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.
This isn’t Patriot’s first rodeo. The company’s Torqx drive (reviewed September 2009) was one of the best Indilinx SSDs on the market for a while, and the Inferno (October 2010) was a perfectly cromulent first-gen SandForce drive, only lagging behind those SF-1200-based SSDs with specially tweaked “Max IOPS” firmware. The Wildfire (a name that actually seems like a step down from Inferno) is Patriot’s first SF-2281-based drive, and we put the 120GB version through its paces.
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.
Lost in the buzz surrounding the latest DirectX 11 GPUs and hexacore CPUs is the ability to actually store and retrieve your stuff. Your applications, games, photographs, digital music and everything else lives on your hard drive. But that boring old rotating magnetic disk just doesn’t seem exciting or high tech – even though the technology in a hard drive is actually pretty incredible.
We’ll first touch briefly on technology and jargon, then look at several different scenarios, and try to focus on what storage options might be appropriate and cost effective. But first, let’s talk tech. We’ll first briefly discuss hard drives, then take a quick look at SSDs.
Any fears we had that the OCZ Vertex 3’s speeds were due solely to some voodoo magic or secret deal with SandForce were unfounded. OWC’s Mercury Extreme Pro 6G—a product name that contains three too many buzzwords—goes toe to toe with the Vertex 3 in nearly every benchmark, and exceeds it in some.
A company called Pure Storage raised an additional $30 million in its third round of funding led by Greylock Partners, Redpoint Ventures, and Sutter Hill Ventures, with Samsung sneaking in as part of a broader strategic partnership, the company announced today. The millions in funding come as Pure Storage enters the limelight with its flagship product, the FlashArray FA-300 Series all-flash enterprise array.
Had we asked you prior to today to go on a scavenger hunt and find a 90GB solid state drive with a SATA 6Gbps interface, you would have struck out. Today's a different story. Corsair is beating its chest like King Kong over the latest additions to its Force Series 3 and Force Series GT lines, a pair of 90GB SSDs with native support for SATA 6Gbps, which Corsair claims is a world's first for that capacity.