Posts Tagged ‘solid state’
Introduction There has been a lot of anticipation for M.2 to be fully released upon the masses. Well folks, we are still waiting. With only a handful of M.2 compatible drives available choices are limited. Apparently, it’s better than having a bunch of motherboards available, but no M.2 devices to choose from (Z97 release day). So now that Intel’s newest flagship platform has shipped we are starting to see more M.2 SSDs on the market. There is still not an abundance of choice or enough to continue the downward push of SSD prices, however we see light at the end of this tech tunnel, even if it’s just a little further than most of us would like. ADATA, a leader in memory technology, sent us one of the two types of M.2 drives available, the SP900 256GB M.2 SSD. Here is a little about ADATA and what they do… then we can move on to learn about M.2. The World’s Leading Memory Brand Founded in May 2001, ADATA Technology Co., Ltd. is committed to providing top-notch memory solutions that enrich the customer’s digital life. The company’s dedication to integrity and professionalism has made ADATA the leading memory brand with the most award-winning product designs. Backed by technical expertise, state-of-the-art manufacturing facilities, and premium customer service, ADATA offers complete memory solutions including DRAM modules, USB flash drives, memory cards, solid state drives and portable hard drives. ADATA understands that professi...
Samsung is bringing a few new features to the mainstream market here with the 850 PRO SSD, but what's utterly special that we hope pushes those boundaries further ahead, is something called RAPID Mode. Sounds like marketing jingo, we agree, but you'd be wrong to dismiss this one. RAPID Mode is unlike anything you've seen before, promising astonishing performance increases. Buckle up and let's take a closer look at the Samsung PRO 256GB and see just what this SSD can do.
The latest in the OCZ "enthusiast" classed series is the Vector 150, which stays true to their winning formula of performance, features, and value. So it's no surprise the Barefoot 3 controller still lies at the heart of the SSD, though there have been a few improvements made in terms of longevity and durability. A move to different NAND flash highlights more of the changes. Set to retail for $240 at the price of $1/GB, it crosses into a slightly more mainstream pricing segment, while still looking to offer enthusiast-classed performance. Let's take a closer look at the OCZ Vector 150 240GB and see how the revolution continues.
Samsung is bringing a few new features to the table here with the 840 EVO, but what's utterly special that we hope pushes those boundaries further ahead, is something new called RAPID Mode. Sounds simple enough, but the performance increases from RAPID are anything but ordinary. In short, RAPID will move you out of the data transfer slow lane and onto the digital Autobahn like you've never before experienced. Buckle up and let's take a closer look at the Samsung EVO 750GB and see just what this SSD can do.
The improvements of a solid state drive over a traditional hard drive, in our opinion, are nothing short of astounding. So scintillating is the difference that you'll wonder how you ever survived without one. Controller tech, speeds, and storage sizes are the golden trifecta of SSD success, and today we're looking at the Crucial M500 960GB drive that is poised to address all three.
We've said for quite some time that the biggest performance increase you'll see in a system upgrade these days it moving to a Solid State Drive. With a larger capacity to suit those with such needs, and coming with a very attractive price tag of $400, the VisionTek GoDrive 480GB looks rather enticing. But what about performance? Can this SSD put up numbers worthy of the price? Let's find out.
The OCZ Vector 450 is today's topic of discussion, and the M10 derivative of the Barefoot 3 controller promises top performance at a more affordable price point than the flagship OCZ Vector model as well. Replacing the Vertex 4, the new Vertex 450 looks to chew through incompressible data, unlike the competition's SandForce-controller drives. So how does the performance of the Vertex 450 measure up? Is it worth the investment? Let's dive in and find out.
The KingSpec Challenger E3000 is an Enterprise-targeted drive, with great random write performance. While KingSpec may not be well known to many of our readers, they are a company based in Shenzhen, China and only produce SSDs, nothing else. Strictly speaking, based on such a specific product lineup, KingSpec has an enormous capacity to produce a huge volume of drives for the market. Let's see how this Sandforce-based SSD performs.
While the VisionTek GRX drive is certainly suitable for home or office use, there's also opportunity to employ it in a mail server or other IT applications. The GRX drive is bootable, and with claims of 800MB/s and 100,000 IOPS, such speed is typically expensive, but this PCI-E SSD currently retails for only $380 for the 240GB version. Sounds very tempting to us.
Another in the list of SandForce SSDs is the latest from OCZ, the Vertex 3.20. It's an interesting move because we've seen the Vertex 4 already from OCZ, so is this "new" drive a step backwards? Not really, according to OCZ. This drive shares the same features as its predecessor, showcasing the popular SandForce 2281 controller, but this latest version now comes with 20nm NAND flash memory.
Another in the list of SandForce SSDs is the latest from Kingston, the SSDNow V300. It's not entirely different in most regards, but it does have Toshiba Toggle NAND and exclusive input from LSI directly to tweak the controller's performance. Factor in a strong accessory package and a competitive price, and we have a drive that could prove very attractive to consumers looking for a massive speed boost over a traditional hard drive setup. Let's dive in and find out how the Kingston SSDNow V300 240GB fares.
Over the last couple of years or so we've looked at many Solid State Drives that feature various technologies in the attempt to boost speed and performance. Some have been successful, some have not. We've looked at many SandForce drives in particular, and today's SSD also contains the SF-2281 we've come to know and love. It's a popular setup, as consumers get top notch speed without having to fork out tons of cash. Today now we have the Transcend SSD320 in a 256GB capacity for a closer look.That's not a terribly flashy name for a speed demon of a drive, but we care less about the marketing and more about the results. In a sea of similar products, can this Transcend somehow stand out? Let's dive in and find out.
OCZ has an impressive history of innovation in the SSD market, leading the way in many respects, and whether it's fair or not, they're the target and we hold OCZ to the highest standard. And so OCZ is responding the consumer/enthusiast’s growing demand for a fast and reliable drive that performs as well with incompressible data as it does with compressible data. OCZ is also responding to the demand for a drive that retains its performance in a peak condition over time as well as greatly extending the life span of the NAND with their new Proprietary Indilinx Ndurance 2.0 Technology. The OCZ Vector is the result, promising enthusiast-classed performance to battle the SandForce drives. But how does the performance of the Vector measure up? Is it worth the investment? Let's dive in and find out.
It's not always the enthusiasts (and well-heeled) that want blistering speeds, and certainly not just in the SSD arena. Anyone with an SSD can benefit from massive performance gains over a hard drive, from the most diehard to the budget-oriented consumer. So the ADATA Premier Pro SP600 targets the latter, offering an SSD that's very accessible to users on a modest budget of less than $100. But how does the performance of the ADATA Premier Pro SP600 measure up? Is it worth the investment? Let's dive in and find out.
It's not always the enthusiasts (and well-heeled) that want blistering speeds, and certainly not just in the SSD arena. Anyone with an SSD can benefit from massive performance gains over a hard drive, from the most diehard to the budget-oriented consumer. So the Crucial v4 targets the latter, offering an SSD that's very accessible to users on a modest budget. Specifically, the v4 is limited to the SATA II 3G interface, so we're not expecting record-breaking performance results today. But at a price of $189, it's a very attractive option. Let's just say that Crucial's stated specifications for this drive turned out to be very conservative, and we were pleasantly surprised by the performance offered by the v4.