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Some juicy information has just landed in the laps of the sexy boys and girls of TweakTown, the information is in the form of Intel's upcoming Z68 Express motherboards. ASRock have an upcoming Z68 Extreme 4 motherboard out and someone has found a nice little PDF file with info, check out the pic below:
The picture shows what a system is capable of if using one of these Z68-based boards with an Intel 20GB Larsen Creek solid state drive with the additional herbs that Intel sprinkle on in the form of Intel's SSD caching technology which (as the picture above shows) provides a huge performance increase for a much lower price than a standalone SSD drive. More details should be provided soon, but as this is only a leak, details are scarce.
We all love the idea of using an SSD to replace our hard drives but there are just situations where it's just too expensive, like say in a server. Let's imagine that we can speed up our servers and make our hard drives seem as fast as if we'd replace them all with SSDs. Let's take a look at a hybrid array of HDDs and SSDs specifically the demo we saw put on by Adaptec MaxIQ at IDF Beijing 2011.
The increased speed and performance are achieved by automatic storage acceleration, which is facilitated using MaxIQ SSD Caching. The storage controller is in a unique position to monitor storage traffic and make decisions regarding "hot" data areas that can be copied to SSDs, automatically and dramatically increasing the speed of any system. Analysis of traffic patterns is made and copies frequently-read "hot" data are made to the SSD cache pool. This automatically increases performance without adding any management issues. The data in the SSD cache pool is simply a copy of the hot data residing on the HDD, eliminating many of the data migration concerns that get involved in placement algorithms.
This is the basic overview of what is explained in depth by Neil Cameron field engineer at Adaptec PMC, it's a very interesting interview in which I felt I learned a lot... and trust me when I say that SSD caching isn't usually something that I would cover, unless it was REALLY interesting!!
It has been confirmed - Samsung are set to combine their Hard Disk Drive Operations with Seagate. Samsung set to receive significant equity ownership in Seagate while extending and enhancing the existing cross-license agreement between both companies. Included is a NAND flash memory supply agreement in which Samsung will provide Seagate with market-leading semiconductor products for use in Seagate's enterprise solid state drives, solid state hybrid drives and other products.
A disk drive supply agreement under which Seagate will supply disk drives to Samsung for PCs, notebooks and consumer electronics. Expanded cooperation between both companies to co-develop enterprise storage solutions. Finally, a shareholder agreement in which an executive from Samsung will be nominated to join Seagate's Board of Directors.
The combined value of the above transactions, agreements and love is worth approximately $1.375 billion USD which will be paid by Seagate to Samsung in teh form of 50-percent stock and 50-percent cash.
Samsung is looking to sell its money-losing hard disk drive business to raise cash to invest in new growth areas - yes, Samsung are looking to close up their HDD business and sell up shop. Samsung is looking to sell the unit for $1.5 billion and may consider deals under $1 billion.
A potential buyer of the business? Seagate. There's not much else known about this yet - but I'm sure we'll find out soon enough.
After spending the last week on the out of stock list the OCZ Technology Vertex 3 120GB has once again popped back up on Newegg. Newegg is listing the 120GB model at 299.99, a 50 Dollar price premium over the MSRP but that's just the way it goes when looking for the fastest SSD currently available on the market.
Hit the Source Link at the bottom to go directly to Newegg and be sure to read our Vertex 3 240GB Preview.
Deal of the Day: Fantom GF3B2000U32 G-Force3 2TB USB 3.0 External Desktop Hard Drive for $89.99 after Rebate with FREE Shipping
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Deal of the Day: CORSAIR Flash Voyager 16GB USB 2.0 Flash Drive - $17.99 after Rebate, Shipped Free!
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Thecus today have announced a new NAS with a twist, it centers around the idea of your IT engineer falling asleep, well, keeping him or her from falling asleep. The new AFD42000 Deluxe Coffee Edition NAS feature a 12 core CPU, 16GB of DDR3 RAM and the new signature Thecus feature: the Thecus Turbo Coffee Deluxe Edution.
Thanks to the new smart coffee device, the TTCDE is capable of delivering 3 cups per minute. RAID functions are also available allowing the coffee to be fresher or faster depending on your needs.
Deal of the Day: Kingston 128GB SSDNow V Series SATA II 2.5" Solid State Drive - $139.95 after Rebate, Shipped Free!
Our Deal of the Day today is the Buy.com - Kingston 128GB SSDNow V Series SATA II 2.5" Solid State Drive - $139.95 after Rebate, Shipped Free!.
Offer: A solid state drive (SSD) is a good way to quickly speed up your computer. Get this Kingston 128GB SSDNow V Series SATA II 2.5" Solid State Drive (SNV425-S2BN/128GB) for just $139.95 after a $75 mail-in rebate! Shipping is free! Rebate expires 04/03/2011.
Intel announced today the release of their third-generation Solid-State Drive (SSD) as part of their new 320 series. Like the eponymous hardware, the specs on this model are pretty solid:
- Third-generation Intel® SSD 320 Series on 25-nm NAND flash memory offers 40-, 80-, 120-, 160-GB plus higher capacity 300- and 600GB options.
- Advanced architecture enables robust, reliable SSDs with enhanced security features for desktop/notebook PCs or server data center storage.
- Performance, reliability upgrades enhance solid line of high-performing SSDs with up to $100 price drop over current Intel® X25-M SSD model.
The pricing is also not bad for that kind of performance: 40GB at $89; 80GB at $159; 120GB at $209; 160GB at $289; 300GB at $529 and 600GB at $1,069- all with a standard 3-year warranty. These days, hardware is all about choices, choices, choices, whether it's a tablet, an iPad, or a smartphone, Intel has clearly recognized that consumers need options when it comes to pricing and capability. Tom Rampone, VP and GM of Intel NVM Solutions Group, said in a press release:
We have expanded our SSD product line and now offer both consumers and computer OEMs more SSD choices. We see the Intel SSD 320 as a solid advancement to our SSD roadmap, and will continue to upgrade and refresh our SSD product line as we add more enterprise options for our business customers throughout the year.