Admit it. You’ve often wondered what would happen if you took an SSD controller, like the SandForce SF-1200, crammed it into a thumb drive with gobs of NAND and let it run wild with an eight channel architectural design. Well, now you no longer have to wonder because we’ll show you what happens when we put the USB 3.0 Express RC8 50GB flash drive from Super Talent to the test.
The Corsair Accelerator SSD cache drive series was designed for desktop PC users who want to give their Microsoft Windows based PC a dramatic performance boost with minimal cost and hassle. We take a look at the Corsair Accelerator 30GB to see how it performs on a computer that is nearly a year old to see if it helps boost performance. Read on to find out more about this SSD Cache drive and see what happens.
Kingston did a fabulous job with their HyperX SSD, earning our Editor’s Choice award last year. They’ve taken that same formula, dropped the endurance of the NAND along with the price, and give it a little different color scheme to offer up the HyperX 3K drive. How does it compare in performance to the original HyperX 5K drive as well as the other drives we’ve tested? Take a peek to see!
Don’t look now but here comes another SandForce SF-2281 drive, this time by SanDisk. This is the first time we’ve had our hands on an SSD from SanDisk but are very familiar with their other products. Can their expertise in the storage industry help their Extreme series drive top the performance charts? With high-density, Toggle Mode NAND and read and write specifications of 550MB/s and 520MB/s, we think it’s got a shot. Check out the full review to see.
Western Digital recently announced the next generation of its top-selling My Passport line of portable hard drives, offering consumers a fresh new enclosure design and the first-ever 2 TB capacity in a portable drive. We were able to get our hands on one of these 2 TB My Passport drives and put it to the test to see how easy it is to setup and how fast the hard drive inside is. Read on to see if this is the right portable product to backup and transport your critical data!
Mushkin is best known for their memory products and while they don’t have an expansive line of SSDs, they offer a drive for just about every type of user. The Chronos MX is not their flagship drive but chews up some serious data with popular SF-2281 controller under the hood. How does it compare with the long list of SandForce drives we tested? Have a look!
The Verbatim Store ‘n’ Go is a compact external portable hard drive that features a sleek finish and comes with the fastest USB connectivity available, SuperSpeed USB 3.0. We take the Verbatim Store ‘n’ Go 500GB USB 3.0 drive and put it to the test in this review. Read on to see how it performs in the benchmarks and see how the Nero BackItUp software does when we try to backup our 64GB SSD to this external drive!
Cache SSD drives are all the rage now since large capacity SSDs haven’t come down in price to the level that the masses can afford. Crucial’s offering in the SATA 6Gbps interface drive realm is the 50GB Adrenaline m4 SSD which, when paired with the supplied Dataplex software, can really boost performance. How does it compare with other cache solutions and against a full fledged SSD system? Have a look and see.
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.