OCZ has sent us their latest 2.5-inch solid state drive, the Vector 180. This new drive still uses the aging Barefoot 3 controller, but OCZ has teamed it with the latest Toshiba A19nm MLC NAND. This drive is all about reliability and features OCZ’s implementation of power loss protection, which they are calling Power Failure Management Plus (PFM+). PFM+ is not full power loss protection, but will protect data-at-rest. So PFM+ will protect data that has been already been written to the NAND. This helps protect the mapping table and reduces the risk of ‘bricking’ the drive. The 480GB version of the drive that we are reviewing today has sequential read and write speeds of 550 MB/s and 530 MB/s respectively. OCZ also backs this drive with their new ShieldPlus 5-year warranty. Let’s take a look!
PCI-Express storage is nothing new, we have seen many different PCI-Express storage options over the past few years. The biggest advantage of using PCI-Express storage is that you overcome the typical 6.0Gb/s theoretical bandwidth limit of SATA-based solid state drives. If you have been following the storage industry you know that solid state drives have been bottlenecked by the SATA interface for years now. Well Kingston is presenting their first ever PCI-Express solid state drive. Part of their high-end HyperX brand the HyperX Predator boasts sequential read and write speeds of 1400 MB/s and 1000 MB/s respectively. That is some serious speed! While many PCI-Express storage devices we have reviewed in the past have featured a custom PCB with the drive on it Kingston has gone the M.2 route. So you can either buy the single M.2 device to use on an M.2 slot or you can buy it pre-installed in a PCI-Express adapter. We received the version with the adapter, let’s jump in!
Corsair, a worldwide designer of high-performance components to the PC hardware market, today announced the release of the addition of 960GB and 480GB capacity models to the existing line of Force Series LS SSD drives. The new Force Series LS SSD models, like the previously announced 240GB, 120GB, and 60GB models, provide consumers a cost-effective way to upgrade their notebook or desktop PCs to faster, more reliable solid-state storage.
We have not seen a new solid state drive from Patriot in a while. Over the past couple years they sort of took a step back from the SSD industry and focused more on flash memory products and mobile accessories. Well it looks like they are back full a line of solid state drives. Today we will be taking a look at their Ignite drive, which sits at the top of the pack. This drive is powered by the Phison’s latest S10 controller and offers sequential read and write speeds of 560 MB/s and 545 MB/s respectively. The Corsair Neutron XT drive, which took home a perfect 10 out of 10 score and our Recommended Award is also based on the same Phison S10 controller so we are expecting good things from the Ignite. Will it perform? Read on as we find out!
G.Skill has just announced their Phoenix Blade Series 480 GB PCIe solid state drive. This high performance solid state drive is ideal for extreme gaming, professional graphic design, industrial design, and HD video & audio content creation.
Mushkin, Inc., an industry-leading designer and manufacturer of high-performance and mission-critical computer products, today announces that the company will begin shipping the world’s largest capacity mSATA Solid-State Drive in January 2013. As the latest addition to Mushkin’s Atlas family of mSATA drives, the new solid-state drive delivers up a colossal 480 gigabytes (GB) of storage capacity on a single mSATA module.
PCI-Express solid state drives are fairly new and there are only a handful of these drives available. These devices break the speed barrier on SATA 6GB/s drives by using the PCI-E interface. The most prevalent PCI-E solid state drives our OCZ’s RevoDrive series, but OCZ better watch out because the drive we are taking a look at today has a few features that the RevoDrive’s do not. The OWC Mercury Accelsior PCI-E Solid State Drive comes in capacities from 120GB to 960GB, is upgradable, and is both PC and Mac “plug and play” compatible. Want to learn more? Read on for our review!
SAN JOSE, Calif., May 24, 2010 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — OCZ Technology Group, Inc. (Nasdaq:OCZ), a leading provider of high-performance solid-state drives (SSDs) and memory modules for computing devices and systems, today introduced new high-capacity Vertex 2 and Agility 2 SATA II 2.5″ Solid State Drives. The award-winning lines now include 400GB and 480GB models, making the Vertex 2 and Agility 2 an excellent SSD option for clients who don’t want to be constrained by storage limitations.
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