard drive in the industry. The Seagate 4TB GoFlex Desk uses a single 3.5″ SATA 6Gbps hard drive that has five 800GB platters spinning at 7200RPM. Seagate offers this drive with either USB 3.0 or FireWire 800 data connections as you’ll want a fast connection to move that much information. Read on to see how the 4TB GoFlex Desk with a SuperSpeed USB 3.0 connection performs!
Super Talent is offering another line of drives bearing the TeraDrive name and the designation of CT3. Featuring a SATA III interface and the well respected SandForce SF-2281 controller, they plug a hole in the Super Talent lineup. We give the 64 GB version a run on our test bench to see how well it performs.