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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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Offer: The Corsair Flash Voyager USB 3.0 flash drives bring SuperSpeed USB 3.0 performance to the Flash Voyager family. Flash Voyager USB 3.0 is shockproof, water-resistant, backward compatible with USB 2.0/USB 1.1.
Deal of the Day: Fantom GF3B2000U32 G-Force3 2TB USB 3.0 External Desktop Hard Drive with 3 Year Warranty for $89.99 with FREE Shipping!
Our Deal of the Day today is the Buy.com - Fantom GF3B2000U32 G-Force3 2TB USB 3.0 External Desktop Hard Drive with 3 Year Warranty for $89.99 with FREE Shipping!.
Offer: $89.99 with FREE shipping and no rebate to send in gets you this 2TB Fantom Drives Gforce 3 external hard drive with USB 3.0 connection (backwards compatible with USB 2.0). This drive is virtually silent (no fan) and has a 3 year warranty too.
Deal of the Day: 1TB Seagate Barracuda Low Power SATA Hard Drive plus CA Online Backup Bundle for $29.99 plus Shipping after Rebate
Our Deal of the Day today is the Tiger Direct - 1TB Seagate Barracuda Low Power SATA Hard Drive plus CA Online Backup Bundle for $29.99 plus Shipping after Rebate!.
Offer: Nice combo deal from Tiger Direct. Get a 1TB Seagate 5900RPM 32MB buffer SATA 3.0 low power consumption hard drive, plus CA Online backup software with 10GB space for $29.99 after $50 rebate (expiring 5/31/11). Economy shipping comes out to just $4.05 too.
Our Deal of the Day today is the J&R Music and Computer World - Pogoplug Pro Multimedia File Sharing Solution - $49.99 Shipped Free!.
Offer: The Pogoplug Pro Multimedia File Sharing Solution allows you to setup, access, and share music, video, photo, or data files saved on your network storage. It also has four USB 2.0 ports that allow you to connect up to four USB hard disk drives directly or remotely.
Thecus are set to debut their Sandy Bridge-powered, 10Gbit Ethernet NAS lines at Computex. The new 8-bay N8900 is powered by an Intel dual-core i3 2120 @ 3.3GHz with 12-bay and 16-bay models flowing through also. The N12000PRO and N16000PRO will feature Intel's Bromolow architecture, powered by quad-core Xeon E1280's @ 3.5GHz. All I've got to say is "DO WANT".
The new 10G BASE-T NAS systems from Thecus also feature High Availability NAS cloning which is the first 100-percent available NAS environment which Thecus guarantee will provide no breaks or delays in service in rain, shine or Armageddon (now that's a big call!). This function is available over 10G BASE-T Ethernet for instantaneous heartbeat synchronization. The new NAS series will be on display to give users a first-hand look at one of the best home/SMB NAS products on the market.
Another day, another SSD release... it doesn't seem to stop and I love it. OCZ today unveil their new Talos line of Serial Attached SCSI (SAS) SSDs which are designed for enterprise applications that require ultra-fast, high capacity solutions equipped with multi-level cell (MLC) NAND. Talos brings new strength to OCZ's proprietary Virtualized Controller Architecture (VCA) technology to storage OEMs.
Ryan Peterson, CEO of OCZ Technology Group says:
We have experienced considerable demand for our high-capacity VCA-enabled SAS products, both with and without enhanced power fail protection. The new OCZ Talos SSD series delivers the ultimate combination of performance, scalability, and reliability. Talos series drives are tailored to meet the needs of most enterprises in a non-customer specific format, including balanced compressed and incompressible data performance and balanced read/write IOPS, all in the highest capacity SAS 6Gbps drive available today.
Our Deal of the Day today is the Newegg - 2TB Hitachi XL Desk 2TB External USB 2.0 Hard Drive for $69.99 with FREE Shipping!.
Offer: This 2TB Hitachi external USB 2.0 hard drive with 1 year warranty is $69.99 with FREE shipping and no rebate to send in. Limit 1 per customer.
OCZ has put all of their eggs in one basket and that basket just happens to be the SSD market, that basket is also starting to pay off and the pay off comes in the form of some new SSDs with some impressive performance. The new line of SSDs include a 2.5-inch Solid 3 SATA III SSD and the Agility 3 SATA III SSD. Both of these drives are set to offer twice the performance of previous versions and are also more cost effective than current 6Gbps SSDs on the market.
Ryan Peterson, CEO of OCZ Technology Group says:
With increased availability of SATA III platforms, the demand for the latest generation SSDs has grown rapidly. We are addressing this demand with new products that offer both the best performance and value for consumers. The new Agility 3 and Solid 3 SSDs make it easier than ever for consumers take advantage of the new SATA III interface. When coupled with the speed and reliability benefits that our SSDs offer over traditional hard drives, it makes the two new series the ideal choices for mobile and desktop applications.
Late last week GIGABYTE invited us to the fancy Miramar Garden hotel in Taipei where they were setup to shoot their own promo videos of its forthcoming Intel Z68 based motherboards launch.
We went along to check them out and snap some photos for our preview of the Z68 UD3H and UD7. Inside the hotel suite GIGABYTE had two identical systems setup with the Z68 UD7 platform with the only difference being that one was configured with an SSD using Intel's new Smart Response caching technology and the other just with a standard hard drive configuration.
What is Intel Smart Response Technology? In short since we can't go into extensive detail here, it is in my opinion a way of gaining some of the benefits of an SSD without blowing your bank account or having to settle for limited storage space. The idea is that you can pick up an affordable 20GB SSD, put it in a RAID array with your large spinning hard drive and regular data that is most often accessed is cached on the SSD for quicker access.
It's not like you will see the full benefits of going out and picking up say a high-performance 200GB+ SSD and running your complete OS and programs on it, but in the video above, you can see there are some gains to be had and at what should turn out to be a reasonable cost of entry.