The Micron RealSSD C400 looks the same from the outside and that doesn’t make for a very interesting story. We were able to get Justin Sykes, Director of SSD marketing for Micron Technology to give us a live demo of the new 256GB C400 versus a traditional 5400RPM hard drive in a pair of identical IBM notebook PCs that are fairly common among business travelers.
Kingston’s HyperX MAX 3.0 is an external SSD with a USB 3.0 interface that promises reads up to 195MB/s and writes up to 160MB/s. Akin to an over-sized and supercharged thumb drive, it could just be your salvation for a speedy and portable backup solution. Read the full article to see if it performs and wins our hearts.
It seems like every week another company joins the SSD fray with a drive of their own. Granted, there’s still a lot of users that still haven’t made the leap from the trusty old platter hard drive. Does Zalman, a company best known for their cooling and cases, have what it takes to get a piece of the SSD pie? They’re making an effort with their launch of two different SSD lines. We’ll have a look at the N Series to see if it stacks up with the other SandForce drives already on the market.
Kingston has rolled out their SSDNow V+100 SSD series which they claim is 25% faster than its predecessor even though it utilizes the same Toshiba controller. This drive has TRIM support for Windows 7 users and ‘always-on’ garbage collection for those running older operating systems like Windows Vista and XP. Check out the article to see how the SSDNow V+100 does in both synthetic and real world benchmarks!
The second generation of the OCZ RevoDrive, dubbed the RevoDrive X2, arrived for testing and we were giddy with geek fueled excitement to see just how well it performed. Curious? I’ll spoil the suspense now and sum it up in one word – WOW. See for the results for yourself in our in-depth review that includes real world benchmark tests!
We’ve seen several different capacities of Corsair’s Force SSD drives on our test benches this year and we’ve been impressed with their performance. Corsair is now offering a 40GB version which will primarily fit the demographic for users who want a boot drive with the speed of an enthusiast level SSD but without the price tag of the higher capacity drives. Will it knock the popular Intel 40GB off of boot drive hill?
G.Skill hasn’t been the most active in terms out putting out SSDs but sometimes slow and steady wins the race. We had the pleasure of test driving the 120GB Phoenix Pro to see how it compared to its peers in the marketplace. Will it crash and burn or will it rise from the ashes? Read on to see how this SandForce Driven SSD does compared to some of the biggest names in the industry.
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!