When we last paid a visit to the Corsair Neutron GTX in the December 2012 issue, we declared it one wicked-fast SSD, but it was unfortunately nicked at the finish line by the Samsung 840 Pro. Corsair isn't too worried about that, though, and seems to have adopted an "upwards and onwards" mentality we see manifested in the capacious 480GB variant of the GTX that landed on our test bed this month. Like its smaller-capacity brethren, it's sporting a brand-spankin'-new Link A Media controller (LAMD) that is exclusive to Corsair at this time, and it's wedded to Toshiba 24nm toggle-NAND. Running the show is an ARM microcontroller that pumps data through a SATA 6Gb/s connection. The Neutron GTX is also a slim 7mm jobbie, so it'll fit in even the most anorexic Ultrabooks. Desktop jockeys are also given consideration via the included 3.5-inch bay adapter.
Note: This review first appeared in the January 2013 issue of the magazine.
Now all Vector SSDs are eligible for OCZ's free game offer.
It has come to our attention that OCZ Technology is no longer limiting its free Far Cry 3 promotion to just the 256GB and 512GB solid state drive (SSD) models. Those who purchase the 128GB version are now eligible as well, so no matter which capacity Vector drive you buy, you'll receive an activation code and URL to download the full version of Ubisoft's entertaining first person shooter (FPS).
New and existing OCZ Vector SSD (256GB and 512GB) owners are eligible receive Far Cry 3 for free.
Boy oh boy, with the free promotions out there adding up, it's starting to look like if you paid for Far Cry 3, you're doing it wrong. Far Cry 3 was featured in AMD's "Never Settle" game bundles, Samsung was giving it away with the purchase of its 840 Series solid state drives (SSDs) during Cyber Monday, and now OCZ is working the free Far Cry 3 promotion with the purchase of select Vector SSDs.
The switch to 20nm NAND flash memory should lead to lower cost drives.
OCZ announced a new 20nm NAND flash version of its popular Vertex 3 solid state drive (SSD) Series dubbed Vertex 3.20. Like the original, the Vertex 3.20 Series features a 6Gbps interface, multi-level cell (MLC) memory, and the same LSI SandForce SF-2200 controller. Performance specs are similar too, so why the switch? It all boils down to money, and in this case, 20nm has had time to mature and drop in price.
A number of factors will lead to declining hard drive shipments this year, IHS iSuppli says.
Facing stiff competition from tablets, smartphones, and solid state drives (SSDs), mechanical hard disk drive (HDD) shipments are expected to fall 12 percent this year, according to market research firm IHS iSuppli. HDD revenue will drop at about the same clip, declining 11.8 percent to $32.7 billion in 2013, down from $37.1 billion in 2012, and remaining flat in 2014.
Solid state drive (SSD) shipments are forecast to more than double in 2013.
It's going to be several years before solid state drives (SSDs) reach the same or similar market share as mechanical hard disk drives (HDDs), but in the meantime, one of those storage sectors is seeing explosive growth. According to IHS iSuppli, a new generation of lower-cost and more appealing Ultrabooks will help double the number of SSD shipments to 83 million units in 2013, up from 39 million in 2012. By 2016, IHS iSuppli believes SSD shipments will reach 40 percent the size of the HDD market.
For less than $600, you can own a terabyte-class SSD.
We're a little late in bringing this to your attention, but it's worth noting that Micron is making a concerted effort to offer relatively affordable, large-capacity solid state drives (SSDs). We say it's relative because dropping half a dozen Benjamins on a single storage device is not something every PC user is in a position to do, but for those who can afford it, Micron's 960GB SSD is actually a reasonable value.
What's that you say, today's solid state drives (SSDs) don't offer enough capacity to hold your interest, let alone all your precious data? Well then you'll be happy to know that a company called Foremay has unveiled what it claims is the world's first 2.5-inch 2TB SSD with a thickness of 9.5mm. Is that enough to replace your aging mechanical hard drive?
Faster mSATA SSDs could lead to upgradeable tablets.
You probably haven't given much thought to upgrading your tablet PC's built-in storage, primarily because your hands are tied. If you need more storage, you can buy a microSD card (if your tablet supports it), use an external USB storage device (again, if your tablet supports it), or tap into the cloud. But what if you could swap out the built-in SSD for a faster, more capacious model? That's wishful thinking at the moment, but if companies like Super Talent keep releasing performance-oriented mSATA drives, perhaps tablet makers will take notice.
Plextor's M5M SSD is one-eighth the size of a standard 2.5-inch drive.
It's been a long, long time since Plextor's bread and butter was high-quality optical drives. It's perhaps a little bit ironic that Plextor's newest product is intended for Ultrabooks, a form factor that largely shuns optical drives (only a handful of Ultrabook models ship with a CD/DVD or Blu-ray drive). Plextor finds itself focused on solid state drives (SSDs) these days, and the company's new M5M mSATA Series drives are intended to give Ultrabook owners some upgrade options.