As much as we'd like to be able to pick up a high performing 1TB or 2TB solid state drive for pennies per gigabyte, the market just isn't there yet. And since hard drives still offer oodles of storage at pauper level pricing, they must be flying out the factory door, right? Not exactly. We're still not at the crossover point where it automatically makes more sense to pick up an SSD over a mechanical HDD, but several factors are collectively playing a role in slowing global HDD shipments.
The latest version of Micron's RealSSD C400 includes self-encrypting technology based on the Trusted Computing Group (TCG) Opal specifications. Micron is pitching its C400 SED (Self-Encrypting Drive) at government systems and large corporations concerned with the rise of malicious attacks and data breaches that have taken place in the past several months.
OCZ this week unveiled its Synapse Cache Series 2.5-inch solid state drive family. These aren't like most other SSDs in that they're not meant to stand on their own two feet. With the aid of built-in Dataplex cache software, OCZ's Synapse Series works alongside your existing hard drive and intercepts frequently accessed data to speed up system performance.
We didn't come up with that question out of the blue, and we only started wondering about the logistics of such a move after hearing rumors that Intel and SandForce are fast becoming pals. According to news and rumor site Fudzilla, Intel is at the very least seriously considering outfitting some of its high-end solid state drives with SandForce controllers, which would be just another notch -- albeit a very big on -- on SandForce's belt. But that's not all Intel is thinking about.
How could Intel let IDF pass by without announcing a new solid state drive? Turns out it couldn't, and while the event wraps up, the Santa Clara chip maker rolled out a replacement SSD series for its existing single-level cell (SLC) X25-E Extreme drive. Taking the X25-E's place is Intel's new 710 SSD, a purpose-built multi-level cell (MLC) drive for data centers.
Kingston Technology has ported its SSDNow solid state drive line to the business side with the launch of its KC100, the company's first SATA III (6Gbps) business-equipped SSD. A SandForce controller directs the action and is largely responsible the KC100's high read and write speeds, but there's more to this drive series than raw performance.
By itself, Intel's 20GB 311 Series "Larsen Creek" solid state drive commands around $115 street. But when bundled with select Gigabyte motherboards, that price drops below $100. It's part of an extended promotion that now applies to two Gigabyte motherboards instead of just one, in which 11 participating retailers offer a $20 discount when purchased together. But is it worth it?
This is fast turning out to be world storage week, or so it seems. A day after Seagate upped the hard drive capacity ante with its ultra-capacious 4TB FreeAgent GoFlex Desk external hard drive, Dell has begun offering the Precision M6600 and M4600 mobile workstations it launched back in May with the option of 512GB SATA3 Mobility SSDs, “giving users lightning quick 500MB/s read and 300MB/s write times.” What’s more, those interested in the M6600 now have the option of configuring the machine with more than 1TB of SATA III solid-state storage.
Corsair’s blazing fast Force Series GT line of solid state hard drives is hard to beat in terms of pure speed, but up until now, only relatively puny 90GB and 120GB versions were available on the market. Rather than go home, Corsair decided to go big. Today, the company introduced a pair of brand-spankin’-new entries to the Force Series GT lineup; beefy 180GB and 240GB models.
We're all about receiving free performance upgrades, which is exactly what Crucial's offering with the latest firmware update for its m4 solid state drive series. The new firmware supercharges the m4 series with faster boots, improved write latency, better PCMark Vantage benchmark scores, and other enhancements just a few mouse clicks away.