cache http://www.maximumpc.com/taxonomy/term/8619/ en HighPoint RocketCache 3240x8 Review http://www.maximumpc.com/highpoint_rocketcache_3240x8_review <!--paging_filter--><h3>Takes SSD caching to a whole new level</h3> <p>It’s tough to wrap your head around <strong>HighPoint’s RocketCache</strong>, so we’ll try to sum it up as being simply crazy performance, if you’re willing to deal with the configuration hassles.</p> <p>The RocketCache is a x8 PCIe 2.0 card that lets you connect up to four SATA devices to it via a Medusa-like cable with four SATA 6Gb/s connectors on it. The card lets you run two HDDs with two SSDs for caching, or—more crazy—one HDD with three SSDs for insane caching. That’s not all. You can select between maximum performance, maximum performance with cache protection, RAID 1 with two hard drives and two SSDs for caching speed (maximum performance and protection), and maximum protection, which is RAID 1 with cache written to disks. One important note is that this device is not bootable, which is very unfortunate.</p> <p><img src="/files/u154082/rocketcash4942.jpg" alt="highpoint rocketcache" title="highpoint rocketcache" width="620" /></p> <p>To test the RocketCache, we grabbed a WD 1TB Black drive, two <a title="OCZ vertex 4" href="http://www.maximumpc.com/article/%5Bprimary-term%5D/ocz_vertex_4_256gb_review" target="_blank">OCZ Vertex 4</a> SSDs, and one <a title="Intel 335 review" href="http://www.maximumpc.com/article/%5Bprimary-term%5D/intel_335_series_ssd_240gb_review" target="_blank">Intel 335 Series SSD</a>, and we ran all tests in Maximum Performance mode, which takes roughly 22GB from each SSD and stripes it together into a 66GB cache. Like other caching products, the size of the 1TB drive remained unchanged, and the extra space on the SSDs not being used for caching—about 217GB or so—is also still available as individual volumes. Since each SSD has its own lane to send and receive data, the configuration is theoretically able to saturate the PCIe interface with up to 1,500MB/s transfer speeds, and we got very close to that in testing with all four drives connected.</p> <p>First, we connected just the hard drive by itself, and then the Vertex 4 SSD by itself, and ran our tests to show you what each drive is capable of by its lonesome (see benchmark chart). We then ran the HDD with each SSD added, one at a time, and ran our tests several times in order to see if performance would improve as the card began to cache the data used in the tests. Sure enough, it did, and each successive test run showed us increasing speed until we hit a ceiling. It didn’t take long for the 1TB hard drive to become as fast as an SSD, and in many cases performance surpassed that of the lone Vertex 4 SSD, which is not surprising. As an example, when we ran <a title="hd tune" href="http://www.hdtune.com/" target="_blank">HD Tune</a> on the one-SSD-plus-1TB combo, we initially saw the drive hit 107MB/s sequential read speeds (the same score it hit on its own), then 169MB/s on the next run, then 194MB/s, and on it went all the way up to 242MB/s. <a title="PCMark" href="http://www.futuremark.com/benchmarks/pcmark" target="_blank">PCMark</a> would also show us a “drive-only” score first, around 5,000, then suddenly jump to 40,000 or so—a huge increase in speed.</p> <p>The RocketCache works as advertised, in other words. The only problem is, who would use this device? We don’t see it being used with three SSDs, due to expense (small, fast SSDs aren’t that cheap), though if you can swing it you’ll be a happy camper. The more interesting aspects are the RAID 1 options, which grant you huge-drive security with the safety of RAID and the speed advantage of drive caching. That is a truly unique combination of performance and security, and makes the RocketCache an interesting product that would kicks ass if we could boot from it.</p> <p><strong>$160,</strong> <a href="http://www.highpoint-tech.com/">www.highpoint-tech.com</a></p> http://www.maximumpc.com/highpoint_rocketcache_3240x8_review#comments February 2013 cache february 2013 Hardware Hardware HighPoint RocketCache 3240x8 maximum pc pcie 2.0 Review ssd Reviews SSD Mon, 15 Apr 2013 23:25:14 +0000 Josh Norem 25356 at http://www.maximumpc.com Intel Launches SSD 313 Cache Series http://www.maximumpc.com/article/news/intel_launches_ssd_313_cache_series <!--paging_filter--><p><img src="/files/u138055/ssd-313-series.png" width="228" height="192" style="float: right;" />Only four days into April and we're already ready to christen it the month of the SSD! A couple of days ago, we mentioned that several e-tailer leaks hinted to an April 13th release of <a href="http://www.maximumpc.com/article/news/budget-priced_intel_330_ssd_details_leaked_online_expected_month">Intel's new SSD 330 Series budget SSDs</a>; yesterday, <a href="http://www.maximumpc.com/article/news/oczs_new_indilinx_everest_2_controller_and_vertex_4_ssd_bring_blazing_fast_random_read_speeds">OCZ announced the high-end Vertex 4 SSD</a>, powered by the company's new Indilinx Everest 2 controller. Now, Intel's officially launched its SSD 313 Series cache drives, the follow-up to the older SSD 311 line.</p> <p>Two models are available, <a href="http://www.tomshardware.com/news/intel-ssd-313-series-cache-drive,15220.html">Tom's Hardware</a> and <a href="http://www.anandtech.com/show/5721/intel-ssd-313-series-launched">AnandTech</a> report, in 20GB and 24GB flavors. Both use the same 25nm SLC NAND flash memory, 3Gbps SATA 2.0 interface and Intel PC29AS21BA0 controller, but each sports slightly different specifications when it comes down to the nitty gritty read/write processes.</p> <p>The 20GB variant, which costs $120, sports max sequential read/write speeds of 220/100MBps, respectively, while the random 4K read/write speeds clock in at 36k/3.3k IOPS. The $140 24GB model, on the other hand, rocks 160/115MBps sequential read/write speeds and 33k/4k random 4K IOPS. Both models support Ivy Bridge.</p> <p>If the leaked specs for the SSD 330 Series expected later this month turn out to be accurate, they seem to deliver a lot more bang for your buck, but then again, they're meant to be full-blown stand-alone SSDs rather than helpful caches. In any case, the SSD 313 Series caches are already online at Newegg and other e-tailers.</p> http://www.maximumpc.com/article/news/intel_launches_ssd_313_cache_series#comments cache cache ssds Hardware intel intel 313 ssd News Thu, 05 Apr 2012 18:04:24 +0000 Brad Chacos 23069 at http://www.maximumpc.com SOPA Protests: How To Use Google Cache To View Blacked-Out Websites http://www.maximumpc.com/article/how-tos/sopa_protests_how_use_google_cache_view_blacked-out_websites <!--paging_filter--><p>Websites with a beef against over-reaching legislation have drawn a line in the sand; today, many of them are following Reddit’s lead and going black to protest SOPA and PIPA. The controversial bills have been under heavy fire recently, and the heat’s bound to increase when 25 million Joe and Jill Everymen <a href="http://www.maximumpc.com/article/news/its_official_wikipedia_will_black_out_protest_sopapipa">find Wikipedia cold, dark, and urging readers to contact their Congressional representatives</a>. But you’re not Joe or Jill Everyman. You’re a Maximum PC reader, a tech-savvy webizen who already understands that SOPA flat-out sucks. What if you need to get your Wikipedia (<a href="http://www.maximumpc.com/article/news/minecraft_destructoid_others_join_january_18_sopa_blackout_protest">or Destructoid, or Boing Boing, or…</a>) on today? </p> <p>Don’t worry – there’s a way around the blackout if you know exactly what you’re looking for, thanks to the magic of Google’s all-encompassing cache.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><img src="/files/u138055/censored_google.png" width="599" height="367" /></p> <p style="text-align: left;">First, boot up your browser and head over to Google, where you’ll just so happen to <a href="https://www.google.com/landing/takeaction/">see a link to a page outlining Google’s own SOPA/PIPA opposition</a>. Search for whatever blacked-out page you’re looking for, but be specific: you won’t be able to browse blacked-out sites normally, so you’ll need to find deeper links to exact content, using searches like “Reddit why is morrowind so revered” or “Maximum PC Wikipedia”.</p> <p>Trying to click on the link will lead you to the site’s blackout message. Instead, hover over the listing, then mouse over the three arrows that appear to its right to bring up the preview pane. Underneath the direct link in the preview pane, you’ll see a URL for the page, and to the right of that, you’ll see a link to a cached version. Bingo! Click on that.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><img src="/files/u138055/why_is_morrowind_revered.png" width="600" height="230" /></p> <p style="text-align: left;">You’ll be taken to a cached version of the page. A message at the top will tell you when Google took the snapshot. This method isn’t perfect, however; you won’t be able to click on links without being directed to the blackout page. (You can run another specific Google search for the linked-to content, though.) Additionally, the content might not be totally up-to-date, but content that’s a few day old beats no content whatsoever, right?</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><img src="/files/u138055/max_pc_cache.png" width="600" height="328" /></p> <p style="text-align: left;">Here's another useful trick for skirting Wikipedia's blackout: just disable Javascript for the site and you'll be able to browse it normally. That should work for other sites using Javascript-powered blackout methods, too, such as Wordpress.org.</p> <p style="text-align: left;">When you’re done circumventing blackouts, be sure to <a href="http://americancensorship.org/">head over to AmericanCensorship.org</a> and bug your Congressmen/women if you haven’t already. And if you don't get what all the fuss is about, <a href="http://www.maximumpc.com/article/features/stop_sopa_and_pipa_primer">check out our primer on stopping SOPA and PIPA</a>, which includes a list of notable sites taking part in the blackout.</p> http://www.maximumpc.com/article/how-tos/sopa_protests_how_use_google_cache_view_blacked-out_websites#comments cache Google google cache how-to how-tos protest protests sopa How-Tos Wed, 18 Jan 2012 18:18:53 +0000 Brad Chacos 22290 at http://www.maximumpc.com Corsair Prepping SSD Cache Line For February Launch http://www.maximumpc.com/article/news/corsair_prepping_ssd_cache_line_february_launch <!--paging_filter--><p><img src="/files/u138055/corsair_accelerator.jpg" width="228" height="200" style="float: right;" />You know a technology’s starting to make it big when kinder, gentler, easier to install versions of it begin hitting the streets. Looks like we’re getting there with SSDs; just last week, <a href="http://www.maximumpc.com/article/news/crucials_newly_announced_drive_aims_mix_ssd_speeds_hdd_storage_capabilities">Crucial said it planned on releasing a stand-alone SSD cache solution</a> to give PCs a speed boost, and today, Corsair followed suit, announcing an SSD/software tandem that can perk up your PC with a minimum of muss and fuss.</p> <p>Corsair's <a href="http://www.corsair.com/ssd/accelerator-series-ssd-cache-drives.html">Accelerator Series of SSD Cache Drives</a>, like Crucial’s Adrenaline line, only asks users to hook it up to a SATA port and then run the accompanying software. “No drive mapping, no reinstallation of the operating system or applications, and no complex file management is needed — the Accelerator Series SSD cache drive works in tandem with the customer's existing hard drive to provide optimized performance,” the company’s press release crows. </p> <p>The Accelerator Series won’t deliver the full 6 Gbps punch some SSDs deliver, though; these are SATA 2.0 all the way, with sequential read/write speeds ranging from 240MB/s to 280MB/s depending on the model. </p> <p>Unlike Crucial’s Adrenaline SSD Cache, Corsair’s ponied up some concrete availability details for its Accelerator series. The lineup should hit shelves in February with 30GB, 45GB and 60GB models priced at $70, $85 and $100, respectively.</p> http://www.maximumpc.com/article/news/corsair_prepping_ssd_cache_line_february_launch#comments 2012 ces cache corsair Hardware ssd News Tue, 10 Jan 2012 19:08:47 +0000 Brad Chacos 22166 at http://www.maximumpc.com OCZ Inks Deal to Provide SSDs as Cache Solution to Dynamite Data's Servers http://www.maximumpc.com/article/news/ocz_inks_deal_provide_ssds_cache_solution_dynamite_datas_servers <!--paging_filter--><p>You may already be familiar with Dynamite Data through the company's Firefox plugin, which crawls through cyberspace to see if it can locate a better deal on items than the one you're viewing at, say, Newegg for example. The plugin works fast, and to ensure it always will, Dynamite Data has entered an agreement with OCZ to let the latter provide SSDs to boost server performance.</p> <p>"Disk I/O is the fundamental bottleneck of any data heavy business," <a href="http://www.marketwatch.com/story/ocz-technology-supercharges-dynamite-data-llc-with-deployment-of-high-performance-solid-state-drives-as-a-cache-solution-into-servers-2010-10-26?reflink=MW_news_stmp">delcared Kristopher Kubicki</a>, Chief Architect at Dynamite Data. "We could not scale without reductions in storage latency, and the best way to get that today is with OCZ SSDs."</p> <p>Dynamite Data says it extracts more than 10,000 webpages per minute, roughly the equivalent of downloading content from 17 million webpages per day. This, the company says, causes considerable disk strain, and using conventional hard drives penalizes the process. By switching to OCZ's SSDs, Dynamite Data says it's able to deliver data processing in real-time without any lag.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><img src="/files/u69/ocz_revodrive.jpg" alt="" width="405" height="284" /></p> <h5 style="text-align: left;">Image Credit: OCZ</h5> http://www.maximumpc.com/article/news/ocz_inks_deal_provide_ssds_cache_solution_dynamite_datas_servers#comments cache dynamite data Hardware ocz search engine server solid state drive ssd storage News Tue, 26 Oct 2010 13:23:22 +0000 Paul Lilly 15270 at http://www.maximumpc.com Blippy Accidentally Exposes User Credit Card Numbers to Google Search http://www.maximumpc.com/article/news/blippy_accidentally_exposes_user_credit_card_numbers_google_search <!--paging_filter--><p>The social sharing site Blippy is all about transparency, allowing users to publish all their credit or debit card purchases to the web. But yesterday someone figured out that maybe they were <a href="http://venturebeat.com/2010/04/23/blippy-credit-card-citibank/">a little too transparent</a>. Using only a &quot;from card&quot; modifier on a search directed at Blippy, this industrious individual was able to uncover 127 full credit card numbers according to VentureBeat. </p> <p>Blippy has always been very clear about their commitment to security, but the nature of the site meant this was a possibility. Blippy founder Philip Kaplan <a href="http://venturebeat.com/2010/04/23/blippy-responds-to-credit-card-leak-its-a-lot-less-bad-than-it-looks/">responded</a> to the situation calling it, &quot; a lot less bad than it looks.&quot; Kaplan explained that the error on their part was related to their beta period several months ago. During this period Blippy was storing a lot of the raw data as HTML, and it turns out that Google indexed the HTML making it visible on the search engine. He also claims that the error affects only four unique cards, but we can't confirm this.</p> <p>Kaplan promised that current Blippy users are not at risk and they are working with Google to remove Blippy from the search giant's cache. While the explanation seems reasonable to us, we're still a little dubious. Does anyone out there use Blippy? Does this worry you enough to stop?<br /> <div style="text-align: center"><img src="/files/u94712/googlesearch.jpg" alt="search" width="405" height="300" /></div> </p><p> <span style="font-size: xx-small">Image via VentureBeat</span></p> http://www.maximumpc.com/article/news/blippy_accidentally_exposes_user_credit_card_numbers_google_search#comments cache finance Google Money search Security social media News Fri, 23 Apr 2010 22:34:16 +0000 Ryan Whitwam 12111 at http://www.maximumpc.com Patriot Decks Out SSD with Double the Cache http://www.maximumpc.com/article/news/patriot_decks_out_ssd_double_cache <!--paging_filter--><p>Several SSD owners have reported intermittent stuttering, a problem that usually creeps up on drives built around a JMicron controller. But according to Patriot, insufficient cache can also be the culprit, and the company's new <a href="http://www.patriotmemory.com/products/groupdetailp.jsp?prodgroupid=141&amp;prodline=8&amp;group=Torqx%20M28%20Solid%20State%20Drives&amp;catid=21">Torqx M28</a> series seeks to solve the problem by doubling the amount of DRAM cache from 64MB to 128MB.</p> <p>&quot;The Torqx series SSDs takes the technology of SSD to the next level,&quot; <a href="http://www.patriotmemory.com/company/news/newsp.jsp?source=176">says Meng J. Choo</a>, Patriot's Flash Product Manager. &quot;Competitor non-cache drives suffered from what consumers described as 'stuttering effect' which inhibited the drive performance. Torqx series addresses this issue with a DRAM cache that acts as a buffer for data transfer bottlenecks and increases the random and sequential read and write transfer speeds.&quot;</p> <p>So far available in both 128GB and 256GB capacities, the Torqx M28 come rated at up to 220MB/s sequential read and up to 200MB/s sequential write speeds - respectable, but not earth moving. Somewhat more impressive, the drives come backed by a 10 year warranty, or at least double that of most hard drives.</p> <p>No word yet on price or availability. </p> <p align="center"><img src="/files/u69/Torqx_M28.png" width="415" height="383" /></p> <p><span style="font-size: xx-small">Image Credit: Patriot </span></p> http://www.maximumpc.com/article/news/patriot_decks_out_ssd_double_cache#comments Build a PC cache flash Hardware Patriot solid state drive ssd storage News Fri, 10 Jul 2009 11:25:38 +0000 Paul Lilly 6955 at http://www.maximumpc.com