Mini-SATA or mSATA as most people call it was announced towards the end of 2009. It has primarily been used in laptops and netbooks where a very small solid state drive has been needed. Recently with Intel Z77 chipset we have seen many mSATA ports show up on motherboards. Today we get our first look at an mSATA solid state drive, and man is it small! The drive in question today is the Crucial M4 mSATA 256GB drive. Read on to check out our unboxing and overview video!
Crucial’s line of Ballistix memory made for enthusiasts has gone through many different revisions over the years. Now they are running with 3 different types of modules, Ballistix Sport, Ballistix Tactical and Ballistix Elite. Today we are taking a look at one of their Elite kits. These kits are designed for extreme enthusiasts, demanding gamers, and uber-power users. The kit we are checking out today is a quad channel 16GB kit with timings of 8-8-8-24 at 1.5v. This kit also has some of the largest heatspreaders we have seen in a while! Read on as we test this kit out!
It has been quite some time since we have taken a look at memory from Crucial. They are still calling their performance memory Ballistix and now they have 3 different lines, Ballistix Sport, Ballistix Tactical and Ballistix Elite. Today we are checking out a quad channel Ballistix Elite kit (BLE4KIT4G3D1608DE1TX0). This kit contains four 4GB modules running at 1600MHz with timings of 8-8-8-24 at 1.5v. Read on to check out our unboxing and overview video.
A little while ago we took a look at a 4GB dual channel Ballistix kit from Crucial. Today Crucial has sent us a 6GB triple channel kit of Ballistix and we are very eager to see how it performs. This 6GB kit runs at 1866MHz with timings of 9-9-9-24 at 1.65V. Just like the other kit we took a look at this kit features XMP profiles, Crucial’s new Ballisitx heatspreaders and on-board temperature sensors and monitoring software. Let’s check them out!
The night before CES actually starts, media company Pepcom holds an annual event called “Digital Experience.” This event showcases some of the newest technology coming to market, some of it announced at the event or shortly before it. I toured Digital Experience — this year with an Area 51 alien invasion theme — and present herein some of the great finds.
We have seen so many different Speeds of DDR3 ram on the market, ranging anywhere from 1066 Mhz to 2400 Mhz. The mid range ram used by most people is the DDR3 1600 Mhz. Crucial graced us with their new and upcoming ram and having seen the speeds of the ram we previously tested, we were eager to see what we could achieve. This new 4GB DDR3 kit features Crucial’s new Ballisitx heatspreaders and onboard temperature sensors and monitoring software, let’s take a look…
Up until this point the solid state drives we have looked at have been limited to the SATA 3Gbps standard. While solid state drives are still much faster than normal hard drives we haven’t been able to really push them to their limits. There is where SATA 6Gbps comes in; basically you are getting 2X the speed of SATA 3Gbps. We have already seen ASUS and Gigabyte make SATA 6Gbps standard on some of their motherboards and I’m sure others will follow. Crucial is the first to come out with a SATA 6Gbps solid state drive. The drive is the C300 and it features the new Marvell 88SS9174-BJP2 Solid State Drive controller and boasts speeds of 355MB/s read and 215MB/s write. This drive also is one of the first to use ONFI 2.1 synchronous NAND flash. Read on as we test one of the fastest solid state hard drives available!
Fremont, CA, and Glasgow, UK, March 16, 2010 — Lexar Media, a leading global provider of memory products for digital media, today introduced Crucial DDR3L-1333Mhz 1.35v energy-efficient server memory modules in support of the new Intel Xeon processor 5600 series. Available in 1GB, 2GB and 4GB RDIMM and VLP (very low profile) RDIMM modules, Crucial DDR3L memory modules are fully compatible and have been validated with the new Intel Xeon processor 5600 series. Servers across the enterprise, including those utilized for virtualization, data storage and processing, and blade servers will reap the benefits of new Crucial DDR3L memory. Crucial DDR3L memory is available through select resellers worldwide and online at www.crucial.com/server, www.crucial.com/uk/server, or www.crucial.com/eu/server.
One of the best press events during CES is Digital Experience, which is put on by Pepcom. Pepcom really brings together a lot of companies for a great event. This year the theme for the event was “Safari” and they pulled it off quite well with great food, a safari atmosphere, and of course all of the latest gadgets. Read on to see which companies we checked out at this year’s Digital Experience!
When it comes to Solid State Drives (SSD’s), it seems like many of the offerings available are from companies known for memory, not storage. This is because unlike traditional hard drives SSD’s have no moving parts and use NAND memory chips. So you would expect a company like Crucial to have a line of SSD drives, and they do! Actually our first SSD review here at ThinkComputers was a Crucial Drive. Today we will be looking at the 256GB M225 Solid State drive that is based off the ever popular Indilinx Barefoot controller. Let’s take a look…