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OCZ ARC 100 240GB

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Introduction As expected, with OCZ now owned by Toshiba, OCZ would be using the in-house brew Toshiba NAND for their SSDs as oppose to Intel/Micron. OCZ has transitioned their mainstream Vertex SSDs to the Toshiba NAND already. And the latest budget line of SSD, the ARC 100, continues the trend of using all in-house made components of pairing the Indilinx controller with the Toshiba NAND. The ARC 100 is OCZ budget line of SSD that is aimed for those who is looking to upgrade their system from old, slow mechanical drive or those are already got an aging SSD that needs an upgrade. Much like what Crucial has done with the MX100 where it paired the same controller as the performance drive (in this case the M500) with a newer NAND in order to cut down the production cost for the budget drive, the ARC 100 takes OCZ’s own Indilinx Barefoot III controller and ... Read More »

Crucial MX100 256GB SSD: Affordable without sacrificing performance

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Introduction If you are still using a mechanical drive in your system, it is time that you start shopping for an SSD over this holiday season. The price of SSD has dropped significantly over the last year. Where it used to be $1 to $2 per gigabyte, now the price per gigabyte for the SSD has gotten to 50 cents per gigabyte. Not only that the price of the SSDs have become rather affordable, the performance of the drive have matured where even the budget drives deliver good performance across different workloads. Last year, Crucial kickstarted the trend of offering affordable SSD with the M500 series. Then earlier this year, the company released the M550 with improved controller that improves areas where the M500 is falling behind the competitors. As a result, the M550 is able to deliver a competitive drive in terms of performance at very affordable pricing. The ... Read More »

OCZ Vertex 460 (240GB)

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The acquisition of OCZ by Toshiba at the beginning of this year has put the company in a very interesting position. OCZ now joins the likes of Intel and Samsung where it not only makes its own controller but also NAND chip. This means OCZ SSDs can now all build with in house components. While OCZ continues to use third party controllers (SandForce to be specific) on their enterprise SSDs, they have switched the NAND on these drives from Intel/Micron to Toshiba. For the consumer market, the in house Indilinx controller is the sole controller and like the enterprise drives, the NANDs on these drives are also gone through the transition to the Toshiba NANDs. We first saw it with the Vector 150 that is the successor to the last year’s Vector. The Vertex 460 that we have here today is essentially the successor to the Vertex 450 with the 19nm ... Read More »

Seagate 600 Pro SSD 400GB (ST400FP0021)

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One thing you can be certain of in the tech industry is that you can never be content at the status quo even if you are the leader in the industry. The tech industry moves at such a rapid pace where in a very short period of time, an industry leader can quickly be replaced by an up and coming challenger. Or, a dying company that is at the brink of extinction can make a comeback. The best example that illustrate this would be Apple, which enjoyed tremendous success before 1990s, then fell to the brink of bankruptcy, only to rise to even greater heights. Computer storage has largely stayed unchanged since 1950. The same spinning platter has reduced in size and expand the storage capacity but the underlying technology has remained relatively the same. It was not until 2007 that the emerging market of the SSD revolutionized primary storage. ... Read More »

OCZ Vector 256GB

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The latest Vector from OCZ uses the Indilinx Barefoot 3 controller paired with OCZ’s own branded NAND and the firmware. This marked the first drive from OCZ with all in-house construction. How does the drive fare against other SSDs on the market? We take the 256GB version out for a spin. Let’s find out. No related posts. Read More »

Silicon Power S70 7mm SSD for Ultrabook

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The Silicon Power Slim S70 (SP240GBSS3S70S25) paired the LSI SandForce SF-2281 controller with the 25nm Intel synchronous NAND in a slim package of 7mm. Available in capacity ranges from 60GB all the way to 480GB, it is one of the high-end SSDs designed for Ultrabooks. No related posts. Read More »

ADATA SX900 128GB Review

  Today we look at the new ADATA SX 900 128GB SSD. It is a Sandforce powered drive like many others but with a specially designed and optimized firmware which opens up even more NAND capacity for use. No related posts. Read More »

Mushkin Catalyst Cache 50GB SSD

By now we’re all familiar with the principle of caching SSD’s: an SSD coupled to a hard drive, yielding the speed of the SSD and the capacity of the hard drive. Today, however, we’re seeing a cache SSD from a smaller player in the SSD scene: Mushkin. Let’s take a look at the Mushkin Catalyst Cache SSD. No related posts. Read More »

Kingston Wi-Drive 64GB

Earlier this year, we released a review of the Kingston Wi-Drive. Since then, Kingston has made a few changes to the Wi-Drive, including adding support for a wireless browser, and even greater capability. Check out exactly how well the new Wi-Drive performs! No related posts. Read More »

OCZ RevoDrive Hybrid 1TB

  The OCZ Revodrive Hybrid is the combination of a 120GB Revodrive and a 1TB HArd drive for the ultimate in speed and capacity. Here we will test the real potential of this unit. No related posts. Read More »

Kingston SSDNow 200V+ 120GB

The Kingston SSDNow 200V+ 120GB is offered at a great price point, in addition to its upgrade kit. How well does it perform? Keep reading to find out! No related posts. Read More »

Intel SSD 520 240GB

This drive has been advertised as the fastest SSD to date. Does it really pack the punch Intel claims it does? Keep reading to find out! No related posts. Read More »

OCZ Synapse Cache 64GB SSD

Want snappy performance without breaking the bank? The OCZ Synapse is a budget SSD caching solution, and offers great performance for a reasonable price. No related posts. Read More »

Patriot Torqx2 128GB SSD

SATA III SSD’s are taking the market by storm. Is a SATA II SSD still worth the investment? Read on as we test the daylights out of this SATA II SSD, and see if it’s still worth its price! No related posts. Read More »

OCZ Vertex 3

The OCZ Vertex 3 uses the new SandForce SF-2000 controller, and is now the fastest SSD on the market. Keep reading to find out exactly how fast this drive can perform. No related posts. Read More »

OCZ RevoDrive 80GB

OCZ RevoDrive is a PCI-E storage SSD that brings excellent performance with its SandForce controller in RAID 0 configuration. Read on to see just how much extra performance this card packs. No related posts. Read More »

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