Earlier this year Western Digital (WD) announced the WD Red NAS hard drives that are a line of SATA III 6Gbps hard drives specifically designed for home and small office NAS (network attached storage) systems. We got our hands on the WD Red 3TB (WD30EFRX) and tried it out on a desktop as a storage drive and then in a NAS device in a RAID 5 array. Read on to see if the WD Red drive series is right for you!
Nearly two years ago, OCZ purchased Indilinx and ever since we’ve waited to see the fruits of that investment. That time is here. The Indilinx Barefoot 3 controller graces the innards Vector Series SSDs for which OCZ, now under new leadership, promises to deliver with a renewed focus on quality and reliability in addition to extreme performance. Will the Vector deliver or is has the Indilinx purchase been largely a bust? See what we found out in our latest SSD review.
Samsung is now officially the first to offer a TLC NAND based drive thanks to their fabrication prowess and desire to innovate. The 840 Series, powered by Samsung’s own triple core controller, takes the reins of this value oriented drive and puts up some nice performance numbers against a host of MLC NAND based drives. But what exactly is TLC NAND and why should you care? Have a read of our latest SSD review to find out.
The WD My Passport Edge portable hard drive incorporates WD SmartWare continuous and automatic backup software to create a copy of users’ PC content to ensure personal digital files are backed-up and protected in the event of computer loss or theft. The My Passport Edge uses a 500GB 5400RPM hard drive along with the USB 3.0 interface to quickly backup all your data. Read on to see how this drive performs!
When we recently reviewed the Corsair Neutron drive with the new Link_A_Media Devices LM87800 controller, we were duly impressed with the initial offering for this yet untested controller but we didn’t get the chance to see it really shine until now. The Neutron GTX is a souped-up version which pushes the SATA 6Gbps interface to the limits. We take a look at performance and, now that both have been on the open market for a bit, also look to see how they are holding up on consumer machines.
Intel has refreshed their SSD line with the release of the 335 Series that, while still using the SF-2281 controller, throws something new into the mix with their 20nm NAND flash. How this impacts performance is exactly what we set out to see in addition to giving our overall impressions of the drive and see if it’s worthy of your hard earned dollars.
The Seagate Backup Plus portable storage drives were designed to be fast and easy-to-use storage devices that keep your files handy on the go. This drive also works seamlessly with your social media accounts so it’s simple to back up and share your online photos, movies and more. Read on to see how the Seagate 1TB Back Up Plus performed on our test bench with the SuperSpeed USB 3.0 connection interface.
Strontium is not on the radar of most consumers and the Hawk Series SSD we received is our first official look at one of their products. They say first impressions are everything and we were immediately taken by the styling off the drive as soon as we opened the package. With a SF-2281 controller running the show, does the performance match the beauty? Have a read to see.
If, like us, you’re ready for something fresh in the SSD market you’re in for a treat. Corsair has launched their Neutron series of SSDs with a brand new controller from Link_A_Media Devices and the results of our benchmarks show it to be a serious competitor. Should the other drive makers be looking over their shoulder? Have a look to see what we have to say about it.
ADATA markets the SX900 line of SSDs as the “most powerful SSD on Earth” which is a bold statement and bound to catch the attention of potential customers. Being powered by the SF-2281 controller through a SATA III interface, we expect high performace but is it really the best and what about the TRIM issue that has recently cropped up? Read on to see what we have to say about both questions.
With all of the SATA III drives coming out with regularity, those with older SATA II hardware might be feeling a little left out in the cold. Never fear, Crucial has a line of V4 SSDs in various capacities that are SATA II based with peformance that’s admirable. How did it fare? Have a look at the article to see the numbers and our impressions.
It’s extremely easy to carry around gigabytes of data on storage devices in our pockets or bags and it’s equally as easy to have that storage device lost or stolen. All the more reason to protect that data by using a device that secures your data without the hassle of extrernal contrivances that get in the way. Kingston’s DataTraveler Locker+ G2 USB 2.0 flash drive is well suited to protect your data at a reasonable price – but will it come at the expense of performance? Read on to see.
If you thought you couldn’t afford a decent SSD, you may just be wrong. Kingston’s V200 series drives are aimed at the cost conscious consumer yet carry some nice performance numbers of 300MB/s reads and 190MB/s writes. With pricing well below $1 per usable GB, there’s little reason to sit and wait on a spinning platter drive. Check out the specifics like the nicely appointed bundle in the article.
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.