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G.Skill has shown off their latest and greatest SSD at CeBit, the Phoenix II series. Phoenix II is based on the new SandForce SF-2000 series controller which pushes the Phoenix II to the wall and posts some of the highest transfer speeds for the chipset.
550MB/sec read, 500MB/sec write. G.Skill even went as far as validating these speeds using a session of ATTO disk benchmark to get their message across. Pictures above of the benchmark and a picture below of the actual SSD. Looks like it might be time for me to retire by G.Skill Falcon SSD...
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SandForce has laid another punch into the gut of the storage world by releasing their new controllers that double the performance of their previous releases. The new SF-2100 controller features a SATA 3Gb/s connector while the SF-2200 sports a SATA 6Gb/s.
The SF-2100 is capable of read/write speeds of up to 250MB/sec while it's beefier, bigger brother can offer read/write speeds of up to 500MB/sec. Both controllers use SandForce's "DuraClass" technology which features DuraWrite, Redundant Array of Independent Silicon Elements (RAISE) and AES encryption technologies.
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Deal of the Day: Fantom GreenDrive Pro GDP2000EU 2TB eSATA and USB 2.0 External Hard Drive with 2 Year Warranty for $79.99 plus Shipping after Rebate
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OCZ's Vertex Pro 3 is set to put the SSD market on fire by offering a blazing 550MB/sec maximum read and 500MB/sec maximum write speeds. This speed is attained by OCZ using the new SandForce SD-2500 controller which it sports.
The SSD has been tested by a bunch of sites today and it's mostly the same conclusion - this is the shiznit. Anandtech even says it's "the first drive that really needs a 6Gbps interface." The drive isn't available yet and the hardware included is not final, but once it hits retail it's sure to shake things up considerably!
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Yesterday I told you that Plextor has their new Marvell controlled, SATA III M2 Series SSD available but we have yet to find one in the wild as of today. We did learn that Corsair managed to beat both Plextor and Crucial to market with their new Marvell drive. The Corsair Performance 3 is now in stock and shipping from Newegg.
Prices are as follows, 64GB (164.99), 128GB (319.99) and the massive 256GB (749.99 USD). The Performance 3 Series carries a price premium over the SandForce based Force Series but the Performance 3 drives are a lot faster on paper (we have yet to test a retail unit). The Force Series delivered 285MB/s read and 275MB/s write speeds. The new Performance 3 Series is capable of delivering 430MB/s read and 320MB/s write when a 256GB drive is used.
In a few days we will have a big announcement from SandForce. 2011 is going to be a great year for solid state drives, stay tuned!
Hit the source link to go to Newegg's Performance 3 listings.
Plextor's New SATA 6Gb/s Solid State Drive Available Now
In the State of Solid State 2011 we predicted that Plextor would be the first to market with a Marvell 88SS9174 controlled SSD and what do you know, we were right. Plextor is claiming that the new M2 is now shipping in the US with speeds up to 480MB/s read and 330MB/s Write. This new controller is the final version of what we tested from ADATA several months ago, the difference being that the controller is now ready for retail.
Personally I can't wait to get my hands on the new drive to see if it lives up to the hype we've been hearing since last June. The timing couldn't be better either since there is now a shortage of 3Xnm flash and many companies are moving their SandForce SF-1200 production to 25nm flash modules. The 25nm flash will work out really well for next generation SSDs but are causing headaches for unsuspecting owners who are finding their SF-1200 drives with 25nm flash to perform slower than the drives we've tested over the last year and two months. Look for a full story in the coming days as we are wrapping up putting the pieces together.
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