Plextor, which largely built a name for itself with high end optical drives back before you could buy a DVD burner for less than the cost of a movie ticket and tub of popcorn, is largely focused on solid state drives (SSDs) these days, and the company's newest contender in what's now a crowded field is the M5S Series. The M5S line represents Plextor's fastest SSDs to date, boasting up to 73,000 read IOPS and 70,000 write IOPS courtesy of "exclusive firmware."
If you ever want to experience true elation, try swapping out a fragmented hard disk drive (HDD) that's bogging down performance from an otherwise well equipped PC for a performance oriented solid state drive (SSD). The difference can be night and day, depending on how slow your HDD is. It's also a costly upgrade that usually results in downgraded storage capacity, hence why HDDs are still the popular storage medium of choice. But for how long?
Corsair's no newcomer in the SSD market, but its new Force Series GS SSDs bring something new to the company's table: toggle NAND flash memory. Corsair claims that one tweak has made the Force Series GS drives the fastest models in its SandForce 2000-series lineup.
Seagate's getting into the SSD business, and it's doing so by converting coal into diamonds. Yesterday, Seagate inked a deal with DensBits, which has an SSD controller that it says can dramatically improve the speed and longevity of NAND flash memory -- basically making fairly low-quality SSDs into average-quality SSDs. Seagate bought an undisclosed stake in DensBits and together, they hope to bring "low-cost, high-performance" SSDs to both consumers and corporate buyers.
If you watched HDD prices soar after the Thailand floods and found yourself grumbling that SSDs should be cheaper, good news! Your wish has come true, at least to some degree. The hardworking souls over at The Tech Report and Camelegg have analyzed scads and scads of SSD price points over the past year and found that prices are down nearly 50 percent in that time frame, with several models now dropping below the vaunted $1/GB price point.
As far as Adata is concerned, an influx of motherboards sporting built-in mSATA slots is going to create a demand for mSATA solid state drives (SSDs). The idea behind mSATA SSDs is to provide a fast cache solution to aid the primary storage device, typically a mechanical hard disk drive (HDD), to achieve system performance comparable to running a standalone SSD at a fraction of the cost. Towards that end, Adata today announced the launch of its XPG SX300 and Premier Pro SP300 mSATA SSDs.
Super Talent just announced the newest addition to its TeraDrive solid state drive family, the TeraNova, not to be confused with Terra Nova, the sci-fi TV series that was officially cancelled earlier this year after just a single season. No need to worry about Super Talent's TeraNova SSDs falling from relevancy quite as fast, not if the drives can live up to rated read and write speeds.
Kingston's just sent a note our way with some news we thought was worth sharing. As it turns out, the company's SSDNow V+200 and KC100 SSD drives don't actually encrypt at 256-bit AES claimed; instead, they use 128-bit AES encryption. That's a bummer, but not necessarily catastrophic -- but the problem isn't limited to Kingston SSDs alone. In fact, Kingston and LSI say that the encryption confusion extends to each and every SSD using the SF-2000 series SandForce controller. Intel's confirmed that the SF-2281 found in the Intel SSD 520 (and the OCZ Vertex 3, and the Kingston HyperX, and…) is similarly affected.
Jimmy Neutron, boy genius, would approve of Corsair's model name for its newest and best performing solid state drive (SSD) series to date. Corsair's new Neutron GTX branded SSDs are supposedly the first consumer drives in the industry to sport the LM87800 6Gbps SSD controller for Link_A_Media devices (LAMD), a company that develops system-on-chip (SoC) solutions for enterprise and mobile storage markets.
Toshiba Storage today announced a new line of high-performance, energy efficient solid state drives (SSDs) that are supposedly the first to take advantage of 19nm processor toggle multi-level cell (MLC) NAND flash memory chips. The new 'THNSNF' drives, as Toshiba named them, are designed for a variety of applications, from high-end and thin and light notebooks, to all-in-one desktops and embedded systems.