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Zotac 10 Year Anniversary Sonix 480GB PCIe Solid State Drive

Zotac 10 Year Anniversary Sonix 480GB PCIe Solid State Drive Review

Almost a year ago now we were invited by Zotac to celebrate their 10th Anniversary and tour their factory. With the celebration they announced a few "10th Anniversary" products, one of which was the new 10 Year Anniversary Sonix 480GB PCI-Express solid state drive. The new drive boosted speeds of the drive (via firmware update) by up to 10%, changed the shroud from silver to black, and added RGB lighting to the Zotac logo on the back of the drive. When thinking about parts for our upcoming RGB build we thought this product would fit right in so Zotac sent it over for us to take a look at. Does it compete with other current PCI-Express NVMe solid state drives out there? Read on as we find out!

Patriot Hellfire

Patriot Hellfire PCIe M.2 Solid State Drive Review

Over the past year we've seen a new generation of solid state drives enter the market taking speeds and form factor to the next level. These are of course the PCI-Express M.2 NVMe (Non-Volatile Memory Express) drives. These drives offer 3-4x the speeds of SATA-based solid state drives and are extremely small, plugging right into an M.2 slot in your motherboard. Patriot has presented us with their first ever PCI-Express M.2 solid state drive, the Hellfire. It is based off of Phison's E7 NVMe controller and comes in 240GB and 480GB versions. Today we have the 480GB version which offers sequential read and write speeds of 3000 MB/s and 2400 MB/s respectively. Let's see what this drive can do!

Kingston SSDNow UV400 480GB Solid State Drive

Kingston SSDNow UV400 480GB Solid State Drive Review

We have seen almost all solid state drive manufactures release an "entry-level" drive. This is mainly because of the ready availability of TLC NAND. While these entry-level SSDs do not have the performance and endurance of the high-performance SSDs we all love, they most definitely offer better performance and endurance than traditional hard drives. Kingston is one such company that has recently released an entry-level solid state drive and today we get to take a look at it. The drive is the SSDNow UV400 and it is powered by the Marvell 88SS1074 SSD four-channel controller with Toshiba 15nm 2D planar Triple-Level Cell (TLC) NAND. The drive offers sequential read and write speeds of 550 MB/s and 500 MB/s respectively along with a random 4K IOPS read and write of 90,000 IOPS and 35,000 IOPS respectively. Let's jump in and see what the SSDNow UV400 from Kingston is all about!

OCZ Vector 180 480GB Solid State Drive

OCZ Vector 180 480GB Solid State Drive Review

OCZ has sent us their latest 2.5-inch solid state drive, the Vector 180. This new drive still uses the aging Barefoot 3 controller, but OCZ has teamed it with the latest Toshiba A19nm MLC NAND. This drive is all about reliability and features OCZ’s implementation of power loss protection, which they are calling Power Failure Management Plus (PFM+). PFM+ is not full power loss protection, but will protect data-at-rest. So PFM+ will protect data that has been already been written to the NAND. This helps protect the mapping table and reduces the risk of ‘bricking’ the drive. The 480GB version of the drive that we are reviewing today has sequential read and write speeds of 550 MB/s and 530 MB/s respectively. OCZ also backs this drive with their new ShieldPlus 5-year warranty. Let’s take a look!

Kingston HyperX Predator PCI-Express Solid State Drive

Kingston HyperX Predator 480GB PCI-Express Solid State Drive Review

PCI-Express storage is nothing new, we have seen many different PCI-Express storage options over the past few years. The biggest advantage of using PCI-Express storage is that you overcome the typical 6.0Gb/s theoretical bandwidth limit of SATA-based solid state drives. If you have been following the storage industry you know that solid state drives have been bottlenecked by the SATA interface for years now. Well Kingston is presenting their first ever PCI-Express solid state drive. Part of their high-end HyperX brand the HyperX Predator boasts sequential read and write speeds of 1400 MB/s and 1000 MB/s respectively. That is some serious speed! While many PCI-Express storage devices we have reviewed in the past have featured a custom PCB with the drive on it Kingston has gone the M.2 route. So you can either buy the single M.2 device to use on an M.2 slot or you can buy it pre-installed in a PCI-Express adapter. We received the version with the adapter, let’s jump in!

Corsair Force LS 960GB
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480GB and 960GB Variants Added to Corsair Force LS Series

Corsair, a worldwide designer of high-performance components to the PC hardware market, today announced the release of the addition of 960GB and 480GB capacity models to the existing line of Force Series LS SSD drives. The new Force Series LS SSD models, like the previously announced 240GB, 120GB, and 60GB models, provide consumers a cost-effective way to upgrade their notebook or desktop PCs to faster, more reliable solid-state storage.

Patriot Ignite 480GB Solid State Drive

Patriot Ignite 480GB Solid State Drive Review

We have not seen a new solid state drive from Patriot in a while. Over the past couple years they sort of took a step back from the SSD industry and focused more on flash memory products and mobile accessories. Well it looks like they are back full a line of solid state drives. Today we will be taking a look at their Ignite drive, which sits at the top of the pack. This drive is powered by the Phison’s latest S10 controller and offers sequential read and write speeds of 560 MB/s and 545 MB/s respectively. The Corsair Neutron XT drive, which took home a perfect 10 out of 10 score and our Recommended Award is also based on the same Phison S10 controller so we are expecting good things from the Ignite. Will it perform? Read on as we find out!

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Mushkin Announces World’s First 480GB mSATA Solid-State Drive

Mushkin, Inc., an industry-leading designer and manufacturer of high-performance and mission-critical computer products, today announces that the company will begin shipping the world's largest capacity mSATA Solid-State Drive in January 2013. As the latest addition to Mushkin's Atlas family of mSATA drives, the new solid-state drive delivers up a colossal 480 gigabytes (GB) of storage capacity on a single mSATA module.


OWC Mercury Accelsior 480GB PCI-E Solid State Drive Review

PCI-Express solid state drives are fairly new and there are only a handful of these drives available.  These devices break the speed barrier on SATA 6GB/s drives by using the PCI-E interface.  The most prevalent PCI-E solid state drives our OCZ’s RevoDrive series, but OCZ better watch out because the drive we are taking a look at today has a few features that the RevoDrive’s do not.  The OWC Mercury Accelsior PCI-E Solid State Drive comes in capacities from 120GB to 960GB, is upgradable, and is both PC and Mac “plug and play” compatible.  Want to learn more? Read on for our review!

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