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.
The Netgear Stora is a Home Media Network Storage System which promises to free the user of a computer when sharing Video, Pictures, Music or Files. The Stora promises to free the users files with the ability to share anything anywhere as long as you have DLNA Certified Device. Does the Stora live up to being the Ultimate Sharing Device?
Netgear ReadyNAS Ultra 2 Plus is a Prosumer NAS with a wide array of features that position itself well to compete with other entries in the NAS Field. Featuring a Dual Core Intel Storage Processor, DLNA Certifications allowing streaming to all your favorite devices, the ReadyNAS could be a very popular NAS. Read the full article to see if it lives up to its potential.
Crucial, best known for their memory products, was the first to put an SSD on the market with a 6Gbps interface way back in early 2010 with the C300 drive. Back then, we ran some tests and found it to be impressive when compared with what was on the market at the time. Since then, a lot has changed and there are a number of 6Gbps interface drives on the market now so competition is definitely stiffer this time around. Will it hit the mark using the same controller with firmware and NAND updates? Read on and see.
Seagate announced the availability of its new GoFlex Slim portable hard drive this morning and we have been lucky enough to take one for a test drive! The Seagate GoFlex Slim 320GB features a 7200RPM 2.5-inch notebook hard drive that connects to your PC through the USB 3.0 interface. Read on to see how the drive performs and what you get for $99.99!
As a follow-up to their very successful X25-M series of drives, Intel has launched their 320 Series drives which feature a host of new features while being driven by their own proprietary controller. With the SATA 3Gbps SSD market being so crowded, can Intel tempt consumers to look their way? See the outcome of the testing and judge for yourself.
Corsair jumps feet first into the 6Gbps equipped SSD race with latest installment of their Performance series drives. This time, they put a Marvell controller at the heart of their Performance 3 Series. With multiple manufacturers using the Marvell controller and others using SandForce, how will these drives measure up? Read on to see.