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Following suit of their high performance/high capacity flash drives, Patriot are extending their SSD series - launching the Ignite.
The Patriot Ignite SATA III SSD is claimed by Patriot in their latest press release as "one of the fastest drives available, the Ignite has record shattering speeds and impressive capacities to boost PC performance at a cost efficient value." Being released in 480GB and 960GB versions, these SSDs are Patriot's largest offerings yet.
To help you fill your spacious drive and access your programs as fast as possible, the "Patriot Ignite utilizes the new Phison S10 controller to reach a maximum sequential read and write speeds of up to 560MB/s and 545MB/s respectively and backed by a SATA III 6.0 Gb/s interface." This speed and storage comes at a price however, with the 480GB edition set to cost you $214.99 on release this month alongside it's bigger brother, the 960GB, which will cost users $404.99.
If quick and easy storage is on your mind, Patriot have just announced the release of their next-generation Supersonic Magnum and Rage USB flash drives. Both of these products feature USB 3.0 capabilities and massive storage options.
First off the rank is the Supersonic Magnum 2, 3.0 USB Flash Drive - boasting read and write speeds reaching 400MB/s and 300MB/s. As quoted in a recent press release, "it's the fastest high capacity/high performance USB flash drive on the market". They aren't joking about high capacity either, with 256GB and 512GB options to be released all wrapped up in their study matte black industrial grade metal housing.
Said to be able to withstand forces of 15Gs, this product also comes with a handy detachable cap to help keep everything clean - however you'll likely lose it as always seems to happen with these products.
CES 2015 - Hardware manufacturer Corsair launched its Neutron Series XT line of high-capacity solid state drives, with the 240GB, 480GB, and 960GB capacities shown off.
The Neutron XT line provides sequential read speeds of 560MB/s and sequential write speeds of 540MB/s, utilizing every inch of the SATA 6GB/s interface. Corsair's speed advantage over traditional hard disk drives and low-end SSDs is a major selling point among gamers and PC enthusiasts. The 7mm casing allows it to be installed into PCs or laptops supporting a 2.5-inch drive bay.
The Corsair Neutron XT line of SSDs are available now - Neutron XT 256GB ($149.99 MSRP), Neutron XT 512GB ($269.99 MSRP), and Neutron XT960GB ($539.99).
Storage Visions 2014 - Larry O'Connor briefed us on the latest products they have developed for Apple products. They are offering an external dock that features a Thunderbolt connection, 5 USB 3.0 ports, two HDMI ports, and a speed of 20 gigabits.
OWC is also touting their aluminum USB 3.0 external flash drive that is engineered specifically for Macbook users. OWC also offers a full range of smaller Thunderbolt enclosures to provide enhanced storage performance for Apple users.
Storage Visions 2015 - Jeffrey Chang stopped by the booth to discuss the second-generation M.2 EP1 SSD, which offers a faster x4 PCIe Gen 2 connection and power fail protection.
The EP1 weighs in with a 4K random read speed of 120,000 IOPS and 20,000 write IOPS. The EP1 delivers this performance with low latency in the range of 30/40 microseconds. LiteOn also offers customizable firmware to address varying workloads and applications.
Richard Leonarz, the Senior Marketing Manager at Samsung, stopped by the TweakTown booth at Storage Visions 2015 to speak about the new external Samsung USB 3.0 SSD. The Samsung Portable SSD T1 features Samsung's exclusive 3bit V-NAND and is designed to provide the ultimate storage performance for external drives.
The T1 comes in 250GB, 500GB, and 1TB capacities. The Portable SSD T1 provides 450 MB/s sequential read/write speeds, along with 21,000 random read IOPS and 8,000 write IOPS. The SSD also supports AES 256-bit encryption to provide data security. With a lightweight design off roughly one ounce the Portable SSD is good for on-the-go applications. Like all SSDs, the Portable SSD is shock resistant. This is an important consideration for both causal and professional users alike.
Being one of the few companies to support UHS-II capable devices, Patriot have expanded their line of flash storage cards, adding a new range of storage solutions to their series ranging from 16GB to 64GB.
Featuring a read speed of up to 270 MB/s and a write speed of up to 250 MB/s, these cards can record video in 4K UHD and capture photos instantly on any supportive device, meaning it's suitable for both professional and amateur users.
Patriot's Flash product Manager, Meng Jay Choo, explained the use for this new technology in Patriots recent press release, stating "the new EP PRO-II SDXC is the latest, highest-performing SD card available today, meeting the new SD 4.0 specifications and a growing demand for higher performance with faster speeds."
If USB flash drives aren't quite your thing and you're looking for something with just a little more room for a nice price, Seagate have announced their "SEVEN" - the world's thinnest external drive. Coming in at seven millimeters thick and with 500GB of external storage, this whole package will only set you back $100.
Now we know the price isn't amazing, seeing as you can get general 1TB external drives for as cheap as $60 through Amazon, the Seagate Seven is the closest size you'll get to a USB key device, which will set you back around $350 for only 256GB
Available in five colors and coming sometime early this February, Seagate's new wireless 500GB external drive series will set you back only $130 on release.
If you're looking for a handy storage and backup solution, without the need for plugging in various mobile and laptop devices, this kind of storage solution may suit you perfectly. However, to keep the costs down Seagate have had to cut some corners.
Without focusing too much on the negative, if you're looking to use the wired feature on this device only a USB 2.0 option is available - something that's pretty disappointing in today's age of technology, but understandable in order to keep the costs low.
Storage Visions 2015 - WD has a new 4TB HDD that works in tandem with an integrated SSD with up to 128GB of capacity. The new drive connects via the new SATA Express (SATAe) connection, which communicates over the PCIe bus. This is accomplished with a new cable that plugs into a special port embedded on the motherboard. SATAe has been in the works for several years, and new products are just now coming to market that can utilize the blazing speed of the connection. WD's implantation comes as two separate drives merged into one, which allows users to either use a caching setup or install the operating system directly to the SSD, and use the HDD as storage. Another key point is that the ASRock and GIGABYTE systems on display have the integrated connectors. This signals that major motherboard manufacturers are already leveraging the new technology.
The Prototype version of the drive comes in 4TB and features 128GB of JMicron flash. It communicates via the PCIe Gen 2 x2 connection. There is no external RefClock cable needed, which is a big improvement over the early versions of SATAe drives.
There is also a Prototype II version. We were able to obtain the spy pics, but have no further information on the difference between the two drives. We will follow up with more details later in the day.
The Prototype II version was on display in a RAID configuration.
Here we can see the new larger SATAe connector and cabling on the left.