Last week we showed you Plextor’s TLC NAND-based 2.5-inch drive they were showing off at CeBIT. Plextor also had a next generation from factor (NGFF) TLC NAND-based drive on display. We have seen a lot of NGFF drives at CES. They are small 42 x 22mm modules with a PCI-Express 2.0 interface. They are designed for use in next generation Ultrabooks. Plextor will be selling these drives in 128GB and 256GB capacities.
Intel Corporation announced today the Intel Solid-State Drive 525 Series (Intel SSD 525 Series) in a small mSATA form factor with 6-gigabit-per-second (Gb/s) performance. The Intel SSD 525 Series gives OEM customers, channel and tech enthusiasts an ultra-portable, low-power storage solution in one-eighth the space of a traditional 2.5-inch hard disk drive (HDD) to drive innovative Ultrabook, tablet and embedded applications.
Plextor, a leading developer and manufacturer of high-performance digital media and storage equipment, announces the U.S. release of the M5 Pro Xtreme Solid State Drive. The 100K IOPS M5 Pro Xtreme features several upgrades from the original M5 Pro model, including the recently announced Xtreme firmware update, Toshiba’s latest 19nm Toggle Mode MLC NAND Flash, and a newly engineered and redesigned PCB board.
We stopped by the Crucial meeting rooms to get a look at the newest DRAM and SSD products from the consumer brand of Micron. DDR4 is imminent, with its expected densities of up to 32GB and power consumption of just 1V driving high usage, high battery life devices in late 2013 with mainstream adoption in 2014 and 2015. On the SSD side, we take a look at an amazing 1 TB-class SSD at a price point of just $600, as well as new 512GB SSDs in mSATA and m.2 form factors.
Mushkin was showing a full lineup of products this year at CES. They first showed us their 960GB Chronos SATA 6GB/s solid state drive. It is actually 2 SATA drives interlinked in a RAID 0 configuration so you will not lose any performance. Mushkin’s 480GB mSATA drive meets JEDEC specifications. This is made possible by the interconnects on the drive. What is really cool about it is that you can take it apart! Finally Mushkin showed us their new performance memory and a prototype of their new USB 3.0 flash drive, which will be one of the fastest available when it launches.
OWC, a.k.a. Otherworld Computing, showed off primarily three new products: the Accelsior, the Viper, and the KR. The Accelsior is a storage system using PCI-Express to serve up SSD blades. Configured in RAID 0, the drives were capable of more than 1300 MBps read and a very impressive write speed. The Viper is a new SSD that OWC claims will saturate a SATA III 6 Gbps connection at its 600 MBps maximum. Lastly, OWC shows a ridiculously awesome 200 ft drop test on its KR series of iPhone 4/S and iPhone 5 cases. These cases are built to withstand some serious punishment. Check out the video for more on OWC’s CES 2013 lineup.
When you think of storage, especially fast storage you should be thinking about ADATA. This year at CES they showed us many different storage solutions. The SX300 is the worlds first 384GB mSATA solid state drive. The AE400 is a multi-use device that can act as a WiFi extender, media player for Smart TV’s, portable wireless storage and much more. The SE900 is a Thunderbolt portable solid state drive. ADATA also showed us the next generation of mSATA technology that will launch when Intel’s Haswell platform launches.
OCZ has had their ups and downs over this past year as we explained in our review of their brand new Vector solid state drive. This year at CES OCZ is really only announcing one consumer product, which is the Vector PCIe Solid State drive. If you remember OCZ’s Revo drives this is the same type of drive except it is based on the new Barefoot 3 controller that we saw in the new Vector drive. Read on to check it out!
This is officially the first consumer solid state drive from OCZ that is using the new Barefoot 3 controller. This new controller is designed completely in-house by OCZ. OCZ is touting this new drive as the standard for performance users and it offers sequential read and write speeds of 550MB/s and 530MB/s respectively. The Vector is available in 128GB, 256GB and 512GB versions and OCZ is backing it with a 5 year warranty. Will this be the drive that saves OCZ and puts them back on track or is the the last ditch effort of a dying company? Time will only tell.
Solid State Drives are becoming the more cost effective upgrade to the traditional home computer. Adding a solid state drive will speed up Windows boot up time, will allow your applications to load faster and make data transfers much easier. Today we are taking a look at Kingston’s latest solid state drive, the SSDNow V300. This drive boasts sequential read and write speeds of 450MB/s, which is about 7-10 times faster than your traditional hard drive. The V300 is also Kingston’s first drive to use Toshiba’s 19nm NAND flash memory. Kingston is aiming the V300 at consumers who want to get the most for their money. Read on as we take a look…