If you've been pouting all week because Samsung announced its first SATA 6Gbps SSD line -- PM830 SSD series -- would only ship to OEMs, you can go ahead and turn that frown upside down. The drive maker today cut the ribbon on the home consumer version and said it will start shipping its new SSD 830 series in October.
Hold up a minute playa, before you go tossing that shiny Intel 320 Series SSD on Ebay with a big, bold warning about how it's a bug ridden storage device with an identity crisis, there's a fix! Intel over the weekend announced that new firmware is in the final validation testing phase and will be released within the next two weeks, if you can hang on that long.
Remember Samsung's 470 SSD series? That marked Samsung's first foray into the retail SSD market, and we rated the 256GB version a solid 8 for its competitive performance. Representing another first for Samsung, meet the PM830, the only SATA 6Gbps SSD in Samsung's stable and offered in up to 512GB of capacity.
Hitachi and Intel are fast becoming best buddies in the storage space, and why not, the two apparently play very well together. The latest effort from these two tech heavyweights is Hitachi's new Ultrastar SSD400M multi-level cell (MLC) solid state drive family. Pitched as a cost-effective alternative to those pricey single-level cell (SLC) SSDs, these new drives are built using Intel's 25nm enterprise-grade MLC NAND flash memory, Hitachi says.
SandForce has built quite a name for itself by building high-end solid state drive controllers employed in a number of enthusiast level SSDs, and the company doesn't show any signs of slowing down. After launching its second generation SF-2200 (SATA 6Gbps) and SF-2100 (SATA 3Gbps) chipsets earlier this year, SandForce says it's now prepared to demonstrate a prototype SSD built with Toshiba's 24nm multi-level cell (MLC) NAND flash memory.
Do you go for oodles of affordable storage in your next PC build with a mechanical hard drive, or raid your son's piggy bank and splurge on an ultra-fast solid state drive? You could go with both -- SSD for the OS, HDD for storage chores -- but that's the most expensive option of all. There's somewhat of a happy medium available in Seagate's Momentus XT solid state hybrid drive, of which Seagate said it shipped 1 million units since last year. Market research firm IDC says that's just the beginning.
If you recall, Intel was one of the first to offer a performance oriented solid state drive line using multi-level cell (MLC) memory. Intel's X-25 family would later be pushed aside by a growing competitor base offering faster and less expensive SSDs, and now everyone is enamored with SandForce-equipped drives. That could change with the launch of Intel's SSD 710 (Lyndonville) series, if you can afford one.
TDK is evidently stoked about its SDG3B solid state drive line, so much that it's announcing the launch of these industrial SSDs a month before release. Dubbed SDG3B, these SATA 3Gbps SSDs come equipped with TDK's GBDriver RS3 controller ICs. The focus here is on data reliability instead of balls-to-the-wall performance, and underscoring that point is the complete absence of cache.
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.
With its desktop DDR DRAM business now dead and buried, OCZ is making good use of its additional R&D resources by cranking out solid state drives at a breakneck pace, and the company's newly announced Z-Drive Revision 4 (R4) PCI Express storage solutions offer breakneck speeds for the enterprise. They also "significantly reduce total cost of ownership in the data center," OCZ says.