Intel really kicked the SSD world in high gear when they released their X-25 series of drives last year. Their performance was the benchmark that all other drives were measured against for quite some time. Many have wondered what Intel would bring to the table in 2011. The time is finally here and Intel sent us over a pair of their new 510 Series 250GB drives to have a look at their performance. Take a look to see how they matched up with the new SandForce drives.
Plextor is probably best known for their optical drives so it may come as a surprise to some that they also offer SSDs in their product line. Their most recent line is the M2 series which features a Marvell controller and a 6Gbps interface. We’ve got our hands on the 128GB version and we’ll see how it stacks up against the newest SandForce based drives.
Kingston’s SSDNow series of solid state drives has done very well in the marketplace due to their range of value to performance oriented drives which cover the needs of just about any user. Available since the end of 2010, the V100 products land in the middle of the SSDNow lineup with excellent performance without needing a second mortgage to finance the purchase. Read on to see how it stacks up against the competition.
Since the inception of the line, the Vertex name has been synonymous with performance and helped propel OCZ to a prominent position in the SSD market. Not resting on their laurels, OCZ has jumped out in front again with the Vertex 3 to be the first to launch a line featuring the latest SandForce controllers paired with a SATA III 6Gbps interface and 25nm NAND, while others ostensibly seem a little more conservative in their speed to market. Just how high has the bar been set? Read on to see.
Now that we’ve had some time with the Vertex 3 Pro SSD carrying the new SandForce SF-2000 series controller, we can say that we’re impressed with the performance. That comes with a bit of a caveat for those not on the Sandy Bridge P67 platform. Curious? Those interested in buying any next-gen SandForce drive might want to read what we found so you don’t buy something you may regret.
RunCore may not be a household name but they sure know how to make a quality SSD. We put their SandForce SF-1200 based 120GB Pro V drive through our battery of tests to see just how it fared against others we have tested. Have they managed to eke out more performance than others using the same controller? Take a look and see.
Cram six SandForce SF-1500 controllers in a RAID 0 array with 384GB of SLC NAND and one high-end RAID controller on one device and what do you have? A $11,500 MSRP solid state drive that blazes up to 240k IOPs and calls your SSD a sissy. Yeah, its like that. Read on to see how the LSI WarpDrive SLP-300 performs in our test system!
Samsung has released their 470 Series line of SSDs which feature Samsung components exclusively. This is a refreshing change from the legions of SandForce clones out there but can they compete with the best drives we’ve tested and how will they stand up over time? We’ll answer one and unveil our plan for the other in our review.
The Patriot Extreme Performance Xporter XT Rage is a USB Flash Drive with both performance and functionality. Featuring an innovative Quad Channel configuration, data is intelligently managed and transferred simultaneously to 4 NAND chips resulting in vastly enhanced performance, particularly write speeds: Rage improves on traditional USB 2.0 Flash Drives to offer up to 27MB/s read and 25MB/s write transfer speeds. Read on to see how it performs!
QNAP’s Turbo NAS TS-419P+ is an updated version of the company’s 419P Model released more than two years ago. With an updated processor and boasting the ability to stream to a multitude of devices including Apple iOS Devices, Microsoft’s Xbox 360, and Sony’s PlayStation 3, it could just be the device every Home Theater Enthusiast is looking for to help tame their DVD Collection. Read the full article to see if it delivers on its promises.
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!