Helping spread recognition and availability of their SSD products, OCZ has just announced a distribution agreement with ArchBrook Laguna which will make their products more widely available in unique retail channels that include college bookshops and TV shopping networks.
ArchBrook Laguna is a leading solutions provider with more than twenty-five years experience supplying specialty consumer electronics and computer products to the nation's retailers. Offering a full range of technology products, ArchBrook Laguna will focus on delivering OCZ's complete lineup of SSDs through its many e-tail and retail partnerships, most of which are assorted new outlets for OCZ products to be made available without overlapping the current channel.
Full details in the press release here.
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While SSDs have gained a lot of momentum and are becoming more widely adopted by the day, there's a big big need for high capacity mechanical drives as well and 2TB ones are all the rage for storage buffs.
There is, however, quite a variety of 2TB drives on the market nowadays and from a performance standpoint it's difficult to know for sure which one is strongest in this dept.
The folks at Hot Hardware give a helping hand in making your choice on which to go for if performance is also important to you. They've gotten hold of no less than nine 2TB drives (along with a 1TB for comparative measure) from the likes of WD, Seagate and Samsung which they throw in the pit to see which fares strongest in overall performance.
A well recommended read for those of you looking to expand your storage with the largest available capacity HDDs currently on the market.
Corsair's ruggedized Flash Survivor family of flash drives has just been given a new addition in the Flash Survivor GTR; combining toughness with performance.
These new drives come in capacities of 32 and 64GB and feature both a tough aluminum shell as well as the implementation of quad-channel technology to enhance performance; the same technology Corsair uses for its recently launched Flash Voyager GTR series.
Corsair says the new Flash Survivor GTR series can achieve read and write rates of up to 34MB/sec and 28MB/sec respectively. Corsair gives the drives a 10 year limited warranty for added satisfaction.
Samsumg has just reached a new milestone, releasing the worlds first 20-nm NAND flash suited to embedded memory solutions and SD memory cards ranging from 4 to 64GB.
Along with the benefits of 20nm (cheaper to make and better densities), Samsung claim their new 20-nm class NAND flash memory is more reliable and around 30% faster than its 30-nm MLC chips that are found in existing 8GB and higher SD cards.
This should result in us seeing cheaper class 10 SD cards with read and write rates of 20Mbps/10Mbps for the market a little later this year.
For further details, check out Samsung's full announcement here.
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When you think of hard drives typically, you think of computers. These are some of the most common devices to have hard drives in them. However, HDDs are in lots more places today including cable boxes and our cars.
Toshiba has announced a new HDD specifically for the automotive market called the MK2060GSC. The drive is the highest capacity at 200GB in the market for automotive use. The HDD is aimed at telematics and entertainment systems.
The HDD has a single platter, uses the SATA interface, and spins at 4200rpm. Toshiba promises a 78% improvement in internal transfer rate compared to other solutions on the market. The drive is also very robust with a wide temperature, altitude, shock and vibration tolerance range.
In the ever growing SSD world Patriot has just added to the mix with its latest Zephyr range of solid state drives using JMicron's JMF612 controller.
This series together with JMicron's latest generation controller gives capacity options of 64GB, 128GB and 256GB and carries 64MB of DDR2 cache. The drives also support Windows 7 TRIM feature and boast respectable read and write rates of up to 240MB/sec and 180MB/sec, respectively. Patriot ships all Zephyr SSDs with a 3 year warranty.
For further information, check out the official announcement here.
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Quickly following the launch of a couple new SSDs based around the very impressive SandForce-based controllers under their Agility and Vertex families, OCZ has also just refreshed its Colussus 3.5-inch SSD line-up with a new Colussus LT series.
These new LT variants use 34nm MLC NAND Flash memory chips along with a pair of Indilinx controllers for internal RAID and 128MB of cache on the SATA 3.0Gb interface.
OCZ stamps this new series with a MTBF of 1 million hours. The drives offer a maximum read/write rate of 260MB/sec with 15,000 IOPS on 4k random reads/writes. They are available soon in 120GB 250GB, 500GB and 1TB capacities for $399, $799, $1549 and $2875 respectively.
Sharkoon has extended its popular QuickPort ranga of hard drive docks with the release of its QuickPort Combo eSATA HDD dock that allows for both 2.5 and 3.5-inch sized drives to be dropped into it for easy access.
It's also possible to connect IDE based 3.5-inch drives to it via another separate panel at the front of the dock.
The dock has dimensions of 71 (H) x 133 (W) x 95 (D) mm and weighs just over half a Kg. There are both power and HDD LEDs on front to let you know whats happening as well as two forms of PC connectivity at the rear, the old USB 2.0 standard and the more favourable, but not as common eSATA connection.
Sharkoon is shifting this particular model of the QuickPort series at an MSRP of 36.90 Euro.
We've learned in recent reviews from Chris where he checks out two of the latest and greatest SSD controllers about in the SandForce SF-1500 and SF-1200; these are seriously quick controllers that don't break a sweat in running rings around the likes of Indilinx etc. albeit it's not surprising the latest and greatest also means drives harnessing this controller come at a greater cost.
However, OCZ knows there are plenty of enthusiasts out there who want the best and have introduced new variants of its Vertex and Agility series SSDs that use the SF-1500 and SF-1200 controllers respectively.
The new Vertex 2 is the faster of the two using the enterprise SF-1500 controller and is capable of 285MB/s read and 275MB/s write rates. It can also deliver 4KB random writes at up to 50,000 IOPS.
The more mainstream positioned Agility 2 series is still super fast with its proven SandForce SF-1200 controller and can deliver comparable read and write rates to the Vertex 2 series, but will sit at a lower price point and have lowered 4KB random writes at up to 10,000 IOPS.
Both the Vertex 2 and Agility 2 series of SSDs can be purchased in capacities of 50, 100, 200 and also 400GB (though the 400GB variants won't be available for a while yet due to a delay on firmware availability). The drives both feature TRIM support for Windows 7 and stick with the SATA 3Gbps interface. OCZ includes a three year warranty on both series.
For further details, check out OCZ's full announcement here.
The folks at Super Talent have just introduced a new range of SSDs to market aimed at budget conscious people looking to get a nice taste of SSD performance while not breaking the bank.
Super Talent calls the new series Value SSD, or VSSD for short. The drives have rated read and write rates of up to 150MB/sec and 100MB/sec respectively, depending on which capacity model you buy.
The VSSD line comes in capacities as small as 8GB (kind of useless given it's too small for Vista and Windows 7, but avid XP users might like this one), moving up to 16GB, 32GB and 64GB sizes.
Super Talent gives the 8GB model an MSRP of $65, moving up to $175 for the top-end 64GB model.
For further information, you can read Super Talent's full press releae on the new VSSD line-up here.
Samsung has just enhanced its SpinPoint range of 2.5-inch hard drives with the new MP4 series which while not as impressive performance wise as an SSD, will still be particularly attractive as an upgrade for many notebook users with its 7200RPM rotational speed, SATA 3.0Gbps interface, 16MB of cache, NCQ support and Samsung's own Dynamic Balancing, SilentSeek and NoiseGuard technologies to ensure quiet operation.
The new SpinPoint MP4 series comes in capacities ranging from 250GB to 640GB. Samsung claims a performance improvement of 30% over previous 2.5-inch SpinPoint models.
Samsung is shipping to OEMs sometime this month. No word on pricing just yet.
OCZ has just unveiled its fourth generation PCI-Express based solid state drive it calls the Z-Drive R2.
This is one seriously nice piece of kit, unfortunately set back by the extremeties of pricing that keeps it way up the enterprise chain. It betters the original Z-Drive in several key areas, with the biggest step forward being in the choice to use better optimized NAND modules onboard.
Without the SATA bottleneck and connecting directly to 8 PCI-E lanes, the eight-way RAID 0 configuration of the new Z-Drive family can deliver read and write transfer rates of up to a whopping 1.4GB/sec; this being on the flagship Z-Drive R2 p88 model that comes in 1 or 2TB capacities.
Nestled just beneath the p88 is the p84 model that still gives incredible performance of up to 850MB/sec read and 800MB/sec write rates in capacities ranging from 256GB to 1TB. And lastly there's the m84 variant which also comes in capacities from 256GB to 1TB, with the 1TB model giving read and write rates of 800MB/s and 750MB/s respectively.
The other cool factor about these drives is that they're made to be bootable for OS use and also feature interchangeable memory modules that give a more flexible upgrade path.
Pricing isn't yet disclosed. But we all know the figures on these will be far beyond what the majority of us are prepared to pay on a piece of computer hardware.
For further details, you can locate OCZ's official PR here.
Western Digital has just released a new generation of Velociraptor hard disks to market which we first touched on in a posting yesterday.
For the most part the new series hasn't changed drastically, but it does bring with it SATA 6Gbps support, 32MB cache and in the case of the top-end model, twice the capacity at 600GB.
WD claims a 15% performance gain from the new series of Velociraptors when compared to their previous gen line-up. We were hoping to have our full review online in time for launch today but unfortunately our sample arrived late and Chris is still hard at work in finishing it up; hopefully we'll have it ready before the day's out.
In the meantime, you can find several other sites with full reviews of the new series Velociraptors via the below links :-
For further details on the new features of these Velociraptors, check out the full press release here.
WD are about to unleash a new generation of Velociraptor hard disks, which while a little dimmer in the market due to the now dominant SSD wave, are still an attractive option for many and offer excellent performance in comparison to other traditional platter drives of today.
The new series of Velociraptors are scheduled to be unveiled in just over 24 hrs from now and while there's a tight seal on what's allowed to be disclosed about them at this point, sources have leaked some of the main points of interest.
The drives will continue to be based around a 2.5-inch form factor, but will come with a 3.5-inch mounting frame that is icepack reloaded, doubling as a heatsink. Capacities will start at 150GB, moving upward to 300, 450 and 600GB capacities.
In typical Raptor fashion, the drives will run at 10,000RPM whilst carrying 32MB of cache, sport the latest SATA 6Gbps interface and have a 3ms latency.
Western Digital claims a sustained transfer speed of 145MB/sec with these drives. Noise levels are at about 37 dBA. Western Digital has also implemented NoTouch ramp load technology which means reduced wear over time. The drives will also be backed by a five-year warranty.
Chris is expecting his next-gen Velociraptor drive in anytime now and we should have our full review of the drive online as soon as the NDA lifts tomorrow, so stay tuned and watch out for that one.
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Today seems to be the day for world records to be broken in the performance area and probably loads of LN2 to be consumed around the world.
Corsair just sent out an announcement that using no less than eleven new Force F200 SSD drives with an Areca 1680i RAID controller (the same one I personally use - it's impressive!) were able to smash the PCMark Vantage world record by almost 2,000 points.
The previous record holder, SteveRo from Xtreme Systems, managed to score 31,333 PCMarks also with a new Intel Core i7 980X processor, but obviously not as many SSDs. The Corsair Labs team were able to score a new record of 32,947 PCMarks to beat the former best score by around 5%. You can see the results over at this page.
Corsair used Windows 7 64-bit with a 980X CPU overclocked to 5362MHz on an EVGA X58 SLI Classified motherboard with 6GB of Dominator GTX2 memory also of course overclocked to a frequency of 2144MHz with CL7 timings. For graphics, an ATI Radeon HD 5870 video card was used.
Anyone else going to break a world record today? We'll be waiting for you here!
WD has polished the top-end of its Scorpio Blue series of 2.5-inch sized hard disks with the introduction of a 750GB model that's made possible thanks to 375GB sized platters (x 2).
This is a standard height 2.5-inch sized drive and will therefore fit into pretty much any 2.5-inch bay of a notebook, netbook etc. with the SATA interface. WD's press release also makes multiple mention of it being one of the quietest 2.5-inch mechanical HDDs on the market.
The WD Scorpio Blue 750GB (WD7500BPVT) are now shipping to distributors and resellers with an MSRP of $149 U.S. Dollars. These come with a three-year warranty.