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Kingston HyperX SandForce SSDs now available

Posted in Kingston by Reuben Drake on August 2nd, 2011

Kingston’s HyperX SSD powered by SandForce is finally shipping. The HyperX SSD powered by SandForce will come in capacities of 120GB and 240GB and are apparently capable of sequential read speeds up to 555MB/s and sequential write speeds up to 510MB/s.

These drives will be available by themselves or come bundled as part of a “HyperX Upgrade Kit”, which includes Acronis True Image HD migration software, a desktop mounting plate, external drive bay, multi-head screwdriver, and a SATA data cable.

OWC Mercury Electra 6G SSDs

Posted in SSD by Conner Flynn on June 17th, 2011

The Mercury Electra 6G SSDs come in 120GB, 240GB and 480GB sizes. These 2.5-inch SSDs feature 2xnm MLC NAND Flash memory chips, a SATA 6.0 Gbps interface, a SandForce SF-2281 controller, TRIM and NCQ support and they will deliver read and write speeds of up to 556MB/s and 523MB/s.

If you like what you see the 120GB, 240GB and 480GB models are priced at $229.99, $479.99 and $929.99, depending on what size you need.

SanDisk Unveils New SSD U100 And iSSD i100 Storage

Posted in SanDisk by Reuben Drake on June 1st, 2011

SanDisk, at Computex 2011, has unveiled some new storage devices: the SSD U100 And iSSD i100. The SanDisk i100 is the world’s smallest and fastest 128GB SATA III BGA-based SSD and is designed for use in ultra thin notebooks and tablet devices.

SanDisk U100 SSD and i100 iSSD’s unique architecture allows OEMs to manage the power consumption with their devices while providing increased storage and performance. The SanDisk i100 has 128GB of storage and is capable of up to 450MB/s sequential read speed and up to 160GB/s sequential write speeds.

Verbatim Intros New Line Of 2.5-Inch SSDs

Posted in SSD by Conner Flynn on May 31st, 2011

Verbatim has just announced a new line of SSDs for the folks in the European market. They come in 64GB, 128GB and 256GB sizes. The 2.5-inch SSDs feature a durable aluminum casing to keep it safe.

Other features include a SATA II 3.0 Gbps interface and they will deliver read and write speeds of up to 250MB/s and 220MB/s. The 64GB, 128GB and 256GB models will cost you 129 Euro ($185), 238 Euro ($342) and 470 Euro ($675).

Kingmax Unveils New Line Of 2.5-Inch SATA III SSDs

Posted in SSD by Conner Flynn on May 31st, 2011

Check out the new line of 2.5-inch SATA III SSDs from Kingmax Technology. These can be had in four different storage capacities: 64GB, 128GB, 256GB and 512GB and are equipped with an impact-resistant metal shell, a SATA III 6.0 Gbps interface, NCQ and TRIM support and a MTBF of 1.2 million hours. These SSDs mean business.

They offer read/write speeds of up to 415/95 MB/s (for the 64GB model), 415/175 MB/s (for the 128GB model), 415/260 MB/s (for the 256GB model) and 415/260 MB/s (for the 512GB model). Nothing yet on pricing though.

New MacBook Airs shipping with faster Samsung SSDs

Posted in MacBook by Conner Flynn on April 17th, 2011

Looks like Apple feels the need for speed, and so they have given a speed boost to the solid-state drives in newer MacBook Air models. Most batches were using Toshiba’s X-Gale SSD, but now a more recent model has been spotted using a Samsung-made 470 series drive.

The 128GB drive is of course much faster in reads and writes, taking things from about 210MB per second and 176MB per second in the old Toshiba SSD to 261MB per second and 210MB per second in the Samsung version. The upgraded drive, which Apple identifies as SM128C, also supports Native Command Queuing to optimize how it reads and writes to the drive. The X-Gale lacks that feature. Good news for those looking in a MacBook Air.

Intel SSD 510 Series with 6Gbps SATA interface, 500MBps transfer speeds

Posted in SSD by Conner Flynn on February 28th, 2011

The previous generation of SSDs, at around 280MBps read speeds, are pretty sweet, but now Intel is announcing its new 510 Series SSDs, which up the ante. The Marvell-controlled flash storage drives will zip data around at a rate of 500MB per second and boast write speeds of 315MBps.

The 510 SSDs feature a 6Gbps SATA interface, which ups the performance greatly. Bulk prices for the 250GB SSD 510 will cost you $584, while the slower (450MBps read, 210MBps write) 120GB model will cost you $284.


Active Media Products launches new Predator V3 SSD

Posted in Storage by Conner Flynn on February 28th, 2011

Active Media Products has added a new SSD to its lineup today with the announcement of the new 2.5-inch Predator V3 SSD. It is designed to work with the faster 6Gbps SATA interface and the drive will work with slower SATA ports too. The V3 uses the Marvell 88SS9174 Van Gogh controller, which allows the drive to have great performance. It’s good for transfer speeds up to 410MB/s.

The SSD is also capable of 20,000 IOPS in random sequential read and write. Some other features include 48-bit per 2KB hardware ECC and the SSD even has wear leveling to make it last longer. The NAND flash used is MLC and the drive has 128MB of DDR3 DRAM cache. It will come in 64GB and 128GB versions.

Archos 9 and Archos 7 Tablets get upgrades

Posted in Archos by Conner Flynn on January 30th, 2011

Archos is busy as usual and now they have decided to upgrade their tablets to keep up with competitors in this crowded market. So what are they offering?

The Archos 9 Internet Tablet now has an SSD, while the Archos 7 Home Tablet will now feature a faster 800MHz processor, 8GB flash memory and Google Android 2.1 Eclair. The Archos 7 still has 7-inch display with a 800 × 480 pixel resolution along with a resistive touchscreen.

Mouse Computer Lm-mini30X nettop with D525 processor and SSD

Posted in Desktop PCs by Conner Flynn on November 29th, 2010

Mouse Computer’s latest netbook is rocking a dual-core, 1.8GHz Intel Atom D525 processor, NVIDIA ION graphics, and an 80GB SSD. It will cost you around $600, or 49,980 yen. The Lm-mini30X also boasts 4GB of RAM, 802.11b/g/n WiFi, HDMI output, and a 64-bit copy of Windows 7 Home Premium.

There’s also a slightly lower-spec Lm-mini30S, with 2GB of RAM, a 320GB hard drive, and 32-bit Windows. That will cost you 37,800 yen, or about $450. Assuming either ever gets release in the States. We aren’t holding our breath waiting.

Kingston HyperX Max 3.0 SuperSpeed SSD External Drive

Posted in Kingston by Conner Flynn on November 22nd, 2010

The latest in speedy portable external storage devices is from Kingston, who has married an SSD with a superfast USB 3.0 connection, creating the HyperX Max 3.0 drive. This drive is capable of churning out 195MB/s and 160MB/s read and write speeds all while maintaining the form factor of a conventional 2.5-inch hard drive.

No info on pricing and availability information just yet, but these should be available in 64GB, 128GB and 256GB versions.


Zalman S-Series and N-Series 2.5-inch SSDs

Posted in SSD by Conner Flynn on November 7th, 2010

Zalman has released two lines of SATA SSDs in the 2.5-inch market. There’s the value-oriented S-series and the performance-oriented N-series, which are currently available in 32GB, 64GB, and 128GB capacities. The Zalman S-series SSDs use a JMicron controller for up to 260MB/s of read speeds and up to 60MB/s write speeds for the 32GB model, 120MB/s write speeds for the 64GB model, and 210MB/s write speeds for the 128GB model. These are priced at $99, $149, and $249, respectively.

The Zalman N-series SSDs use the SandForce SF-12xx controller for up to 280MB/s read speeds and 270MB/s write speeds. The 64GB model is priced at $169, while the 128GB model sells for $289.

Kingston unveils SSDNow V+100 SSDs

Posted in Kingston by Conner Flynn on November 3rd, 2010

Kingston has announced their newest range of 2.5-inch SSDs, the SSDNow V+100. these are available in 64GB, 96GB, 128GB, 256GB and 512GB sizes and the high-performance SSDs are equipped with MLC NAND flash memory chips, a SATA 3.0 Gbps interface, a MTBF of 1 million hours and an improved controller for up to 25 percent better performance compared to the original SSDNow V series.

They also use the ‘Always On’ Garbage Collection technology, which cleans redundant data from the drive to prevent performance degradation and maintains the drive over its life cycle. The 64GB, 96GB, 128GB, 256GB and 512GB models are priced at $220, $274, $390, $885 and $1,885.

Patriot Memory unveils Torqx TRB SSDs

Posted in SSD by Conner Flynn on October 25th, 2010

Patriot Memory has just expanded its line of SSDs with some new SSDs in the Torqx TRB line. These new SSDs both use controllers from JMicron. The 64GB Torqx SSD uses the new JM616 controller and will deliver up to 260MB/s read speed and 115MB/s write speeds. The 32GB Torqx SSD uses the JM612 controller and delivers up to 145MB/s read and 60MB/s write speed.

Both SSDs have a 3-year warranty and use the SATA interface and support TRIM and RAID. There’s also a 64MB cache and they need just 0.5W of power at standby and 5.3W when in use.

New SandForce chip promises 500MB per second SSDs

Posted in News by Conner Flynn on October 10th, 2010

SandForce will be showing off their new SF-2000 range of SSD processors at the Storage Networking World Exhibition next week. The chip features a 6Gbps SATA interface and the industry’s first sustained, sequential read and write performance of 500MB/sec. Most drives only reach half of this figure.

The controller has a 60,000 sustained random read/write IOPS rating and it supports SAS interfaces, along with single-level, multi-level, and enterprise multi-level cell SSDs. It also supports 128-bit and 256-bit AES encryption and can control current and future 30nm and 20nm flash drives with the right interfaces. We don’t know when the first SSDs running the SF-2000 controllers will be available for purchase on the market.