It looks like OCZ is readying their Vertex 5 solid state drive. This would of course be the successor to the very popular Vertex 4 drive. With its release it should become the new flagship product for the company. The Vertex 5 line is said to be comprised of 128 GB, 256 GB and 512 GB models and will launch towards the end of May 2013.
Crucial has now started shipping their new M500 Series solid state drives. These drives use Micron 20 nm MLC NAND flash combined with a Marvell controller. The M500 series will be available in 2.5-inch (7mm with 9mm bracket), mSATA and NGFF M.2 form factors. All three drives use SATA 6GB/s connectivity and are available in 120 GB, 240 GB, and 480 GB capacities. The 2.5-inch SATA model also has a 960 GB “terabyte-class” model.
At the NAB show today in Las Vegas, LaCie has announced it has the largest range of Thunderbolt solutions that are certified for use with Thunderbolt equipped Mac or PC systems. LaCie is the only manufacturer that has five products in its Thunderbolt Series that are compatible with both Mac OS X and Windows 7 and 8. The Thunderbolt product family offers universal compatibility and performance of up to 800 MB/s.
Seagate has reportedly begun shipping what it claims is the industry’s first and only 4TB hard drive to utilize 1TB-per-platter technology. These drives can be found in Seagate’s Barracuda 7200.15 series. Seagate says the four-platter design allows for the highest performance possible while doubling capacity and reducing costs, ultimately giving consumers the best of all worlds. The drive has 4000 GB of unformatted space, a 7,200 RPM spindle-speed, 64 MB buffer, and SATA 6 Gb/s interface.
ADATA is moving their solid state drive business into the enterprise segment with their first enterprise-grade solid state drive, the SX1000L. This drive is made to last a long time as it employs static wear-leveling technology to maximize device mean time between failures (MTBF) to 1,500,000 hours. The drive is a standard 2.5-inch drive and has read and write speeds of 560MB/s and 340MB/s respectively.
When it comes to all of these new devices such as tablets and Ultrabooks is that they do have a limited storage space. Whenever I am on the road or traveling I always have a portable hard drive with me. It gives me that extra storage space when I need it. Today we are taking a look at one of ADATA’s USB 3.0 portable hard drives. The DashDrive HV610 not only has a large capacity up to 1TB and super fast USB 3.0 transfer speeds it also has a cool cover that doubles as a holder for the USB 3.0 cable. Let’s see if this is the perfect portable hard drive to add to your travel bag.
ADATA’s current lineup of 2.5-inch solid state drives are 9.5mm thick. While this does conform to the standard many new devices like slim laptops and ultrabooks require drives to be only 7mm thick. ADATA has now reduced the size of their 2.5-inch solid state drive lineup to 7mm. This way you can use ADATA drives in these devices. These new 7mm drives will ship with plastic holders so they can still be placed in 9.5mm slots.
Samsung is a very large player in the solid state drive market, but you may not have known. This is because they sell their drives in bulk to companies like Apple to use in their products. That is why they are not an known in the consumer or enthusiast market. In fact Samsung is the largest producer of flash memory in the world. One thing that is great about Samsung solid state drives is that everything inside is made by Samsung, the NAND, controller and DRAM cache. This makes it very easy for Samsung to correct issues or fix problems because everything is done in-house. We saw this on Samsung’s 830 Series solid state drive and the big difference between the 830 and 840 is that the 840 Series uses TLC NAND chips instead of MLC. We will get to the difference in just a bit. The controller on the 840 Series has also been updated. The 120GB version we are testing today has read and write speeds of 530MB/s and 130MB/s respectively so it sort of fits into the entry-level segment. Let’s take a look…
ADATA has a brand new drive on their hands in the DashDrive Elite UE700. The UE700 is a USB 3.0 flash drive, but is of course backwards compatible with USB 2.0 as well. With USB 3.0 connectivity ADATA says you should see transfer speeds up to 200 MB/sec read and 100 MB/sec write. The UE700 is housed in an aluminum casing and is available in 16, 32 and 64GB models.
Plextor is showing an unnamed line of consumer solid state drives that feature 19nm triple layer cell (TLC) NAND flash memory at CeBIT. They were showing three different capacity drives, 128GB, 256GB and 512GB. The drives feature 256MB, 512MB and 768MB of DRAM cache respectively. All three drives are in a 2.5-inch form factor and have a SATA 6GB/s interface. They are powered by the Marvell 88SS9189 processor.
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