storage en OCZ Builds an ARC 100 Solid State Drive, Invites Value Conscious Users to Hop Aboard <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/ocz_arc_100.jpg" alt="OCZ ARC 100 SSD" title="OCZ ARC 100 SSD" width="228" height="151" style="float: right;" />Respectable performance at a reasonable price</h3> <p>When <a href="" target="_blank">Toshiba acquired OCZ's storage division</a> and rebranded it as OCZ Storage Solutions, it freed the <a href="">bankrupt company</a> to concentrate solely on building solid state drives rather than balancing the business side of securing affordable NAND flash memory and trying to contend with shortages. We're starting to see the fruits of this relationship, as <strong>OCZ today announced its new ARC 100 SSD Series</strong> intended to deliver "exceptional performance an an enticing price point."</p> <p>The new drives use next generation Toshiba A19nm NAND flash memory paired with the familiar Barefoot 3 M10 controller, which OCZ says emphasizes real-world performance. Reliability and endurance are also areas of focus -- OCZ rates its ARC 100 SSDs as being able to deliver 20GB of host writes per day under a 3-year warranty.</p> <p>OCZ's ARC 100 comes in three capacities:</p> <ul> <li>120GB: 475MB/s max read, 395MB/s max write, 75,000 random read IOPS, 80,000 random write IOPS</li> <li>240GB: 480MB/s max read, 430MB/s max write, 75,000 random read IOPS, 80,000 random write IOPS</li> <li>480GB: 490MB/s max read, 450MB/s max write, 75,000 random read IOPS, 80,000 random write IOPS</li> </ul> <p>A point of emphasis in introducing these drives is OCZ's new "ShieldPlus Warranty" that's intended to eliminate the hassle of dealing with support claims. If a drive goes bad, no original proof of purchase is required -- just provide the ARC serial number and, if deemed defective, OCZ will advance ship a brand new ARC SSD of the same capacity, along with a pre-paid return label for the faulty drive.</p> <p>The 100 ARC Series will be available in the next few weeks and priced at $75 for the 120GB model, $120 for the 240GB model, and $240 for the 480GB model.</p> <p><em>Follow Paul on <a href="" target="_blank">Google+</a>, <a href="!/paul_b_lilly" target="_blank">Twitter</a>, and <a href="" target="_blank">Facebook</a></em></p> arc 100 Build a PC Hardware ocz solid state drive ssd storage toshiba News Wed, 13 Aug 2014 14:30:37 +0000 Paul Lilly 28338 at SanDisk Ultra Fit USB 3.0 Flash Drives Move Big Data in a Small Package <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/sandisk_ultra_fit.jpg" alt="SanDisk Ultra Fit" title="SanDisk Ultra Fit" width="228" height="185" style="float: right;" />Don't be fooled by the Ultra Fit's small size</h3> <p><strong>SanDisk today released its high-speed Ultra Fit USB 3.0 Flash Drive family</strong>. Available in 16GB, 32GB, and 64GB capacities, these tiny drives are only small in stature (19.1 x 15.9 x 8.8 millimeters / 0.75 x 0.63 x 0.35 inches (LxWxH) without cap), not performance -- according to SanDisk, you can transfer a full-length movie in 40 seconds using an Ultra Fit drive, which offer speeds up to 10 times as fast as USB 2.0.</p> <p>All three capacities are rated to read data at up to 130MB/s -- certainly respectable, though not record breaking. As for write speeds, <a href="" target="_blank">SanDisk says</a> the 16GB model can write data at up 5 times faster than USB 2.0, while the 32GB and 64GB drives offer write performance that's up to 10 times as fast as USB 2.0. That translates into about 20MB/s for the 16GB and 40MB/s for the 32GB and 64GB drives.</p> <p>Size really comes down to personal preference. SanDisk describes the Ultra Fit as having a "modern design" for plugging into notebooks, tablets, TVs, gaming consoles, car audio systems, and more, and we can see the benefit on a smaller and thinner items like Ultrabooks and handheld mobile devices. On the flip side, we'd hate to drop one of these in a messy area and go hunting around for it.</p> <p>The <a href="" target="_blank">SanDisk Ultra Fit USB 3.0</a> line is available now for $40 (16GB), $70 (32GB), and $110 (64GB). Each one comes with SanDisk SecureAccess software offering password protection and 128-bit encryption, as well as a one-year subscription to RescuePRO software to recover lost or corrupted files.</p> <p><em>Follow Paul on <a href="" target="_blank">Google+</a>, <a href="!/paul_b_lilly" target="_blank">Twitter</a>, and <a href="" target="_blank">Facebook</a></em></p> Flash Drive Hardware Peripherals Sandisk storage ultra fit USB 3.0 News Mon, 11 Aug 2014 16:27:47 +0000 Paul Lilly 28325 at Intel Launches Business Class Solid State Drive Pro 2500 Series <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/intel_ssd_pro_2500.jpg" alt="Intel SSD Pro 2500" title="Intel SSD Pro 2500" width="228" height="114" style="float: right;" />Affordable storage packed with advanced security features</h3> <p>Intel announced a new addition to its solid state drive (SSD) family, though it's not intended for home consumers. Instead, <strong>Intel's new SSD Pro 2500 Series is intended to bring security features and lower cost of ownership to businesses</strong> in need of the kind of "blazing fast" performance SSDs afford. They'll get that with SSD Pro 2500 family, which comes in capacities ranging from 120GB to 480GB.</p> <p>Performance teeters on the upper end of the spectrum with sequential read and write speeds rated at up to 540MB/s and 490MB/s, respectively. Random 4KB read performance checks in at up to 48,000 IOPS, while writes ramp up to 80,000 IOPS, Intel says.</p> <p>In addition to respectable performance metrics, <a href="" target="_blank">Intel says</a> the SSD Pro 2500 Series offers five low power modes for long battery life. The lower power states can reduce idel power consumption by more than 90 percent compared to a typical mobile hard disk drive.</p> <p>The drives also feature hardware-based 256-bit AES encryption and come in both M.2 and 2.5-inch form factors, all backed by 5-year warranties.</p> <p>No word yet on price.</p> <p><em>Follow Paul on <a href="" target="_blank">Google+</a>, <a href="!/paul_b_lilly" target="_blank">Twitter</a>, and <a href="" target="_blank">Facebook</a></em></p> Build a PC enterprise Hardware intel solid state drive ssd ssd pro 2500 storage News Tue, 22 Jul 2014 19:01:09 +0000 Paul Lilly 28216 at Kingston Adds 960GB Capacity Option to SSDNow Series <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/kingston_v310.jpg" alt="Kingston V310 960GB SSD" title="Kingston V310 960GB SSD" width="228" height="134" style="float: right;" />Largest capacity SSDNow drive to date</h3> <p><strong>Kingston Technology today introduced the latest addition to its SSDNow V300 series, the V310</strong>. What's special about the V310 is that it's a 960GB SSD, the largest capacity available in Kingston's entire stable of SSDs (the second largest is 480GB, which is available in Kingston's HyperX 3K and V300 Series). The V310 also swaps the custom LSI controller found in the V300 Series for a Phison 3108 controller.</p> <p>Capacity is the main selling point here, as the V310 won't break any speed records. Kingston rates the read and write speeds at 450MB/s, along with random 4k read and write performance of up to 40,000 IOPS and 20,000 IOPS, respectively. These are respectable, if not a tad underwhelming figures across the board.</p> <p>"Since 2009, our V ‘Value’ series solid-state drives have delivered the best price to performance ratio as possible to enable consumers on a budget or entry-level users to experience the benefits of SSD technology. Our new V310 continues that along with providing the biggest capacity ever in a Kingston SSD," <a href="" target="_blank">said Ariel Perez</a>, SSD business manager, Kingston. "SSDNow V310 with its large 960GB capacity is the perfect upgrade to an existing system as it improves boot speeds and application load times helping maximize one’s computer investment."</p> <p>The V310 will be available as a standalone drive as well as all-in-one upgrade kits for desktops and notebooks. While it's out of stock on <a href="" target="_blank">Kingston's website</a>, <span style="text-decoration: line-through;">it appears that pricing will be in the neighborhood of $910</span>, pricing has yet to be determined.</p> <h3>Update</h3> <p>Kingston reached out to <em>Maximum PC</em> to let us know that the price will NOT be $910, as reflected on its website. Apparently that's an intentionally inflated MSRP so that it doesn't compete with in-stock items on Kingston's website. Kingston's currently working on ramping up inventory and expects the usual suspects -- Newegg, Amazon, TigerDirect -- to sell the drive at a much cheaper price within the next few days.</p> <p><em>Follow Paul on <a href="" target="_blank">Google+</a>, <a href="!/paul_b_lilly" target="_blank">Twitter</a>, and <a href="" target="_blank">Facebook</a></em></p> 960GB Build a PC Hardware Kingston solid state drive ssd ssdnow v300 storage v310 News Mon, 21 Jul 2014 19:07:32 +0000 Paul Lilly 28208 at HGST Unveils World's First 1.8TB 10K RPM Drive <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/hgst_ultrastar_c10k1800.jpg" alt="HGST Ultrastar C10K1800" title="HGST Ultrastar C10K1800" width="228" height="226" style="float: right;" />High capacity and high performance</h3> <p>No, it's not likely that you're going to pick up HGST's new 1.8TB hard drive for your build, not unless you're erecting a data center. While we've moved on to solid state drives at home, enterprise customers still have a high level of interest in certain mechanical hard drives due, in part, to the price-to-performance ratio. It's those customers that <strong>HGST is targeting with its Ultrastar C10K1800 HDD</strong>.</p> <p>The Ultrastar C10K1800 is a 2.5-inch enterprise-class drive intended for mission-critical storage applications that require 24/7 availability. In addition to a 10K RPM spindle speed, the new drive sports a next generation 12Gbps SAS interface, HGST's media cache architecture (provides up to a 2.5X boost in random write performance and 23 percent improvement in sequential performance over previous generation drives), advanced format options, improved power savings, and a host of security and encryption options.</p> <p>"Our customers continue to contend with explosive data growth, balancing disparate application loads, while needing to improve data center space and power efficiencies," <a href="" target="_blank">said Brendan Collins</a>, vice president of product marketing, HGST. "By fusing unmatched capacity with ultimate performance in the same drive, the Ultrastar C10K1800 offers the optimal balance of capacity, performance and cost. We expect our customers to use the Ultrastar C10K1800 with a complement of SSDs and 15K performance HDDs in tiered pools of storage."</p> <p>HGST has already begun shipping the <a href="" target="_blank">Ultrastar C10K10800</a>, which is being qualified by select OEMs. FIPS certified models will available in January 2015.</p> <p><em>Follow Paul on <a href="" target="_blank">Google+</a>, <a href="!/paul_b_lilly" target="_blank">Twitter</a>, and <a href="" target="_blank">Facebook</a></em></p> 1.8tb 10k rpm Build a PC c10k1800 data center enterprise Hard Drive Hardware HDD hgst storage ultrastar News Wed, 09 Jul 2014 18:58:27 +0000 Paul Lilly 28137 at Samsung Announces 850 Pro Solid State Drives with 3D Vertical NAND Flash Memory <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/samsung_850_ssd.jpg" alt="Samsung 850 PRO SSD" title="Samsung 850 PRO SSD" width="228" height="172" style="float: right;" />A new breed of SSDs is born</h3> <p>Solid state drives are starting to feel like a dime a dozen, but don't mistake Samsung's newest line for just another ordinary SSD. <strong>Samsung's 850 Pro is the first SSD to sport the company's cutting-edge 3D vertical NAND (V-NAND) flash memory technology</strong>. In case you've never heard of V-NAND, it features a proprietary vertical cell structure that overcomes the density limit currently facing planar NAND architecture.</p> <p>"With the new 850 Pro V-NAND SSD, Samsung is introducing the next major evolution of SSD technology, taking the lead in delivering high-density SSDs with outstanding endurance, performance and energy efficiency," <a href=";searchTextParam=&amp;startYyyyParam=&amp;startMmParam=&amp;endYyyyParam=&amp;endMmParam=&amp;newsId=13541&amp;page=&amp;searchType=&amp;rdoPeriod=A" target="_blank">said Unsoo Kim</a>, senior vice president of branded product marketing team at Samsung Electronics. "We are fully committed to establishing an innovative computing environment by providing customers with leading-edge V-NAND SSDs with unrivaled performance."</p> <p>Samsung also baked in a technology called Dynamic Thermal Guard. This makes the drive maintain ambient temperature while operating to guard against the possibility of data loss due to overheating.</p> <p>In terms of performance, the 850 Pro offers sequential read transfers of up to 550MB/s, sequential write transfers of up to 520MB/s, random read performance of up to 100,000 IOPS, and random write speeds of up to 90,000 IOPS.</p> <p>Samsung's 850 Pro SSDs will come in 128GB, 256GB, 512GB, and 1TB capacities. No word yet on price or availability.</p> <p><em>Follow Paul on <a href="" target="_blank">Google+</a>, <a href="!/paul_b_lilly" target="_blank">Twitter</a>, and <a href="" target="_blank">Facebook</a></em></p> 850 pro Build a PC Hardware samsung solid state drive ssd storage v-nand News Tue, 01 Jul 2014 19:06:16 +0000 Paul Lilly 28102 at SugarSync Simplifies Desktop App, Offers New Users 75 Percent Discount <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/sugarsync_0.jpg" alt="SugarSync" title="SugarSync" width="228" height="138" style="float: right;" />Try it free for 30 days</h3> <p>SugarSync lost a portion of its fan base when it decided to cease offering a free tier in favor of paid-only subscriptions. Since then, we haven't heard a whole lot from SugarSync, until today. <strong>SugarSync just retooled its desktop application to make it easier to use and more powerful than before</strong>, beginning with one-click access to folders, devices, and shared files, the company said.</p> <p>The cloud service now offers at-a-glance information about your files and folders across the app. Without having to click on anything, you can see who owns a folder, where it's located, and which files or folders are shared.</p> <p>SugarSync also <a href="" target="_blank">promises</a> better control over who edits or views your files and folders. You can distribute view-only files to others, or just post links to documents on the web. In the retooled desktop app, the "Public Links" and "Shared by Me" offer an easy way to view and manage what you're sharing.</p> <p>Finally, it's now easier to control which folders sync to which devices. For example, you can have all folders share with all your devices, or share your work folders with just your work PC.</p> <p>SugarSync is free to try for 30 days. After that, you have to pony up for a subscription plan -- for a limited time, you can save 75 percent off the first year if you're a first-time user. The cost after savings starts at $18.75 for 60GB/year for consumers, with business plans starting at $137.50 for three users and 1TB of storage per year.</p> <p><em>Follow Paul on <a href="" target="_blank">Google+</a>, <a href="!/paul_b_lilly" target="_blank">Twitter</a>, and <a href="" target="_blank">Facebook</a></em></p> cloud storage SugarSync News Thu, 26 Jun 2014 18:17:28 +0000 Paul Lilly 28077 at PNY Responds to Optima SSD Controller Controversy <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/pny_optima.jpg" alt="PNY Optima" title="PNY Optima" width="228" height="142" style="float: right;" />Retail Optima SSDs were found to be using different controllers than the ones sent to reviewers</h3> <p>PNY put itself in a somewhat sticky spot when it decided to equip its Optima solid state drives bound for retail with a different brand controller than the ones that were sent to reviewers. Once it was discovered by the public, there were <a href="" target="_blank">cries of wrongdoing</a> over what buyers considered a bait-and-switch tactic. <strong>We reached out to PNY for an official explanation on the matter and here's what the company told us</strong>.</p> <p>"The PNY Optima SSD line is an entry-level and value driven product. As our website states, the Optima SSDs utilize multiple qualified controllers to offer the best available solution to our customers. We do not and have not specified any one particular brand of controller, however we do feature performance specifications which include using synchronous flash and random read/write speeds of up to 60k," PNY told <em>Maximum PC</em>.</p> <p>In other words, it's all about the performance claims. Pricing and availability may dictate which controller PNY uses at any particular time, and while two SSDs from the same product family might sport different parts, performance should be comparable.</p> <p>This is similar to the statement PNY provided when the controller swap first came to light. What people found sketchy, however, was that every Optima SSD sent out to reviewers used SMI controllers, while those in the retail sector were found to be using LSI (SandForce) controllers. PNY offered up an explanation for that as well.</p> <p>"All the reviews units were shipped simultaneously and those Optima SSDs were built with SMI controllers – one of the newer controllers currently available on the market. However the current set of Optima SSDs are being built with LSI controllers, a very reputable line which meet all advertised performance specifications," PNY added. "Either way, consumers should have peace of mind that they are receiving a solid product built with tier 1 synchronous flash. PNY has been completely transparent about the use of multiple qualified controllers which grants us the ability to offer consumers the best possible value and performance."</p> <p>We checked PNY's website and sure enough, the <a href="" target="_blank">description for its Optima SSDs</a> clearly states that it uses "multiple qualified controllers," which gives the company the flexibility it needs to "stay very competitive in the entry-level SSD market." This is different from, say, the <a href="" target="_blank">PNY's XLR8 SSD line</a>, in which the company lists the controller (SandForce 2281).</p> <p>None of this means you need to like or agree with the practice of swapping parts, especially in situations like this where reviewers and consumers received SSDs with completely different controllers. If nothing else, PNY (and other companies that might be doing the same thing) could avoid these situations by pointing out to reviewers the possibility of using different parts, which could then be included in the review.</p> <p><em>Follow Paul on <a href="" target="_blank">Google+</a>, <a href="!/paul_b_lilly" target="_blank">Twitter</a>, and <a href="" target="_blank">Facebook</a></em></p> Build a PC controller Hardware LSI optimia pny smi solid state drive ssd storage News Tue, 24 Jun 2014 13:50:46 +0000 Paul Lilly 28060 at Microsoft Declares Cloud Warfare, Bumps OneDrive Storage to 15GB and 1TB for Office 365 <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/onedrive_tablet.jpg" alt="OneDrive Tablet" title="OneDrive Tablet" width="228" height="133" style="float: right;" />Big price reductions accompany increases in cloud storage capacity</h3> <p>Microsoft is doing its present and future customers a solid by offering more OneDrive storage space for less money. We're not talking about small increases simply to make headlines, either -- <strong>Microsoft today announced that OneDrive will come with 15GB for free, up from 7GB, while all versions of Office 365 will come with 1TB of OneDrive storage</strong>. That sound you just heard was the gauntlet being dropped on the competition.</p> <p>According to Microsoft, three out of four people have less than 15GB of files stored on their PC. Combined with what people have stored on other devices, Microsoft made the decision to more than double up on free storage out of the gate with no hoops to jump through.</p> <p>If you're an Office 365 Home subscriber, your $9.99/month plan will soon get you 1TB of storage per person (up to five people), while Office 365 Personal ($6.99/month) and University ($79.99/4 years) both qualify for 1TB per subscription.</p> <p>"Of course, we also want to give you as much flexibility as possible, so if you need more storage, but don’t need an Office 365 subscription, we will also still provide monthly subscription storage options – at dramatically reduced rates," Microsoft announced in a <a href="" target="_blank">blog post</a>.</p> <p>That's not lip service -- Microsoft dropped storage prices by over 70 percent. You can score 100GB for $1.99/month, down from $7.49, and 200GB for $3.99, down from $11.49 previously.</p> <p>All of these changes take effect next month.</p> <p><em>Follow Paul on <a href="" target="_blank">Google+</a>, <a href="!/paul_b_lilly" target="_blank">Twitter</a>, and <a href="" target="_blank">Facebook</a></em></p> cloud microsoft office 365 onedrive storage News Mon, 23 Jun 2014 19:01:40 +0000 Paul Lilly 28056 at SSD Players Reportedly Preparing for a Price War <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/crucial_ssd.jpg" alt="Crucial SSD" title="Crucial SSD" width="228" height="174" style="float: right;" />Lower priced SSDs may be just around the corner</h3> <p>If you're not rocking a solid state drive in your system, there's a good chance the cost of entry is what's preventing an upgrade. Even after the various price drops in the past year or so -- SSDs are easily found for less than $0.50 per gigabyte these days -- they're still relatively expensive next to mechanical hard drives. Well, guess what? Word on the web is that <strong>SSD makers are preparing an aggressive price war</strong>.</p> <p>News and rumor site <a href="" target="_blank"><em>Digitimes</em> says</a> it's hearing from "industry sources" that major suppliers such as Micron, Intel, Kingston, SanDisk, and Samsung are looking to outgun one another. With so many big players involved, <em>Digitimes </em>says "fierce price competition" will be the result.</p> <p>The wheels are supposedly already in motion. For example, Micron is said to have reduced sales of its NAND flash chips to other companies in order to support its own brand Crucial SSDs with a goal to double SSD shipments sequentially. Kingston, meanwhile, bumped up its SSD shipments to 600,000 units a month and is competing with SanDisk and Samsung for the top spot in terms of volume.</p> <p><em>Follow Paul on <a href="" target="_blank">Google+</a>, <a href="!/paul_b_lilly" target="_blank">Twitter</a>, and <a href="" target="_blank">Facebook</a></em></p> Build a PC Hardware solid state drive ssd storage News Thu, 19 Jun 2014 16:15:01 +0000 Paul Lilly 28037 at Edge Memory Touts American Made 7mm Revolution SSD <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/edge_revolution_ssd.jpg" alt="Edge Revolution SSD" title="Edge Revolution SSD" width="228" height="194" style="float: right;" />The first of several drives to boast "Made in the USA"</h3> <p>Edge memory is feeling patriotic these days. Never heard of them? According to the company's About Us page, Edge Memory's roots date back to 1986 when a 14-year-old took $2,500 that he saved from his paper route and began buying and selling computer parts in the <em>Dallas Morning News</em>. Now a full fledged business, <strong>Edge Memory's newest product is the Revolution, a 7mm solid state drive proudly made in the U.S.</strong></p> <p>"We are proud to support U.S. jobs by designing and manufacturing in our factory near Austin, Texas. While a vast majority of the competition has moved their manufacturing offshore, we have been manufacturing in the US for 27 years and counting", <a href=";ref_no=NTk4Mzcz%250A" target="_blank">says Ray Agrella</a>, VP of Sales.</p> <p>The Edge Revolution is the first of what will be several "Made in the USA" brand certified SSDs that Edge releases this year. It's available in 120GB, 240GB, and 480GB capacities with the following speed ratings:</p> <ul> <li>120GB: up to 555MB/s and 25,000 IOPS read, up to 525MB/s and 80,000 IOPS write</li> <li>240GB: up to 560MB/s and 45,000 IOPS read, up to 530MB/s and 80,000 IOPS write</li> <li>480GB: up to 540MB/s and 78,000 IOPS read, up to 460MB/s and 42,000 IOPS write</li> </ul> <p><a href="" target="_blank">Edge Revolution SSDs</a> are SandForce driven and feature 256-bit AES hardware encryption, S.M.A.R.T. support, wear leveling support, garbage collection, and other standard SSD tidbits.</p> <p>The drives are available now through <a href="" target="_blank">select retailers</a> and are backed by 5-year warranties. A quick look online shows street prices hovering around $100 for the 120GB model, $160 for the 240GB model, and $290 for the 480GB model, depending on vendor.</p> <p><em>Follow Paul on <a href="" target="_blank">Google+</a>, <a href="!/paul_b_lilly" target="_blank">Twitter</a>, and <a href="" target="_blank">Facebook</a></em></p> Build a PC edge memory edge revolution Hardware solid state drive ssd storage News Wed, 11 Jun 2014 16:57:12 +0000 Paul Lilly 27987 at Plextor Pairs M6 Pro Solid State Drive Line with PlexTurbo Side Caching Software <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/plextor_ssd.jpg" alt="Plextor SSD" title="Plextor SSD" width="228" height="137" style="float: right;" />PlexTurbo software gives M6 Pro SSD series a serious performance boost</h3> <p>Every so often, we hear from Plextor, the former go-to company for high performance optical drives back when that was a thing. Now the company focuses primarily on solid state drives, and <strong>Plextor's newest release is the M6 Pro SATA SSD</strong>, the first consumer SSD from Plextor to pass its new ultra-strict enterprise-grade Zero Error standard of 400 units surviving 1,008 hours (up from 500 hours). That's not the only reason to like this drive.</p> <p>The M6 Pro SSD comes with PlexTurbo, an intelligent SSD caching software that uses a combination of system RAM, the SSD DRAM cache, and SSD storage to deliver additional speed for real-world applications. It also helps extend flash life and prevents data loss if power is interrupted, <a href="" target="_blank">Plextor says</a>.</p> <p>PlexTurbo is similar to Samsung's RAPID software, only faster. During a demo at Computex, Plextor <a href="" target="_blank">showed <em>Custom PC Review</em></a> the M6 Pro hitting almost 7GB/s in 512K write performance, along with sequential read and write performance of 5127MB/s and 5905MB/s, respectively.</p> <p>Just like its predecessor, th M5 Pro, the newer model uses a Marvell 9187 controller with Toshiba 19nm 2nd generation Toggle mode MLC NAND flash memory. The drive is rated for up to 540MB/s read and up to 460MB/s write performance.</p> <p><em>Follow Paul on <a href="" target="_blank">Google+</a>, <a href="!/paul_b_lilly" target="_blank">Twitter</a>, and <a href="" target="_blank">Facebook</a></em></p> Build a PC Hardware m6 pro plextor solid state drive ssd storage News Thu, 05 Jun 2014 14:32:46 +0000 Paul Lilly 27946 at Crucial's MX100 SSD Blazes a Trail at 550MB/s, Calls It 'Mainstream Performance' <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/crucial_mx100.jpg" alt="Crucial MX100" title="Crucial MX100" width="228" height="159" style="float: right;" />Refreshingly modest marketing</h3> <p>Color us impressed with Micron's marketing of its new Crucial MX100 solid state drive line. Rather than try and oversell the drive with exaggerated rhetoric and fancy pants nomenclature, <strong>Micron is billing the Crucial MX100 SSD as a drive that offers cost-effective mainstream performance</strong>. Indeed, while the drive's sequential read and write speeds of up to 550MB/s and 500MB/s, respectively, are no longer unique, they're still some of the fastest available in the SATA space.</p> <p>Micron's <a href="" target="_blank">Crucial MX100</a> is available in 128GB, 256GB, and 512GB capacities. Both the 256GB and 512GB models use Micron's new 16nm NAND flash memory, which is paired with a SATA 6Gbps controller and custom firmware. That combination results in up to 90,000 IOPS.</p> <p>"The Crucial MX100 represents a significant step forward for the mainstream SSD market, delivering outstanding performance and robust features at an excellent price," <a href="" target="_blank">said Jon Weech (PDF)</a>, senior worldwide product manager, Crucial. "This product truly broadens the storage consideration set and enables more users than ever to make the jump from traditional spinning hard drives to a solid state drive."</p> <p>These are 2.5-inch 7mm form factor drives. Each one ships with Acronis True Image HD data migration software and is backed by a 3-year warranty.</p> <p>The drives are available now for $80 (128GB), $110 (256GB), and $225 (512GB), which are MSRPs.</p> <p><em>Follow Paul on <a href="" target="_blank">Google+</a>, <a href="!/paul_b_lilly" target="_blank">Twitter</a>, and <a href="" target="_blank">Facebook</a></em></p> Build a PC corsair Hardware mx100 solid state drive ssd storage News Tue, 03 Jun 2014 18:48:52 +0000 Paul Lilly 27932 at Corsair's Flash Voyager GTX USB Flash Drive Gives Data Transfers Whiplash <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/corsair_flash_voyager_gtx.jpg" alt="Corsair Flash Voyager GTX" title="Corsair Flash Voyager GTX" width="228" height="150" style="float: right;" />Blazing fast read and write transfers of up to 450MB/s and 350MB/s, respectively</h3> <p>Hide your USB 2.0 flash drive, it's suddenly about to feel inadequate. The same will probably be true of your USB 3.0 flash drive. Taking data transfers to ridiculously fast levels, <strong>Corsair today introduced its Flash Voyager GTX USB Flash Drive family</strong>, which offers both big capacities and speedy performance. We're talking up to 450MB/s read and up to 350MB/s write speeds in 128GB and 256GB flavors.</p> <p>According to Corsair, the Flash Voyager GTX sports solid state drive (SSD) DNA to keep the drive racing along at peak performance. USB Attached SCSI and S.M.A.R.T. monitoring are part of the package, as is TRIM support to curb degradation after extended heavy use.</p> <p>"With up to 256GB of storage, Flash Voyager GTX’s enormous capacity options ensure that even the largest files, such as operating systems, game installs or high definition video projects, can easily fit on the drive alongside other multimedia content -- with plenty of room to spare," Corsair says. "Take your favorite games with you to a LAN party, or quickly transfer your whole movie collection for easy viewing later."</p> <p><img src="/files/u69/corsair_flash_voyager_gtx_benchmarks.jpg" alt="Corsair Flash Voyager GTX Benchmarks" title="Corsair Flash Voyager GTX Benchmarks" width="620" height="219" /><br />(<em>Source: Corsair</em>)</p> <p>The Flash Voyager GTX will be available in July for $120 (128GB) and $200 (256GB). Each will carry a five-year warranty.</p> <p><em>Follow Paul on <a href="" target="_blank">Google+</a>, <a href="!/paul_b_lilly" target="_blank">Twitter</a>, and <a href="" target="_blank">Facebook</a></em></p> corsair Flash Drive flash voyater gtx Hardware storage USB 3.0 News Mon, 02 Jun 2014 13:05:25 +0000 Paul Lilly 27916 at Corsair Cranks Out Budget Minded Force Series LX SSDs Starting at $75 <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/corsair_force_lx_series.jpg" alt="Corsair Force LX Series" title="Corsair Force LX Series" width="228" height="107" style="float: right;" />Fast read performance for a low price</h3> <p>As prices keep coming down, it's becoming increasingly difficult to skip over a solid state drive in favor of a mechanical hard drive. At this point, the performance gain is usually worth the premium. That's certainly the conclusion Corsair hopes you come to in regards to its new Force Series LX SSDs. <strong>Corsair's Force Series LX SSDs are designed to offer "blazing performance to the masses"</strong> without a heavy price tag.</p> <p>There are two capacities available -- 128GB for $75 and 256GB for $129, both of which are MSRPs. The drives come equipped with Silicon Motion SSD controllers and offer scorching fast read transfers, though write performance isn't on par with higher-end models.</p> <p>Both capacities come rated at up to 560MB/s of sequential read performance. The 256GB boasts up to 300MB/s of sequential write performance, while the 128GB model tops out at 150MB/s. Max random read and write performance on the larger drive checks in at 76,000 IOPS and 70,000 IOPS, respectively, while the smaller drive features turns out 68,000 IOPs and 36,000 IOPs.</p> <p>You can purchase the <a href="" target="_blank">256GB</a> and <a href="" target="_blank">128GB</a> Corsair Force LX Series SSDs direct from Corsair.</p> <p><em>Follow Paul on <a href="" target="_blank">Google+</a>, <a href="!/paul_b_lilly" target="_blank">Twitter</a>, and <a href="" target="_blank">Facebook</a></em></p> Build a PC corsair force series lx Hardware solid state drive ssd storage News Tue, 27 May 2014 15:11:08 +0000 Paul Lilly 27881 at