Plextor's new M3S Series of solid state drives rely on server-grade controllers from Marvell and 24nm NAND flash memory from Toshiba to do the heavy lifting, but when it comes to finessing file transfers, Plextor gives equal credit to its own exclusive firmware with True Speed technology and proprietary Bad Block Management, Global Wear Leveling, and Instant Restore technologies. All of these fancy terms combine to "prevent drastic drops in read/write speeds that normally occur with SSDs after prolonged use or when data becomes heavily fragmented," Plextor says.
Corsair today announced the new Performance Pro Series SSD line built around a Marvell SATA 6Gbps controller. These drives are available in 128GB and 256GB capacities, and according to Corsair's own internal testing, they're capable of delivering ATTO sequential read and write speeds of up to 515MB/s and 440MB/s, respectively. Corsair says you can expect similar performance when reading and writing compressed and non-compressed data.
If climbing hard drive prices have you singing the mechanical storage blues, perhaps it's time to start shopping a solid state drive (SSD). You won't save any money by stepping up to an SSD, nor will you find one that offers a better price-to-gigabyte ratio than an HDD, but at least you'll know the price you paid isn't higher than what it was a month ago for the same drive. Need more temptation? Kingston says its next generation SSDNow Series for cheapskates entry-level, budget shoppers is packing nearly twice the performance as previous generation SSDs.
OCZ's new RevoDrive 3 X2 Max IOPS solid state drive should come with a warning label that reads: Warning, may cause whiplash, extreme giddiness, and feelings of euphoria -- these feelings will not subside. No such warning exists on OCZ's latest RevoDrive line, but that's how we'd market a PCI Express SSD capable of the silly fast numbers OCZ plastered on the spec sheet.
Surely SandForce must have had it's fair share of suitors that may have included Intel, Corsair, SanDisk, Western Digital, and others. But it wasn't any of these of solid state drive (SSD) players who rolled the dice on SandForce, and instead it was a company called LSI who scooped up the popular SSD chipset maker. Now the question is, what does the future hold for SandForce and its clients, and in particular OCZ?
Samsung is offering a deal that helps take the sting out of investing in a solid state drive. For a limited time, buyers of Samsung's new 830 SSD series in 128GB, 256GB, or 512GB capacities will receive download codes for the full versions of Batman: Arkham City and Norton Ghost. There's also a 64GB model available that comes with Norton Ghost, but not the Batman game.
The common line on solid state drives is that you can’t beat their speed, but the itty-bitty storage space capabilities leave a lot to be desired, at least on laptops. OCZ’s new Octane series of SSDs want to put an end to that disclaimer. The Octane line claims to be the first to cram 1 TB of SSD storage into a slim and trim 2.5-inch laptop drive, and if that wasn’t enough, its advertised read-write speeds are freakin’ fast. Maybe they should have called it the High Octane series?
Ultrabook players were hoping Intel would cut them a break with a juicy 50 percent discount on Core i processors to be used in the new notebook form factor. Intel, having already earmarked millions of dollars towards marketing the Ultrabook concept, scoffed at the idea of half-off CPUs, leaving notebook makers looking for other ways to cut back costs. Hello hybrid storage.
OCZ has finally issued a fix for the BSOD/disconnect issue plaguing its SF-2200 based solid-state drives (SSDs). The problem isn’t limited to OCZ drives alone, but is known to affect drives with Sandforce SF-2200 controllers from other vendors as well. However, OCZ is the first vendor to issue a fix, which comes in form of a firmware update.
Remember Plextor? The name isn't thrown around as often as it once was, but Plextor's still out there, and cocky as ever. Take the new M2P Series solid state drive (SSD). Plextor says it's capable of sequential read and write speeds of up to 500MB/s and 440MB/s, respectively, which "clearly makes the M2P the fastest SSD currently available." Come again?