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OCZ Launches ARC 100 Value SSD

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With the SSDs saturating the SATA III bandwidth, we are starting to see companies releasing drives that offers excellent price per gigabyte ratio in order to attract more sales. OCZ has entered the market of value SSD with the latest ARC 100 drive that pair the existing Indilinx Barefoot III M 10 controller with the Toshiba A19nm flash. Related posts: OCZ Vertex 450 2x128GB RAID Looking at the model number of the OCZ Vertex 450 and you would be thinking... Seagate 600 Pro SSD 400GB (ST400FP0021) One thing you can be certain of in the tech industry is that you can... OCZ Vertex 460 (240GB) The acquisition of OCZ by Toshiba at the beginning of this year has put 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 »

OCZ Launches RevoDrive 350

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OCZ has launched the latest SSD, the RevoDrive 350 Series, utilizing the PCI Express interface. Current SATA SSDs are saturating the SATA interface’s 6 Gbps bandwidth so the faster PCIE interface is needed in order to achieve higher performance. According to OCZ, the RevoDrive 350 can deliver three times the performance of SATA SSD. Utilizing PCI Express Gen 2 x8 interface, the card takes up to four LSI SF-2282 processor and uses 19nm in-house Toshiba NAND (kind of expected as OCZ is part of Toshiba now). It has a rated sequential read up to 1.8GB/s and up to 140,000 4K random write IOPS. Related posts: Kingston V300 120GB, 7mm Slim SSD On a Budget   Today we look at the new V300 Drive from Kingston which is a Sandforce... OCZ Vertex 450 2x128GB RAID Looking at the model number of the OCZ Vertex 450 and you would be thinking... Read More »

Kingston replaces nand-flash in V300 with decreasing performance as a result

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The Kingston V300 SSD has  been a product with decent performance for a low price. Lately there have been rumblings and mumblings on tech forums that something is up since some users have had really bad performance. It turns out they were right and that the reason is that Kingston has secretly changed the NAND and selected a much inferior NAND chip while keeping the model number and the price. In earlier versions of the V300, including those that were sent to review sites, the Kingston V300 used a Toshiba 19nm Toggle-Mode 2.0 NAND. This NAND has theoretical speeds up to 200 MB/s.  at some point they now have switched to Micron’s 20nm asynchronous NAND which is only expected to get performance to about 50 MB/s, a big difference.  Anandtech did some tests with AS-SSD: Comparison of Kingston V300 Revisions Revision Original (no longer available) New (currently available) Pre-Istalled Firmware 505A 506A ... Read More »

Mushkin Announces Ventura Ultra 480GB USB 3.0 Drive

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Mushkin brings 480GB of storage space to its Ventura Ultra Series. The Ventura Ultra is Mushkin’s USB 3.0 SSD that uses LSI SandForce SF-2281 controller. The latest entry to the Ventura family delivers up to 455 MB/s reads and 445 MB/s write and up to 39K of 4K random IOPS. Packed in a tiny light-weight aluminum housing, the Ventura Ultra is also capable of operating in UASP mode to allow SSD performnace in USB 3.0 form factor.  The 480GB model is an addition to the existing 60GB, 120GB, 240GB model that was debuted a year ago at CES 2013. While no pricing is provided for the 480GB, we do not expect it to be cheap since the 240GB model retails at around $200. Still if you need the absolute best performance with large storage space, it certainly will deliver. Related posts: Seagate 600 Pro SSD 400GB (ST400FP0021) One thing you ... Read More »

OCZ Technology Launches New Enterprise​-Class Intrepid 3000 Series SSDs

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OCZ has had some bad news lately with the filing for bankruptcy but the Toshiba buyout may helped the company coming back even stronger. The bad news does not prevent the company from releasing a new product. Today, OCZ has released a new Intrepid 3000 Series enterprises SSD. The Intrepid 3000 uses OCZ Everest controller based on Marvell 88SS9187 controller (same as in Vertex 4) paired with OCZ’s own proprietary firmware. The drive has a rated 520 MB/s for sequential read (128K blocks), 470 MB/s sequential write (128K blocks), 91,000 IOPS random read and 40,000 IOPS random writes. The number reported here may seemed a bit lower than what we used to but it is based on the steady state which the drive is writing, erasing and re-writing data repeatedly over the full capacity of the rive. So these are the worst case scenario number. For the enterprise market, data ... Read More »

OCZ Vertex 450 2x128GB RAID

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Looking at the model number of the OCZ Vertex 450 and you would be thinking that the product falls in the same family as the Vertex 4. However, the only thing that the Vertex 450 shares with the Vertex 4 is only the branding of Vertex. Other than that, the Vertex 450 actually is more closely related to the performance Vector series SSD that OCZ has launched late last year. The Vertex 450 uses the same Barefoot III (part number IDX500M10-BC) controller as the Vector but instead of using 25nm NAND MLC chip as the Vector, the Vertex 450 is paired with the die-shrunk 20nm MLC NAND. The shift to 20nm fabrication process is inevitable in order to save costs and to increase the NAND capacity so that manufacturers could pack more bits per die. This not only drives the price of the SSD down but also helps to increase the ... Read More »

OCZ Introduces new Deneva 2 Series

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OCZ updated the Deneva 2, the enterprise SSD, with 19 nm toggle NAND flash. The Deneva 2 uses LSI SandForce SF-2281 controller and will come in three capacity: 120GB, 240GB, and 480GB. It is rated to have up to 550 MB/s read, 520 MB/s write, 45,000 IOPS 4K random read, and 34,000 IOPS 4K random write. The new Deneva 2 includes advanced features such as data fail recovery, intelligent block management, wear leveling and robust error correction. The new model also has lower power consumption. Related posts: Seagate 600 Pro SSD 400GB (ST400FP0021) One thing you can be certain of in the tech industry is that you can... OCZ Vertex 3.20 – Vertex 3 updated to 20nm   Today we get a chance to look at OCZ’s newest refresh of the Vertex... 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 Vertex 3.20 – Vertex 3 updated to 20nm

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  Today we get a chance to look at OCZ’s newest refresh of the Vertex series with the Vertex 3.20. The update is actually hidden in plain sight as this update utilizes 20nm NAND. Now let’s see what the drive has to offer. Related posts: Kingston V300 120GB, 7mm Slim SSD On a Budget   Today we look at the new V300 Drive from Kingston which is a Sandforce... Read More »

Kingston V300 120GB, 7mm Slim SSD On a Budget

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  Today we look at the new V300 Drive from Kingston which is a Sandforce based drive pointed at the value segment to get a sub $1/GB drive to the masses, now lets see what this drive has to offer.  [UPDATE 2014-03-03, Kingston has changed the NAND-supplier and thus also controller while keeping the name and the drive no longer performs as before. Please read this article regarding this issue. ]   INTRODUCTION The world of SSD’s is constantly advancing and with that the price has also began to fall as more and more units are manufactured and NAND prices drop making them cheaper to produce. Well Kingston is taking direct aim at the value market with the new V300 series which is below the $1/GB mark and also a great performing drive to top it off. Kingston has taken the reigns with the manufacturing effort as well when it comes to packaging the 19nm NAND and even ... 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 »

Mushkin Unveils ProSpec SSD for Enterprise

Mushkin launches ProSpec series SSDs target toward enterprise market. The SSDs deliver random read and write performance of 80K and 42K IOPS and sustained transfer rate of 560 MB/s. Storage capacities ranges from 100GB to 400GB. The drive uses SandForce SF-2582 controller and enterprise MLC flash (eMLC) for higher durability and performance. It is compatible with SATA 6 Gbps and will feature 128-bit AES hardware encryption with TRIM support. The ProSpec SSD will equip with Mushkin’s Power Safe Technology to protect data against unexpected system power loss through the hardware and firmware of the drive.  Austin, TX — Jan 08, 2013 / (http://www.myprgenie.com) — Mushkin, Inc., an industry-leading designer and manufacturer of high-performance and mission-critical computer products, today officially announced the worldwide launch of its new enterprise class ProSpec series solid-state drives (SSDs). “We have time after time demonstrated to PC enthusiasts how Mushkin’s solid-state drive solutions can dramatically improve ... 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 »

OCZ Agility 4 256GB SSD

SSD’s are growing ever more popular, and we’ve reviewed a lot of them by now. Today we’re checking out the 256GB version of OCZ’s newest addition to the SSD lineup: the OCZ Agility 4. 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 »

Cyberpower X6-9120 Gaming Notebook

Cyberpower is a premier system builder with a legacy of providing gaming grade performance at a great value. Add this along with the fact that they always have some cool free upgrade promos going on and you have a recipe for some really cool toys. Let’s take a look at what we have in the X6-9120 and what it can offer you. 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 Vertex 4 256GB (VTX4-25SAT3-256G)

OCZ ditched the SandForce controller in their Vertex 4, instead opting for their own Indilinx Everest 2 controller. How does the new controller perform compared to others? Can it carry the Vertex brand to the next level?  No related posts. Read More »

ASUS P8Z77-V Premium

    ASUS has pushed many new models onto the playing field with Z77, and with the P8Z77-V Premium, we now see the first solution Intel-certified for Thunderbolt, along with many other technical and feature advances that push ASUS even further in the forefront for the Z77 offerings. No related posts. Read More »

Asus P8Z77-V Deluxe Motherboard

Asus has splashed many offerings into the Z77 playing field and today we are looking at the P8Z77-V Deluxe, with a high feature count and performance. 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 »

Crucial RealSSD C400 256GB

Crucial’s latest m4 SSD is packed with the same controller as the first 6Gbps SSD. We put it against OCZ Vertex 3 (SandForce 2281) to see if it can the drive for you in this holiday. No related posts. Read More »

How-To Build a Quiet Ultimate Gaming PC

Building a Quiet Gaming PC can be confusing for beginners that have never messed with their computers before. This How-To Guide will explain how to choose quiet components and build your next Quiet Ultimate Gaming PC. 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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