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AMD officially launches OCZ partnership with Radeon R7 SSD line

New SSD line starts AMD's 'one stop shop' for enthusiasts

AMD today announced its previously rumored technology partnership with Toshiba-owned OCZ Storage Solutions for AMD Radeon-branded Solid State Drives (SSDs). Launching the range is the AMD Radeon R7 Series SSDs in 120GB, 240GB or 480GB capacities.


Drobo Mini ships with included SSD storage for portable storage

Drobo Mini with SSD bundles include 1TB, 2TB, 4TB storage options

Connected Data, creators of the Drobo range of storage appliances, has launched a version of its most portable device with built-in storage. The Drobo Mini, first revealed two years ago, will include four SSD drives pre-installed into its four 2.5-inch drive bays, giving users such as photographers and...


DealNN: Elgato Thunderbolt SSD only $180 and more

Elgato Thunderbolt SSD only $180 and more

This week, Other World Computing has a great deal on the Elgato 120GB Thunderbolt solid state drive, which is currently priced at $179, $120 off the list price of $299. That beats the next lowest price by $65. Free delivery is included. The Elgato Thunderbolt SSD offers 120GB of storage with 270MB/s...


Samsung launches 840 EVO mSATA SSD range with 1TB offering

Claims first 1TB mSATA SSD storage in industry

Samsung has launched a new collection of mSATA solid state drives that includes a number of high-capacity offerings, despite their small size. Continuing the naming convention of its full-sized stablemates, the 840 EVO range introduces a 1-terabyte drive, something which Samsung claims to be the "industry's...


Apple adds 256GB, 512GB SSD options for custom iMacs

Offers alternative to Fusion Drive, larger SSDs

Apple has added 256GB and 512GB SSD options for build-to-order iMac customers at its online store. Picking 256GB adds $300 to the cost of a system, while choosing 512GB adds $600. Stock iMac configurations are priced between $1,299 and $1,999.


Foremay puts world's first SATA 2TB 2.5-inch SSDs on sale

First high-capacity SSDs using SATA instead of PCIe

Manufacturer of industrial solid state drives Foremay has released what it claims to be the world's first two-terabyte (2TB) SSD drives with a standard 2.5-inch SATA connection. The two drives, the SC199 for industry and the TC166 for desktop computers, does away with the previous high-capacity SSD requirement...


OCZ debuts new SSD line with in-house developed controller

OCZ Vector SSD promises longer life, faster data transfers

Provider of high-performance solid-state drives (SSDs) for computing devices and systems, OCZ Technology Group, today announced the availability of the new SATA III-based Vector SSD Series featuring the company's next-generation Indilinx Barefoot 3 controller. OCZ's worldwide technology hardware and...


Forum roundup: Mac mini with external SSD?

Mac mini with external SSD?

Yesterday in the MacNN forums, Mac Elite "WizOSX" had some questions about running a Mac mini with an external SSD and has turned to the forums for some advice. "If I plug in a USB2 thumb-drive do I bring all the 3's down to 2?" asks Forum Regular "imdipped" yesterday.


Intel pushes out 20nm flash-based SSD 335

Intel delivers next-gen SSD using 20nm NAND flash fab process

Intel is now shipping its first SSDs based on its new 20nm NAND Flash memory fabrication process. Although shifting to the new process delivers manufacturing, power efficiencies, and the potential to ramp up the capacity of its SSDs, the first 335-series drive only comes in at 240GB size with no performance...


Sonnet rolls out pair of Tempo PCI-E SSD mount cards

Nearly 1GB per second on Tempo SSD Pro

Sonnet Technologies has announced the release of the Tempo SSD and Tempo SSD Pro PCI Express cards, the latest in the Sonnet Tempo family of SATA host controllers. The Tempo SSD and Tempo SSD Pro cards allow users to purchase up to two SSDs separately and mount them directly on the PCI-E card, requiring...


Crucial pushes out budget v4 SSD range

New Crucial v4 SSDs aimed at pre-2011 systems

Crucial has introduced a new range of budget 2.5-inch SSDs that start from just $50. The v4 SSD range ranges in size from 32GB through to a range topping 250GB that also arrives at a similarly affordable $190 price point. Crucial suggests that the new drives are aimed at giving a performance boost to...


Intel boosts 330 Series SSDs to 240GB, lowers prices

Intel revamps 330 Series SSDs, cuts costs

Intel has added a new higher capacity 240GB SSD to its entry-level 330 Series range, making it a more reasonable proposition for users looking for useable capacity against value for money. The range now comes 60GB, 120GB, 180GB variants along with the aforementioned 240GB model. Intel has also trimmed...


OWC offers 2010/2011 MacBook Air SSD upgrades

Drive plus case bundles repurpose factory SSD for external storage

Upgrade vendor OWC has released a combination SSD upgrade and external case for 2010 and 2011 MacBook air notebooks. The Mercury Aura bundle includes a Aura Pro Express SSD and Aura Envoy external housing. After installing the Aura Pro Express SSD, the factory SSD is converted into external storage by...


Intel SSD 330 official, mixes budget price with speed

Intel SSD 330 hits 500MBps in cheap form

Intel began its week by introducing a new and relatively uncommon blend of performance and lower prices among solid-state drives in the SSD 330 series. While inexpensive, they the most recent 25-nanometer, multi-level cell memory and matching controllers to give performance that...


Intel SSD 313 unveiled, destined for ultrabook boot drives

Intel SSD 313 to cache and boot fast PCs

Although going without a formal announcement, a new solid-state drive has surfaced from Intel meant for ultrabooks. The SSD 313 has just 20GB or 24GB of storage, and is intended as a boot drive that sits next to a more conventional, rotating disk. Peak reads per second (160MB...


Intel 330 SSD specs, prices leak on online stores

Budget-priced Intel 330 SSD to arrive April 13?

Intel's 300 series SSD update has leaked out at retailers in advance, including at SabrePC in the US and Amazon UK. The latter aims to release it on April 13, while Sabre has no ship dates listed but does have a $149 price tag for a 120GB model. Yet to be officially announced,...


Intel said readying SSD 320, 720 for May with 800GB space

Intel SSD roadmap for 2012 leaks out

Intel's SSD 520 should be joined by two multi-model launches this year. New roadmap leaks to Digitimes have Intel unveiling a new budget 300 series drive, Maple Crest, and a new 720 series, Ramsdale. Both would be based on a 25-nanometer, multi-level cell design, which would...


Elgato ships Thunderbolt SSD external drive

Elgato Thunderbolt SSD in stores in a week

Elgato joined in the ranks of those shipping Thunderbolt-ready gear on Tuesday by starting shipments of the Thunderbolt SSD. Its external drive is solid-state only and takes advantage of the extra bandwidth to hit 270MB per second in peak read speeds on its single-drive array....


Briefly: SoftRAID, OWC SSD firmware updates released

OWC updates SSD firmware

SoftRAID has announced that the latest version of its self-titled software for creating and managing disk arrays is fully compatible with OS X Mountain Lion. SoftRAID 4.3 also improves the robustness of mirror volumes, allowing the driver to better handle disk failures that...


Intel unwraps SSD 520 for gamers, pros

Intel SSD 520 carries 25nm speed and SandForce

Intel picked Monday to bring out its fastest solid-state drive so far. The SSD 520 mixes denser 25-nanometer memory with a specially created SandForce memory controller to get high-end speed. It can peak at 550MB per second for reads and 520MB per second for writes, while...


Verbatim offers upgrade kits with SSD drives

Adds update kits with SATA III SSDs

Verbatim has released new 2.5-inch SSD upgrade kits. The kits include SSD drives plus the hardware and software needed to install the new drive and clone the old drive. The kits are available with either Verbatim's 64GB, 128GB and 256GB SATA II drives or its 120GB or 240GB...


OWC adds inexpensive 30GB 3Gb-per-second SSD

Offers SSD speed for targeted uses

Other World Computing are offering an entry-level solid-state drive, the 30GB Mercury Extreme Pro 3G, as an option for adding SSD speed to targeted uses, such as a boot-only drive, scratch disk or app storage assistant, providing SSD speed for some operations while leaving...


Samsung unwraps 512GB, 500MB per second notebook SSD

Samsung PM830 512GB SSD uses SATA 3

Samsung waited until late Wednesday to show one of the more aggressive additions to its solid-state drive line. The 2.5-inch PM830 holds as much as 512GB, twice as much as most SSDs, but also has the headroom to maximize its speed. It can reach up to 500MB per second in reads,...


SandForce demos 24nm Toshiba flash in SSDs

Combines controller with Toshiba for next gen SSD

Sandforce has used the Flash Memory Summit, currently taking place in Santa Clara, to show off its SSD controller working with 24 nanometer multi-level cell (MLC) NAND flash technology that will be used in SSD drives. For the demonstration, the company has combined its SSD-2000...


OCZ unwraps self-made Everest controller for fast SSDs

Controller can be used for SSDs up to 1 Terabit

OCZ has unveiled a SATA III controller that can be used to build solid-state drives with up to 1TB of storage capacity. Taking advantage of OCZ's buyout of Indilinx, the Everest SATA 3.0 SSD platform incorporates a 6Gbps host interface and a dual-core controlling processor....


Trine 2, SoftRAID, Sente

SoftRAID 4.2.1

SoftRAID allows users to create and manage disk arrays under Mac OS X, in order to increase performance and reliability. The latest 4.2.1 version offers full 64-bit support for faster launch time and responsiveness on Snow Leopard/Lion, as well as an optimized mirror rebuild algorithm that now uses...


SoftRAID, UltraEdit, Instant Backup

SoftRAID 4.0.2

SoftRAID has announced an update to its flagship RAID software for Mac OS X. Version 4.0.2 includes specific support for Advanced Format disks, which have larger sectors and offer greater error correction. It also includes better support for SSD drives, performance enhancements, and advanced online help.


SoftRAID, OCRKit, Badia BigPicture for InDesign

MediaLink 2.0

MediaLink 2.0 makes it possible to transfer songs from iTunes directly to the PlayStation 3. With the new release rescaling preferences have been added for images, and additional support is included for transcoding and rescaling videos. The upgrade also offers improved SSDP discovery, and support for...


EasyMoney, Cocktail, SMART Utility

SMART Utility 2.2

Volitans has launched a 2.2 version of its diagnostic tool for hard drives, known as SMART Utility. The upgrade adds support for saving and opening drive reports in native format, as well as for printing SMART reports. The eSellerate embedded engine has been updated to 4.0.0.7, and the new 5.39 smartctl...


SecuritySpy, PassDirector, PAID

PassDirector 2.0

PassDirector 2.0 is an encrypted, password-protected database used to store important information. It supports everything from bank accounts to credit card numbers, as well as web passwords. Version 2.0 enables creating or re-naming categories with custom fields, along with the ability to delete categories....


Trine 2, SoftRAID, Sente

SoftRAID 4.2.1

SoftRAID allows users to create and manage disk arrays under Mac OS X, in order to increase performance and reliability. The latest 4.2.1 version offers full 64-bit support for faster launch time and responsiveness on Snow Leopard/Lion, as well as an optimized mirror rebuild algorithm that now uses...


SoftRAID, UltraEdit, Instant Backup

SoftRAID 4.0.2

SoftRAID has announced an update to its flagship RAID software for Mac OS X. Version 4.0.2 includes specific support for Advanced Format disks, which have larger sectors and offer greater error correction. It also includes better support for SSD drives, performance enhancements, and advanced online help.


SoftRAID, OCRKit, Badia BigPicture for InDesign

MediaLink 2.0

MediaLink 2.0 makes it possible to transfer songs from iTunes directly to the PlayStation 3. With the new release rescaling preferences have been added for images, and additional support is included for transcoding and rescaling videos. The upgrade also offers improved SSDP discovery, and support for...


EasyMoney, Cocktail, SMART Utility

SMART Utility 2.2

Volitans has launched a 2.2 version of its diagnostic tool for hard drives, known as SMART Utility. The upgrade adds support for saving and opening drive reports in native format, as well as for printing SMART reports. The eSellerate embedded engine has been updated to 4.0.0.7, and the new 5.39 smartctl...


SecuritySpy, PassDirector, PAID

PassDirector 2.0

PassDirector 2.0 is an encrypted, password-protected database used to store important information. It supports everything from bank accounts to credit card numbers, as well as web passwords. Version 2.0 enables creating or re-naming categories with custom fields, along with the ability to delete categories....


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