GeIL is showing off their new line of ZENITH high-performance solid state drives at Computex 2014 this week. The series made made up of two models: the performance-minded ZENITH S3 and the value-minded ZENITH A3.
While we are just a few days away from the official unveiling of Crucial’s MX100 solid state drive, thanks to a distributor listing the specifications online we now have the full scoop on Crucial’s latest solid state drive.
I’m sure most of you have heard of mSATA solid state drives. They are one of the smallest storage options available. It is most likely that your ultrabook or even your motherboard has a mSATA slot. This gives you the ability to easily add more storage capacity or use an mSATA drive as a caching option. Today we are taking a look at ADATA’s flagship mSATA drive the SX300. It is outfitted with the latest LSI SandForce SF-2281 controller. Let’s see if this is the perfect drive to add to your system.
It looks like Crucial’s next generation MX100 solid state drive series will be powered by Micron’s 16 nm MLC (Multi-Level Cell) NAND flash technology. This next generation solid state drive would come in the 2.5-inch form factor and will be showcased at Computex 2014.
We have actually seen M.2 solid state drives for a while now, but up until recently none of them have hit retailers. This is probably because motherboards that support M.2 were only just launched with the advent of Intel’s 9-series chipset. One of the first to hit retailers is the Samsung XP941. The first generation of M.2 is based on PCI-Express 2.0 x2 with a theoretical maximum bandwidth of 1000 MB/s read and write.
ASUS has shown off their first solid state drive. This drive has been co-developed with the HyperX team over at Kingston. A brand that we of course know for some of the best memory and storage solutions. The HyperXpress Solid State Drive makes use of the new SATA Express interface that you will see on Intel’s new Z97 motherboards.
LaCie has just introduced their Little Big Disk Thunderbolt 2 External Hard Drive. This is said to be their fastest portable solution ever. This drive will delivery speeds of up to 1375 MB/s and will fit in your laptop bag.
OCZ has just launched their Z-Drive 4500 PCI-Express Solid State drive aimed at Data Centers and commercial use. The new Z-Drive 4500 Series delivers even higher performance in comparison to OCZ’s Z-Drive R4 Series, leverages 19 nanometer (nm) MLC NAND flash, and features a more robust architectural design covering 800GB, 1.6TB and 3.2TB usable capacities.
Intel has just announced their 730 Series solid state drives, which are aimed at gamers and enthusiasts. Intel has overclocked the controller on the drive by 50% and the NAND by 20%, which makes it faster than previous drives.
When it comes down to it many people have to choose between hard drive speed or hard drive capacity, especially when it comes to laptops or small form factor systems. While solid state drives offer great speeds, they are quite expensive per GB. On the other hand typical mechanical hard drives offer a better value per GB, but are not as fast. Western Digital saw this problem and has come up with a solution in their WD Black2 Dual Drive. This drive features a 120 GB solid state drive along with a 1 TB mechanical hard drive. Now you may think that this is a hybrid drive where the SSD portion acts as cache, but this is actually two separate drives in one. This way you have the 120 GB portion for your OS and important programs and the 1 TB can be used for media and other files. More importantly this drive only takes up a single hard drive spot! Let’s check it out!
May 27, 2015 0