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Where's Vin Diesel? Because the fast, and the furious just arrived in the form of a new SSD from Texas Memory Systems (TMS). The company has announced the world's fastest PCI Express-connected, flash-powered solid-state drive, the RamSan-70.
TMS' RamSan-70 uses 685GB of single-level cell (SLC) NAND flash parts, which only 450GB of usable. The rest is given to overprovisioning and RAID parity storage for reliability and performance purposes, as well as sporting a pretty decent PowerPC CPU.
TMS also claim that the RamSan-70 can reach an astounding 2,500MB/sec sustained read, with anywhere between 300K-1,200K read input/output operations per second (IOPS). This is all backed up with a write latency of 30 microseconds,with bandwidth being sustained through a PCI Express 2.0 x8 slot. Isn't that the hottest few lines of text you've ever heard regarding storage? I think so.
TMS also claims that the the RamSan-70 is the fastest flash-based SSD around, considering rivals OCZ with their RevoDrive 3 maxing out at just 1GB/sec read and 130k write IOPS. Comparing that to TMS' solution, it now feels slow.
But, the RamSan-70 is aimed mainly at the professional market, considering there's no cost yet, it could cost you an organ. But, can it run Crysis?
Seagate Australia today announced their new range of external hard drives targeted to the consumer market. The new Backup Plus external hard drives come in both 2.5-inch (Portable/Slim) and 3.5-inch (Desktop) form factors with the same Universal Storage Module (USM) adopted in 2010 by Seagate. USM allows the user to switch between USB 3.0 (included), Firewire 800 (purchased separately) or Thunderbolt (also purchased separately) input connections with a modular connector attached to the hard drive. These USM connectors work interchangeably with the previous GoFlex line from Seagate.
A lot of people do not backup their data regularly, data that may hold a lot of value to us. According to Seagate's research on the average Australian's backup strategy; 69% do not regularly back up content from home computers and notebooks, 77% of consumers do not backup the data on their phones & tablets and a huge 93% of Australians do not backup their photos and videos from social media websites.
The reasons behind these statistics are varied and explaining these reasons will probably call for another article. However, the biggest obstacle is probably the lack of knowledge from the public and also, the notion that backing up data is complicated to do...
MSI's reflexes are great, doctor approves their entry into the SSD market with the MSI Reflex Series of SSD's
There were rumblings of this just days ago, but it appears that MSI are officially entering the solid-state drive (SSD) business. Enter MSI's Reflex Series of SSDs. Reflex will come in three sizes, 60GB, 120GB and 240GB with model numbers of RX-60, RX-120, and RX-240 for the respective sizes. MSI's Reflex Series of SSD's are based on the SandForce SF-2281 processor.
All drives will be based on the SATA 6Gbps standard, with the RX-60 capable of 525MB/sec read, 495MB/sec write and 85k IOPS, the RX-120 is slightly faster with 550MB/sec and 515MB/sec for read/write, respectively, backed up by 90k IOPS. Finally, the RX-240 sports 560MB/sec and 525MB/sec for read/write, respectively, with the same 90k IOPS.
Unfortunately, no information is available regarding price, or availability. As soon as we get one of these bad boys into our labs you can be sure we'll put it through some testing.
It looks as though OCZ are hard at work on a new Indilinx controller, where according to CEO Ryan Peterson, the Barefoot 3 controller is currently in production over at TSMC. OCZ expects to offer sampling drives based on the Barefoot 3 controller by September.
Peterson also revealed the progress on the new SSD controller during a conference call with financial analysts. There's not much information on the chip itself, but it reportedly sports a 32-bit, 400MHz "Aragon" processor, with a SSD-specific RISC instruction set. Peterson also said that the chip's "primary IT blocks" are licensed from a third-party.
OCZ expects these new Barefoot 3-powered SSDs to outperform their current offerings, obviously, with Peterson mentioning a "significant performance increase over [OCZ's] current products", but he didn't provide any numbers. We should expect Barefoot 3-powered SSDs from OCZ sometime before the end of Q3 2012.
Western Digital announces new range of Red hard drives aimed at the NAS market, coverage from their Aussie event
Western Digital Australia today announced their new range of hard drives at a media event in Sydney with a few of their NAS partners; Promise, QNAP & Synology. The WD Red NAS drives are the newest addition to the Western Digital hard drive family, specifically designed for SOHO and prosumers that utilise a 1-5 bay Network Attached Storage (NAS) in their network.
All NAS vendors were approached to ensure that their products were compatible with the new WD Red NAS drives. Both ARM & Intel chipsets are supported.
Western Digital explains that the NAS market is the fastest growing market in hard drives. "People are purchasing diskless NAS systems and worry about which hard drives are compatible," said Albert Chang, Senior Product Marketing Manager for WD, "We want to make the perfect choice clear."...
If you thought those current 600GB HDDs at 10,000RPM were good, Toshiba have just bettered them. Toshiba's new AL13SE range of HDDs come in sizes of 300GB, 450GB, 600GB and 900GB. All of them run at an insane 10,500RPM.
The new drives promise a 32-percent increase in sustained transfer rates when compared to previous-generation drives. They also send and receive data through a 6Gbps SAS 2.0 connection. Toshiba have kept pricing under wraps at this point in time.
Western Digital have just announced a fresh new series of HDDs, this time bound for Network Attached Storage (NAS) devices. Enter the WD Red NAS HDDs, designed specifically for SOHO NAS systems with one to five bays. WD have had the Red series of HDDs compatibility-tested with top NAS box manufacturers for power and performance, which is something that is perfect for NAS setups.
WD's Red NAS drives come in 1TB, 2TB, and 3TB capacities, all in the 3.5-inch form factor. WD's Red line sports NASware technology, which is designed to improve reliability and system performance, reduce customer downtime and to simplify the integration process. WD's Red customers also get something special, free premium 24x7 dedicated support, and a three-year warranty.
Western Digital's Red line of HDDs is their fourth color to enter the market from the company, with the other colors being Black, Blue and Green. WD puts this down to the "Power of Choice", with their storage solutions clear and easy to identify. Blue for "solid performance and reliability for everyday computing", Green for "cool, quiet, eco-friendly", and then we have Black which features "maximum performance for power computing", and of course, Red for "home and small office NAS".
Pricing on the drives is not too bad, with MSRP for the 1TB, 2TB and 3TB being $109, $139 and $189, respectively.
Corsair's Force Series of SSDs are some of the best in the world, and decently priced, so Corsair have added another member to the Force Series family. Corsair have just announced the Force Series GS, which sports the current-generation SandForce SF-2281 controller with Toggle DDR NAND in order to create Corsair's fastest SSD yet.
Corsair's Force Series GS sports a maximum random 4K write of up to 90K IOPS, features SATA 6Gbps connectivity, TRIM support and continues its 2.5-inch form factor. Corsair have made the Force Series GS available in four capacities, 180GB, 240GB, 360GB and 480GB with prices ranging from $189.99 to $489.99, depending on the capacity. Performance varies a little bit depending on the drive, too:
- 180GB: 555MB/s read, 525MB/s write, 90,000 Max Random 4k Write IOPS
- 240GB: 555MB/s read, 525MB/s write, 90,000 Max Random 4k Write IOPS
- 360GB: 555MB/s read, 530MB/s write, 50,000 Max Random 4k Write IOPS
- 480GB: 540MB/s read, 455MB/s write, 50,000 Max Random 4k Write IOPS
Seagate haven't really bothered with the rocketing solid-state drive (SSD) business, but it looks as though those thoughts are about to change. Seagate have just struck a deal with Seagate controller maker DensBit.
Seagate wants its new friend DensBit to help them build "low-cost, high-performance" consumer SSDs. Consumers are destined to get slower, but denser 3-bits-per-cell memory made on a 20nm-or-loss process, while business-class drives will reach 2-bits-per-cell flash.
There's no ETA on these SSDs, but we should expect them in the not too distant future and we should also see Seagate pour considerable resources, time and sweat into SSDs over the coming years.
We often forget just how incredible the technology in a spinning drive is. We just take for granted that the size and speed of said drives will just keep increasing without thinking of the incredible speeds already present in the drives. Take for example the actuator arm in the video: it moved back and forth 22 times in just a mere 0.25 seconds.
That works out to just over 0.01 seconds per movement. Incredible. It's not recommended that you try this at home as opening the case of an HDD will allow dust in and will kill the drive extremely quickly. Additionally, most people don't have cameras capable of 1000fps just laying around in their homes.
That said, the video shows just how incredibly nimble and beautiful the inner workings of a disk drive are. That said, a solid state drive is faster and still one of the best upgrades you can do for a computer.