SSDs

The gaming segment continues to experience rapid growth in the PC market, and we have seen PC component vendors come up with launch events specifically targeting gamers. Seagate's inaugural Virtual Gaming Event (SG21) is the latest in this list, and the company is announcing its latest flagship SSD - the FireCuda 530 at this event. With its PCIe 4.0 x4 interface, there is a significant jump in sequential access speeds (reads up to 7300 MBps). This has has an ideal target market in the gaming segment, with the fast load times making a visible difference in the user experience. The drives in Seagate's FireCuda SSD series have typically been based on Phison controllers using custom firmware (with the company's preferred term being 'Seagate-validated'), and...

Crucial Releases RealSSD C300 Firmware Fix, Bricks More Drives?

Back in March I posted an update on my experiences with Crucial's RealSSD C300. In it I pointed out that not only had my review sample apparently bricked itself...

21 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 5/4/2010

Corsair add 32GB and 256GB models to their Nova SSD range...

Corsair have announced today that they are expanding their Nova SSD range to include both the 32GB and 256GB models. Using the Indilinx Barefoot™ controller, Corsair is marketing...

6 by Ian Cutress on 5/4/2010

The Impact of Spare Area on SandForce, More Capacity At No Performance Loss?

No, it’s not the new Indilinx JetStream controller - that’ll be in the second half of the year at the earliest. And it’s definitely not Intel’s 3rd generation X25-M...

32 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 5/3/2010

This Just In: New SSDs from Patriot, OCZ & OWC

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...

23 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 4/30/2010

OCZ's Vertex 2, Special Sauce SF-1200 Reviewed

Last week we reviewed OCZ's Agility 2 SSD with SandForce's standard, mass production SF-1200 firmware. This week we're back with the Vertex 2. For an extra $20 you get...

44 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 4/28/2010

This Just In: OCZ Vertex 2 SandForce-1200 SSD with Special Sauce

Next week I'll have more to report on than just SSDs, I promise. Until then, the SandForce festivities continue with today's arrival: The OCZ Vertex 2. As you may have...

47 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 4/22/2010

OCZ's Agility 2 Reviewed: The First SF-1200 with MP Firmware

SandForce made news last week, but for some not so great reasons. It turns out that the production firmware on SF-1200 drives drops random small file write performance by...

62 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 4/21/2010

This Just In: OCZ Agility 2 SandForce-1200 SSD

Things move in real time around here. Just yesterday we published an article detailing the differences between SandForce's SF-1200 and SF-1500 controller. We also pointed out that the mass...

36 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 4/17/2010

Understanding SandForce's SF-1200 & SF-1500, Not All Drives are Equal

Less than 24 hours ago I was called into a meeting with SandForce, the SSD controller manufacturer that has been on fire lately. The company makes two controllers: the...

84 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 4/16/2010

Corsair's Force SSD Reviewed: SF-1200 is Very Good

Late last year we were told that SandForce's client controller, the SF-1200 wouldn't be as solid of a performer as the SF-1500. It would be on par with Indilinx's...

63 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 4/14/2010

This Just In: Corsair Force 100GB SSD (SF-1200)

Testing is nearly complete on the last Corsair SSD that came my way, but this morning UPS dropped off another surprise: the Corsair Force SSD. Based on a derivative...

42 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 4/13/2010

This Just In: Corsair Nova 128GB SSD

I haven't taken a look at a new Corsair SSD in a while. The company started out by shipping relatively uninteresting Samsung based SSDs, but since then we've seen...

12 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 4/10/2010

Intel X25-V in RAID-0: Faster than X25-M G2 for $250?

Intel has been shipping its value 40GB X25-V SSDs for a little while now, but the official launch was just 11 days ago. In our review we found...

87 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 3/29/2010

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