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Jason Cross and the crew over at Extreme Tech have recently posted up a piece explaining how they installed a new Intel X-25 solid state drive into a PlayStation 3 gaming console.
The article offers a look into the future at what upcoming consoles might use in terms of storage. Intel X-25 is screaming fast - there are no doubts about that - however, it is still limited by the slow Blu-ray drive when installing games.
However, when it comes to starting and loading various points in a range of games (Mercenaries 2, Grand Theft Auto IV, Devil May Cry 4 and Grand Turismo 5 Prologue), the different is quite significant. Of course, a rather big difference was noted when installing games that were downloaded directly to the drive.
For instance, Devil May Cry 4 with the normal hard drive installed takes 50 seconds to load from the PlayStation menu into the title screen. Whack in an Intel SSD and that time drops right down to 36 seconds.
If you can afford the $600 USD or so for the SSD, check out all the SSD PS3 craziness over here.
Intel announced just recently that it has started shipping the 32GB version of its X-25E Extreme SATA 2.5-inch form factor SSD.
The X-25E is the most expensive of Intel's line of solid-state drives using high-speed SLC (single level cell) memory. Intel claims its drive is capable of up to 250MB/s sequential read speeds and up to 170MB/s sequential write speeds.
Intel achieves this breakthrough performance through innovations such as 10-channel NAND architecture with Native Command Queuing, proprietary controller and firmware efficient in advanced wear-leveling and low write amplification. The 32GB X25-E is capable of writing up to 4 petabytes (PB) of data over three-year period (3.7 TB/day), and double that for the 64GB version - delivering outstanding data reliability.
Intel says that the 32GB capacity drive is in production now with a price of $695 each for quantities up to 1,000. Furthermore, the 64GB version is expected to sample in the fourth quarter with production estimated in Q1 2009.
You can get the full run-down at the press release we uploaded here.
During Apple's launch of the new MacBook Pro 2008 edition, they surprised many by announcing that the MacBook Air would also get a bit of a refresh with the inclusion of the NVIDIA GeForce 9400M GPU.
Not only that, the storage gets bumped up to a 120GB HDD and on the most expensive model, you can get the Air fitted out with a 128GB SSD.
Additionally, the microDVI port is out and has been replaced by a mini DisplayPort, as with all the new models that have so far been spoken about today during the event being held at the Apple HQ, which is not yet over.
The lower-end Air will set you back $1799 USD with 13.3" backlit LCD display, 1.6GHz Core 2 Duo with 6MB L2 cache, 2GB DDR3-1066 memory and a 120GB HDD.
The higher-end model will set you back $2499 USD and you get the same as just mentioned except a faster CPU running at 1.86GHz and a spiffier 128GB SSD.
Read on as the live blogging coverage continues over at Engadget. BTW, lovely work guys!
Last week Kingston began selling its 32GB DataTraveler 150 pen drive, adding to its already extensive list of flash products on the market presently.
Dressed up in a stylish orange and black look, the drive is perfect for those looking to carry around serious amounts of data in their pockets.
Best of all, Newegg is carrying the DT150 for a very reasonable $80 USD - you can pick it up over here.
If you're mega serious about your storage space and like to go about consolidating all your drives into a dedicated, neat NAS unit, chances are you've probably heard of LaCie's 4big Quadra; a 4-bay NAS capable of holding up to 6TB of data using 1.5TB drives.
6TB still not enough? LaCie didn't seem to think so; they're now advertising the new 5big Network Attached Storage unit which can take up to five 1.5TB drives, thus offering a highly impressive 7.5TB storage capacity. Of course, there are a stack of RAID configuration choices available, no less than seven in fact.
The NAS runs dimensions of 220 x 196 x 173 mm and offers connectivity via USB 2.0, Gigabit ethernet and three eSATA ports. The 7.5TB model will set you back a hefty $1,900, but for peace of mind it's backed by a 3-year warranty.
For further good measure, Lacie also bundle their Genie Backup Manager Pro and Intego Backup Manager Pro software suites with the units.
You can read more about the 5big Network NAS series at the product page here folks.
Transcend has quite the assortment of USB Flash Drives on offer under its popular JetFlash lineup, but this new T5 series is the company's most compact yet.
Measuring just 29.9mm x 15.3mm x 6.1mm (L x W x D), with a weight of just 2 grams, the JetFlash T5 series has highly rugged plastic casings with retractable USB connectors which are both water and shock resistant; they'll take a major beating before anything nasty can happen.
The orange/black drive has a 2GB capacity whilst the white/black one is 4GB. You can read further details about the T5 series of Flash Drives here folks.
Transcend Information, Inc. (Transcend), a leading manufacturer of flash memory products, today introduced a new ultra-tiny USB flash drive, the JetFlash® T5. Measuring just 29.9mm x 15.3mm x 6.1mm (L x W x D), the T5 is incredibly compact, and only weighs a mere 2g. Unlike other miniature USB flash drives, the T5 is constructed with non-breakable plastic and is rugged enough to resist bending, stress, vibration, shock, and even full water submersion. Its retractable connector design and eye-catching two-tone color schemes with intricate hexagon patterns not only make the drive easier to handle and use, but also give it a unique fashion accessory look.
Western Digital has just unveiled its new ShareSpace line of storage solutions, marketed towards the business/corporate sector where centralized mass storage is the key to a smoother operation.
The ShareSpace allows for up to four HDDs and is available in either 2 or 4TB configurations. It can be connected either by USB 2.0 or Gigabit ethernet and its residing GreenPower series hard disks can be set to operate in either RAID 0 or 1, with the 4TB version also allowing for a RAID 5 config.
The unit comes bundled with WDs own automatic backup and remote accessing software and also features support for Microsoft Active Directory. It is now available for purchase at select retailers and WDs online store at an MSRP of $699.99 USD for the 2TB model and $999.99 USD to shift up to 4TB.
LAKE FOREST, Calif. - Sept. 30, 2008 - WD® (NYSE: WDC), the world's leader in external storage solutions, today introduced its new WD ShareSpace high-speed network storage systems that provide cost-effective, centralized storage for small office and home networks. WD ShareSpace represents WD's first entry into the small-office network storage market, where it plans to bring to a new class of users the ease-of-use, design and value enjoyed by millions of WD My Book® and My Passport customers.
I'm sure some of you can relate when I say that the more storage you invest in for your server/main PC, the faster you tend to fill it. With that said, I bet many of you were drooling when Seagate announced they were working on a whopping 1.5TB desktop drive as a new member to their Barracuda 7200.11 lineup. Some of us can never have "enough" space, so bring on the big drives!
The new 1.5TB monster is set to hit retail channels over the course of the next few weeks, with Newegg reportedly advertising it with stock in hand at a highly attractive price point of just $190.00 USD.
The first known review of the drive and its performance characteristics has gone live over at XTREME CPU where he pits the drive up against a Samsung Spinpoint F1 1TB drive and also WDs Velociraptor 150. Naturally its access times can't touch the 10,000RPM Raptor, but the dense platters allow it to dish out some pretty nice transfer rates.
As soon as I saw the announcements on Seagate's 1.5TB drive I was intrigued. When I saw the price on Newegg (a mere $189.99) I assumed that this drive would be slow. I'm not even sure why... I guess it just seemed like a brand new 1.5TB drive for a reasonable price would have to have some sort of catch.
So, I decided that XCPUs.com should do a review. But, doing a review on a single hard drive would be pointless, so I had to get some contenders. I had a limited budget, so I had to pick my hard drives carefully. I decided on a Velociraptor 150 (since they an undeniably fast drive) and a Samsung Spinpoint F1 1TB drive (since it's an industry standard 1TB drive).
SSDs are certainly in fashion, judging by the number of advancements and offerings we have been seeing over the past few months.
Buffalo Technology, states this article from TechConnect Magazine, will be introducing three 2.5" SSD SKUs later this month.
Forming part of Buffalo's SHD-NSUM family, the drives will offer both SATA 3.0 Gbps and USB interfaces, whilst weighing in at, a svelte, 70 grams.
MLC NAND flash chips, as expected, do the honours, yet information regarding transfer speeds is sparse at this time.
Shipping in 30, 60 and 120 GB flavours, expect a pricing range between $153 and $459, respectively.
OCZ is obviously looking at clearing stock of its older Core Series 64GB SSD SATA-II drives at the moment.
Newegg is the closest retail partner of OCZ in the US and it shows from what we are seeing here today. You can pick up yourself one of these older version and a bit slower (than the newer Core V2 drives) Core Series 64GB drives for just $99 USD after the massive $70.00 mail-in rebate offer that they have on at the moment.
If you are looking to get in on the SSD action and possible RAID 0 a couple of these now cheap suckers for some kick ass performance, head on over to this website and pick up a couple while they are at this really wicked price.
I might just do the same!