Today we are unboxing another solid state drive. This time it is the Patriot Pyro SE, which is Patriot’s 3rd SATA 6GB/s drive. Their Wildfire drive uses Toshiba toggle memory, the original Pryo uses asynchronous memory and this drive will be using synchronous memory. This drive still features the SandForce SF-2281 controller and has read and write speeds of 550MB/s and 520MB/s respectively. Read on to check out our unboxing and overview of the 120GB version.
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.
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!
This year at CES we decided to venture into the Samsung booth, which was one of the busiest booths at CES. We were able to take a look at the new Galaxy Note, which is a mix between a phone and a tablet. It features a very thin design, 5.3-inch HD Super AMOLED screen and a 1.4GHz dual core processor. Samsung was also showing off the new Galaxy Tab 7.7 tablet. It is the worlds first tablet to feature the Samsung’s Super AMOLED Plus display technology. Finally we were able to check out Samsung’s SSD 830 solid state drives.
Plextor showed us around their suite at CES 2012 which featured their optical drives and SSD’s. We took a look at the PX-612U, an external DVD writer that has a built in card slot and can connect to a TV thanks to Plextor’s PlexTV software. PlexTV allows you to display anything from the PX-612U onto your TV, whether it is a DVD Movie, or something from the SD card slot, like photos or home videos. On the SSD side, Plextor showed off their M3 Pro Series. A really neat feature about the M3 Pro Series is Plextor’s True Speed technology. True Speed manages the SSD in a manner where performance doesn’t degrade when the drive is in a dirty state. Plextor had a speed test demo running in their suite to prove that True Speed really works, and I can attest True Speed provides a significant boost in read and write speeds on dirty drives.
Over the past year OCZ has really made a huge push into the solid state drive space with their purchase of Idilinx, makers of flash controller silicon and software for solid state drives. This year at CES OCZ was showing off what that purchase was all about – the Everest II platform. We were shown demos of the Everest II and what it could do. Also OCZ does have a Thunderbolt drive named lightfoot. Read on to check it all out!
Otherworld Computing, known more succinctly as simply OWC, showed one of the coolest things we’ve seen at CES: a smart electrical outlet with USB ports. It’s not the first electrical outlet with USB ports, but it’s by far the best designed. It features spring-loaded covers that kill the power when closed to prevent wasted juice and is the first UL-listed device of its kind, a necessary requirement for insurance-conscious homeowners. OWC also showed us its new lightning fast solid state drives (SSDs) and its expandible storage device primary meant for Mac Mini. ThinkComputers’ Colin Dean speaks with OWC’s Grant Dahlke in this video interview.
Out of all the products we reviewed in 2011 some of my favorite were Solid State Drives. So many companies have pushed the envelope when it comes to transfer speeds we were very impressed with almost all of the solid state drives we reviewed in 2011. There were a few drives that really stood out to us and that is what you will find on this list. Keep in mind that this list is comprised of drives that we have reviewed only. Read on to see what our favorite solid state drives of 2011 were!
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