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Following its official launch back in March, Seagate's new Pulsar XT.2 enterprise SSD family is finally starting to hit distribution channels primarily for the enterprise market looking to go faster with more reliability and security.
These 2.5" form factor SSDs come in capacities of up to 400GB, using SLC (single-level cell) NAND flash memory along with a SAS 6Gbps interface. Read and write rates are up to 360MB/sec and 300MB/sec, respectively, with random read and write performance of up to 48,000 / 22,000 IOPS.
If you're after speedy, ruggedized portable storage on the go in capacities of up to 256GB, I-O Data combines a couple of much loved technologies with their latest GH-SSDE-U3A Series released today; that being SSD + USB 3.0.
The new drives sport a solid metal casing running dimensions of 79 (W) x 137.5 (D) x 12.5 (H) mm and weighing in at 141 grams. The drives inside use MLC NAND Flash and come in three capacity sizes of 64, 128 and 256GB. Performance wise, I-O Data claim read and write rates of up to 220MB/sec and 180MB/sec respectively.
The GH-SSDE-U3A will hit the Japanese market first later this month and the drives are backed by a 1 year warranty. Pricing info is yet to be disclosed.
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The folks over at RunCore have release the RunCore T50 mSATA which is based off a SandForce SF-2281 controller and features sequential transfer rates of up to 550MB/sec read, 470MB/sec writes. The maximum I/O performance of 60,000 4KB random write IOPS and 35,000 random read IOPS delivers massive performance for various different uses. The RunCore T50 is compatible with SATA 6Gbps and supports most mainstream OSs such as Windows, OS X, Linux, Unix, Solaris and Vxworks.
RunCore's T50 is available in three different capacities: 30GB, 60GB and 120GB. Each come with a 3-year warranty and is aimed at high-end portable laptops.
Also released is the RunCore I50 mSATA which delivers sequential transfer rates of up to 280MB/sec read, 270MB/sec write as well as maximum I/O performance of 45,000 4KB random write IOPS and 30,000 random read IOPS, this product is aimed at tablets and light laptops compatible with SATA 3Gbps.
The RunCore mSATA products will hit mass production later this month.
Utilizing the super snappy 6Gbps SandForce 2281 controller, Corsair has just officially launched a new family of high performance SSDs under their Force arsenal in the form of the Force GT.
Thanks to the use of a proven controller capable of incredible performance, This fast, flaming red beast is capable of read and write speeds of up to 555MB/sec and 525MB/sec respectively, along with up to 85K Random Write IOPS.
The series comes in capacities of 60, 120 and 240GB, with an RRP mentioned in the official PR on the first two at $149 USD and $279 USD respectively.
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.
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