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COMPUTEX Taipei 2011: The new SandForce SF-2000 Series of controllers allow SSD manufactures to go crazy with customized options this year. So far we've seen Toggle, Async and Sync flash but the next chapter is starting to unfold before our eyes at Computex.
To data we've only seen new SF-2200 drives in 60, 120, 240 and 480GB configurations but that is about to change. Part of the customization options for the new controller is the ability to turn RAISE off via programming at the factory. It looks like Silicon Power will be the first to off a RAISE free SSD based on the new SF-2200.
The new RAISE free drives will allow users to take advantage of more capacity. In the future you will have access to SandForce drives with 64, 128, 256 and 512GB user capacity. At this time we're not sure how the RAISE free drives will perform or what their long term endurance will be. Hopefully manufactures are only going RAISE free on 3Xnm Toshiba Toggle flash and not 25nm IMFT that only has 5,000 write rating. When RAISE is enabled a space NAND flash chip is reserved for background functions and spare capacity for when blocks fail.
It's going to be a slippery slope but we'll get out the rain tires and go for an intense test drive as soon as a drive hit the Secret Bunker Labs.
COMPUTEX Taipei 2011: Silicon Power has shown us their new V30 drive and it's looking the goods at the moment. Utilizing SATA3 and the Sandforce SF2281 controller the V30 SSD has read times up to 520 MB/s and write speeds up to 500 MB/s.
Silicon Powered showed ATTO Disk Mark performance comparing both the previous V20 drive and the new V30 and if you look closely you can see there's some serious performance to be had with the new V30 drive.
Available in 64GB, 128GB, 256GB and 512GB, there's sure to be a size to suit any user and budget.
Anyway, that's all for now. Jack from Silicon Power was letting everyone know that Memory is Personal via his T-Shirt. That's great, but it's time for us to get personal with some of the other goodies we found hanging around the Silicon Power stand...
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COMPUTEX Taipei 2011: I'm taking my normal TT categories hat off and putting on my Storage one; which is more like a paper pirate hat that I've made and drawn a skull on to look mean. With our storage man Chris and his wife on the edge of having a baby, (Congratulations BTW!) I'd thought show you what else G.Skill are showing off at Computex.
Alongside some awesome RAM, G.Skill is showing off the new Phoneix II Pro SATA3 SSD drive powered by the Sandforce SF-2200 Controller.
If you've been following what's going on in the SSD world, you'll of course know this is the latest Sandforce controller supporting SATA3, in the hand of G.Skill this translates to a S#&T load of speed. Up to 550 MB/s Read speed and 510 MB/s Write speed, these drives are so fast they should be illegal.
Above you can see some benchmarks that are being displayed at Computex showing just what the drives are capable off. No doubt G.Skill will be hooking Chris up with a drive soon for review and maybe they'll remember me and my paper pirate hat. For up to the second updates on stuff make sure you check out our TweakTown Facebook page as we feed information too it during the show.
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COMPUTEX Taipei 2011 - Today we stopped by the OCZ booth where in typical style we saw a whole bunch of new storage products from the company who keeps pumping out new SSDs.
First up we got a look at the Z-Drive R4 88 which is an enterprise easily out of reach for most end-users. This is a drive intended for very intensive applications and the demo OCZ had on display in a Supermicro server was pushing over ONE MILLION IOPS. Yes, you read that right.
Next up we get into the creative area and see the new RevoDrive Hybrid. As the name suggests, this is a PCI Express based SandForce SSD that comes with 60GB of flash memory. Unlike a typical SSD, that flash is not accessibile and is instead used as a cache to dramatically speed up the performance of the bundled 500GB or 1TB 2.5-inch hard drive. In the video above, you can see it hitting over 700MB/s.
And finally we finish up with the RevoDrive 3 X2. This is the newest PCI Express SSD to come out from SSD which uses the latest generation SandForce controllers to deliver an amazing 1500MB/s read speeds.
COMPUTEX Taipei 2011: Corsair has debuted their Force Series GT range of Solid State drives and they're quite the performer. First thing you see is that the drive is race car red, so very sexy. Secondly, they're available in 120 and 240GB configurations, thirdly; performance. Performance wise the drives are very, very fast. The Force Series 3 120GB is capable of 550/510MB/sec sequential read/writes with the 240GB slightly faster with 550/520MB/sec sequential read/write performance. Near SATA 6Gbps speeds from a single drive!
Now onto the goodies, if you thought that was impressive; max random 4k write provides insane results of 85k iOPS. This is the faster as OCZ's top "Max IOPS" drive - Corsair has done it again. Even they advertise it as "There's fast, and then there's fast". You tell 'em Corsair.
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