See if this dilemma sounds at all familiar. Your PC's performance is being held back by your mechanical hard drive as it spins and stumbles around its platters fetching your data. Replacing it with a solid state drive is a surefire cure, but the high end ones cost too much and you don't want to settle for anything less. Are you out of luck? That all depends on where Patriot Memory prices its new Pyro SATA 6Gbps SSD line.
Hey, hardcore computer users; Kingston hasn't forgotten about you. After solidifying their base and getting their SSD feet wet in the low-end consumer market, Kingston has teamed up with SandForce for the first time in order to release a high-end SSD capable of pleasing gamers and hardware geeks alike. The company announced today that the super-fast Kingston HyperX SSD is finally shipping to US customers.
RunCore, a Chinese manufacturer of solid state drives (SSDs) for consumers, enterprise, and military applications, just announced a new line of mSATA SSDs -- T50 -- based on the SandForce SF-2281 controller. These are the first mSATA drives to support SATA 6Gb/s and are aimed primarily at high-end ultraportables with a maximum I/O performance of 60,000 4K random write IOPS and 35,000 random read IOPS.
Corsair tells us its begun shipping its new Force Series GT solid state drives to its network of authorized distributors and retailers worldwide, and that you should be able to order the drives in July. For those of you shopping a high-speed SSD, you can add the Force Series GT line to your list of potential candidates. These SSDs strut into the scene with the new SandForce SF-2280 controller, native support for SATA 6Gb/s, and ONFI synchronous flash memory.
Like a kid in a high-speed candy store, SuperTalent appears genuinely excited about all the modern enthusiast technologies that combine to make ultra-fast solid state drives possible. Such is the case with the company's new TeraDrive PT3 line of SSDs built around the SandForce 2200 processor and boasting a SATA3 interface and Double Data Rate, ONFi flash.
You know the solid state drive market is progressing at a breakneck pace when even Adata is churning out high-performance SSDs. Adata, perhaps best know for building entry-level components aimed at budget builders, announced the first shipments of its S511 SSDs built around the SandForce SF-2200 series controller. Jumping off the porch to run with the big dogs, the S511 SSD series represents Adata's first foray into SATA 6Gb/s territory.
Your mother might have asked you a million times if you'd jump off a bridge if all your friends turned into a bunch of Lemmings (anyone remember that game?) and started the death parade. Point taken, though it's not always a bad thing to follow in the footsteps of others. Take Mushkin, for example, which just announced its Chronos line of solid state drives built around the same SandForce SF-2281 chipset found in other high-end SSDs.
Someone must have lit a fire under Kingston's backside and told them, 'Hey, don't forget about the enthusiasts!' The memory maker's response? Tapping into SandForce to launch its first SATA 3 (6Gb/s) SSD targeted at power users. This is the first time Kingston has partnered up with SandForce, which will power the company's ultra fast HyperX SSD line.
Adata makes everything from low priced RAM kits to power supplies and external storage devices. And like most memory makers, Adata dabbles in solid state drives, but up until now, the company has shied away from high-end drives built around a 6Gb/s interface. That changes with the introduction of Adata's S511 line.
OCZ shook up the solid state drive industry on Monday evening by announcing plans to acquire Indilinx Co., a privately held fabless provider of flash controllers and software for SSDs. What makes this business transaction so surprising is that OCZ is heavily invested with SandForce for its performance oriented consumer SSDs, and Indilinx, which builds the Barefoot controller, is a competitor to SandForce. Does this mean OCZ will be dumping SandForce?