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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!
Super Talent have made big strides in the SSD market since the birth of their MasterDrive family. Today they have unveiled two new "OX" and "PX" series drives to the lineup which take performance to a whole new level.
The OX series are MLC NAND Flash based solid state disks which use an all new multi-channel SATA-II (3.0 Gbits per sec) controller to help push transfer rates up to 150MB/sec (sequential read) and 100 MB/sec (sequential write), with the drives' capacities available in 32, 64 and 128GB.
Looking at the more advanced (and expensive) PX series, these are SLC NAND Flash based SSDs with incredible transfer rates on tap. The PX series is capable of 170MB/sec sequential reads and 130MB/sec writes. Capacities for these come in at 32 and 64GB.
Super Talent reveal the RRP on its 128GB MasterDrive OX drive to be $419. You can find out more details on the two new series of SSDs within the official PR here folks.
San Jose, California - September 16, 2008 - Super Talent Technology, a leading manufacturer of Flash storage solutions and DRAM memory modules, today added two new series of SSD products in their MasterDrive family that deliver substantially faster performance than existing SSDs.
Super Talent Director of Marketing, Joe James commented, "In this, our third generation of SATA SSDs, we've taken performance to incredible new heights, with sustained read and write speeds that will leave any hard disk drive in the dust. At the same time, our MasterDrive SSDs are among the most cost effective solid state storage solutions available."
Here I was thinking that a 32GB pen drive was pretty insane and over the top, Corsair has unofficially launched a massively-sized 64GB version of its popular Flash Voyager pen drive.
64GB is enough to store around 13,000 MP3 songs or about eight 720p movies.
If you need that amount of storage in your pocket, you can pick up one of these drives for £127.65 ex VAT from CCL over here. That works out to be around $229 USD.
A quick report over at the ChannelRegister says that we should be seeing 2.5" hdds with capacities of 1TB+ by early 2010. Unnamed sources are confident that both Western Digital and Fujitsu will reach the milestone by such time.
Seagate doesn't get a mention as recently WD has been dominating the top-end capacity field with 250GB, 320GB and just now the shipment of 500GB 2.5" drives while Seagate plays catch-up. Though, this trend could change quickly as Seagate are reknowned for bringing sudden surprises to the storage market.
Toshiba's storage devision has just reached a new milestone, delivering the world's first dual-platter 1.8" HDD with a whopping 240GB capacity. Being just 1.8" in size, it allows for massive amounts of storage in devices such as portable media players, camcorders and ultra-mobile PCs. Codenamed MK2431GAH, the drive measures 54 (W) x 71 (D) x 8 mm (H), features a PATA interface and spins at 4,200RPMs.
Additionally, Toshiba has also introduced two more single platter HDDs with 120 and 80GB capacities, each bearing similar specs to their big 240GB brother.
All drives are said to be in full production by the end of the month. You can find the press release here for further information.
A little known memory company, Ao-LAB, has had an innovative idea that, now we've seen it, we can't imagine why no one came up with it before. The company has taken your average USB flash drive and stuck an eSATA interface on one end. Simple, yet brilliant.
USB has certain benefits particularly in terms of its ubiquity, but with more and more motherboards and notebooks being fitted with eSATA connectors specifically designed for plug & play storage applications, why aren't we making the most of them and instead using the much slower USB bus for transferring data?
Thanks to the eSATA connection, Ao-LAB's flash drive is capable of read speeds of 75MB/s and write speeds of 25MB/s, which for point of reference significantly outperforms all of the USB flash drives tested in our recent roundup review. However, don't expect performance levels to match a high-end notebook SSD. Those drives typically use significantly more expensive SLC flash (versus the Micron MLC chips in this device) and/or more complex memory controller ICs which is why they cost several hundred dollars each.
Other nice touches Ao-LAB added to the drive are the ability to get operating power through the eSATA port (the product would be a lot less appealing if we had to carry around a separate power supply), and a mini USB port on the other end in case you find yourself needing to transfer data with a system that doesn't have eSATA.
Dimensions of the drive are 79x29x8mm, so slightly wider than a typical USB drive. It is available in 8GB, 16GB and 32GB capacities priced at $295 HKD, $450 and $790, a slight premium over average flash drive prices, but still cheaper than some "high-speed" models from brand vendors.
The only downside is that the product doesn't seem to be available outside of Hong Kong unless you are prepared to run the gauntlet using a certain online auction site. We have contacted the company to ask what its plans are for selling overseas.
An analysis of Intel's blueprint for its SSD offerings, was the subject of this recent report.
Not only has an 80 GB X25-M model taken its place on the launch pad today, but it has also got off to a highly acclaimed start, judging by some of the evaluations it has been subjected to.
The flavour which, is endowed with sustained Read/Write speeds of up to 250 MB/s and 70 MB/s respectively, received a coveted Editor's Choice award at HotHardware, who deemed its real-world write performance, as the fastest they've seen to date.
The Tech Report, on the other hand, found that whilst Intel's offering was exceptional at its best, the situation wasn't as impressive when stressing its slower write rate.
A Gold Award later from PC Perspective, the X25-M is deemed a success and it is expressed that Intel's SSD offerings are apparently causing waves amongst the company's competitors too.
Finally, the anticipated 160 GB offering is at the forefront of ExtremeTech's thoughts as the X25-M powers its way into the marketplace.
Intel is clearly set to re-ignite the SSD marketplace with its blazing portfolio and this, can only be good for end-users.
Buffalo has updated its range of USB and NAS external storage products with new designs for its DriveStation TurboUSB, LinkStation Live and LinkStation EZ series.
The LinkStation EZ is available at $169.99 USD for a 500GB version and $269.99 for 1TB. It comes pre-installed with a 7200 RPM SATA hard drive and supports Gigabit Ethernet. As per the name, setup takes just four steps, the first of which is "take it out of the box and plug it in".
Moving up the range we have the LinkStation Live available at $199.99 (500GB) and $299.99 (1TB). The extra coin gets you iTunes and DNLA media sharing, web access, expandability via USB as well as printer sharing among other features. As with the EZ series, Live models include a 7200 RPM SATA hard drive and Gigabit Ethernet port.
On the other end of the scale we have the DriveStation TurboUSB available in a range of capacities from 320GB ($89.99) to 1TB ($229.99). Buffalo says that these boxes are able to transfer files over USB up to between 20% and 37% faster (40bps) than other USB hard drives, but we'd have to test this out in our labs before we can back that claim.
Finally, Gizmodo has details of an upcoming LinkStation series box with support for up to four 3.5" drives in RAID 5. This device is said to include iTunes/DNLA media sharing etc. as well as support for Apple's Time Machine backup system.
Expect these to hit late September in $560 (1TB), $710 (2TB) and $1,300 (4TB) versions.
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