Patriot has ramped up their SSD product lines with their WildFire and Pyro lines that each sport the SandForce SF-2281 controllers. We haven’t had a chance to get our hands on the Wildfire but the Pyro has arrived for our evaluation. Specifications of 550MB/s max reads and 515MB/s max writes for the Pyro seem to put it right in line with its competitors but will that hold true across the full spectrum of benchmarks?
Have you filled your 64GB Apple iPad to the max and looking for relief? Kingston to the rescue with a sexy black number you can fit in your pocket! Did I mention you can share your content with three of your buddies as well. Kingston sent us a 32GB Wi-Drive to play with and you should see how performs and if it will be able to solve your storage issues!
The Western Digital Scorpio Black Series are known to be some of the fastest 7200 notebook hard drives that money can buy. The largest capacity drive in the Scorpio Black family is the 750GB drive that goes by model number WD7500BPKT. We take a look at this 750GB monster to see how this 7200 RPM drive with 16 MB of cache performs on the test bench and then in a notebook for some real world testing!
Your iPad is 64GB, your iPhone is 32GB, but your have 300GB of music and videos you want to watch. Seagate to the rescue with the GoFlex Satellite mobile wireless storage system. Legit Reviews looks at this innovative wireless storage product and shows how well it works with the Apple iPad, iPhone, and a Windows laptop.
OCZ gave everyone a hint of things to come at Computex 2011 with a sneak peak of the third generation of the RevoDrive. We’ve been impressed with our previous encounters with this SSD line and this time is no different as we give the RevoDrive 3 X2 480GB PCI-E SSD a test drive. Is it fast? Well, how does 1500MB/s reads grab you? Oh yeah, there’s TRIM support too!
We recently had a look at the 120 GB version of the OWC Mercury Extreme Pro 6G and found it to be a very capable drive that competed with the top drives in its class. Now we’ve got our hands on the 240 GB version and did our usual tests to determine the overall performance. You might be surprised at the results we received – we were. Have a look at the article to see what we are talking about.
OCZ busts out the big guns with the Max IOPS editions of the Vertex 3 SSDs. From the outside, they pretty much the same as the other Vertex 3 drives save for the “Max IOPS” verbiage on the front sticker. The real difference lies beneath the exterior shell with some hardware changes that have a significant impact on performance. Just how much we’ll bear out in the testing but let’s just say that it does not disappoint.
OCZ continues to release updates of their various SSD lines and the continue right along with the third generation of their Agility line. Housing the SandForce SF-2200 controller and listing read/write specifications that are only 5% off the Vertex 3 specifications, will the small differences in hardware make a big performance difference? We’ll take a look to see how it plays out in the benchmarks and real world tests.
Back in February, we had our first look at the OCZ Vertex 3 drive featuring the newest rendition of the SandForce SF-2200 controllers. While only a beta drive, it put up some impressive numbers as well as being one of the few SATA 6Gbps consumer drives released this year. Instead of the 240 GB version, this time around OCZ sent us over a 120 GB drive and there’s definitely a difference in performance between the two. Have a look at the article to get the details.
Our readers have asked numerous times if we could take a longer term look at an SSD to see how the performance fares over time. We thought the Samsung drive would as good a guinea pig as any. Measurements on a few benchmarks were taken over the course of three months and compared against scores on a fresh drive. General perception is that a noticeable performance loss occurs. Are they right? Read on to see.
PQI has harnessed the power of the trusty SandForce SF-1200 controller with their line of S535 drives. In an already crowded SATA 3Gbps SSD market, have they managed to eke out more performance to make the drives stand out from their peers? PQI says this drive will reach 250MB/s in both read and write tests in the ATTO Benchmark, so we’ll have a look to see how it performs on our test system to see if we can also hit those numbers.
It wasn’t that long ago we had a look at the beta OCZ Vertex 3 drives with the next generation SandForce controller on board and few competitors. Other World Computing (OWC) has stepped up with the Mercury EXTREME Pro 6G line of solid state drives featuring the SF-2200 controller and a 6Gbps interface. This will heat up the competition and we’ll see if their top shelf parts put them over the top in terms of performance.
Intel’s 311-series 20GB Larson Creek SSD is all about Smart Response technology, a hard drive caching algorithm which is part of the Intel Rapid Storage Technology v10.5! This is one of the main features of the Z68 Express Chipset and we take a closer look at this drive along with SRT on a Gigabyte Z68 motherboard. Read on to see how this drive along with SSD caching performs on the Gigabyte GA-Z68-UD3H-B3 motherboard!
Fresh on the heels of the Cougar Point gaffe, Intel is rolling out new product with the Z68 chipset. While not offering a lot in the way of new features absent from the P67 and H67 boards, there is one new feature that will capture the attention of many. Intel calls it Smart Response Technology and it may change the way you think about SSDs and RAID.