Can a Sandforce-based SSD thumb drive be used as a portable OS drive?
USB flash drives dealt the death blow to both the floppy and Zip drives. While still faster than either of the old removable media, speeds are still generally measured in tens of megabytes per second, rather than something more speedy -- despite being on the new USB 3.0 bus. VisionTek is one of a few companies offering SSD-class speeds in a removable package -- in this case, the simply-named VisionTek USB Pocket SSD line of thumb drive-sized SSDs. We've lived with a 120GB version for a while, and have used it for various tasks, including as the carrier for a laptop operating system. See what we thought about it.
Both new drives deliver well more than 500MB/s read speed
Computer upgrade company OWC earlier this week announced a new 1TB OWC 2.5-inch Mercury Electra 6G SATA SSD. The new drive, offering 960GB of addressable storage, boasts sustained transfer rates of up to 535MB/s read and 443MB/s write, with the company boasting that the drive is specifically engineered for Apple upgrades. The new capacity is available now for $449, which is less than the 50-cents-per-GB threshold that marks it as a good value.
New card pushes 1.1GB/s, faster than striped RAID 2.5-inch SSDs
Sonnet Technologies today announced the Tempo PCIe SSD PCI Express (PCIe) solid state drive card with a 512GB SSD module as the newest member of the Sonnet Tempo family of high-performance storage cards. The Sonnet PCIe SSD card serves as an alternative to traditional storage solutions, mounting a high-performance PCIe SSD on a card that installs into a computer's PCIe expansion card slot.¬†
best SSDs at the lowest prices
This year for Black Friday, there will surely be heaps of discounts on solid state storage devices, with many of those deals showing up online already. Right now, Newegg has the Corsair 240GB Force LS Series internal solid state drive on sale for $115. That's already a discount of 50 percent off the list price, but a $30 rebate card drops the price further to $85. Just that alone makes this the best price out there by nearly $50. Use coupon code 'NAFVC10' and checkout with Visa Checkout to bag an additional $10 in savings.
Drive brings speed, convenient upgrade for 2012 and 2013 RMBP, iMac models
Apple's Retina line of MacBook Pro notebooks have been impressive, right from their debut in 2012. Thinner than the previous model, they incorporate all of Apple's leading technologies in a slim OS X computing device. The slimness comes with a price: upgradeability is strictly limited. If you didn't buy what you needed initially, you're mostly out of luck. A few vendors have popped up to partially address the situation, among them, MaxUpgrades. The company has recently introduced an aftermarket way to expand 2012 iMac and Retina MacBook Pro computer SSD storage up to 1TB, and we've been living with the 512GB version of their aftermarket storage upgrade for a while -- see what we thought of it!
Drive can hit over 400MB/s, suitable for operating systems
Accessory manufacturer VisionTek today announced the new VisionTek USB Pocket SSD line of thumb drive-sized SSDs. The USB 3.0 drive can be used with nearly any Windows, OS X, and Linux based system, with performance of up to 455MB/s read and 440MB/s write in a pocket-sized drive.
New chip increases data density, will lower costs and power consumption
Samsung today announced that it has begun mass producing the industry's first 3-bit multi-level-cell (MLC) three-dimensional Vertical NAND (V-NAND) flash memory, for use in solid state drives (SSD). The 3-bit V-NAND is Samsung's latest second generation V-NAND device, which utilizes 32 vertically stacked cell layers per NAND memory chip. Each chip provides 128Gb of memory storage, at a lower cost per die than older technologies.
Pocket-sized solid state drive offers quick reads, falls just short of stated writes
USB thumb drives aren't the end all solutions for data transfer and traveling needs. Sometimes people want something with a little more to them, opting for larger external drives that offer greater capacities, and in some cases faster transfer speeds. One example of a bigger, faster drive is the Patriot Supersonic Phoenix. The drive is offered in a pocket-sized format that is more like a portable hard drive than a USB flash drive. But would the Supersonic Phoenix be something that consumers flock to with its SSD-like features, or should they opt for the smaller thumb drive? Find out in our review.
Crucial shooting for both price, performance in one package
While the price-per-gigabyte ratio for magnetic platter-based hard drives can't be beat, the speed that a SSD brings to the table for any computer is unmistakeable. The latest batch of SSDs have a variety of technological or price improvements, but usually there is a trade-off between technical improvement and price. The one standout that claims both is the Crucial MX100 series of drives. Electronista has been living with one as a primary boot drive in a production machine for a while now. How did it fare in day-to-day operations? Check our our review and find out.
Company shows off data center technology in a gaming application at PAX
Intel could be considering a move into a different class of data storage, one which is based on its existing solid state storage in data centers and other commercial areas. While there would still be a considerable time to get a product to the market, Intel is looking into the idea of moving its data center-class storage into the consumer retail space with PCIe solid state drives (SSD), similar to what Apple has done with the Mac Pro and MacBook Pro.
Sandisk first company besides Samsung to make TLC-based SSDs
Sandisk today announced the new SanDisk Ultra II SSD with enhanced SSD Dashboard. The new SATA-3, 2.5-inch drive ships in 120GB, 240GB, 480GB, and 960GB capacities, and is the first SSD outside of those manufactured by Samsung to use TLC flash media.
ARC 100 SATA III series features Toshiba A19 nm NAND, prices start at $75 for 120 GB
Toshiba-owned OCZ announced the release of a new series of 2.5-inch solid state drives (SSD) called the ARC 100. With the new ARC series drives, OCZ is offering solid state performance at entry-level pricing to spur consumer adoption. OCZ is selling the SATA III drives in three sizes, featuring Toshiba NAND, a three-year warranty and prices starting as low as $75.
MacBook Pro, SSDs, cameras and more
This week at Adorama.com, get the 15.4-inch Retina MacBook Pro for the sale price of $2,749. That's $250 off the list price of $2,999, and the lowest price we have seen on this MBP by the same price margin. This MacBook Pro features a Retina display, a 2.0GHz Intel Core i7 processor, 16GB of RAM and a 1TB hard drive. Included is a one-year warranty on parts and labor from Apple.
New drive promises better speed, less power use than predecessor
Samsung Electronics today launched the 850 Pro, a new solid state drive (SSD) line-up featuring Samsung's three-dimensional vertical NAND (V-NAND) flash memory technology. The new Samsung 850 Pro, unveiled at the 2014 Samsung SSD Global Summit in Seoul, offers better performance over previous models of Samsung's solid state drives, and will be available globally across 53 markets from this month.
$200 off 15.4-inch Retina MacBook Pro (Crystalwell)
This week at B&H.com, save big on the 15.4-inch Retina MacBook Pro, which has seen a $300 discount from the MSRP of $2,599, and it is about $200 less than the lowest price we have seen on this MBP anywhere else. It features a 2.6GHz Intel Core i7 "Crystalwell" processor, 8GB of RAM and and 512GB of PCIe-based flash storage. Included is a one-year warranty on parts and labor from Apple.
Performance, size emphasis of new line
Flash manufacturer Adata today launched three new SATA 6Gb/s SSDs -- the Premier Pro SP900 M.2 2242 and 2282 for Ultrabooks and desktop PCs, and Premier Pro SP910, which is aimed at gamers and video editors. Both lines of drive have been engineered with an emphasis on size, making them suitable for nearly all small form factor or thin devices.
Plexturbo takes on Samsung's RAPID for faster writing, cache writing to stop data loss
Plextor, a company known for its storage devices, has announced a new solid state drive (SSD) with first looks taking place at Computex last week. The M6 Pro is the first drive to pass an enterprise standard of testing from the company, bringing new levels of reliability in a consumer-level device. The SSD will operate at a maximum SATA III throughput of 6Gbps. It will also make use of Plextor's caching software, Plexturbo.
USB 3.0 memory stick adds SSD technology and capacity starting at $120
A new portable storage option was presented by Corsair today, aimed at consumers that need to be able to hold a lot of data in their pocket and access it quickly. The Flash Voyager GTX USB 3.0 drive puts the technology and capacity of a solid state drive (SSD) in a memory stick. The flash drive will be available in common SSD sizes, including 128GB and 256GB capacities, when it releases in July.
New research can boost speed by up to 400 percent, cut power by 60 percent
A team from the Department of Electrical, Electronic and Communication Engineering, Faculty of Science and Engineering of Japan's Chuo University has developed a new technology which will increase the speed, power usage, and product life of not only future Solid State Drives (SSD) but existing ones as well. The technology replaces existing "garbage collection" routines now in use with a new maintenance script, which reduces the effect of fragmentation by writing data on a fragmented page of storage scheduled to be erased and re-allocated next in regular housekeeping.
Four capacities of thin SSDS to be used in slim, standard storage applications
Adata, known for their RAM and flash media, has announced their newest solid state drive (SSD) offerings with the 2.5-inch Premier SP610 series. The series offers four different capacities of the drive, using synchronous MLC NAND, all sized for use with both desktop and slim PCs.
Drive uses hardware-level AES 256-bit, is FIPS 197 certified
Storage company SanDisk today announced the availability of the company's first, self-encrypting solid state drive -- the SanDisk X300s SSD. The drive, available in M.2 and 2.5-inch form factors uses Microsoft Encrypted Hard Drive hardware-based encryption, coupled with a new SSD administration dashboard to secure user data and maximize performance.
Corsair announces world's first 1500 watt titanium certified power supply
Memory manufacturer Corsair recently announced the world's first 1500-watt, 80-plus titanium-certified power supply with the AX1500i digital ATX. The new PSU makes use of the second generation of Corsair's digital architecture, allowing it to operate at 94 percent efficiency at a 50 percent load of 115 volts. At loads up to 450 watts, the power supply will also operate at a zero RPN fan mode that is "truly silent" according to the company.
QuickTime 7.7.5 now available, addresses security weaknesses
Apple has released a QuickTime update to rectify multiple security issues with its Windows version. Users who play a maliciously-crafted movie file may lead to an unexpected application termination or arbitrary code execution, caused by an uninitialized pointer issue existent in the handling of track lists, memory corruption, and more. Improved error-checking is now included, and additionally a buffer overflow that was previously present in the handling of H.264 encoded movie files has been fixed through improved bounds checking. QuickTime v7.7.5 may be obtained from the QuickTime Downloads site, and is available for Windows 7, Vista, XP SP2 or later.
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 first 1TB mSATA SSD," along with 500GB, 250GB, and 120GB versions.
New 1500-series drives available in M.2, 2.5-inch form factors
Intel today announced the Intel Solid-State Drive (SSD) Professional Family, including the Intel Solid-State Drive Pro 1500 Series. The new business-class SSDs are engineered specifically for easy IT deployment and secure manageability, and offer a lower total cost of ownership with enhanced performance over previous Intel SSD models.
New drive comes in 480GB, 960GB capacities
At the 2013 Flash Memory Summit, Samsung introduced the first solid state drive (SSD) based on its industry-leading 3D V-NAND technology. The new drive uses a new fabrication technique, giving the drive an over 20 percent performance increase and over 40 percent drop in power consumption. The new line of drives is tailored for enterprise uses. Samsung said it began producing its new V-NAND SSDs earlier this month.
New utility optimizes file structure, fixes performance on first Nexus 7
While Android 4.3 at first glance contained few outward-facing improvements, reports have surfaced that the new revision has implemented a SSD maintenance routine, TRIM, responsible for controlling which storage blocks are not currently in use by the file system. This implementation has revived some previously poorly functioning original Nexus 7 tablets, and has boosted performance in other devices.
Capacities range from 120GB to 1TB
Samsung has introduced a new range of solid-state drives, the 840 Evo series, which will be available in several capacities ranging from 120GB to 1TB. The company suggests the new notebook-size offerings are aimed at the general consumer market, marketed under the slogan "SSDs for everyone." Despite the entry-level theme, the new drives are claimed to boost performance over current budget SSDs.
Acquisition to bolster existing SanDisk enterprise storage devices
Storage manufacturer SanDisk is acquiring enterprise solid state drive developer Smart Storage Systems. The "definitive agreement" to purchase the company sees SanDisk paying approximately $307 million in cash and "equity-based incentive awards" to Silver Lake Partners, with the boardroom-approved deal expected to be completed in August.
Uses iSSD to cache data for faster transfers
Western Digital has revealed it is working with SanDisk for its 5mm (0.2-inches) thick solid state hybrid drives (SSHD) that it revealed last month. The WD Black SSHD storage, aimed at notebook manufacturers aiming to create thinner devices, uses SanDisk's flash memory technology for the solid-state portion, which works alongside the WD-created hard disk.
New Crucial drive line noted for speed, capacity, price
Memory and storage purveyor Crucial today announced the availability of the Crucial M500 series of solid state drives (SSD). Featuring terabyte-class capacity, increased response times over previous models, and an advanced feature set, the Crucial M500 2.5-inch SSD is available in 120GB, 240GB, 480GB, and 960GB capacities.
New drive features same capacity, smaller footprint than previous model
Computer product designer and manufacturer Mushkin today announced the worldwide availability of its new line of 1.8-inch Chronos GO SATA 3 (6Gbps) solid-state drives (SSD), now shipping in 120GB, 240GB and 480GB capacities.
Drives estimated at 1,500,000-hour mean time between failure
DRAM and interface card manufacturer ADATA today announced the launch of the enterprise grade SX1000L solid state drive (SSD) series. Available in 2.5-inch standard SATA drive form factor, the pair of SX1000L drives implement the advanced controller technology to enhance read/write performance.
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 of a PCI Express card-based interface, as seen in Super Talent drives in 2009.
Drive pushes mSATA capacity higher than 256GB ceiling
Mushkin has started shipping a new high-capacity mSATA SSD aimed at ultrabook and thin notebooks. The single-module Atlas 480GB drive manages to fit eight NAND flash chips and a Sandforce controller onto a single mSATA PCB, letting it catch up with the 2.5-inch form factor SSD drives in offering capacities over 256GB.
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 companyís next-generation Indilinx Barefoot 3 controller. OCZís worldwide technology hardware and firmware teams developed the new controller silicon and firmware completely in-house to enable full design control over the Vector SSD Series roadmap.
SandForce SSD capable of 450MBps sequential write speed
Kingston has extended its SSDNow line to include the V300 line. Using 19nm NAND Flash, a SATA 6Gbps interface, and an LSI SandForce 2281 flash storage processor, similarly to the SSDNow V+200 launched at the start of the year, the V300 can reach sequential read and write speeds of up to 450MB per second. Kingston claim this to be ten times faster than a standard 7200RPM hard drive.
Assassin's Creed III bundled with Pro version of drives
Samsung is hoping to attract gamers to its new 840 SSD line by bundling Assassin's Creed III with the 840 Pro. The promotion mirrors a similar offer earlier in the year, where the company offered Ghost Recon: Future Soldier, another Ubisoft title, at no charge to purchasers of its 128GB, 256GB and 512GB 830 series solid state drives.
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 boost. It does, however, signal the first time Intel has been able to successfully apply its HiK/metal gate stack used in its CPU designs to NAND production.
No reason given for departure, poor financial results suspected
SSD manufacturer OCZ Technology Group has accepted the resignation of Chief Executive Officer and founder Ryan Petersen. Filling in is Chief Marketing Officer Alex Mei. Mei will do double-duty at the company, retaining his current duties as marketing head and executive vice president until a permanent replacement is found. No reason for the executive's departure has been offered.
Driverless card hosts standard SATA SSD, boosts IO speeds
Computer upgrade vendor OWC introduced the OWC Mercury AccelsiorM, a PC and Mac bootable PCI-E controller card that will accept any single 50mm mSATA SSD. The half-height card can utilize any open PCI-E slot, keeping drive bays free for higher-capacity storage. This controller card only model joins the Accelsior PCIe SSD line, which has mounts for two SSDs, versus one in the AccelsiorM.
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 no bay or cabling for the drive.
Part of three-product announcement
Drive manufacturer Toshiba has launched three new series of 2.5-inch SSDs. The PX02AM series is intended for the consumer market. Performance and capacity are primary in the PX02SM line, with one drive reaching 1.6TB. Entry level servers are boosted with the PX03AN series using a new fabrication technique.
Deals on storage devices, HDTVs, and more
Today's deals from DealNN include price breaks on storage devices, HDTVs and more. Amazon.com now has the SanDisk Extreme 240GB 2.5-inch Solid State Drive listed as one of its Deals of the Day, complete with built-in noise reduction technology, read speeds up to 550MBps, and write speeds up to 520MBps. Currently featured at DealNN, this item has now dropped an impressive $245 off its once $399.99 list price, and can be purchased for only $154.99.
M5 Pro uses double-data protection for high data integrity
Plextor has extended its M5S series of SSD storage with an enterprise-grade "Pro" line. . The M5 Pro Series Solid State Drive uses a Marvell Monet controller for sequential read and write speeds of up to 540 and 450 MB/s respectively, and up to 94,000 read and 86,000 write IOPS. Additional use of "True Speed Technology" supposedly prevents performance drops seen in some SSDs after long-term drive usage.
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 systems built prior to 2011.
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 its reseller pricing on the 330 Series, along with its 520 Series and 320 Series.
Some prices down as much as 65 percent
Solid state drive prices have fallen by as much as 65 percent in the last 12 months, according to data. Research by The Tech Report finds that, in contrast to flooding in Thailand affecting standard hard drive production and causing price hikes, the price of SSDs is continuing to drop, with an average price drop of 46 percent -- almost half -- compared to the same point last year.
Matches yesterday's update for new MacBook Pros
Two days after issuing an update for the (then) five-hour-old new MacBook Pro line, Apple has matched it with a similar update for the new (Mid 2012) MacBook Air models. While most of even the earliest buyers have yet to receive their machines, Apple retails stores and resellers have had limited stock and thus there are owners who already need the update. The download improves graphics stability, SSD performance and external display support.
May even be standard equipment
Unconfirmed reports of Apple testing Ivy Bridge-based MacBook Pro prototypes with latest-generation SSD storage may suggest that the company is considering making the faster drives part of the standard configuration of the new machines, which are expected to utilize a super-thin redesign like the MacBook Air and debut sometime in the near future. Whether the machines would continue to offer room for traditional notebook HDDs is unknown.