I had a lot of stuff come in this morning. First the iPad 3G, then Zotac's next-generation ION box and a bunch of NDA'd CPUs. A little earlier in the week however I got a delivery of a few new SSDs that I've been diligently working on. While the point of This Just In was to catalog parts as they come in so you could see what I'm working on, one particular SSD was too interesting to not start testing right away.

Starting at the very left we have Patriot's Zephyr, a JMicron JMF612 based value drive. Next to it we have the long awaited OCZ Onyx, a $99 Indilinx Amigos based SSD (Amigos is literally half a Barefoot in terms of channel count). Number three is OWC's Mercury Extreme SSD. This is the same product we reviewed a while back but it's been updated to use a SF-1200 controller instead of the original SF-1500/SF-1200 hybrid it used. I asked for it to confirm the controller used inside. The final item on the list is the exciting one. Note that it has no label, it doesn't even have a product name at this point. It may be something new entirely or carry an existing brand. I'll leave you all to speculate as to what it is, but I've hinted at it in a recent SSD piece. It's nothing earth shattering but it is an option I was curious about.

Expect to see some of these reviews crop up over the coming days!
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  • DigitalFreak - Friday, April 30, 2010 - link

    Anything interesting about those NDA CPUs? ;0)
  • aegisofrime - Friday, April 30, 2010 - link

    You get SSDs for free along with a nice note attached to it, asking if you need anything more. I wish I had a job like yours! :D
  • JTKTR - Friday, April 30, 2010 - link

    I know that it says nothing groundbreaking but I would believe if it was an intel drive. It looks a sleek as the old intel ssds
  • Chloiber - Friday, April 30, 2010 - link

    I don't think it's an intel drive.
    Maybe JetStream? Who knows? ;)
  • pattycake0147 - Friday, April 30, 2010 - link

    I'd agree with the assumption that it's a JetStream. I'm looking forward to see how other 6Gb/s drives are going to perform compared to the C300.
  • Qapa - Friday, April 30, 2010 - link

    Could it be a Jetstream one?

    In any case, are there any news about the JetStream? When should it come out? Anyone knows?

  • Chloiber - Friday, April 30, 2010 - link

    Sampling should have started in Q1 2010, according to Dailytech:

    - 500MB/s
    - SATA 6Gbps
    - DDR NAND
    - Release 2010

    So this would be a perfect match. And the SSD is coming from OCZ: remember, Anand also hat an engineering sample of the OCZ Vertex. Everything is pointing to Jet Stream imho.
  • pattycake0147 - Friday, April 30, 2010 - link

    I definitely think it's an OCZ. If you look at the full size image you can see the enclosure has a sharp rectangle cut out for a sticker. All of the OCZ drives have the same enclosure. Other manufacturers have similar enclosures, but the rectangle cut-out has rounded corners. The OCZ drives have, and this one has sharp corners on the cutout. That combined with the fact that Anand mentioned JetStream in the Vertex 2 review makes me think it hax to be an OCZ JetStream drive. My question is when it will be released.
  • KayDat - Friday, April 30, 2010 - link

    The new SSD automatically decides whether data should reside on the SSD or on a HDD amright? I remember reading a mention about it, and I was pretty excited.

    If I'm right, do I get a prize? ;]
  • Andypro - Friday, April 30, 2010 - link

    The mysterious black one has to be an Intel 25nm SSD :-D

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