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!
It has been a really long time since we have reviewed a product from Mushkin. Mushkin has mainly been known for memory products, but like most memory companies have moved into the storage realm with solid state drives. Today we are taking a look at their top tier SATA 6GB/s Chronos Deluxe Drive. The big difference between this drive and the normal Chronos is that it uses premium Toshiba toggle mode NAND memory and the Chronos uses asynchronous NAND memory. This is the new 7mm drive as well, so you will be able to use it as an upgrade for thin devices like your Ultrabook. Read on as we take a look at the Mushkin Chronos Deluxe 240GB Solid State Drive!
Solid State Drives are becoming more and more common. I think I big reason for this is because people realize that they will give them the performance boost that they want when added to their system. The market seems to be flooded with drives and it is really hard to choose which one to get. One of the main determining factors to many people is the price. Kingston’s new HyperX 3K solid state drive is designed to be very inexpensive as it uses cost effective NAND rated for 3000 program / erase cycles. We will explain what all that means later on in the review. This drive still sports the very popular SandForce SF-2281 controller and of course the quality you expect from Kingston. Read on as we check it out!
We have always known Kingston for trying to make products that are affordable. They recently released a new solid state drive in their HyperX line. They are calling this new drive the HyperX 3K, where the 3K stands for the number of program / erase cycles the NAND inside is rated for. The original HyperX drive is rated for 5K program / erase cycles, so this drives is going to be less expensive, about $100 cheaper for the 240GB version. Read on to check out our unboxing & overview video.
If you know anything about Kingston you know their HyperX line. HyperX is the name they give all of their high-end products. Kingston entered the solid state drive market with the SSDNow series of drives, but it was about time the put the HyperX name on a solid state drive. The HyperX solid state drive is a SATA 6GB/s drive powered by the SandForce SF-2281 controller, 25nm Intel NAND and boasts speeds of 555MB/s read and 510MB/s write. Kingston sent us the upgrade kit that includes a USB enclosure, 3.5-inch mounting bracket, SATA data cable, screwdriver and hard drive cloning software. Let’s take a look…
Kingston has made a good push into the solid state drive market with their SSDNow Series of drives, but now they are looking to really take the market by storm with their HyperX Series of solid state drives. As you may know HyperX is the name they give to all of their high performance products so we are expecting this drive to be a powerhouse! Kingston sent us the Upgrade Kit version of this drive that comes with a USB enclosure, 3.5-inch to 2.5-inch adapter, screw driver and much more. Read on to check out our unboxing and overview video!
With all of the SATA 6GB/s drives coming out this year we have really pushed the limits of solid state drives. Most of the solid state drives we have tested max out at about 550MB/s. We are not going to see a SATA-connected drive go much faster than that until the next revision of SATA, which will not come for a while. So if you want to get faster speeds you will either need to RAID your drives or choose a different interface. OCZ has been at the forefront of PCI-E solid state drive development with the RevoDrive series. Now on its third version of the drive it is powered by the latest SandForce controller and boasts speed of 1000MB/s read and 900MB/s write! Let’s take a look at the 240GB version of the drive.
Do we have an awesome unboxing for you today! Today we are unboxing the OCZ RevoDrive 3 Solid State Drive! This is OCZ’s third revision of the RevoDrive and this one sure packs a punch with rated speeds of 1000MB/s read and 900MB/s write! This drive is powered by two SandForce SF-2281 controllers and OCZ SuperScale Storage Controller which features Virtualized Controller Architecture 2.0. This is a PCI-Express based drive that is bootable and supports TRIM and SMART monitoring. Read on to check out our unboxing video and to get a brief overview of the RevoDrive 3!
OCZ has always been at the top of the list when it comes to solid state drive development. A little while ago we took at look at their first SATA 6GB/s drive the Vertex 3. This drive had blazing fast speeds and is considered an enthusiast or even business-level product. OCZ has brought their ever-popular Agility series solid state drive to the SATA 6GB/s standard. The Agility 3 is based on the SandForce SF-2281 controller and boasts read speeds of up to 525MB/s and write speeds up to 500MB/s. Let’s check out this drive and see how it stacks up to the Vertex 3 and other similar drives.
Only a little while ago we visited OCZ at CES and they showed us some of their upcoming solid state drives. These new drives feature the SandForce SF-2200 controller and boast blistering fast speeds. OCZ has been at the forefront of SSD technology and this year they are going to be releasing a ton of new drives. One of the first drives based on the new SandForce SF-2200 controller is the Vertex 3. This drive has a max read of 550MB/s and max write of 525MB/s! Those are some of the fastest advertised speeds we have seen in a consumer drive! OCZ was nice enough to send us an engineering sample version of the drive with BETA firmware on it, so let’s take a look!
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