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.
Crucial is one company we have not seen a solid state drive from in some time. Well they have a new SATA 6GB/s solid state drive in their Marvell-based M4 drive. This drive has read speeds of up to 500MB/s and write speeds of up to 260MB/s. We just received the M4 256GB model and we are going to open it up and show you how it comes and take it apart to show you how it is built. Read on to check out our unboxing and overview video!
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!
We have already seen one hybrid solid state drive solution in the Synapse Cache drive from OCZ. You pair it with your normal hard drive and it acts as a cache drive doing most of the work to speed things up. If you are familiar with OCZ’s RevoDrive series of drives you know they offer some of the fastest transfer speeds available on the consumer level when it comes to solid state drives. OCZ has decided to take this incredible speed put it together with their caching technology and brings us the RevoDrive Hybrid. It is a PCI-Express card that has a normal 1TB drive on it for storage and 128GB of solid state flash to do the caching. The drive has rated speeds of up to 910MB/s read and 810MB/s write. Read on as we take a look…
OCZ’s RevoDrive series of storage solutions has always been on the cutting edge. They offer some of the fastest storage speeds you can purchase on the consumer level. Today we are checking out the latest version of the RevoDrive, the RevoDrive Hybrid. This drive takes the super-fast speed that the RevoDrive solid state drives are known for and the capacity of a normal drive and melds them together into one awesome drive. This drive has rated speeds of 910MB/s read and 810MB/s write, and oh yeah it’s 1TB! Read on to check out our unboxing and overview video!
When Patriot started to release their SATA 6GB/s solid state drives they started with 2 drives. The Wildfire that was more on the high-end with Toshiba toggle memory and the Pyro which was the more consumer-focused drive that used asynchronous flash memory. Now Patriot has the Pyro SE, which will be using Micron 25nm synchronous memory. Using synchronous memory we should see better performance when it comes to incompressible data. Today we will be taking the 120GB version through the paces, read on to see how the drive performs.
Today we have a great product from a new company here at ThinkComputers. The company is Other World Computing or OWC as most people call them. They make quite a few different products but they are really known for their solid state drives. Today we will taking a look at one of their latest solid state drive offerings the Mercury Extreme Pro 6G 256GB. This drive features peak read speeds of 559MB/s and write speeds of 527MB/s. It also has a very impressive 5 year warranty! Read on to check out our unboxing and overview video!
The term “caching drive” is something that many people are becoming accustomed to as are we. We really started seeing these caching drives when Intel came out with their Z68 chipset that allowed you to add a smaller solid state drive to your existing drive, which would increase overall performance. This is great for people who have an Intel Z68 motherboard, but what about everyone else? This is where OCZ’s Synapse Cache drive comes in. It is a SATA 6GB/s solid state drive, but comes with software that allows you to make it a caching drive on any PC system. Read on as we check it out!
Today we are unboxing a rather small hard drive in terms of capacity as it is only 64GB. This drive is only 64GB because it is made to be a caching drive that is combined with your normal hard drive for improved performance. Since the release of the Z68 chipset from Intel we have been seeing these drives, but OCZ has their own software that enables this drive to become a caching drive on any PC system, not just an Intel Z68 system. Read on as we unboxing this drive and even open it up!
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