USB DRAM thumb drive shows off its uber fast RAM disk
When we first heard of this USB DRAM disk, we didn’t really know what it was, but we knew we wanted to try it out. Now that we’ve had a chance to kick the tires, we’re impressed, even though it’s not the most practical thing in the world. Then again, acquiring maximum performance is rarely practical, yet it’s still our raison d’etre.
Note: This article was originally featured in the Holiday 2013 issue of the magazine.
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.
Super Talent's newest SSDs sport both SATA II and mini-USB connectors.
Solid state drives (SSDs) are rather simple devices that you plug into your PC and fill with data. Not all SSDs are created equal, however, and Super Talent's latest twist on flash based storage is a dual-interface design. In addition to a SATA II interface, Super Talent's new UltraDrive MX2 SSDs also feature a mini-USB connection. What's the point? To make upgrading easy, Super Talent says.
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.
Super Talent over the weekend unveiled its new Quadra series of overclocked quad-channel DDR3 memory kits aimed at the "extreme enthusiast market." The new kits are validated using Intel's X79 chipset and come in sets of four at 1600MHz or 1866MHz, or you can buy individual sticks to plop in whatever DDR3 platform you happen to be running.
We like solid state drives (SSDs) because of their blazing speeds. We like SuperSpeed USB 3.0, also because of its speed. And we like external form factors for their convenience (and speed, if you happen to be a fast runner). Super Talent wanted to find out what happens when you put the three together and what the company came up with is its new Storage POD Mini, "a portable SSD that will change how you think about external storage."
What to do when an SSD just isn’t fast enough? Super Talent would like you to buy its new TerraNova SSD. This little piece of silicon is capable of a theoretical max 540MB/s read and write speeds. The drive packs up to 480GB of storage and uses a new SandForce 2200 controller to get those insane speeds.
Super Talent has come up with a SuperSpeed USB 3.0 thumb drive the company claims is fast, secure, and malware resistant. The new USB 3.0 DataGuardian is fast because, well, it's built to take advantage of USB 3.0; it's secure because it requires a password to access data stored on the device; and it's supposedly impervious to all (not some) auto-run malware attacks.
Even with the lack of native USB 3.0 support in current chipsets, the SuperSpeed spec is thriving all the same thanks to third party chips from NEC, VIA, and others. That means whether you own a recently purchased or self-built PC, or plan on upgrading in the near future, it's time to retire your USB 2.0 thumb drives and replace them with USB 3.0 equivalents. Add Super Talent's new USB 3.0 Express ST2 f.ash drive to your list of possible candidates.
Now that third-party USB 3.0 chips from the likes of NEC and VIA are appearing on nearly every new motherboard, it's high time device makers jump on the SuperSpeed bandwagon. Super Talent says it has, introducing a new line of USB 3.0 flash drives the memory maker says will cost about the same as USB 2.0 thumb drives.