It wasn’t long ago that a 10,000 RPM spinning VelociRaptor drive was the pinnacle of computer storage performance and enthusiasts flocked to them. Now that the SSD has proliferated, many have forgotten about these once coveted drives. Western Digital as increased the capacity to 1TB and upped the performance 25%. How will it compete with the likes of hybrid drives and the older VelociRaptor drives? Read on to see.
It seems like only yesterday when OCZ debuted the original Vertex drive complete with a then little known Indilinx engineered controller. Those drives flew off the shelves and helped put OCZ on the SSD map. For the fourth generation Vertex, Indilinx is back, this time proprietary to only OCZ and ready to take on all comers. Just how does it stack up with the likes of Intel and Samsung? Have a look to see what we found!
Micron’s P400e RealSSD drive is designed specifically with the enterprise user in mind with extra overprovisioning and a firmware tailored to business applications, and the popular Marvell 9174 controller. As an entry level drive, performance is not going to be top notch but how does it compare to its peers? Have a look at the article to see.
As SSD manufacturers continually pump out new drives that push the performance ceilings in an attempt to gain the top performer crown, Kingston has quietly introduced their SandForce powered SSDNow V+200 line that they refer to as the “everyday business SSD”. With solid performance and an economical price point, should this be your choice for your single or fleet of PC’s? Have a read to find out.
RunCore has beefed up their Pro V line with the SF-2281 SandForce controller and a SATA III interface to attempt to join the ranks of the elite drives. Employing the prized “Golden” firmware from SandForce, it promises to offer better IOPS performance and better sustained reads and writes. Will it be enough to standout from the SandForce crowd? Have a look at the article to see!
Intel’s ‘Cherryville’ 520 Series SSDs are here, packing heat with SandForce SF-2281 controllers and custom firmware. We received a pair of 240GB drives to throw on our test bench and report our findings. With nearly a year to develop the firmware, will the 520 Series become the new gold standard for SSDs or just another drive in the SandForce pile? Read on to see.
The Thecus N5500 is equipped with five hot-swappable SATA 3.5″ hard disk bays for up to 15TB of total storage capacity if you use 3TB hard drives. To protect this data, the N5500 lets you choose from a wide selection of RAID modes, including RAID 0, 1, 5, 6, and JBOD. Read on to see how the 1.86GHz Celeron M processor does in the Thecus N5500 when paired with five 1TB WD Caviar Green hard drives.
Corsair has been putting out SSDs for awhile now and we have the chance to give some of their best drives a side-by-side test run to flush out any differences that may help with your purchasing decision. Featuring both Marvell and SandForce controllers, the Performance Pro and Force GT drives out up some impressive numbers but which one, if either, stand out? Read on and see.
The Hitachi Touro Mobile Pro USB 3.0 external drive provides portable storage for all your photos, movies, music and documents. Are you also looking for cloud storage for your most critical files? If you grab a new Touro Mobile Pro external drive from Hitachi you get 3GB of free cloud storage! Legit Reviews plugged in the 750GB sleek USB 3.0 drive into one of our test rigs to see how well it performs.
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.