SSD

  • You get what you pay for, with SSDs and just about everything else

    You get what you pay for, with SSDs and just about everything else

    My aunt called last night to ask about a laptop she saw advertised in the weekly circular. It had most of the features she wanted, and was priced lower via the ad than she’d seen online for a similarly configured laptop. This led to a brief discussion of name brand preferences for laptops, and the price differences between them. I had to explain to my aunt that you get what you pay for… Read More

  • Active releases a new set of SSDs

    Active releases a new set of SSDs

    Solid state hard drives are increasing in popularity mainly because more are reaching the consumer market, therefore driving down prices. But most are still a bit pricey. Active has a new 1.8-inch set, however, that’s a bit more affordable if you don’t mind forgoing storage capacity. Read More

  • SSD Roundup: the drive to succeed

    SSD Roundup: the drive to succeed

    I got up this morning and started thinking about the next thing I wanted to add to my PC. Like many of you, I’m into upgrading when I see fit to increase performance, and I think that putting Windows 7 on an SSD might be the way to go. So, like many of you, I decided to look at some of the most recent reviews and see what looked interesting from the price/performance standpoint. Read More

  • Corsair unleashes the Force SSD line

    Corsair unleashes the Force SSD line

    Forget about the just-announced Corsair Reactor and Nova SSDs because you’re not going to want those after you hear about the upcoming Force models. This new line forgos the Indilinx Bareboot controller for the faster SandForce SD-1200 processor, which enables the Force line to read at 285MB/s and write at 275MB/s. Yeah, that’s quick. Trim support is also present on the SATA II… Read More

  • Plextor's first SSDs are now available for your consumption

    Plextor's first SSDs are now available for your consumption

    It seems like nearly every computer accessory maker has a line of SSDs now and Plextor just joined that club with two SSDs. The company showed off its upcoming models at CES 2010, but now both the 64GB and 128GB options are available — for a pretty price. Read More

  • The just-announced Corsair Reactor and Nova product lines are SSDs, not UFP starships

    The just-announced Corsair Reactor and Nova product lines are SSDs, not UFP starships

    Corsair isn’t a new player in the SSD game, but it has some new entries for your consideration. The Reactor and Nova series are both solid performers, but offer slightly different benefits for different users. While the speedy Nova series zips files along at 270MB/s (read) and 195MB/s (write) thanks to the Indilinx Bareboot controller, the Reactor models have slightly slower speeds… Read More

  • HyBrid enclosure to hold SSD and standard drives

    HyBrid enclosure to hold SSD and standard drives

    Raidon showed off their new HyBrid drive enclosure recently, a strange combination of an SSD drive enclosure and a SATA enclosure. It’s not an external device mind you, but rather an internal drive cage that will read and write to the SSD, and then mirror the process to the SATA drive. Read More

  • SanDisk G3 solid state drive boasts speeds up to twice as fast as 7200 RPM drives

    SanDisk G3 solid state drive boasts speeds up to twice as fast as 7200 RPM drives

    It’s beginning to look like Expensive Speed Day here at CrunchGear, what with the USB 3.0 products and now this solid state drive from SanDisk. The G3 SSD is a solid-state drive available in 60GB and 120GB capacities for around $230 and $400, respectively. Read More

  • Coming soon: Postage stamp-sized 1TB SSDs

    Coming soon: Postage stamp-sized 1TB SSDs

    SSDs haven’t found their way into the mass market yet, but a team of Japanese researchers is already trying to make them more worthwhile. The team claims it has developed a technology that helps to shrink the size of SSDs by no less than 90%, makes them cheaper and boosts energy efficiency by 70%. Read More

  • SSD sales up last year, despite recession

    SSD sales up last year, despite recession

    So it wasn’t all bleak last year, SSD manufacturers experienced a 14% increase in sales, along with a total of over 11 million drives sold. That’s a whole lot of memory chips. Read More

  • Seagate finally shows up at the solid state drive party with an enterprise offering

    Seagate finally shows up at the solid state drive party with an enterprise offering

    Seagate, the big huge hard drive company, has just now officially announced its first ever solid state drive. The press release title says “Seagate Introduces Its First Solid State Drive: Pulsar” and above the title it says “December 08, 2009.” To be fair, Seagate CEO Bill Watkins hasn’t been keen on solid state drives, saying a little over a year ago that his… Read More

  • OCZ Colossus finally hits retailers

    OCZ Colossus finally hits retailers

    Get your wallet ready; OCZ’s Colossus line has finally hit the shelves. We were expecting them back in August, but it seems that there must have been some difficulties. Read More

  • Toshiba announces two new mini SSDs weighing just 9 grams

    Toshiba announces two new mini SSDs weighing just 9 grams

    Toshiba today announced it has developed mini SSDs (pictured on the right hand side) that are just a seventh of the size of existing 2.5-inch drives. The Toshiba drives will features a mini-SATA (aka mSATA) interface connector, as specified by the Serial ATA International Organization (SATA-IO) just yesterday. The new specification is designed for notebooks and similar portable devices. Read More

  • Kingston starts shipping SSDNow V+

    Kingston starts shipping SSDNow V+

    Boasting blistering read and write IOPS speeds, Kingston has just announced that the latest SSDNow drives, V+, are now shipping. Ranging from 64GB up to 256GB, the V+ drives have claimed read and writes speeds of 220MB/s and 180MB/s, respectively. The 2.5-inch drives are priced as follows for the 64GB, 128GB and 256GB models: $254, $500 and $992. Yikes. Read More

  • OCZ's 1TB SSD Colossus due out this month for ~$2500

    OCZ's 1TB SSD Colossus due out this month for ~$2500

    Introduced at Computex in June, the aptly named Colossus 1TB SSD from OCZ is expected to hit store shelves later this month, says Gizmag. The 14.1-ounce 3.5-inch drive claims to have a read speed of 250MB/s and write speeds up to 220MB/s via SATA2. The RAID 0 compliant drive will supposedly hit store shelves later this month for ~$2500. Read More

  • OCZ Colossus puts several SSD peas in one 3.5" pod

    OCZ Colossus puts several SSD peas in one 3.5" pod

    This is something we’ve seen in super-high-end storage systems, but is now being implemented on a enthusiast consumer level. The OCZ Colossus, within its featureless 3.5″ enclosure, sports two RAIDed SSD drives mounted to a single PCB. You can bet it’s going to be fast, though the RAID controller is apparently rated to “only” 260MB/s. With two drives (or four in… Read More

  • Lexar rolls out fastest Crucial SSDs to date, the M225

    Lexar rolls out fastest Crucial SSDs to date, the M225

    SSDs are still mad expensive, but Lexar has just announced a wicked fast line of Crucial SSDs, M225. Available in 64GB, 128GB, and 256GB, the 2.5-inch drives boast 250MB/sec read speeds and 200MB/sec write speeds (256GB model). All three drives sport a SATA 2.0 interface and a five-year warranty. Snag one now for $170 (64GB), $330 (128GB) or $600 (256GB). Crucial Read More

  • Corsair announces new Extreme! SSD! Drives!

    Corsair announces new Extreme! SSD! Drives!

    For high performance drives, SSD seems to be where it’s at these days. Corsair is at the forefront of the market, and just announced three new drives that definitely bring speed to the party. Now if they could only increase the capacity without being Extreme!ly expensive. Read More

  • Super Talent's MasterDrive SX SSDs would go great with an old MacBook Pro

    Super Talent's MasterDrive SX SSDs would go great with an old MacBook Pro

    Do you have a MacBook Pro? No, the new one with the gimped SATA transfer, but the one before it. Good, because Super Talent, which just won the prize for least presumptive company name, has a new line of solid state drives, dubbed the MasterDrive SX series, that may interest you guys. Write speeds are rated at up to 200MB/s sequential, not burst. Yes, that’s pretty fast. Read More

  • Toshiba to roll out world's first notebook with 512GB SSD

    Toshiba to roll out world's first notebook with 512GB SSD

    SSDs are picking up steam in the computer market (although there were some bad news), and so it comes as no surprise that today Toshiba announced the world’s first laptop featuring their self-developed 512GB SSD [JP]. The Dynabook SS RX2/WAJ went on sale in Japan today already and costs $4,000. Read More