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Computex Taipei 2009: A-DATA had plenty on display at its Nangang booth, but for us, clearly the most interesting thing was its SSD demonstration showing off eight A-DATA 500 Series SSD's configured in RAID 0.
We were provided with an run-down of the setup - watch it below:
Computex Taipei 2009: A newcomer that has just popped up recently is a company called InnoDisk and they are all about memory and SSD related products.
We hooked up with Steven and others who gave us a video introduction of their amazingly small and impressive 128GB Nano SSD drives. Also explained is the storage revolution moving from 3.5 inch hard disk drive, 2.5 inch SSDs and down to Nano SSDs.
Pretty incredible, right? The tiny little drive was functioning without fault with 20g's of accelerative force being placed on it.
Rather than just pumping out new SSD models as fast as it can like some companies have been doing lately, Kingston is trying something a little different.
Kingston has introduced the SSDNow V series bundles which should make upgrading to an SSD easy as can be. The bundle includes step-by-step instructions, mounting brackets, cloning software, and even a 2.5" USB SATA enclosure when you get the laptop bundle.
This should attract mainstream consumers that aren't quite so tech savvy but would like to have the benefits that SSDs provide. Right now Kingston has two desktop and two notebook bundles available, each coming in 64GB and 128GB flavors. Prices range from $149 to $284 and Newegg currently has them available.
Our Deal of the Day today is the Dell Small Business - Seagate Momentus 2.5" 500GB 7200RPM 7200.4 Hard Drive for only $86.39 Shipped FREE!.
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Super Talent has released a new set of drives that are aimed at Dell Mini 9 users, giving them an option to upgrade their storage capabilities without hacking their netbooks apart.
Super Talent's new drives are available in two forms, the standard Half Mini PCIe form factor and Super Talent's innovative Double Wid Half Mini PCIe form factor. Both feature the Dell Mini 9's cusomt IDE interfaces to ensure that the drives are simply plug and play.
The new drives are available in sizes ranging from 16GB in size up to 128GB, reaching speeds of up to 80MB/s. The drives are available immediately and will cost between US$74.99 and US$379.99.
"For the first time ever Mini 9 users can upgrade their netbooks with a high performance 128GB SSD without any case modifications. We installed the hardware in less than 60 seconds and reinstalled the operating system in less than 30 minutes. We started thinking about how we could better solve our customers' problems, when we saw them posting videos online sawing their case apart to put in larger SSDs. So we innovated and invented the Double Wide Half Mini PCIe form factor to make upgrading to a high capacity SSD a whole lot easier."
While most SSD companies have left IDE users in the dust, Super Talent is still catering to those searching for IDE SSDs.
The new EX2 and IX2 MLC and SLC drives come in a 2.5" package and have an IDE interface. The MasterDrive EX2 can reach read and w rite speeds of 80MB/s and 40MB/s respecively, while the IX2 will get up to 80MB/s and 60MB/s.
"Many embedded and ruggedized portable PC customers still need IDE drives, and the MasterDrive EX2 and IX2 series give them the performance they deserve in a rugged and reliable device." said Jeremy Werner, Sr. Product Marketing Manager Super Talent. The EX2 series of drives are available in sizes ranging from 16GB to 128GB, while the SLC based IX2 drives are only available in sizes from 16GB to 64GB.
Patriot Memory has announced that the company will be expanding their product lines and soon be offering the Corza NAS unit.
The Corza is a dual-bay unit that supports 3.5" hard drives up to 2TB in size, offering up to 4TB of storage. Storage can be configured in RAID 0, RAID 1, or JBOD offering speed, redundancy, or ease of use.
Patriot says that the Corza will offer Gigabit Ethernet to support the streaming of multimedia, however it is not sure as to whether it will act as a media server. It will however offer an FTP server for access to files anywhere there is an internet connection available.
Patriot seems to be playing its cards close on this one and hasn't offered up any more information, not even a picture of the device or memory specifications. It wouldn't be surprising to see at least a prototype on display at Computex however.
"Storage network devices, like the Corza, will be the next mainstream consumer product," says Saeed Arash Far, Patriot's Engineering Manager. "Much like the home computer or VCRs revolutionized the 1980's and 1990's, home networks are continuing to grow and expand. The typical home has multiple systems and users, Corza allows you to connect all those computers to one network. No longer will you have to use portable devices; such as, USBs or SD cards to transfer data from computer to computer. Store it all on your home network and access it from any computer on the internet."
Western Digital has kicked a rather impressive drive out of the nest and into the big scary world. This drive has the amazing capacity of 2TB (yes that is 2,000GB. But it is not all capacity WD has dumped their GreenPower and SilkStream technology in to it as well.
The new drive will sell under the name WD-AV-GP and is marketed at the DVR/Media Center people out there. With GreenPower you get a 40% power savings over similar drives (ummmm just how many 2TB drives are out right now.) and with SilkStream you get the ability to seamlessly stream up to 12 HD media streams at once.
The drive will also come with 32MB of cache and a price tag of around $300.
Read more here.
"Our consumer electronics customers require hard drives that consume less power, generate less heat, and operate quietly," said Jim Welsh, senior vice president and general manager of WD's branded products and consumer electronics groups. "Audio and video recording applications, such as DVRs, media servers, media centers, and mainstream surveillance systems, often demand 24x7 operation from hard drives. Our drives meet the demanding requirements of these markets including higher reliability, universal compatibility, low power consumption and the ability to simultaneously record multiple audio and/or high-definition video streams."
OCZ has announce a new line of SSDs that they say provides the best of both the performance of cutting-edge technology and unmatched reliability.
The new OCZ Summit Series SSDs come in a durable 2.5" aluminum casing and are meant for all areas of computing for the enthusiast, small-scale enterprise, and professional-class storage devices. OCZ claims that the Summit Series of SSD's will achieve read speeds up to 220MB/s and wire speeds up to 200MB/s.
All the Summit Series of drives also have 128MB of onboard cache for faster data access. OCZ is offering the drives in 64GB, 128GB, and 256GB sizes, however there is no mention of availability or pricing. Those interested in reading the full press release can catch it here.
"OCZ's SSD lineup offers drives for the complete spectrum of applications, and the new Summit SSD's cater to both enthusiast level consumer and enterprise customers," said Alex Mei, CMO of the OCZ Technology Group. "Making use of premium flash and a large 128MB cache, the Summit SSD delivers a combination of high speed, excellent compatibility, and superior reliability in mobile, workstation, and entry-level enterprise computing applications."
Offering a robust upgrade from traditional platter-based drives, OCZ Summit Series SSDs have a compact form factor with no moving parts resulting in quiet and cooler operation. For crowded cases and system builders striving for multiple drives in RAID configurations, OCZ Summit SSDs offer space and cost-savings that use significantly less power thanks to the benefits of high-quality flash chips in a durable 2.5" aluminum casing.
Super Talent has released a new firmware upgrade for their UltraDrive SSDs and have also announced that all new UltraDrive SSDs are shipping with the new firmware.
The new firmware, version 1370, provides an increased maximum sequential read speed for both the UltraDrive ME and UltraDrive LE, bumping them up to 260GB/sec maximum. Sequential write performance has also been increased, driving the UltraDrive ME to 200GB/sec maximum and the UltraDrive LE to 210GB/sec maximum. Because of the increased performance, Super Talent is touting the drives as the "fastest SATA 3Gb/s SSDs in a small 2.5" form factor."
Other than the increased speeds, the new firmware also adds support for the TRIM command. This will enable improved performace with Windows 7. Topping off Super Talent's improvements is the new "Ultradrive Performance Refresh Tool," allowing users to refresh the performance of their drives should the experience performance degradation due to file fragmentation and stale data.
San Jose, California - May 15, 2009 - Super Talent Technology, a leading manufacturer of Flash storage solutions and DRAM memory modules, announced it is now shipping its award winning UltraDrive SSDs with Firmware version 1370 which enables improved performance when used with Microsoft® Windows® 7. Super Talent has made a firmware upgrade tool available at http://www.supertalent.com to allow existing owners to improve the performance of their UltraDrive SSDs.
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We've just been sent a rather interesting picture from a Taiwanese motherboard maker.
After MSI announced its first motherboards with Power Over eSATA recently, we just had to get a look at one of the compatible cables to get a full grasp of the technology. And as it turns out, it seems like MSI isn't the only one to take on the new eSATA concept released by SATA-IO earlier this year.
The shot below is of a Power Over eSATA cable that bridges from a single eSATA port to a connector that includes the normal SATA power and data connectors. You'll end up seeing cables like this at the start and later "normal" single eSATA cables that transmit both data and power.
We suspect during Computex Taipei to be held early next month that we will see many motherboard makers showing off new boards with Power Over eSATA and we may even seen SATA products without power connectors, but they'll like stay on for backwards compatibility.
MSI is in a bragging mood today as they talk up their newest products with power over e-SATA conections. Although there are other products out with power over e-SATA ports MSI is the only one making a big thing of it right now.
They are telling anyone that will listen the model numbers of their products with this new wonder.
Of course Asus and even Acer have products with this handy little feature on them also; so MSI's claim of World's First does not hold much water.
Read more here
the Power over eSATA specifications made by the Serial ATA International Organization enable both data and power to go through the same cable.
Adopting Power eSATA, MSI has started bragging with its current products which include this feature, and the list includes one motherboard (790FX-GD70 - the first AM3 board to have Power eSATA), and no less than eight notebooks - the NB PX600, GX620, GX720, GT735, EX620, EX623, EX630 and EX720. Other manufacturers will likely embrace Power over eSATA too but when it comes to the "world's first" title, MSI has already claimed it.
Corsair has announced its latest addition to the SSD market, the Storage Solutions P256 high-performance 256GB solid-state drive.
The new drive utilizes speciall selected Samsung MLC flash memory and is backed by a Samsung controller as well. Topping it all off is 128MB of super-fast cache and NCQ for sppedy, stutter-free performance.
Corsair says the P256 SSD delivers read speeds of up to 220MB/sec and write speeds of up to 200MB/sec. The bump up to 256GB allows for plenty of storage space for even the enthusiast to utilize as the main drive in almost any PC.
The Corsair P256 drive can be found at a few etailers and a quick search shows that it can be found for around US$660. Corsair is backing the drive with a two year warranty.
The Corsair Storage Solutions P256 delivers the best computing experience of any single storage drive available today," said John Beekley, VP of Applications Engineering at Corsair, "Using the P256 results in immediate and dramatic improvements in system startup and shutdown, game level loading, application startup, and many other everyday tasks. Additionally, the P256 is more durable and reliable than hard disk drives, and has been shown in the Corsair Labs to provide up to 25% longer battery life in portable computers.
Here is some news that everyone will get into, in our forums there is a new contest going on.
The contest is simple and the prize is a great one. You get that chance to win a Runcore 128GB Pro IV SSD a $599.99 value. To win this you need to be a registered member and will have to answer a couple of questions.
Pretty easy huh? But wait there is more. The drawing will be on Saturday Evening and the winner will have their new Runcore 128GB Pro IV SSD on Tuesday morning. Now waiting around for weeks and weeks, you win, you get it by Tuesday.
Enter to win here
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As expected, Intel has just announced price cuts to its line of X25 and X18 SSD drives.
Start at the top of the line, the 160GB SSD has dropped in price down to $630 and the smaller form factor sized 80GB X18-M down to $320. The popular 80GB X25-M has dropped from $390 down to $340. Finally the 32GB X25-E drive has gone from $410 to $390. All prices are in US dollars.
Newegg has acted quickly and is selling the retail version of the 80GB X25-M SSD for $324.99, $15 cheaper than Intel announced.
You can find it here.
Reminiscing of Fusion-io's ioDrive that we were graced with for preview late last year, OCZ have now stepped up alongside them with a PCI-Express based Solid State Disk solution of their own.
Dubbed the Z-Drive series, these come in three capacities of 250GB, 500GB and 1 Terabyte, each being MLC based with a 256MB on-board data buffer, in-built RAID on the 500GB and 1TB models and all operating via a PCI-Express x4 interface.
Now for what you all really want to know, performance and price. While the MSRPs haven't been disclosed as yet, a french e-tailer has listed the three drives up on its website with pricing in Euros to give a rough idea of what you'll be up for if you want one (and it's gonna hurt!) - The 250GB model has claimed read and write speeds of 450MB/sec and 300MB/sec respectively, shifting for 1,399.99 Euros, whilst the 500GB model boasts max read and write speeds of 510MB/sec and 480MB/sec, going for 2,199.99 Euros. And finally, the real bad boy of of the bunch; the 1TB which has max read/write speeds of 500MB/sec and 470MB/sec, only making it into the hands of those who cough up 3,399.99 Euros.
For further details, you can read OCZ's official announcement on the Z-Drive series of PCIe based SSD solutions here folks.
San Jose, Calif.-April 23, 2009-OCZ Technology Group, Inc., a worldwide leader in innovative, ultra-high performance and high reliability memory and computer components, today unveiled the Z-Drive, a PCI-Express based SSD solution designed to meet the stringent demands of enthusiast computing environments and high-end workstations. First debuted at Cebit 2009 in Germany, the Z-Drive is the latest premium solid state storage solution from OCZ.
"It is our goal to deliver tailored SSD solutions for the complete spectrum of high performance applications," said Eugene Chang, Vice President of Product Management at the OCZ Technology Group. "Designed for ultra high performance consumers, the Z-Drive takes the SATA bottleneck out of the equation by employing the ultra fast PCI-Express architecture with a RAID controller and four Vertex controllers configured in four-way RAID 0 within an all-in-one product, making this solution ideal for applications that put a premium on both storage performance and maximum capacity."
Intel has some price cuts in the works for their solid state drives and this will make it the second time that they have dropped the price of their SSD's in just a two month window.
For the 2.5" drives, the 160GB model will drop $100 in price, bringing it down to $660 while the 80GB model will slide down $50 for $385. The X18-M 1.8" drives will receive the exact same price cuts with the 80GB model being $385 and the 160GB model being $660.
Interestingly enough, Intel is only dropping prices on MLC based drives and the SLC based drives will remain the same. Those thinking about pulling the trigger on an Intel SSD this week might just want to wait until the start of next week to save a few extra bucks.