The past year has been a real interesting one for solid state drives. The “big” companies have really taken a real interest in the consumer market and since they are the ones that own the fab houses it is really hard for smaller companies to offer an advantage in price and features. Corsair is a company we always know for quality products and have made a pretty good name for themselves in the SSD market. Today we will be taking a look at their Neutron XT 240 GB solid state drive. They have teamed with Phison, making use if their PS3110 quad-core controller and Toshiba 19 nm MLC NAND. With this combination Corsair says this drive is , “designed for the absolute best in class performance” for a 2.5-inch solid state drive”. Will that hold true? Read on as we find out!
Mushkin has been slowly trying to build their name back up as a solid state drive manufacturer and what better way to do that then come out with a killer drive at a killer price. That is what the ECO2 line is all about, it is going to give you a no-frills drive with great performance that is also affordable. How affordable? The 240GB drive that we are reviewing today is currently selling for 84.99! That makes it only $0.35 per GB! This is the first Newegg exclusive SSD Series from Mushkin. The drive itself is powered by the SandForce SF-2241 controller and makes use of Micron MLC NAND. Will this drive give users the best bang for their buck and get an SSD in their hands for the first time? Read on as we investigate!
Crucial and its parent company Micron have been in the SSD market from just about when it started. As many of you know Micron makes much of the NAND we see in many different devices and Crucial is Micron’s consumer brand making solid state drives and other storage devices. Last year we took a look at Crucial’s MX100 drive and we were really impressed with not only its performance, but its aggressive pricing as well. Just announced at CES Crucial is back with the MX200 which Crucial says “pushes things even further” and features their new Dynamic Write Acceleration technology. Will this be the SSD to get in 2015? Read on as we find out…
We have seen a lot of value-oriented solid state drives come out lately. Crucial had their MX100, Samsung had the 840 EVO and now it is OCZ’s turn. The drive we are taking a look at today is the ARC 100 and at its current price at my online retailer the drive sits at $0.44 per GB. As many of you know Toshiba took over OCZ and while back and with that everything inside this drive is owned by OCZ / Toshiba. Powering the drive you have the Barefoot 3 M10 controller and Toshiba A19nm NAND flash. That combination gives you sequential read and write speeds of 480 MB/s and 430 MB/s respectively for the 240 GB version we are testing today. Let’s jump in!
I have been following technology for quite a while and in that time I have witnessed the birth of solid state drives and many companies bringing them to the masses. When they first came out like all new technology they were very expensive. I remember when many people were debating on getting a new graphics card or a solid state drive. The past couple of years have been kind to the consumer with solid state drives continuing to drop in price. Most people are able to afford a solid state drive for at least their OS drive. The best way to cut costs and keep drives competitive is to decrease the lithography of the NAND that is inside the drive. This is the case for the drive we are taking a look at today. It features Micron’s new 16nm 128Gbit MLC NAND. The drive that I am talking about is the Crucial MX100. The 512 GB version that we are reviewing today is currently selling for a little over $200, which if you can remember that is what most 128GB drives were selling for just a couple of years ago. The MX100 effectively replaces Crucial’s M500 solid state drive while the MX550 still remains as their high performance offering. The 512 GB version of the MX100 offers sequential read and write speeds of 550 MB/s and 500 MB/s respectively. Let’s see what this drive can do!
We have been looking at Icy Dock products for quite some time now, both external and internal solutions. They have recently released a new product that really caught my eye and seemed different from their normal offerings. The product that I am talking about is their Black Vortex (MB074SP-1B) 3.5-inch SATA HDD 4 in 3 Hot Swap Module Cooler Cage. This device allows you to fit four 3.5-inch hard drives into three 5.25-inch drive bays, but beyond that it has a blue LED cooling fan and a pretty unique design. If you need extra hard drive space in your system this is the perfect device for you and it looks great as well! Read on as we take a look…
Today we are taking a look at the most recent revision the RevoDrive 350. Available in capacities ranging from 240 GB – 960 GB this PCI-Express solid state drive boasts sequential read and write speeds of 1800 MB/s and 1700 MB/s respectively. OCZ is labeling the RevoDrive 350 as a Workstation product and given its performance it will set you back much more than your typical solid state drive.
Storage, it always seems like we need more of it, especially with file sizes increasing for media and more importantly games. While some of you may have cases that give you ample space to load them up with hard drives there are others who have small form factor system or even work from a laptop where storage space is limited. There is where external hard drive enclosures come into place. Today we are taking a look at a pretty awesome 4-bay external hard drive enclosure that supports 2.5-inch and 3.5-inch SATA hard drives and has both USB 3.0 and eSATA connections. The enclosure I am talking about is ICY DOCK’s ICYCube MB561U3S-4S. Let’s load it up with drives and see what we can do with it.
The time for new computer upgrades are here and one of the most popular ways of speeding up an older existing system is to get a faster and higher capacity solid state drive. After all, you always need more space and the SSD hard drives are getting faster and easier to afford and these silent wonders are getting larger and larger capacity as mechanicals are slowly fading away. But, what about all the data you already have and you have all your settings just right and then there are your pictures. Maybe you need your new setup to stay the way the old one was before. Maybe you just want bigger but not a complete overhaul. You could do a data transfer wizard but that takes time and then you need to do a clean install before you can re-install your settings and sometimes things don’t go so well that way. You could save all that heartache and time data with the Kingwin EZ-CLONE USB 3.0 to SATA & IDE One Click Clone Adapter. It’s a a shiny little black box that is a very handy duplicator and drive hub by cloning that drive of yours to the new one all in one step data and all.
There always comes a time where a hard drive dock comes in handy. It could be you are building a new system and need to transfer files, want to share files with a friend, or you can even use a hard drive dock for an external hard drive setup. Hard drive docks are extremely convenient and today we are taking a look at the MB981U3-1S from Icy Dock. This USB 3.0 hard drive dock supports 2.5-inch and 3.5-inch SATA hard drives and has USB 3.0 Boost UASP support. Let’s take a look…
Aug 28, 2015 0