Transcend has announced a new version of their StoreJet Wireless solid state drive, this time coming in the 128GB capacity. Transcend is already selling a 32GB and 64GB version of the device. The 128GB version measures 99 x 54 x 16.5mm and weighs in at 90g. That makes it about the size of a smartphone so you can easily carry it with you. The drive is self-powered by a Li-polymer battery, which provides about 6 hours of connectivity. You can connect up to 5 clients using the 802.11 b/g/n WLAN interface.
The SandForce SF-2281 controller has been powering many of the solid state drives we have reviewed in the past year or so. When these drives were first released 28% of the storage capacity was used for over-provisioning. So if you had a 128GB drive you would actually get 100GB of available space. Later this 28% was brought down to 7%, now SandForce has released a 0 provision that allows for 0% of the capacity to be used for background activities. Today we are taking a look at one of the first drives to use this 0 provision, the ADATA Premier Pro SP900.
When it comes to SATA 6GB/s solid state drives or solid state drives in general there are a few names that come to mind, OCZ, Kingston and Patriot are just a few but Samsung is not really one of the them. For the consumer market Samsung gave us the 470 series drive and now they have entered the SATA 6GB/s segment with the 830 series. What is interesting about this drive is that it uses Samsung’s own controller, NAND and DRAM. Something we have not seen on any solid state drive that we have reviewed. The 830 series has rated speeds of 520MB/s read and 320MB/s write. Let’s see how this drive stacks up against other SATA 6GB/s drives that we have tested.
Samsung is not really a name many people consider when it comes to solid state drives, but maybe people should. Today we are unboxing their 830 Series solid state drive that is built on all Samsung Parts. It is running Samsung’s own 3-core ARM-based processor, Samsung’s own cache chip and of course Samsung’s own flash memory. Because Samsung is using their own parts they not only have full control over the operation of the drive, but they also can keep costs down because they control the demand of their own parts. Oh did I mention this drive is only 7mm thin? Read on to check out our unboxing and overview video!
Solid state drives are the future, faster speeds, no moving parts and they are smaller. The only thing really holding them back right now is their price. Most solid state drives we have seen have been from traditional memory and storage companies. We all know Zalman for making great CPU coolers and cases, so it is a bit weird we see them release a solid state drive. They actually have 2 right now, today we will be looking at the S-Series 128GB drive, which is based on the JMicron controller so it is the mainstream budget drive out of the 2 that they have released. Let’s take a look…
Over the past year we have seen a plethora of solid state drives. All of them are pretty much the same besides the memory chips used and the controller. All of them have been the smaller 2.5-inch form factor with the typical SATA connections. Today we have something a little different, how about a portable solid state drive. OCZ calls this drive the Enyo and it uses a super fast USB 3.0 connection. So you get all of the durability advantages of an internal solid state drive but you also get easy portability. Let’s take a look…
The Barefoot controller from Indilinx was all the rage last year, it was on many solid state drives we reviewed including the Crucial M225 and both the OCZ Vertex and Agility. It seems this year SandForce is getting a lot of attention, but don’t forget about the Barefoot controller. Indilinx’s new Barefoot controller, called the Barefoot ECO allows drive manufactures to use the 32nm Intel NAND flash rather than the 40nm NAND we are used to seeing in other Indilinx-based drives. Because of the smaller production process of the NAND chips this brings down the cost of the drive. Today we will be taking a look at the 128GB Nova Series Solid State Drive from Corsair that is based on Barefoot ECO controller and is less expensive than other drives based on the older Barefoot controller.
A little while ago we took a look at Kingston’s SSDNow V-Series 128GB solid state drive that was targeted at entry-level and mainstream users. Kingston had put out a V+ series drive which had better speeds and was targets at high-level users and corporate environments. Recently Kingston has developed a second-generation of the V+, which supports Windows 7 TRIM support, is available up to 512GB and provides faster performance over the previous version of the drive. Today we will be taking a look at the 128GB version of the drive.
Let’s face it unless you are getting a new computer you really are not even thinking about upgrading your hard drive to a solid state drive (SSD). The main reason for this is cost, and capacity. No one wants to pay close to $500 for a 64GB hard drive! Because of this most consumers are left out in the dry, but Kingston has a drive that is perfect for consumers. The SSDNow V-Series solid state drives come into the market at a very affordable price, but does have some performance reductions. Although compared to your 7200RPM SATA hard drive you have now these drives are still very fast! Let’s take a look at the SSDNow V-Series drives and see if they are the perfect price performance blend for someone looking at getting an SSD.
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