Galaxy is a name that we know for some of the best graphics cards available, especially in their Hall of Fame series. Well they are announcing a new PCI-Express solid state drive as part of their Hall of Fame series. The Heracles HOF is geared towards gamers who want the fastest speeds possible and this solid state drive has some of the fastest speeds out there!
LitOn has just kicked off their own consumer solid state drive line with the ZETA Series. This series of SSDs are built on a 7 mm-thick form factor, have a SATA 6GB/s interface and come in three capacities: 128 GB, 256GB and 512GB.
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!
Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd., the world leader in advanced memory technology, today launched the 850 EVO, the latest addition to its branded solid state drive (SSD) line-up. Based on Samsung’s 3-bit 3D Vertical NAND (V-NAND) technology, the 850 EVO SSD provides a significant boost in performance and endurance as compared to its predecessor, making it ideal for use in mainstream PCs. With the slogan of “a new caliber of performance & endurance,” the new drive will be globally launched in a total of 53 countries in the United States, Europe and Asian markets later this month.
Patriot’s upcoming Torch solid state drives have been listed on Amazon ahead of their official launch. These performance 2.5-inch solid state drives are 7 mm thick, have SATA 6GB/s interfaces and come in two capacities (for now) 120 GB and 240 GB.
Corsair has just introduced their Neutron XT Line of solid state drives. These drives make use of a Phison PS3110 quad-core controller and modern 19 nm Toshiba A19 MLC NAND flash chips over an 8-channel interface. The drive is 7 mm think in the 2.5-inch form factor and has a SATA 6GB/s interface.
I have been following technology for quite a while and in that time I have witnessed the birth of solid state drives and many companies bringing them to the masses. When they first came out like all new technology they were very expensive. I remember when many people were debating on getting a new graphics card or a solid state drive. The past couple of years have been kind to the consumer with solid state drives continuing to drop in price. Most people are able to afford a solid state drive for at least their OS drive. The best way to cut costs and keep drives competitive is to decrease the lithography of the NAND that is inside the drive. This is the case for the drive we are taking a look at today. It features Micron’s new 16nm 128Gbit MLC NAND. The drive that I am talking about is the Crucial MX100. The 512 GB version that we are reviewing today is currently selling for a little over $200, which if you can remember that is what most 128GB drives were selling for just a couple of years ago. The MX100 effectively replaces Crucial’s M500 solid state drive while the MX550 still remains as their high performance offering. The 512 GB version of the MX100 offers sequential read and write speeds of 550 MB/s and 500 MB/s respectively. Let’s see what this drive can do!
The Corsair Force LX Series SSD 256GB arrived Technic3D. Available in 128GB, 256GB, and 512GB configurations. Results in extreme performance with up to 560 MB/s sequential read and 450 MB/s sequential write speeds? We will check this and more against the SSDs from ADATA, Intel, OCZ and G.Skill.
We have been hearing a lot about the Samsung 850 EVO solid state drive since it was spotted at IFA. Rumors has suggested a November launch and that does seem to be right as the drive has popped up on Frys.com for pre-order with an estimated shipping date of November 3rd.
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