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ADATA Technology Releases SSD Firmware Update

ADATA Technology Releases SSD Firmware Update Company releases firmware 5.2.5 for SSDs with LSI SandForce controllers Taipei, Taiwan – March 3, 2014 – ADATA™ Technology, a leading manufacturer of high-performance DRAM modules and NAND Flash application products, has released a firmware update for the company’s solid state drives equipped with LSI SandForce 2200 series controllers. This update is applicable to SSD models SX910/SX900/SP900/SP800/S511/S510/S396. The new firmware optimizes TRIM completion behavior and SATA stability, and improves disk recovery in instances of unsafe or improper shutdown. Purchasers who wish to update their SSD firmware should go to: http://www.adata-group.com/index.php?action=ss_main&page=ss_content_driver&lan=en, select the corresponding SSD product, and then download the compressed Firmware 5.2.5 file and extract it. Then locate the executable file ADATA_SF_FieldUpdater and run it as administrator. About ADATA ADATA Technology, one of the world’s largest vendors of DRAM Modules and USB Flash Drives, provides complete memory solutions, including memory cards, solid state drives, and portable hard drives. ADATA products are internationally recognized by Germany’s iF Design Award, red dot Award, CES Best of Innovations Award, Japan’s Good Design Award, Best Choice of Computex Award, and Taiwan Excellence Gold Award. The company’s slogan of Love, Life, Dreams, embodies the ADATA brand and the role of innovative me...



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OCZ Storage Solutions Announces New Vertex 460 SSD Series

Introduction In SAN JOSE, CA on January 22, 2014 OCZ Storage Solutions – a Toshiba Group Company announced its new Vertex 460 SATA III SSD Series, which evolved from the 20nm-based Vertex 450. The Vertex 460 uses the company’s proprietary Barefoot 3 (BF3) M10 controller with Toshiba’s 19nm MLC NAND flash memory. This drive offers up to 545 MB/s sequential reads, 525 MB/s sequential writes, 95,000 4K random read IOPS, and up to 90,000 4K random write IOPS. It further features sustained 4K random write performance up to 23,000 IOPS. OCZ’s BF3 M10 controller is derived from the original controller that features AES-256 encryption and a power-optimized clock. Vertex 460 SSDs are rated to deliver 20GB of host writes per day for a 3-year warranty and are available in 120GB, 240GB, and 480GB capacities. Specifications PERFORMANCE 120GB 240GB 480GB Sequential Reads1 530MB/s 540MB/s 545MB/s Sequential Writes1 420MB/s 525MB/s 525MB/s Random Read Speed (4K, QD32)2 80,000 IOPS 85,000 IOPS 95,000 IOPS Random Write Speed (4K, QD32)2 90,000 IOPS 90,000 IOPS 90,000 IOPS Steady-State Random Write Speed (4K, QD32)3 12,000 IOPS 21,000 IOPS 23,000 IOPS 1. Maximum sequential speeds are determined using ATTO 2. Small file I/O performance is measured using IOmeter 2010 3. Measured with Iometer 2010, 12 hour precondition to SNIA guidelines Please Note: Current performance specs reflect update to latest firmware. PHYSICAL Usable Capacities (IDEMA) 120GB, 240GB, 480GB NAND Component...



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Toshiba Corporation Completes Acquisition of OCZ Technology Group’s Assets and Launches New Subsidiary, OCZ Storage Solutions

Introduction In SAN JOSE, CA un January 21, 2014, the Toshiba Corporation finalized the purchase of substantially all assets of OCZ Technology Group, thus making it a wholly owned subsidiary of the Toshiba Group Company. Effective immediately it will operate independently as OCZ Storage Solutions. This acquisition provides Toshiba with OCZ’s enterprise and client SSD businesses and enables the established OCZ brand to continue in full force. OCZ Storage Solutions will leverage Toshiba’s cutting-edge NAND and combine it with the Company’s proprietary controllers, firmware and software to provide both client and enterprise customers with innovative and cost-effective solid-state storage solutions.“The acquisition of OCZ further expands our solid-state storage capabilities and represents Toshiba’s commitment to this high-growth area,” said Mr. Seiichi Mori, Vice President of Toshiba’s Semiconductor and Storage Company and Corporate Vice President of Toshiba. As a Toshiba Group Company, OCZ Storage Solutions will be able to maintain its established worldwide sales channels. The new Company’s headquarters will remain in San Jose, California, with strategic design centers located in Irvine (California), Tel Aviv (Israel), and Abingdon (UK). About Toshiba Toshiba is a world-leading diversified manufacturer, solutions provider and marketer of advanced electronic and electrical products and systems. Toshiba Group brings innovation and imagination to a wide range...



 
 
 
 
 
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In Win 904 Case review

In Win has just released their brand new 904 case today. This full aluminum case features tempered glass sides and a solid frame. This allows for stability by design while giving your PC that high-tech, industrial look that's popular. It also comes with a hidden ODD bay and four USB 3.0 ports. It only supports two internal fans and limited radiator sizes, but that's to be expected to create this work of art. The split design in the back assists in managing your cables at the rear going to your I/O board, completing the package. Will this new case hold up to the In Win name and potentially start a new trend? Read on to find out.



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Samsung Introduces Industry’s First 1 Terabyte mSATA SSD

Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd., the world leader in advanced memory technology, announced today that it launches 840 EVO mSATA (mini-Serial ATA) Solid State Drive (SSD) line-up, including the industry’s first 1 terabyte (TB) mSATA SSD this month. The Samsung 840 EVO mSATA SSD is an extension of the 840 EVO line-up which was introduced in July at Samsung SSD Global Summit. The new SSD features the compact mSATA form factor which is approximately a quarter size of a 2.5-inch SSD, and offers the same level of high density and high performance. “With the new mSATA SSD line-up offering up to 1TB of memory and an optimized software tool, we expect that consumers can enjoy high storage volume and performance on ultra-slim notebooks besides desktop PCs,” said Unsoo Kim, senior vice president, memory brand product marketing, Samsung Electronics. “We will continue to bring leading-edge SSD products and software solutions with improved quality and reliability, while working on offering higher consumer satisfaction and strengthening competitiveness of our branded memory business.” The new 840 EVO mSATA SSD utilizes Samsung’s advanced 128 gigabit (Gb) NAND flash memory based on 10 nanometer class* process technology. To form a 1TB version SSD, a total of four flash memory packages are used, each package having 16 layers of 128Gb chips. Based on the advanced memory technology, the 1TB mSATA SSD comes in a thickness of 3.85 millimeters and a weight of 8...



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EDGE diskGO® Portable USB 3.0 SSD

Introduction Durable, fast, and lightweight, the diskGO® Portable USB 3.0 Solid State Drive (SSD) from EDGE Memory offers high-end SSD performance in a convenient, portable USB 3.0 design. SuperSpeed USB 3.0, the fastest USB connection available it is up to 10x faster than USB 2.0.* USB 3.0 and it is also backwards compatible with USB 2.0 systems. SSDs have no moving parts and are faster, more rugged, and more efficient than hard drives. The sleek black aluminum exterior provides additional cooling and durability. A powerful SandForce based SSD drives the diskGO Portable USB 3.0 SSD, providing unparalleled performance. Store HD movies, archive irreplaceable photos, and back up an entire music library with lightning fast speeds. Getting started is easy, you simply connect the Portable SSD to an available USB port of a computer to begin backing up and transferring files. No software to install or setup required. The diskGO Portable USB 3.0 SSD is small in size and USB powered therefore no additional power supply is required. This product is backed by a three-year warranty.   Features   Fast – Superspeed USB 3.0 allows for transfer rates up to 10 times faster than USB 2.0 (when connected to a USB 3.0 port). The fastest USB technology available—acheive rapid data transfer rates in a low power, efficient manner. No Moving Parts – SSDs have no moving parts and are faster, more rugged, and more efficient than hard drives. Easy to Use – Simply plug int...



 
 
 
 
 
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OCZ Vector 150 240GB

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.



 
 
 
 
 
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Samsung 840 EVO 750GB

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.



 
 
 
 
 
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VisionTek GoDrive 7mm 240GB

When looking for an SSD, one option is to choose SandForce-based drive, as these drives offer a strong blend of speed and affordability. There are many on the market, but today we're looking at one from VisionTek that is unique in its low profile for those who need something primarily for a notebook or HTPC: the GoDrive 7mm 240GB. It looks promising, so l et's take a closer look at the VisionTek GoDrive 7mm 240GB SSD and see if it packs a punch for its small size.



 
 
 
 
 
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Crucial M500 960GB

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.



 
 
 
 
 
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Transcend ESD200 128GB External USB 3.0 SSD

You are probably familiar with the company Transcend. Transcend makes a WIDE variety of storage solutions including USB flash drives, solid state drives, external hard drives, external CD/DVD drives, SD cards, digital photo frames and more. You are also likey familiar with the concept of an external hard drive. It's simply a standard hard drive of the 2.5" or 3.5" flavor tossed into an external case that connects to your computer typically via USB. Most people have one and use them for transferring large amounts of data or doing PC backups. Transcend took the typical external hard drive idea and replaced the old mechanical drive with a 2.5" SSD. The result is the ESD200 USB 3.0 external SSD, available in 128GB and 256GB flavors. Transcend sent us a 128GB model to review, so let's check it out!



 
 
 
 
 
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VisionTek GoDrive 480GB SSD

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.



 
 
 
 
 
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OCZ Vertex 450 256GB

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.



 
 
 
 
 
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KingSpec Challenger E3000 120GB

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.



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VisionTek Data Fusion PCI-Express 240GB

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.







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