We all know OCZ as one of the top names in the SSD market. Believe it or not just a few years ago their main focus was enthusiast memory! The popular 3rd party solid state drive controller that everyone has been using over the past year or so has been the SandForce SF-2281 chip. Because so many companies are using the same controller the solid state drive market has become saturated with the same type of drives that offer just about the same performance. OCZ wants to remain a big player in the solid state drive market and with their purchase of Indilinx last year they made that very apparent. Earlier this year OCZ announced the second generation Everest solid state drive controller (Everest 2) and the Vertex 4 is the first consumer drive to use this controller. With rated speeds of 560MB/s read and 510MB/s write it is set to compete very well with SandForce-based drives. Read on as we check out this new drive from OCZ!
OCZ’s latest solid state drive is the Vertex 4 and unlike many of the solid state drive we have seen this year it is not powered by the SandForce SF-2281 controller. Instead it is using the Indilinx Everest 2 platform. The Vertex 4 is the first consumer drive to use the Everest 2 platform and boasts speeds of 560MB/s read and 510MB/s write! It is definitely set to compete with SandForce drives! Read on to check out our unboxing video where we give you an overview of the drive and open it up so you can get a closer look at the Everest 2 platform!
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.
If you travel at all or take your laptop with you anywhere you most likely have a portable hard drive. Most of these drives are normal and do not offer that much protection. Drop them once and they normally are toast! For those looking for something that it is going to last through the drops, rain and other conditions you may want to check out the Rugged Portable Hard Drive from ioSafe. We’ve put this hard drive through everything and it keeps on going! Read on as we check out this practically indestructible hard drive!
ADATA recently released their SP800 and SP900 solid state drives. The only real difference between these drives is that the SP900 is a SATA 6G drive and the SP800 is a SATA 3G drive. Now these drives are also a little bit different from other solid state drives we have taken a look at in the past as they are some of the first 0-provision drives. This means instead of reserving 7% of the drive for provisioning it reserves nothing. We will get into all of that next week in the full review, but in the meantime check out our unboxing and overview video.
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!
The Crucial M4 solid state drive was one of the most popular and most successful solid state drives of 2011. Much of that success can be attributed to Crucial’s reputation for reliable, quality-made products and because they are one of the largest memory producers out there. When the M4 first came out it only had a rated read speed of 415MB/s, which is pretty far off from what we’ve seen from other solid state drives in 2011. Towards the end of 2011 Crucial released a firmware upgrade that boosted the rated speeds to 500MB/s read and 260MB/s write. A nice improvement! So today we have the M4 in our labs and we will be taking it through the paces.
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!
Other World Computing or OWC as most people call them is a company you may or may not have heard of. They have been around since 1988 and are one of the premier brands of upgrade and enhancement products for Apple devices. They started out with memory and like most memory companies they have started producing solid state drives. Today we are going to be checking out their Mercury Extreme Pro 6G Solid State drive. By the name you can guess this is a solid state drive and it boasts speeds of 559MB/s read and 527MB/s write. Let’s see how it stands up to the other big names in the SSD market.
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