Corsair has just made an announcement that it has lowered pricing on its Nova series 32GB drives to just $69.99 US after a mail-in rebate, giving more people the chance to taste some super low access times in making this a replacement boot drive for their laptop or desktop PC.
The Nova series 32GB SSD uses the Indilinx Barefoot controller and is capable of delivering read speeds of up to 195MB/sec and write speeds of 70MB/sec.
OCZs SSD line-up is reaching out into further market segments with the release of some new 1.8-inch models for ultra-thin laptops, netbooks, nettops and tablet PCs.
OCZ has launched two new series with the smaller form factor; the Onyx and Vertex 2. OCZ maintains use of the SandForce controller for the Vertex 2 1.8-inch drives and promises identical performance to the 2.5-inch version of the same series. The 1.8-inch models come in capacities of 60, 120 and even 240GB.
Samsung has a lot of SSDs that are on the market and the company makes a lot of NAND flash memory for other uses. Samsung has announced its latest SSD that packs in lots of storage and its new toggle-mode NAND.
The SSD has 512GB of storage space and will go into mass production next month. The SSD is aimed at the premium notebook market. Samsung says that the drive can reach read speeds of up to 250MB/s and write speeds of up to 220MB/s.
Most of us already know that there are more benefits to SSDs over traditional mechanical platter based storage than performance alone. Certainly for notebook/netbook users on the go, they are also more attractive due to less power consumption, meaning longer battery life from your system.
Here's another big plus which the folks at iBUYPOWER demonstrated Mythbusters style recently :-
No moving parts = much less likely to fail after some nasty shock treatment; except for when you introduce a hammer to it, that is. Although if you are intending to try your best to kill an SSD (and I can't imagine why?!) you may like to stick with a 'brand name' hammer (refer to video above).
Active Media has managed to stand out from the masses once again in the overwhelmingly large Flash Drive market with this new Ultra-Slim Key Shaped USB Drive :-
It may only be good for USB 2.0 speeds, but the design is kinda funky, shaped exactly like a key and measuring only 3mm thick which will allow it to blend in perfectly on your set of keys for practicality.
Active Media is now shipping the Ultra-Slim Key in capacities of 4 and 8GB with respective pricing of $12.95 and $21.95 through Amazon and at their webstore.
Jumping in with the trend, Super Talent has brought out its new TeraDrive CT series of solid state drives to play that also use the proven SandForce SF-1200 series controller.
This new series comprises the Extended level variants with slightly larger capacities across the board at 60, 120, 240 and 480GB.
Super Talent gives comparable read and write rates to other SSD makers SF line-ups of 285MB/sec and 275MB/sec, respectively.
In continuing advances for mechanical storage, the next big thing is the 'Advanced Format' standard which enables higher capacities to be achievable along with improved error correction. Western Digital has already rolled out some drives that use Advanced Format and other HDD makers will inevitably be following suit in the near future.
However, it's not a perfectly smooth transition in the industry due to an issue with older OS's (as recent as Windows XP) not supporting Advanced Format's 4096-byte sectors. Western Digital gets around this issue by providing a software solution that emulates 512-byte sectors, but the downside to that is extra preparation time and inconvenience for users wanting to quickly add a new drive to their system for access.
Europe will soon be getting Lite-On's iHBS212 internal Blu-Ray writer which can burn to BD-R discs at the fastest possible rate to date; 12x speed.
The new drive uses the SATA interface along with an 8MB buffer, as well as featuring LightScribe technology for use with supporting discs.
Storage peripherals maker Addonics has just dished up a couple new CFast memory cards and some adapters that give PC users the ability to connect the new cards via a SATA port for some extra solid state storage, giving read and write rates of up to 100MB/sec and 40MB/sec, respectively.
The two new CFast cards use MLC NAND Flash and are CF Type 1 compliant. The 8GB one will set you back $98.40 and the 32GB one $189.60.
There are three adapters which differ for the purposes of different mountings. One is designed to be an internal bridge that will work either inside notebooks or desktops, while the other two differ in that one is designed to take up a PCI slot and one fitting into a 3.5-inch drive bay.
Toshiba has begun shipping a new Enterprise level series of 2.5-inch hard drives dubbed MBF which include the largest capacity SFF Enterprise HDD offerings available on the market at this time.
Being enterprise level, the MBF series use the SAS 6Gbps interface and spin at a rate of 10,025RPM. They carry a 16MB buffer and can be purchased in capacities of 300, 450 and 600GB.
Our Deal of the Day today is the Buy.com - Cavalry 500GB Portable Hard Drive for $59.99 after Rebate with Free Shipping.
Offer: $20 rebate brings it down to just $59.99 for 500GB of USB 2.0 portable storage space on the go. Rebate expires 6/16/10.
COMPUTEX Taipei 2010 - You might remember that we tested what may end up being the world's fastest SSD at ADATA's Computex booth last week. The next day we went back and picked the drive up to do some additional testing on Cameron's X58A-UD7 and set his system up to the same specs as my dual test systems based on the same motherboard and Intel 975 EE processor. AVADirect supplied Cameron's and my Intel 975 EE procs.
The ADATA S501 128GB in engineering sample form is actually a 1.8" drive that rests in a 2.5" case. No word if a true 1.8" drive will be available but with the S501 hitting just over 400MB/s read speeds wouldn't it be something to have the world's fastest drive selling in the 1.8" form factor.
COMPUTEX Taipei 2010 - What do you call 56 SandForce 200GB SSDs, 7 LSI SATA / SAS RAID Controllers, 1 Supermicro dual Xeon Workstation board, dual Antec 1000 watt PSUs and a couple of hours spent setting it all up? Patriot is calling the setup Artemis II but I think we all agree that anything other than bad ass is an understatement.
It might not be the most conventional SSD array but it is the most impressive found at Computex this year.
Seven LSI 9260-8i controllers like the one we use here at the office for testing SAS drives fill the Supermicro workstation board. Each controller is capable to running 8 drives without using an expander. Patriot also managed to shove 12, 4GB sticks of memory in the board.
COMPUTEX Taipei 2010 - OCZ is currently the undisputed leader of desktop solid state drives but the company isn't stopping there. At Computex 2010 several enterprise and prosumer products were on display leading us to believe that OCZ will be looking to make a push in these markets.
The most innovative of the products shown is this little black box with an undisclosed SSD or array of SSDs inside. The box connects to a controller card through a propriety link, the cable is a standard mini SAS but signal sent by the card and SSD are not compatible with standard SAS controllers. The read speeds are said to be 930MB/s, write speeds of 790MB/s with 75,000 IOPS (4K Random). I will take the 4 channel controller and four black boxes plz.
WD has just rolled out some new Apple-friendly external HDDs under its My Book Studio LX series. Along with design characteristics to blend in with your iMac, G5 or MacBook Pro, the units offer FireWire 800 connectivity as well as USB 2.0 for compatibility across all PCs.
The drives come formatted to suit the Mac in capacities of 1 or 2TB at respective pricing of $199.99 and $269.99 with a 3 year warranty.
In the market for a good deal on a nice and fast SSD? The one going over at MyDigitalDiscount is as good as it's going to get. OCZ has been offering big rebates on their super quick SandForce driven Vertex 2 E series drives for a while now and the really good news is they've chosen to extend the offer.
If that wasn't enough to entice you already, the fact that the folks at MDD have cut the price down even more should be, giving you the lowest price on the web for a proven SSD that certainly won't dissapoint. Hell, MDD is so confident you'll love your purchase that they are even giving you a 15-day, no strings attached, money back guarentee incl. shipping.
Deal of the Day: Fantom GreenDrive II 1TB USB 2.0 & eSATA External Hard Drive with 2 Year Warranty for $64.99 after Rebate with FREE Shipping
Our Deal of the Day today is the Buy.com - Fantom GreenDrive II 1TB USB 2.0 & eSATA External Hard Drive with 2 Year Warranty for $64.99 after Rebate with FREE Shipping.
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Deal of the Day: Seagate ST31000528AS Barracuda 7200.12 Hard Drive - 1TB, 7200 rpm, 32MB, SATA-3G, OEM for $39.99 plus Shipping after Rebate
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Offer: TigerDirect has a great price on this on this 1TB SATA-3G internal hard drive at just $39.99 plus shipping after $30 rebate (expiring 6/18/10).
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COMPUTEX Taipei 2010 - We stopped by the TEAM Group booth where Gini gave us an introduction to one of their newest product lines. They haven't had a hard drive enclosure in the past, but they seemed thrilled to talk to us about them and they are surely a big focus for the Taiwanese company that is traditionally been known to be strong in memory.
We get a look at two models, one is USB 2.0 and the other is USB 3.0 and they come in a range of colors including racing car red that looks pretty impressive.
COMPUTEX Taipei 2010 - We have a stack of Computex info to get out over the next couple of days. The show officially ended today but the amount of content we created is enough to fill an entire months worth of news.
At the show we learned that SandForce's latest firmware, MP2 has been released to manufacturers and they are now in the process of getting everything validated for use. If you are lucky enough to own one of these awesome SSDs be on the lookout for new firmware hitting the support download pages soon.