As one of the strongest SSD manufacturers on the market Crucial brought two impressive but slightly different lines of SSDs to the show this year. The key difference is their target markets. On the one hand we have the BX100 series which is aimed at users who are new to the SSD scene and are just looking to get their feet wet.
Valve has been making progress with Steam OS and In-Home Streaming, and hardware vendors have been trying to find a balance of performance and value. Sporting a small lightweight form factor, quad-core processor, and an SSD, Syber Vapor STREAM has found that balance of performance and value.
Austria’s premium SSD manufacturer Angelbird has just added 1TB versions of its popular SSD wrk and SSD wrk for mac solid state drives. The new drives combine the highest storage capacity with great performance, robustness and efficiency in an ultra-slim aluminum chassis – making it the perfect choice to upgrade a Mac, MacBook, MacBook pro, PC or Notebook.
Last month Corsair announced their Neutron XT 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. When the original announcement was made no pricing details were announced, but now we have them!
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.
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