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The folks at ICY DOCK have come up with their own variation of hybrid storage and released the new 2.5" SATA SSD Xpander Hybrid Adapter today.
The unit takes advantage of the speed from a decent 2.5" SATA SSD and capacity of a 3.5" SATA HDD and combines the best of both worlds into a single storage medium.
Behind the scenes two partitions are created; a hybrid partition and a storage partition. The hybrid partition gives double the capacity of the SSD used while the storage partition is made up of the remaining capacity of the HDD.
While no more than a taunt for most of us given the associating price tags, OCZ has just let loose another super mean PCI Express based SSD under their RevoDrive family in the RevoDrive 3 X2.
All RevoDrives are drool worthy no matter which one you focus your attention on, but this new monster is SERIOUSLY, INSANELY awesome with its whopping 1.5GBps read and 1.2GBps write speeds.
To get the full gist of just what this beast of beasts is capable of delivering in a multitude of situations, there's now a bunch of coverage floating around the web with the below sites having reviewed it in detail :-
Intel's upcoming 700-series SSD benchmarks have found their way to the internet ahead of the formal unveiling of the drives from Intel. The 720 Ramsdale SSD is the performance king with the leaked benchmarks showing sequential read performance at 200MB/sec and up to 1800MB/sec (!) when writing. Endurance wise, the drive can sustain up to 32PB of 8K random writes before performance begins to degrade in the high-performance model. The 720-series will come in 200GB and 400GB sizes.
The 710-series is obviously not as good but still impressive nonetheless. With sequential read speeds of 270MB/sec and write speeds of 210MB/sec, the speeds may not seem impressive but they are made from MLC NAND Flash which should make the drives much cheaper. The 710-series will come in 100GB and 200GB flavors.
The 710-series is reported to be available for OEMs to sample in June with production ramping up in July. The 720-series has a stamped ETA of Q4 of this year.
WD have just announced the WD Nomad Rugged case, designed to protect your precious My Passport storage drive from virtually anything including water, mud and dust. The case includes a hard outer casing and inner cushion that protects the drive against drops and other problems when in the great outdoors. These days people carry external storage when travelling so it would be a great idea to take a look at this new case.
The My Passport drive is a great device that allows people to quickly download, store or back-up precious digital content such as videos, photos and music with capacities available up to 1TB in size. Designed to fit the lifestyle of active users, the My Passport drive's USB port is accessible without having to bust open the super-protective Nomad Rugged case, keeping it nice and safe.
The Nomad Rugged case is a perfect fit for hikers, travelers, outdoor and travel photographers and other users who want their digital content in a much safer shell.
Deal of the Day: 64GB Kingston SSDNow SV100S2/64GZ Internal Solid State Drive for $64 after Rebate with FREE Shipping
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Deal of the Day: Seagate Momentus XT 320GB 2.5" SATA 3.0Gb/s with NCQ Solid State Hybrid Drive - $84.99 Shipped Free
Our Deal of the Day today is the Newegg - Seagate Momentus XT 320GB 2.5" SATA 3.0Gb/s with NCQ Solid State Hybrid Drive - $84.99 Shipped Free!.
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Computex Taipei 2011 - I'm a huge fan of the HyperX name and with the success Kingston has had with it in the memory market, it comes as no surprise they've dropped their new SandForce SF-2281 controlled SSD drive under it.
Kingston hit the SSD market hard and fast and has done a fantastic job of offering a good price scale when it comes to the line-up, thanks to a large variant of controllers and sizes being offered. Now the company is able to separate the men from the boys though by dropping the HyperX name down and letting people know if you're after the fastest, this is what you want.
Information is a little scarce at the moment, but you should find the drive available in both 120GB and 240GB variants. Availability is also a little unclear, but like most companies who are offering SATA III drives, we're sure Kingston will be working hard to get the drives to the market sooner rather than later. As far as we know, you should be able to see these go on sale sometime in July.
As for price it will no doubt be one of, if not the most expensive SSD in the Kingston line up. If previous experience is anything to go by, though, Kingston should be aggressive when it comes to being compared against the competition. No doubt Chris will be offering us all an in-depth look at the drive when it becomes available.
Computex Taipei 2011 - Like most companies Apacer have jumped on the SATA III bandwagon via the new Turbo II series. Offering up to 7x the performance of conventional 5400 RPM mechanical drives SATA III does a great job of getting us excited.
Compared to SATA II we're seeing up to twice as much performance, when you consider the amount of performance we're able to get out of SATA II, it's indeed a very cool technology for people who demand speed.
The Turbo II series will come in 120GB, 240GB and 480GB using MLC flash supporting up to sustained Read / Write times of 550 / 520 MB/s...
Computex Taipei 2011 - SSD was indeed a big thing at Computex this year with SATA III drives gaining more and more momentum as we see more and more companies jump on the SSD and SATA III bandwagon. If you're one of those people that whinge about SSD drives being too small well Memoright have come to the rescue.
Releasing a 800GB SATA II drive in the 2.5" format no longer do you have to worry about buying multiple drives to get massive amounts of storage. With In-Drive UPS, Security Erase and MLC NAND, the 800GB SSD looks like the perfect option for people who need speed, security and a large single drive...
Computex Taipei 2011 - One of our final stops for the show this year was with Runcore who was naturally showing off a bunch of its newest SSD, but one new toy that caught our eye was the Xapear.
The Xapear is a USB 2.0 portable SSD storage device that comes in MLC flash up to 128GB and SLC flash up to 64GB and should offer maximum USB 2.0 performance up to 36MB/s. We really hope to see Runcore come out with a USB 3.0 performance to take full advantage of their SSDs that sit inside the device.
What is rather cool about the Xapear is that a SIM card can be installed into the device that accepts SMS text commands such as "kill", "destroy" and so on which instruct the device to immediately remove all data if you misplace the drive or it is stolen. Runcore being a Chinese company sell this drive to the Chinese army and you can imagine it would be popular with the remote erase feature and impressive data access security provided by the RFID encryption.
Two keys are provided with the Xapear - by default there is a public folder that anyone can access and to enable access to the secure private folder, you need one of the keys to unlock that area of the drive. This drive is only selling in China at the moment, but with enough interest from global, Runcore may start shipping to other regions around the world.